These days all I can think about is everything I’m going to do when this is all over. In my ideal world that involves lots of summer beach and pool time. This brings me to the fact that each year, I struggle to find the perfect swim suit — one that has a cute print or style and even more importantly, a flattering fit. Getting into a swimsuit in front of people can feel terrifying. I usually end up spending my whole paycheck ordering one inexpensive swimsuit after another on websites like Amazon and Nasty Gal, never completely satisfied with how they look on me and hoping the next one will somehow be better. This year, I vowed instead to invest in a more luxury suit that is made well and fits my body in a way that makes me confident.
After TONS of research (like literally why have I spent this much time scrolling through pages and pages of swimsuits), here are the swimsuit brands that I am ordering try-ons from.
Montce is a self described “fit-focused brand.” Their suits are minimalistic when it comes to colors and patterns, but look gorgeous on. I’ve become convinced that the only ones that look good on me are high-waist bottoms paired bandeau tops which I’m aware is very specific, but is what attracted me to Montce initially. Their suits are pricey, but their sale section is approachable and for something that’s going to hold up for a few years, it will be worth the investment.
I had a couple of friends recommend this brand to me raving about how much they loved their suits from here. There are tons of colors, prints (ahem TIE-DYE) and styles to choose from, from minimal to more moderate coverage. COVID-19 has basically made tie dye the print of the year so why not rock a swimsuit that matches the sweats you’ve been wearing 24/7. Their price point is probably the most reasonable on this list.
Charlie Holiday is an Australian brand that I became familiar with while browsing the swimsuit selection on Shop Bop. They have lots of cute prints like gingham and floral and cuts like one shoulder tops and beautiful one pieces.
Reformation has blown up over the past couple of years. Not only because the brand is a leader in sustainable fashion, but the designs are the perfect mix of trendy and edgy that keep us coming back for more. Of course, that transfers over to their swimsuit collection as well.
Free People has been one of my go-to brands for a while now. I knew I could count on their swimwear to be just as simple yet fashionable as so many of their other pieces I rely on.
Left on Friday
The swimwear for active babes, Left on Friday is known for their comfortable, compressive fabric (that apparently smooths cellulite!?! gimme) While I may not plan on being entirely active in my swimwear, I’m not entirely graceful either and I could use a little extra help making sure my suit stays put in all the right places.
Solid & Striped
Solid & Striped has more than just solid & striped swimwear in case that was your first question (it was mine). Their designs are minimal yet chic and they also have super cute beachwear and dresses!
I mean I guarantee my
lack of thigh gap is going to look nowhere remotely similar to any of the models in these suits, but I’m confident I’ll find at least one solid swimsuit that I feel good in. Thankfully, they all have very forgiving return policies 😉