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Our Fave High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms (and Sets) Under $75

High waisted bikini bottoms
Design: theSkimm | Image: Good American, Madewell
Jun 2, 2022

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Swimsuit season has arrived, and if you've been itching to update your collection with a new high-waisted bikini or two, you've come to the right place. We rounded up quality, flattering options that won't cost an arm and a leg — and that you'll find yourself looking for any excuse to wear. Looking for more summertime staples? We've got recs for sunglasses under $100, essentials to bring to the beach, and even more swimsuit styles that are worth your money. Here’s to fun in the sun — and, of course, don’t forget the sunscreen

A high-waisted bikini with crinkle fabric that moves with you…  

And can stretch up or down a size without losing its shape. It comes in four different neon colors and sizes XS–5XL. We rec pairing it with this scoop top (which can also work as a summer layering piece) or this triangle top for a more traditional look. ($49, Good American)

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A vintage-inspired flat-paneled swim bottom…  

Complete with a cheeky cut and above-the-belly high rise. The flat fabric has a compressive lining and comes in sizes XS–XXXL. Pair it with this customer-fave convertible top that can be worn as a bandeau or with straps. Psst…pre-rinse your bottoms in fresh water before jumping in a pool or ocean to preserve the suit’s fibers, and rinse in cold water immediately after wearing to remove salt, chlorine, or sunscreen. ($45, Andie)

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A high-waist bikini set with a twist-design top… 

Customers say this wallet-friendly bikini fits true to size and rave about how comfy it is. The set is available in sizes XS–XXL, and the top has adjustable straps. Note that you’ll have to purchase the top and bottom in the same size. Brb, snagging all five colors. ($28.99/set, Cupshe)

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Ruched, full-coverage bikini bottoms… 

Made using over 60% recycled materials, this one’s been designed to have full booty coverage while still delivering on style. It’s available in four colors and in sizes up to 3X. Customers love the fit and say it runs true to size. Pair it with this sports bra–style swim top for even more coverage. The waves aren’t ready. ($65, J.Crew)

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A super-high-waisted option with a vintage vibe… 

Because everything old is new again, and who doesn’t love a classic 1950s style? This one’s a customer fave thanks to its flattering fit and durability — and one HQ’r who has it can attest it still holds up after dozens of wears. It comes in 28 patterns and has an ultra-high waist that can be adjusted to sit right below the bust or just above the belly button. Time to splish and splash. ($24.99, Amazon)

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High-waisted swim bottoms perfect for water sports… 

Like paddleboarding, surfing, or just swimming. These are smooth and sleek for cutting through the water and have a powerful stretch so you won’t feel uncomfy. They’re also made from recycled nylon and are rated UPF 50+ for sun protection. For full coverage, pair it with this crop bikini in sizes A-C and D-DD, or go with a sporty look with the scoop bikini top in sizes A-C and D-DD. Surf’s up. ($26.99+, Athleta)

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Sustainable bikini bottoms with a retro fit… 

These super-high-cut, full-coverage bottoms are made from 80% pre-consumer recycled nylon — like fishing nets, fabric scraps, and carpet — and 20% elastane. Pair ‘em with the matching bandeau top that's got removable straps and comes in two colors — a black and dusty rose. ($34.50, Madewell

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A side-knotted swim bottom… 

That’s a customer fave thanks to its stylish design, true-to-size fit, and affordable price point. It’s got high front and back spandex panels connected by see-through, knotted sides. We love that you can pair it with virtually any top, like this cutout bikini top, faux-wrap bikini top, or even this ruffle lined top. Tarjay FTW. ($23, Target)

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A high-waisted swimsuit with precise and inclusive sizing… 

Aka you’ll truly find your perfect fit. Each size comes in a 1 and 2 size, meant to fit smaller and larger booties — so you can kiss saggy fabric and tight seams goodbye. The high-waisted bottoms come in five patterns and in sizes S1–5XL2. All of the fabric has SPF 50+ sun protection and has been made sustainably with recycled materials. Pair your bottom with the brand's inclusive-sized tops, ranging from A to H cups, like this scoop top, ruffle top, or plunge top. ($52, Kitty and Vibe)  

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A budget-friendly plus-sized swimsuit set…

This one comes in six patterns, and we love that you can choose two different sizes for your top and bottom. The bra top has underwire for extra support, a front tie detail, cup ruching, and two S-hook closures at the back. And the high-waisted bikini sits on top of the belly button and has a ruched front panel. ($24.95, Adore Me)

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