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High-Waisted Bikinis Are the Perfect Bathing Suits

The happy medium between a one-piece and a bikini.

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Much like with one-piece suits, wearing a high-waisted bikini today doesn’t mean you're insecure or not quite ready to show off your “bikini body” (read: not a thing). It’s just a fun, fresh silhouette that happens to work some serious magic when it comes to your curves. And if you are actually looking for a little more coverage but still want to bare some midriff, consider this shape your comfortable (and really cute!) middle ground.

You’ll find at least one high-waisted option in the lineup of just about every swimwear brand this year — whether you gravitate toward big names like Solid & Striped and Mara Hoffman or to the little indies like The Ones Who and Nu Swim — so finding the right one won’t be hard. What will be hard is not finding five of the right ones.

Plus, don’t forget that the power of mixing and matching also applies to the suits you already own; maybe all you need this summer is one good, versatile pair of high-waisted bottoms to revive that drawer full of bikini tops.

Either way, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite suits, which satisfy just about every price range, to get you started.


Purple bikini high waisted bottom
H&M Bottom, $25
Lonely Label Dita Bikini Top, $100
Squiggle Bikini bottom.
Lonely Label Bottom, $100
Black scalloped top.
Marysia Santa Monica Top, $145)
Black scalloped bikini bottom
Marysia Santa Monica Bottom, $148
Multi-colored bikini top
Rachel Comey Revival Top, $161
Multi-colored high-waisted bikini bottom
Rachel Comey Keena Bottom, $150
Black trimmed blue halter top bikini
Bikyni Halter Top, $50
Blue high waisted bikini bottom
Bikyni High Waist Bottom ($50)
Pink crotched bikini halter top.
She Made Me Jannah Halterneck Bikini Top, $122
pink crotched briefs
She Made Me Jannah Crochet Bikini Briefs, $128
Blue and white striped Top
Mei L’ange Aurora Top, $130
Blue and white striped bottoms.
Mei L’ange Aurora Bottoms, $130
Nu Swim Straight Top, $76
Nu Swim Basic Bottom ($74)
orange bikini top with polka dots
Matteau Tri-Crop Bikini Top, $103
Matteau Bottom, $103
Blue white and red seersucker bikini top.
J.Crew Seersucker Bikini Top, $54
J.Crew High-Waisted Bottom, $45
Black and white bikini top
The Ones Who Maren Top, $70
Black and white bikini bottom.
The Ones Who Heather Bottom, $70