Your Ultimate Guide to High-Waisted Bathing Suits

Sara Spruch-Feiner
Your Ultimate Guide to High-Waisted Bathing Suits
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“Beach” and “body.” When put together, for so many of us, the two words have an almost terrifying power to ignite the worst of our insecurities. And while, of course, we’re all about embracing your bod, it can be easier said than done, which is why high-waisted bathing suits are basically our summer savior.

You want to show a little skin (it is summer after all) but you don’t want to spend the day at the beach with a coverup carefully draped over your stomach (something this writer isn’t proud of but has done) — enter the high-waisted bottom. They accentuate the waist and flaunt just a sliver of skin — it’s a win-win.

This isn’t just about feeling comfortable, though that’s of the utmost importance when heading to the beach, this style is undeniably chic. Part of the appeal is the retro fashion kick this style adds to your beach look. Picture Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot…and get inspired. Grab a sunhat, remember that there are no excuses when it comes to SPF, and get ready to channel your inner pin-up girl. Shop our 30 picks here, ranging from the more demure and covered-up, to ones that might be high-waisted but manage to show skin in other ways (i.e. sexy cutouts)…pick your poison.

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Asos Motel White Daisy Cut Out Bow Bikini, $39.87; Asos Motel White Daisy Cut Out Bow High Waisted Bikini Bottoms, $32.62; at Asos

Carine Gilson Origami Bandeau Bikini, $561; at Nancy Meyer

Urban Outfitters Out From Under Ruched High-Waist Bikini Bottom, $24.99; at Urban Outfitters 

Flagpole Swim Perry Color-Block Bikini, $400; at Net-a-Porter 

Victoria's Secret Forever Sexy The Classic High-Waist, $25.50; at Victoria's Secret

Marysia Swim Palm Spring High Waist Bikini Bottom, $141; at Shopbop

Mara Hoffman Reversible Printer Triangle Bikini, $96; at Net-a-Porter 

New Look Strapping Mesh High Waist Bikini Bottom, $18.10; at ASOS

Forever 21 Macramé Tie-Dye High-Waisted Bottoms, $17.90; at Forever 21

Freya Bondi Swim Bottom, $31.99; at Bare Necessities

ASOS Mix and Match Contrast High Waist Bikini Pant, $27.18; at ASOS

Forever 21 Crisscross High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms, $17.90; at Forever 21 

ASOS Geo Print Mesh High Waist Bikini Pant, $36.24; at ASOS

Tory Burch Lipsi Underwire Bikini Top, $130; Lipsi High Waist Bottom, $125; at Bloomingdale's

Athleta Colorblock High Waisted Bottom, $54; at Athleta

Gottex Stardust Two Piece Bikini Set, $192; at Everything But Water 

Pour Moi Aloha Control High Waist Bikini Bottom, $39.87; at ASOS

BCBGeneration 'Sun & Surf' High Waist Bikini Bottoms, $58; at Nordstrom

Topshop Tile Print High-Waisted Bikini Set, $65, at Topshop

Roxy X Pendleton 'Northern Post' High Waist Bikini Bottoms, $44.40; at Nordstrom

Marysia Dana Point High Waist Bottom, $153; at Everything But Water 

Lolli Swim High Waist Bikini Bottoms, $99; at Nordstrom

New Look Gingham Highwaisted Bikini Bottoms, $21; at ASOS

Lisa Marie Fernandez Poppy Textured High-Waisted Bikini, $395; at Moda Operandi

Victoria's Secret Forever Sexy Ring High-Waist Bottom, $19.99; at Victoria's Secret 

Mara Hoffman Lasercut High Waist Bikini Bottoms, $132; at Free People

Shoshanna High Waisted Bottom, $99; at Zappos

Lisa Marie Fernandez 'Genevieve' Bikini, $338.81; at Farfetch

Mara Hoffman Reversible High Waist Cut Out, $122; at Free People

Know an Eccentric or Two Swimsuit Bottom, $39.99; at Modcloth

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