Suit up for summer with the best women’s swimwear. Plenty of bathing suit options exist when choosing what to wear to the pool or beach. From one-piece suits to bikinis and swim dresses, there’s something for every preference. Here are Lands’ End picks for the best women’s swimsuits of 2021.
One of our favorite suits for summer is the tummy control one-piece. If you’re looking for a swimsuit that creates a streamlined silhouette, this suit is for you. Choose from V-neck, keyhole neck, and classic scoop neck styles, among others. Tummy slimming swimsuits come in a wide variety of colors and prints, all of which will flatter your figure from every angle. There are neutral solids like black and navy, along with vibrant colors like turquoise. When it comes to prints, floral is always on-trend. You might also want to consider a retro-inspired polka dot pattern.
Create lots of looks by stocking your wardrobe with bandeau tankinis in different colors and prints. The tankini provides the coverage of a one-piece, but because it’s two pieces, you can mix and match. For example, you could pair a printed top with solid bottoms or vice versa. Bandeau-style tankinis flatter every body type, as they accentuate the bust while creating a slenderizing effect. The top of this swimsuit style can be worn with straps or strapless to show off your shoulders, while the midsection is shirred to highlight your natural elegance.
If you want a swimsuit that provides ample coverage for your bust, midsection, hips, and bottom, go for a one-piece with shorts. You can choose a suit that already has shorts built-in, or you can wear swim shorts over a one-piece that you already own. For extra sun protection, look for a swimsuit with a UPF factor of 50. Sun protection suits help safeguard against damaging UV rays, but you’ll still need to slather on the sunscreen.
Give your bust a boost with an underwire tankini. The underwire style of swimsuit offers the support of your favorite bra and comes in lots of different prints and colors, from neutral to tropical. Create a variety of swimming outfits by putting together the different top and bottom styles. For example, you could wear an underwire tankini top with high waist swim shorts for plenty of coverage or with bikini bottoms if you want to show a bit more skin.
Skirted bathing suits are always fashionable. Also known as a swim dress, this suit style accentuates your curves while providing modest coverage. When it comes to neck styles, you’ll find scoop and V-neck styles, along with square and keyhole necks. Like the other suits profiled here, many swim dresses have built-in sun protection and fabric that’s highly resistant to sun, surf, sand, and sunscreen!
Another one of our favorite types of suits is the tugless one-piece. Like the tummy control swimsuit, this style is often available in an assortment of colors, prints, and neck styles. As the name suggests, this type of swimwear won’t shift or ride up. That means you won’t have to tug at your suit when you’d much rather be enjoying the sun and fun. You’ll stay comfortable and stylish in every situation – whether you’re lounging in a poolside cabana or participating in water sports. There's no denying this is one of the best women's one-piece swimsuits out there!
While not technically a swimsuit, the kaftan cover-up deserves a place of honor on our best-swimsuit list. These cover-ups have a roomy fit and offer plenty of coverage, and they come in various colors and prints to suit your style preferences. Look for a kaftan made from polyester chiffon, which is a lightweight and fast-drying fabric. It drapes beautifully for a sophisticated look that you can wear after swimming. Toss on a kaftan, slip into a pair of flip flops and you’re ready to lounge by the water or hit the snack bar in style.
When shopping for a new bathing suit, you might also want to check out some water shoes or flip flops. If you plan to visit a beachfront restaurant or poolside cafe, consider a pair of wedge sandals in a color that matches your swim cover-up. You might also want a canvas tote for carrying towels, sunscreen, and other fun-in-the-sun essentials.
With so many women’s swimsuit options, you can have one for every day of the week. There’s a suit for when you want a timeless retro look, and one for when you prefer a contemporary style. Trends come and go, so consider your own preferences when swimwear shopping. The right suit for you is the one in which you feel confident and comfortable.