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13 Swimsuits That Are Actually Worth Your Money

swimsuits that are worth your money
Design: theSkimm | Photos: Cuup, Aerie
April 25, 2023

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This post was originally published in May 2022 and has been updated.

Raise your hand if you like to treat yourself to at least one new swimsuit come the summer season. You already know we have our hand in the air, but which suits are actually worth their price tag and won’t stretch, fade, or tear after you soak up the sun and play in the waves? We’re here to answer that question. Our editors have tested many of these brands, and can assure you that these options will hold up over the years. We also asked for personal recs from other Skimm HQ members, just to make sure we covered all our bases. Just don’t blame us when you find yourself totally obsessed with each and every one. Let’s dive in.


A sexy one-piece with mesh detail…

Turn heads in this classic black one-piece that features wrap-around fabric over mesh to keep you supported while showing a little skin. It has removable padded cups, comes in four other color options, and is available in sizes XXS–XL. ($30.99, Cupshe)

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aerie pink wide strap bathing suit top

A wide-strap, unlined underwire bikini top...

Made from 80% recycled nylon, this swimsuit is good for the Earth and a must-have for your collection. The wider straps provide more support and since they are adjustable, you'll be able to get that snug and secure fit. The top comes in four color options and sizes 32A–38DD. ($31.46, Aerie)

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plus size tankini bathing suit with swim shorts

A flowy tankini with swim shorts...

This flattering two-piece ensemble is incredibly comfortable, so you'll be able to move around the beach freely. Plus with all that sand and salt water, wearing a top that drapes means less itching and pinching in the wrong places. Why be picking at your skin when you can be deeply engrossed in a good book? For even more options, click here. ($30.99+, Amazon)

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Monday Swimwear

An underwire top that’ll never go out of style…

Trust us on this one. An underwire top is a staple, especially if you’ll be snorkeling, swimming, or participating in any kind of water sport. We’ve done all three in this top, all while feeling fully supported. The underwire is surprisingly comfortable and the adjustable straps ensure the perfect fit. ($96, Monday Swimwear)

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A classic bandeau top that’s great for tanning…

This one has a bigger price tag, we agree. But we can vouch for Mara Hoffman suits. They hold up wash after wash. Plus this style is timeless. A bandeau top won’t give you any strap tan lines (just always remember to wear sunscreen please), and you can pair it with pretty much any style bottom. ($140, Amazon)

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Free People

A sporty top you’ll feel amazing in…

Like wearing a sports bra to the beach, you’ll be able to swim, play beach volleyball, or even just enjoy a happy hour, all while feeling supported and secure. It’s seriously one of the most comfortable tops we’ve ever worn, and we love that it comes in 12 different colors (including a standout red). FYI, we sized up for a better fit. ($88, Free People)

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A top with a pretty scalloped edge…

Marysia has been around for a long time, and for good reason. The brand is still serving up bathing suits with supportive tops and their signature scalloping. Grab the bottoms while you’re at it to make it a matching set. ($150, Amazon)

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A smocked swim set that stretches to fit you…

You might be wondering about the sizing guide for this swimsuit. Don’t be alarmed, but it comes in just one size. While you may be raising your eyebrows, we’ve actually worn it and can report that it really is incredibly stretchy, moving with you as you bend, twist, and find new positions to tan in. ($215, Amazon)

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A one-piece with a high-cut leg…

If you’re looking for something with “Baywatch” vibes, go for this retro one-piece with high-cut legs, cheeky coverage, and a low back. It’ll hold up wash after wash (yes, you can put it in the washing machine), and will quickly become your must-have suit for pool parties and bachelorette parties. ($83.98+, Amazon)

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A top with a V cut in the front…

This top has all the support of an underwire style, but is actually completely wireless except for the notched V neckline for a little added flare. It comes in lots of bright, solid colors and sizes up to DD. Customers love how soft the fabric is and say it doesn’t dig into their skin at all. ($99, Amazon)

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A top that’s just like wearing a bra at the beach…

Choose your actual bra size up to a 44H, and be amazed at how weightless and comfortable this top feels. The fabric (made from regenerated nylon) is thick and durable, and will hold up over time as it’s resistant to anything that might cause it to fade like chlorine, salt, and even sunscreen. It also comes in a ton of summer-ready colors, so take your pick. ($98, Cuup)

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A flattering one-piece with an open back…

This one has full bust and bottom coverage, but a revealing open back. We’re sold. The stretchy, recycled fabric will be compressive for long days spent under the sun, but don’t worry about comfort. We’ve worn this and find it easy to stay in, even on longer beach days. It comes in both solid and striped options, and sizes 0–24. Customers say it’s good for those with larger chests too. ($95, Summersalt)

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A classic one-piece with hidden support…

Beneath the halter neckline and ruching, the fabric will cinch your waist while the built-in bra will keep you comfy and lifted. The tie at the neck is adjustable, and the suit comes in sizes up to 14. Customers say it’s so flattering, they never want to take it off. ($188, Hermoza)

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