The Most Flattering Swimwear Colors That Aren't Black

The Most Flattering Swimwear Colors (That Aren't Black!)

Finding the perfect swimsuit can take something great, such as a tropical vacation or day at the lake with your friends, feel even more magical! There's something next-level about stepping out in a swimsuit that fits like a glove, hugs your body in the right way, and makes you feel completely confident. That's likely why so many women opt for black swimwear.

We totally get it—when it comes to women's swimsuits, black is classic! Black can highlight and define your figure where you want it to and refine your silhouette if you have a place you’d like that to happen, too. Factor in that black looks great on pretty much everybody, and the classic black suit feels practically magical. That said, if you're looking to build your ideal swimwear wardrobe, add some other colors to the mix for fun and self-expression.

If you're looking for a new swimsuit, and you already have at least one gorgeous black bathing suit, consider something new! Read on for suggestions on swimwear colors that are just as flattering and beautiful as classic black.

Dark Purple

Call it blackberry or eggplant, we're talking a deep purple hue. If you're looking for a swimsuit color that's flattering on any and all skin tones, then look no further than dark purple. This shade will bring a similar classic vibe as black to your beachwear look but with an unexpected twist. For a cut that's just as flattering as the color itself, look for a dark purple one-piece swimsuit that brings attention to your face and décolletage, since that is one of the best qualities of a black swimsuit. Pack red grapes or purple carrots in your beach bag for a day that's fully in-theme.

Emerald Green

A stunning shade of green marked by its blue-tinged hue and named after a very precious gemstone,  emerald-colored swimwear offers sophistication and elegance with the added perk of being on-trend this year. Green is an unsung neutral—Think about it—is grass neutral? Are trees neutral?—that is just as versatile as black but with more of a tropical nod. Opt for an emerald green suit in any style, from a two-piece high-neck tankini to a classic one-piece with a square neck, and remember that this sumptuous shade of green is flattering to a wide range of hair colors and skin tones.

Since emerald-hued swimwear provides such a flexible anchor piece to a swimwear ensemble, you can pair it with an array of beach cover-ups; citrus colors or a clear bright pink would make emerald absolutely sing!

Navy or Royal Blue

These rich shades of blue are as fierce as they are flattering. Blue is an ideal go-to because there is definitely a shade of dark blue that perfectly complements your vibe as well as your coloring. That's why we love the idea of mixing and matching with blue-toned swimwear! People expect black to make up one part of a mix-and-match ensemble, while a dark blue showcases your flair for detail. For a fun, functional, and super versatile two-piece mix-and-match option, look for your favorite shades of blue in tankini swimwear.

Opt for a navy top with lighter blue bottoms, or go royal blue on the bottom with a slightly lighter top. Tankinis are a practical, comfortable swimsuit option because they provide coverage while still feeling like a beach-ready bikini, so you really can't go wrong with this combination of color and style!


When we say maroon here, we're talking about a hue that hits the sweet spot of “brownish crimson.” The right maroon swimsuit will be as fresh as it is flattering and, like black, will stand the test of time. A maroon swimsuit works great in any style, especially a one-piece with a low-cut back which might highlight your skin tone against this unexpected color. Maroon is also a great option for swimwear because so many shades fall under this (beach) umbrella, so you can really play around with this hue. You might just find your new favorite color!

A swimsuit in any of these colors could look absolutely amazing and help you expand your horizons, whether you're an all-black-everything type of person or simply looking for your next suit. Once you find the perfect shade and style for you, simply sit back, relax, and wait for the compliments to roll in like the tide.


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