Since nothing says end of winter like a 40-something blogger putting half-naked photos of herself on the internet (Yay! Every year!)…let’s do this. (Even better? This is prob the first of many swim dressing room selfies this year. ‘Tis the season.)

And YES: it does feel even earlier than usual this year. I blame the groundhog, because the Googles don’t lie. Everyone on the internet (and me, tbh) is looking for cute swimwear —— allllll of us. Like, right now. So I’ve been ordering and trying and snapping and — most importantly — messing with the clarity filter because I HAVE MY VANITY YOU GUYS. (Sidenote: if you’ve never messed with the clarity filter before you are welcome.)

Per usual, if you guys end up finding gorg swimwear, help a mama out and send in a pic. It doesn’t even have to be gorg — it can just be swimwear you feel good in. I promise that I’ll go nuts on the clarity filter so you, too, can be…flawless in that ever-so-slightly-out-of-focus way.

BTW, when you’re done here, be sure to check out all the new bathing suits in our annually updated Swim Shop!

One-Piece Swimsuits

My Favorite One-Piece Swimsuit

Let’s start on a high note, shall we? Color me SHOCKED, but it turns out that bright white looks super-classy even on my pale February skin. I mean…I knew white looked amazing with a tan (or on darker skin) but on white winter skin?? WHO. KNEW? (pale redheads everywhere prob knew, but whatever)

I also really appreciated the subtle ruching, the neckline, and the bum coverage.

Featured suit: Kate Spade Grove Beach One Piece (size small) – also available in blue or yellow.

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Kate Spade Grove Beach One Piece

The One That Makes Me Look Naked

From far away, I would literally look like a naked person walking down the beach. Maybe if my skin were darker. Maybe if my skin were tan. Maybe if my skin wasn’t so darn pink, IDK.

Featured: Mikoh Lana Swimsuit (wearing a size small – and oh look! The model has darker skin and looks freaking amazing)

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Mikoh Lana Swimsuit (size small)

The Red One That Doesn’t Give Baywatch Vibes

Red suits are tricky. Growing up, I was a lifeguard, and we always had to wear red suits. Trust me, the Baywatch jokes got old. (“Har, har, never heard that one before…except for 5 minutes ago and 5 minutes before that and 5 minutes before that…”)

This one, though, counters the sportiness of the color with a really sweet neckline, and the whole thing is more feminine than sporty. I also appreciate the full backside coverage. I’m not opposed to cheeky, but sometimes I’m just not feeling it.

FeaturedKate Spade Scalloped Cut-Out One Piece Swimsuit (size s)

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Kate Spade Scalloped Cut-Out One Piece Swimsuit (size s)

The Red One With Potential

Turns out, nothing sucks you in quite like smocking. And this suit really sucks you in. It’s also shockingly high-cut in the legs, so, uh, ya know. SHAVE. That said…this one was too small. Going up a size (or two??) might make this suit absolutely perfect, especially for soft tummies.

Featured suit: The Upside’s Latisha Shirred Swimsuit (size 0, which is a small)

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The Upside’s Latisha Shirred Swimsuit (size 0)

The One With a Surprisingly Sexy Back

Shoshanna makes seriously amazing, high-quality swimsuits. This one is no exception — the fabric and construction are both really high-end. However, this particular suit was either too small or too…slippery for a girl who has had a mastectomy & reconstruction. If I wasn’t careful, that halter front would slip riiiight between the girls.

However. If yours are more real (and by “real” I mean less hard, cold and barbie-like) you likely won’t have these problems. (Don’t feel bad for me — I can jog without a bra, haha.) And the back? It’s pretty spectacular.

Featured suit: Shoshanna High Neck One-Piece Swimsuit (size 0, should’ve been a 2)

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The One From Last Year That I Still Love

I wore this Mara Hoffman one-piece all over Greece last summer, and it was basically a JOY to wear. Stays put pretty well, too. It’s still fully stocked at Amazon, FYI, and the XS and L are both on sale.

Featured suit: Mara Hoffman Tie-Front Suit (xs)

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High-Rise Bikinis

I always appreciate a good mix-n-match bikini, but for some reason, the high-rise bottom trend seems especially made for a mis-matched top.

My Favorite High-Rise Bikini

This is the one I ended up keeping. It’s the one that is making me want to plan a desperate warm-weather getaway. The fabric of this top is seriously like a dream — nice and thick, with good texture — and the bottoms are ribbed, and don’t fall down OR squeeze my soft stomach.

Featured suitMarysia Mexico Top (size small) & Mara Hoffman Ribbed Bottoms (size small) – more sizes here or here

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I reallllllly like these bottoms. Primarily because you can sit cross-legged without fear, which, in a piece of swimwear, is SAYING SOMETHING. And they kinda/sorta hide what happens to 40-something tummies when sitting. I mean….don’t look too close.

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Marysia Mexico Top (size small) & Mara Hoffman Ribbed Bottoms (size small) – more sizes here or here

The Bottoms I Thought I’d Like

I had originally envisioned these girly and romantic floral bottoms with that Marysia Mexico top. In reality, not so much. However, these bottoms are pretty and abnormally high. So. If you have a very long torso and have been trying to find a high-waist bottom that is, in fact, high waisted…these.

Featured suitTop (small) & She Made Me High Rise Bikini Bottoms (xs but needed a small)

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Top (small) & She Made Me High Rise Bikini Bottoms (xs but needed a small)

The Mara Hoffman Top

Both of these pieces are Mara Hoffman…and man. That brand just nails swimwear. Everything is basically perfect.

Featured suitMara Hoffman Abigail Bikini Top (size M) and Ribbed Bottoms (size small) – more sizes here or here

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Mara Hoffman Abigail Bikini Top (size M) and Ribbed Bottoms (size small) – more sizes here or here

One More Mix-And-Match

Same Mara Hoffman top, but this time with a striped bottom. Such a cool pairing, but this particular pair of briefs really sort of cinch in at the waist, right where I, uh, cinch out. Moving around makes it worse, standing and posing makes it better. You pick.

Featured suitMara Hoffman Abigail Bikini Top (size M) & Suboo High Waisted Bottoms (size 2)

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 Mara Hoffman Abigail Bikini Top (size M) & Suboo High Waisted Bottoms (size 2)

And Finally, Matching Stripes

I had really high hopes for this cute little LOFT set. But I think I’m too pink to rock this color without a tan. That said, the fit is great for a petite person. I worry that the bottoms don’t come up high enough for someone who is tall (or long torso’d).

Featured suit: LOFT Wrap Front Bikini Top (small) & High Rise Bottoms (xs)

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LOFT Wrap Front Bikini Top (small) & High Rise Bottoms (xs)

Cute Bikinis

The Really Expensive One

I’ve been eyeing up Marysia swimwear for years. It’s just so…pricey. I need to do a full review (ya know…actually swim in it and stuff), but for now, I will say that the fabric feels totally lux, and the colors are even more gorgeous in person than they are online.

That said…the bottoms are too small. Even after sizing up. You can see how they squeeze my soft spots. I mean…maybe we don’t care about this? Mike would prob love it. I am realizing that this might be one of the differences between my 20-something self and my 40-something self and so…oh well?

Oh, well.

Featured suit: Marysia Top (size S) & Bottom (size S) – in hindsight, I should’ve gone with these string bottoms, I think.

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Marysia Top (size S) & Bottom (size S)

My Current Fav

I’ve been a huge fan of the brand Solid & Striped for years. This bikini is one of my all-time favs. The fabric is ribbed, and is almost as nice as the Marysia fabric, and the colorway (light blue and caramel) feels fresh and unexpected. LOVE this one.

Featured suit: Solid & Striped Top (size M) & Bottom (size S)

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Solid & Striped Top (size M) & Bottom (size S)

OK — for the next round, which brands/styles should I try? I’ve gotten a few requests for Summersalt — I’m on it. I need to do Marysia because the price is just confusing. Anything else?

xo,
S

26 COMMENTS

  1. Marysia is so good! I have a pair of their string bikinis and they’re just perfect! I can’t do the low rise ones though, it’s just too much (or should I say too little?) for my pooch.

  2. Becca swimsuits, please. And ones that look good on pear-shaped gals. With a pooch from a baby. :0) Nice job on this article. Thanks for your bravery!

  3. Thanks for this post! I love many of these suits but they’re mostly beyond my budget, do you have any suggestions for more inexpensive suits?

  4. Thanks! I love the one-piece suits with the bit of skin showing, and the high-rise bikini sets. I want to try both now. Thanks for showing your body for us–appreciate it.

  5. I’d love to see you and the team try some Amazon brands-Coastal Blue and Mae come to mind. Any others with similar price points and free shipping and returns. Very interested to see the Summersalt suits as well!

  6. Not terribly expensive, but definitely high rise, I’ve been curious about Kingdom & State.The suits look fun but I’ve never seen one on at the beach!

  7. Can you do more of the Loft suits? Some of them look so cute (including the one pieces that are similar style to the ones you tried on here) but they’re online only and so I’d love to hear how they are in person before I try them. Thanks for your bravery, you look great!

  8. Please oh please do a swimsuit post for ladies with big boobs! I’m not plus size and I don’t want a miracle suit but 34ddd won’t work in strapless or the cute tops you wear so well!

  9. Shana you are so brave for doing this every. single. year. Always love your reviews–so detailed with humor to keep it light and FUN (it IS February after all!) Would love reviews on Flagpole and Marysia…I’m so confused about expensive swimwear. Is it like denim, where you get what you pay for?!?

  10. I second (or third?) the votes for the Amazon brands. I’d also be interested to see what strikes your fancy from Athleta? My sister got a super-cute tankini top from there last year, but I always seem to forget about them when I’m actually shopping for swimwear

  11. +1 from the itty bitty titty committee! I saw that the black Shoshanna suit in this article has removable cups, which might make a one-piece doable. Strapless is a definite no-go… not enough projection to hold the suit up unless it’s squeezing my armpits to death.

    Speaking of the Shoshanna suit, is it last-season? Seems to be almost sold out across the internet, with random sizes left – I can’t find size 2 *anywhere*, in fact. That style of cut-in halter neck is super flattering on my non-existent boobs because it provides sufficient coverage while drawing the eye up to the shoulders.

  12. I’m a 32 g. I’ve had good luck with panache and Freya suits from Bare Necessities. They are bra sized and have a good selection. Shopping for swimsuits is hard enough for anyone but I find it especially hard with a larger chest! I just ordered a box of them to try on ?

  13. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE some pear recommendations that don’t involve boy shorts- I don’t think they are flattering at all! Please and thank you.

  14. I think you would like the Boys + Arrows suits a lot – some of the bottoms are very cheeky, but not all of them, and the tops are fantastic for a range of boob sizes, depending on the style.

  15. I’m a member of the itty bitty titty committee (straddling 32A/32B) and just ordered the Loft two piece Shana tried on. I’ll report back on the fit! Thank you, Shana. You are fabulous.

  16. Shana, you are the first influencer I came across and still my favorite. I am a busy mom of four teenagers and a career and I own many of your favs (James P. blazer, SW boots etc, AG jeans) and look put together and fashionable because you do the trying on for me. Thank you for keeping it REAL for us moms. I would love to see some Becca swimsuits.

  17. I just got a bundle of Summersalt swimsuits. Their high waisted bottoms with contrasting colors is the first high waisted bottom that doesn’t make me feel like I’m wearing really big undies- the contrasting helps, it’s faitly high cut, and the backside has a hint of cheekiness. I did try the highkick one piece in a light pink color- I also looked fairly naked with my pale pinky skin. Whoops, the suit itself was great so trying it in a different color 🙂 Oh,and the price is right- under $100.
    Would love a post on best colors for different skin types- it’s very confusing, usually when trying to figure out undertones . Thanks for the February swim selfies. Love love it!!!

  18. Been wearing nothing but Jcrew bathing suits for years because the price point is decent, sales are frequent, colors are gorgeous, fabric is perfect never sheer, and fit is perfect. They’re sort of derivative of Melissa odabash (ok, very derivative) but at a third of the price…and I’m totally ok with that! The one shoulder maillot you can actually throw a skirt over and wear it to lunch.

  19. Wearing women’s boardshorts from MEC was a game changer for me. So comfy and can do everything at the beach without worrying what my suit is doing.

  20. Could you help others like me out? I have to cover up because of skin issues in the sun and so I usually wear a rash guard or sundress and a hat. But I also have to actually swim because my children are little and need to be held/within arms reach. Last year I stood in the neighborhood pool with a rash guard, board shorts, floppy swim hat, and ran into a friend in her cute bikini. I felt so ridiculous. I felt like I had to explain all my extra layers. So this year I’m trying to be more intentional. I saw a cute pinstriped rash guard at j crew and am thinking maybe I can just wear that with cute floral bottoms. But what hat?! The straw ones won’t hold up in the pool. I also saw a cute long sleeved Kate Spade suit. …?! … what can those of u with sensitive skin do to be cute and not frumpy? Help!

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