For the past few months, we have been scouring the market to bring you the most flattering swimwear to suit your every warm weather need. To compile our comprehensive swimsuit guide for 2018, we tried on hundreds of suits from dozens of labels across every budget. In that process we discovered a handful of foolproof brands that flattered every figure, whether curvy and short or tall and muscular. Here, these six brands offer the best in fabrication, cut, style, and construction for nearly every body type.
Kenneth Cole has a lot to offer, including a wide range of trends, cuts, and colors that will complement any summer plans. But the real standout style in their arsenal is the Stompin’ in My Stilettos High-Neck One-Piece ($107). With striped mesh details at the waist and top and a surprisingly flattering crisscrossed neckline, this one-piece is strategically sexy without sacrificing support. The mix of sheer and solid fabrication helps balance out whatever “problem area” that may be top of mind. No waist? The illusion panel creates a belt-like effect to define your middle. Large chest? Removable inserts give you a subtle boost minus added bulk. Offered in an array of hues at various retailers, this classic design gets our vote.
As if you needed another reason to love this iconic swim label, let us remind you that Malia Mills first splashed on the scene in 1993 with a simple idea — that swimwear should be engineered to fit a woman with the same precision that is applied to lingerie (more specifically to bras). Since then, Mills has been churning out retro-inspired styles and classic cuts with a modern twist that put the femme in femininity. The Tribute Maillot ($395) is constructed with interior boning to add structure to areas that may need more definition.
Who needs an itty bitty polka dot bikini when you can have one of these banded beauties that’ll hold you in while you stand out? This Oye Chiara Bikini ($350) was one of the many crowd-pleasers from this label known for striking strategic cutouts and runway-approved sheer paneling. Of the dozens of samples sent our way for the guide, nearly every cut looked like it was made for our models and staff. If you’re on the hunt for a sexy suit that has just the right amount of timeless appeal, then you’ve found your match.
It’s no wonder why the Summersalt the Sidestroke ($95) is a best-selling suit. You would never suspect that this one-shoulder, color-blocked cutie is made from recycled materials, but that is only part of the reason why Summersalt’s suits are so universally appealing. The compression effect created by the banded panels coupled with a well-tailored asymmetrical cut make this buy work well for fuller figures and boyish bods alike.
This French brand is considered the gold standard of swimwear for good reason. The luxury label developed its peau douce fabric over the course of several years in order to sculpt, support, and smooth your body. Ladies with larger chests who were looking for a little more coverage fared particularly well with the Eres Full-Cup Triangle Bikini Top and High-Waisted Bikini Briefs ($507). But you really can’t go wrong with any pick from this eternally stylish line that will last you a lifetime.
High Dive by Modcloth
Who knew? Well, it turns out we did. Modcloth has been low-key offering size-inclusive trendy finds for years, but it’s their swimsuit line that really has us swooning. With a selection of styles that range from the company’s signature vintage-inspired prints to more minimalist silos, there’s an option for every beach bum you know. The expansive size range for each style and unique colorways made buys like this Zip It Good One-Piece Swimsuit in Aqua Palms ($85) a no-brainer.
Want to see more swimsuits for your summer getaways? Check out our Brit + Co Swimsuit Guide to the Best Trends of 2018.
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