High waisted bikinis are trendy and ultra-flattering at the same time—what could be better than that? These bikinis are becoming the new Holy Grail of women’s swimwear. They are beloved for their universally flattering fit that helps boost the confidence of every woman—even those who tend to feel insecure in two-piece swimwear.
High waisted bikini styles strike a perfect balance between sexy and comfortable. They don’t showcase your bare midsection like classic two-piece bikinis, but they still flatter your figure and aren’t nearly as modest as one-pieces. This collection of high waisted bikinis includes many different styles that showcase the diversity of high waisted swimwear. All of the bikinis included in this collection are durable, trendy, and designed to fit and flatter your figure for a smooth and sexy finish.
The simple answer to the question of whether high waisted bikinis are in style is a resounding yes. High waisted bikinis are by far one of the trendiest and most flattering swimsuit styles on the current women’s swimwear market.
Although high waisted bikinis fell out of fashion with the rise of less modest low-rise bikinis in the 1970s, these bikinis are a classic that have proven their timelessness with their second rise to the top of the trend charts in the 2010s. Even when a new trend eventually steals the spotlight—fashion fads are forever fickle—you can feel confident that the high waisted bikinis in your collection will always be classy, flattering, and well- respected in the world of women’s fashion.
Contrary to popular belief, anyone can wear a high waisted bikini. In fact, high waisted bikinis are the most universally flattering styles on the modern women’s swimwear market. For some reason, many women think that high waisted bikinis are only really flattering for curvy or plus size women.
While high waisted bikini styles do flatter plus size women by accentuating their curves and slimming their midsection, it is a misconception that only curvy women look good in high waisted swimwear. If you have a slim figure without much natural curviness, a high waisted bikini can flatter your figure by breaking up your torso to create the illusion of more curves and a sexy, feminine shape.
High waisted swimwear is a much wider category than you might think. While high waisted bikinis are technically a swimwear style in and of itself, there are many different styles that exist underneath the umbrella high waisted swimwear.
High waisted bikinis are available in a wide range of styles, colors, and patterns. Check out some of the most popular high waisted bikini styles below to discover the one that flatters your body and best fits your personal style preferences.
High Waisted swimsuits usually refer to classic high waisted bikinis. These bikinis rise up to the middle of your waist and usually rest at or just below your belly button.
Classic high waisted bikini styles smooth your tummy and love handles and slim your waist. At the same time, they show off enough bare skin to maintain the sexy, care-free look of other modern bikini styles.
As their name suggests, super high waisted bikinis rise even higher than classic high waisted bikinis. These bikinis rise up to the top of your waist to rest a few inches under your bust.
If you want to conceal the majority of your midsection without resorting to a one-piece, try a super high waisted bikini. They give your tummy, waist, and hips a smooth finish and eliminate the risk of bulges and rolls around your waist that standard high waisted bikinis can sometimes emphasize. Super high waisted bikini styles are especially flattering for
women with a muffin top because they create a smooth finish from your upper thighs all the way up to the top of your waist with no room for bulging in between.
If you’re not into patterns, you can find many sexy solid high waisted bikini styles. A bright-colored bikini adds interest to your swimwear and draws more attention to how it flatters your figure.
To avoid loud prints and bright colors altogether, choose a solid bikini style in a lighter or more neutral color. Just make sure the bikini includes some texture or detailing—like ruched edging or an interesting neckline—to give it an eye-catching finish.
A colorful or eye-catching pattern draws attention to your high waisted bikini and makes it look brighter and more fun. Popular, flattering patterns for high waisted bikinis include modern stripes along with feminine floral and bold geometric prints. You can choose your favorite pattern based on your own style preferences.
Not only are patterned high waisted bikini bottoms fun and stylish, but they’re also very flattering. An eye-catching pattern adds an extra dimension to your bikini that distracts from any bulges around your midsection and creates a slimmer, smoother finish for your hips, tummy, and waist.
All high waisted bikinis are inspired at least a little by the popular high-rise retro swimwear styles of the 1940s and 1950s. If you really want to channel your innerMarilyn Monroe, though, pick out a high waisted bikini with an authentically vintage style.
Retro high waisted bikinis usually feature super high waisted bikini bottoms that are reminiscent of the ultra-modest styles of decades past. Vintage-inspired halter bikini tops with push-up lining and a sweetheart neckline enhance your cleavage and draw attention to your bust. These tops pair well with high waisted bikini bottoms to create a retro two-piece set that conjures images of classic, sexy pin-up girls of the 1940s. Retro high waisted bikinis look sexy on a wide range of body types, but they are especially flattering for curvier, full-busted women.
Floral prints are topping the trend charts, so rocking floral high waisted bikini bottoms helps you show off two major fashion trends with just one piece.
Many of the high waisted bikinis in this collection feature bold, colorful floral prints. These cute high waisted swimsuits perfectly capture the carefree vibe of summer with their flirty, feminine finish. Pair these floral high waisted bottoms with a matching floral- printed bikini top or a solid top in a bright color.
Every woman needs at least one LBB (little black bathing suit) in her summer wardrobe. Black high waisted bikinis are popular for their slimming effects and their sleek, bold style.
You’ll find multiple black high waisted bikini styles in this collection. You can’t go wrong with black high waisted bikini bottoms. These bottoms are universally flattering and complement virtually any bikini top.
After you choose a high waisted bikini bottom style, the next step is finding a flattering bikini top to go with it. Pairing a bikini top with high waisted bottoms shouldn’t be too tricky.
The versatile, flattering style of high waisted bikini bottoms helps them pair well with a wide variety of bikini tops. Explore our bikini top collections to find the perfect pieces to mix and match with the high waisted bottoms you love.
There are many benefits of wearing a high waisted bikini, ranging from style to comfort to mobility. If you need some more motivation to switch up your swimwear collection, consider these five reasons why you should raise the waistline of your bikinis this summer.
High waisted bikinis are arguably the most trendy modern swimwear style. Celebrities and fashion icons—including but not limited to Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, and Beyoncé—have been spotted rocking high waisted swimwear on their exotic beach vacations in recent seasons. In fact, photo evidence suggests that T-Swift seems to be rocking nothing but high waisted swimwear whenever she’s caught on camera in a bathing suit.
Beyond celebrities, women everywhere have begun recognizing how classy and flattering high waisted bikinis are, prompting swimwear brands to release new collections with a special focus on high-waisted styles. When you wear a high waisted bathing suit, you never have to worry about whether or not your bathing suit is stylish enough to turn heads on the beach—it’s trendy enough for Beyoncé, and that’s really all the reassurance you need.
A major flaw of modern women’s swimwear—at least among sexy, fashionable swimwear styles—is that it is unforgivably uncomfortable and impractical. Sure, maybe itty-bitty low-rise thongs are great for avoiding tan lines, but they’re completely impractical if you plan to do anything more active than just laying on a towel sunbathing all day long.
For women who like to swim laps in the pool, play beach volleyball, or even just wade and splash around in the ocean, traditionally sexy swimwear styles are the source of severe discomfort. Not only do skimpy styles like tiny, low-rise thong bikinis get twisted and ride up in awkward and uncomfortable ways, they’re also very likely to fall off if you do anything that requires even a small amount of movement or physical activity.
You no longer have to choose between sporting uncomfortable, insecure itty-bitty bottoms or an unflattering, unstylish athletic one piece. High waisted bikinis are a miraculous compromise between style, comfort, and practicality. These bikinis are ultra- trendy, but they’re also extremely practical.
High waisted bikinis are much more comfortable and breathable than skimpier swimwear styles. They don’t ride up or leave angry red imprints on your skin. Plus, because high
waisted bikinis sit so high up on your waist, you don’t have to worry about losing yours while swimming in the surf or playing an especially intense round of beach volleyball.
The most celebrated benefit of high waisted bikinis is that they are universally flattering. Like magic, these versatile bikinis look just as sexy on curvy plus size women as they do on women with slim, straight builds.
Regardless of your body type, size, and shape, you can find a high waisted bikini that flatters your figure perfectly just the way it is.
Every woman has body insecurities. Two of the most common body areas for these insecurities to lie are your midsection and backside. One of the unique advantages of high waisted bikinis—that sets them apart from other modern, trendy swimwear styles— is that they expertly conceal your imperfections and insecurities without making it obvious that you’re trying to cover up.
The tight, high-rise fit and full-coverage backside of high waisted bikinis instantly flattens your tummy, shapes your hips, slims your waist, and smooths and accentuates your curves. If your tummy, hips, waist, love handles, or backside are a frequent focus of your body insecurities, wearing a high waisted bikini can help you feel much more confident in your own skin.
Among other trendy, sexy swimwear styles, high waisted bikinis are unique in that they are not skimpy or scandalous. In fact, high waisted bikinis are inspired by the modest, vintage bathing suits that women wore in the 1940s and 50s. Famous 1950s sex icon Marilyn Monroe frequently showed off her own high waisted bikinis on Los Angeles beaches, which serves as a testament to just how alluring this swimwear style really is. Like any good classic style in women’s fashion, high waisted bikinis are timeless.
Because they offer a good amount of coverage and have an iconic past in retro fashion, high waisted bikinis are very classy—which is not necessarily the case among other sexy modern swimwear styles that show off significantly more skin. When you wear a high waisted bikini, you look sexy, classy, and stylish all at the same time—a best of all worlds situation that no other modern swimwear style offers.
What is the right time and place to wear a high waisted bikini? The short answer to this question is: anywhere that accepts swimwear as an appropriate dress. The versatility of high waisted bikinis is another convenient advantage of this swimwear style.
Unlike skimpier, more scandalous modern bikini styles that show off most of your bust, backside, and midsection, high waisted bikinis offer more coverage. They are appropriate and stylish for any swimwear-clad occasion, from a poolside family barbecue to a care-free party on the beach.
High waisted bikinis are extremely popular. That means that you can buy high waisted bikini styles from just about any swimwear brand, from the lowest-end retailers to high- end luxury designers. However, just because you can buy a high waisted bikini anywhere doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be picky about your swimwear source.
It’s important to find a quality high waisted bikini that fits you well and flatters your unique figure. If you buy a low-quality bikini that is designed poorly and made with cheap materials, it will wear out quickly and likely fit awkwardly or insecurely. If you buy a bikini that doesn’t fit you well, you can end up with unflattering bulges or gaps when you put it on. You don’t have to make your purchase from a high-end designer, but your body confidence is worth spending a little extra money on higher-quality swimwear.
Buying in-person is a safe bet when it comes to high waisted bikinis—and swimwear in general. In a brick-and-mortar store, you can try on a variety of different sizes and styles to find the one that fits and flatters you best. That being said, online shopping is much more
convenient and gives you the opportunity to avoid the potential embarrassment and insecurity that some women feel while shopping for bathing suits in public.
If you want to buy your bikini online, take precautions to make sure you’re satisfied with your purchase. Only buy from reputable online stores with a wide range of positive customer reviews. Follow the online store’s sizing chart carefully to match your own measurements with the size that fits you best.