The 12 Best Swimsuit Brands of 2021

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Summersalt

"This brand is widely beloved for its designs, fit, and quality construction."

Best Budget: Cocoship

"Cocoship is an affordable swimsuit brand that offers flattering suits for all body types."

Best for Women: Swimsuits for All

"The online shopping experience allows you to shop by body type, silhouette, and special features."

Best for Men: Bonobos

"Features an array of cool patterns, free shipping both ways, and easy returns."

Best for Kids: Lands’ End

"A dependable go-to brand for kids' swimsuits because they offer a ton of variety."

Best Style: Solid & Striped

"Offers suits in a range of whimsical, on-trend prints and edgy silhouettes."

Best Eco-Friendly: Away That Day

"Away That Day makes swimsuits that are constructed from regenerated waste found in the ocean."

Best Athletic: Body Glove

"This well-known active brand has swimsuits that are great for active sports like kayaking and paddleboarding."

Best Sexy: Becca Swim

"Becca’s swimsuits come in ultra-sexy styles that are universally flattering."

Best Plus Size: Time and Tru

"Exclusively carried at Walmart, this size-inclusive brand is really stepping up when it comes to bikinis."

Swimsuit shopping can be daunting for so many reasons: fit and sizing can feel mysterious, price points range wildly (and so do body types), and the market is saturated with options in every style and silhouette. To make the process easier—and even a ton of fun—we asked travel bloggers and influencers around the globe to share their favorite brands for suiting up to hit the water. They targeted companies noted for budget friendliness, size inclusiveness, environmentally-friendly practices, and so many more standout features to help you streamline your search for the perfect suit.

Here are the best swimsuit brands.

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Summersalt

Summersalt The Ruffle Oasis Bikini Top

Courtesy of Summersalt

Summersalt is widely beloved for its designs, fit, and quality construction. “I swear this brand is magic—they fit every body type perfectly,” explains Kara Harms, the body-positive blogger behind Whimsy Soul. “And when it comes to travel, this is the only brand I've found that actually stays on while doing activities like snorkeling, but also is designed in a fun style that matches my personal aesthetics.”

Further, Michelle Martin, founder of the sustainable travel platform Travara loves Summersalt for its sustainability ethos and recycled or otherwise eco-friendly materials. “Fabric is crafted from post-consumer materials and nylon waste—like old fishing nets—that are literally pulled from our oceans,” she says.

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Best Budget: Cocoship

Cocoship Retro One-Piece Swimsuit

Courtesy of Amazon

4.2

Travel and lifestyle blogger Marissa Daily likes this super-affordable brand offering flattering suits for all body types, with options that elongate and smooth the body. Her favorite is a vintage-style suit that accentuates curves and provides varying coverage with adjustable straps.

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Best for Women: Swimsuits for All

Swimsuits for All Valentine Ruched Bandeau Bikini Set

Courtesy of Swimsuits for All

Swimsuits for All offers a huge range of inventory, budget-friendly price points, and a ton of options for plus-size figures. The online shopping experience is very user-friendly, allowing you to shop by body type, silhouette, or special features (like bust support, resistance to chlorine, and more).

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Best for Men: Bonobos

Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks

Courtesy of Bonobos

Bonobos has it all for men’s swimsuits: an accessible price point, environmentally-friendly practices (such as recycled fabrics), and an array of cool patterns (think cocktails and wine bottles). Reviewers love the quality and fit. Plus, you get fast, free shipping both ways, easy returns and exchanges, and excellent customer service.

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Best for Kids: Lands’ End

Lands' End Boys Nautical Color Block Swim Trunks

Courtesy of Lands' End

Lands’ End is a dependable go-to brand for kids’ swimsuits. They’re well made, well priced, and offer a ton of variety in terms of silhouettes and styles. Vibrant colors and prints are fun for kids—and will help you spot them easily on the beach, too!

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Best Style: Solid & Striped

Solid & Striped The Spencer Swimsuit

Courtesy of Solid & Striped

I first learned of this brand when I admired a woman’s swimsuit so much around a Palm Springs hotel pool that I asked her where she got it. Solid & Striped offers suits in a range of whimsical, on-trend prints and edgy silhouettes (as well as some more timeless, solid-color staples). You’ll definitely get noticed in these.

Solid & Striped also offers stylish options for men, with colorful prints and colorways. You can view them here.

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Best Eco-Friendly: Away That Day

Away That Day Terry Saint Tropez Top

Courtesy of Away That Day

Victoria Watts Kennedy, travel blogger at Bridges and Balloons, prioritizes ethical brands—especially seeking out those that use Econyl, a nylon material made up of landfill and the waste that makes it into our oceans. Away That Day is among the brands offering “gorgeous Econyl swimsuits,” she says. “They’re not cheap, but worth it for their quality as well as their sustainability credentials.”

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Best Athletic: Body Glove

Body Glove Essence Stand Up Paddle Suit

Courtesy of Body Glove

Body Glove is well known as an active brand that has merged performance with on-trend styles for more than seven decades. "I love Body Glove for active sports outside like kayaking and SUP,” says solo travel blogger Sarah Fay. Plus, she says, “their bright colors are amazing on my skin tone and I love that they look good on all body types.”

Be sure to check out options for men and kids, too!

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Best Sexy: Becca Swim

Becca Swim Color Play One-Piece Plunge Swimsuit

Courtesy of Becca Swim

Becca’s swimsuits come in ultra-sexy styles and Marlene Srdic of the lifestyle blog Life With Mar says she loves the brand’s “universally flattering” looks. “The swimsuit itself does a great job at compressing the tummy area and holding everything in while the mesh details are so stylish,” she says of a favorite Becca swimsuit. It’s a great travel wardrobe staple since it doubles as a bodysuit that you can wear with a sarong, skirt, pants, or shorts.

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Best Plus Size: Time and Tru

Time and Tru The Goodlife Swimsuit Bikini Top

Courtesy of Walmart

You might not think of Walmart when searching for swimsuits, but plus-size model and influencer Britnee Rochelle says don’t sleep on it. For bikinis, she loves the Time and Tru line exclusively carried at the big-box retailer. “Their swimwear is really stepping it up and very inclusive when it comes to sizing. I’m a huge fan!” she says.

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Best Luxury: Tory Burch

Tory Burch Printed Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit

Courtesy of Tory Burch

“One of my favorite affordable luxury brands is Tory Burch,” says Mayuri Kashyap, founder and travel blogger behind ToSomePlaceNew, “The material of the swimwear is most important to me, [and compared with other suits] the nylon-jersey material on the Tory Burch swimsuit felt much better in terms of fit and longevity.” Her favorite is an “elegant” one piece with an “amazing” fit. “Don’t let the criss-cross back discourage you,” she says. “It is comfortable to wear.”

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Best Maternity: Motherhood

Motherhood Ruffle Front Maternity Tankini Swimsuit

Courtesy of Motherhood

Sure, some women get through their entire pregnancies wearing the triangle string bikinis they’ve always loved. But such was not the case for me as I carried twins to full term, delivering in prime mid-summer: I needed some serious engineering and coverage. Motherhood is a great option for swimsuits made just for expecting women, with pretty silhouettes and helpful features like built-in shelf bras.

Final Verdict

SummerSalt is a cult favorite for a lot of good reasons: we love the versatility of the silhouettes and the universally flattering styles. The price is mid-range but the construction is really top-notch.

What to Look For in a Swimsuit

Support

Travel and lifestyle influencer Alexandra Creteau says she’s always looking for a swimsuit that provides adequate support and coverage to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions while being active. “I really don't want to go into the ocean and catch a wave and be unable to get out of the water because I lose my top,” she says.

Fabric

When shopping for a swimsuit online, look for a color and fabric that will stay opaque when wet—it’s a much better time to discover a potential problem than when you’re in public. “Look at colors and materials to ensure the swimsuit is not sheer after a dip in the pool,” ToSomePlaceNew’s Kashyap says. Swimsuit brands should offer a variety of prints and fabrics to choose from.

Activity

Think about your usage and buy accordingly. If you’ll be body surfing or boating, a rash guard provides coverage, sun protection, and stays put, but a string bikini might be a better bet for lounging, suntanning, and getting noticed. Likewise, a strapless suit might be great for tan line-free shoulders when lounging, but it’s not great for doing beach activities and sports; Daily says she avoids them because “they don't allow you to be very active without worrying about a slip-up.” Look for stores that carry different styles for men, women, and kids so you can get everything you need in one place.

FAQs

What’s the best way to wash a swimsuit?

If you want your swimsuits to keep their shape and last through seasons to come, it’s worth investing a bit of extra time in their care. If washing in the machine, use a mesh laundry bag to separate and protect them. Wash in cold water on a gentle cycle with mild, bleach-free detergent and air dry them. Even better, hand wash your swimsuits in warm water if possible to keep colors staying bright and their shape as new.

How long will my swimsuit last?

Most swimsuits—even the budget-friendly ones—should last you at least a full season. But well-made suits can last for years (and you may expect them to depending on the price you shelled out). Factors influencing suits’ endurance include quality of construction, and exposure to the elements and chemicals like chlorine, which causes them to degrade faster.

Why should I shop at ethical swimsuit brands?

There are a range of swimsuit brands known for sustainable, environmentally friendlier practices. Travara’s Martin explains that she always looks for “brands that align with my values and take the planet into consideration,” she says. “It’s hard to find a good swimsuit, but even harder to find a good one that has a light footprint. There isn’t a perfect material out there yet, but here are some great options that look good and have socially conscious intentions.”

Other than the sustainable options listed above, she notes brands like Vitamin A, which has an “all-around sustainability mindset,” having created the first premium swim fabric made from recycled nylon fibers. Other responsible favorites include Outerknown and Prana.

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Alesandra Dubin is an LA-based lifestyle writer and editor. As a veteran digital journalist, she’s covered travel, food, parenting, and more for over 15 years. Her work has appeared in Town & Country, Business Insider, Marriot Traveler, TODAY.com, BravoTV.com, and countless other online and print outlets.

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