Searched through hundreds, tried on over 50, now with all the hard work done, I turn over only the best to you. Swimsuits for the bodies we live in. Following are 10 modest swimsuits that can survive pool parties, sandcastle building, and sprinkler running. And in each category I found you an investment option and a budget option, so if you’re going to be wearing it all summer you can trust that it will last. Or if you just want a cute swimsuit for pool chairs, I’ve got you covered as well.
Tribal Halter One-Piece
The execution of the pattern on the Trina Turk is more flattering and sophisticated. I love how the symmetrical arcs defined my waistline and brought the eye in visually. The feel of the fabric is also superior, particularly the neck tie. It was wide and soft which means it wouldn’t be digging into my neck after a few hours.
I actually appreciated that the Ekouaer option offered much more backseat coverage, but I was still won over by the overall look of the Trina Turk….until I got the lookalike from Zilin in the mail. It came too late to photograph, but I had to share it with you. This copy cat doesn’t have the beautiful watercolor pattern of the Trina Turk but the cut is virtually identical. It has straps across the back and slightly more fabric across the backside. The only fit difference I noticed was a little back gap.
Asymmetrical Wrap One-Piece
If you’re looking for a swimsuit that provides coverage for a shy stomach, look no further than this Asymmetrical Wrap One-Piece. Rouching or shirring over an area you’re less than confident about immediately minimizes and disguises superfluous bulges. Supportive fabric can also have a compressive effect without being uncomfortable.
The first option is from Miraclesuit. This swimsuit offers firm compression and looks modest without being matronly.
Its copycat is by Runtlly. While the overall look is very similar, it has more mesh areas than the original and does not smooth or contour.
Side by side, I picked the Miraclesuit over the Runtlly. I believe it’s worth the investment for the superior fit, fabric and visual results. The biggest downside to the Runtlly option in my opinion was the saggy fabric around the front brief.
If you struggle with finding a swimsuit that can keep your bottom covered, there are a few areas you should consider. First, how much coverage does it offer in the back. I’m personally more conservative in this area. Especially since I have a swimsuit devouring bottom. Three steps and my seat can make a meal of any rear coverage I started with. Second, if it’s a tankini or bikini how high does the brief reach. You want it to corset in the widest part of your torso. Below it will give you muffin top, above it will give you kangaroo pouch. Finally, and often overlooked with the width of the crotch. Since I have wide thighs, I don’t like the crotch two wide. Otherwise I’m not going to be comfortable and the swimsuit is going to look awkward. These two peplum tankinis stood out to me because they eliminate long torso issues by breaking the swimsuit into two pieces. I also love how the ruffle offers some coverage for soft, delicious centers.
I actually purchased this peplum tankini from JCrew last season. I loved how the halter was adjustable as was the empire wrap tie. The bottoms offer a high rise brief with a slightly higher cut in the back which was flattering without being uncomfortable.
Verano Playa Peplum Tankini was also a winner in my opinion. It offered a few different details which are perfect for certain body types. The waist on this option is a true waist, so if you narrower at your waist than under your rib cage, it can highlight that. The brief is a lower rise but the back cut is more generous. I also really liked the mismatched patterns. I’d consider switching out the no-show bra pads, but other than that I was taken with this budget friendly look-a-like.
Since both the JCrew halter top/ high rise brief tankini and the Verano Playa Peplum Tankini tied in my opinion since both offered different options for different body types. The fabric on the JCrew option will definitely last longer, but the Verano Playa Peplum Tankini could be a fun extra if you already have a robust swimming wardrobe.
High Neck Criss-Cross One-Piece
My booty has always been my first focus when swimsuit shopping, but after I breastfed three kids, my chest also got prioritized. It had less volume and shape post child-bearing. This is when I became a fan of high necklines. What a high neckline offers is an uninterrupted line of your curves. Breaking a broad expanse into smaller pieces immediately makes it look smaller, which is great when you’re trying to minimize an area, but can lead to gaping overexposure when the area is dainty to begin with.
The criss-cross high neck and mesh waistband immediately drew me to the design of this Kenneth Cole One-Piece.
But the Mycoco look-a-like offered a virtually identical fit and look. The inexpensive option did have a small flaw in the mesh at the waistline, but the overall look was spot on.
Coastal Blue has a superior support if you’re nervous about any jiggling. It’s a smooth, comfortable fit with a fun, expected color palette that keeps the eye moving.
CupShe has hundreds of fun styles but their fabrics lack support. If you’re just looking for a swimsuit that can survive a day on a pool chair, it will definitely do the trick. One of the features I appreciate most was the adjustable straps.
The only area that left me disappointed is the Coastal Blue was that the bra pads were slightly visible. Based on the feel of the swimsuit I initially favored the Coastal Blue, however when I looked over the pictures I loved how the CupShe one-piece defined my waistline with the centered strip of color blocking.
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