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Shopping for swimsuits is kind of the worst. It doesn’t matter how you look—whether you’re short, skinny, curvy, athletic, whatever—because chances are you’ve experienced some kind of anxiety before about buying bathing suits. There are tons of styles to choose from, too—how do you decide which one is for you?
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In that sense, shopping for bathing suits online seems like the easier way to go. After all, buying online affords you a unique kind of privacy and you won’t have to worry about the cruel tricks that harsh fluorescent lighting can play in the fitting room.
Unfortunately, finding a good bathing suit in a digital store still has its challenges. Most online retailers break down how to properly measure and figure out your size, so you have the most comfortable fit possible. But in lieu of that, you can also guess-timate which shapes and styles will be right for you based on your overall frame.
For instance, if you have broad shoulders, you may want to opt for an asymmetrical neckline, since it can draw focus up and away. If you carry most of your weight in your belly, a pair of high-waisted bottoms can help minimize and smooth your midsection out (plus they’re on trend).
To help you navigate this tricky purchase, we decided to track down some of the best places to buy swimsuits for all body types and styles in 2022. (Looking for men’s styles? We’ve got that, too!) We looked for sites that offer a good variety of styles, shapes, and price points, but also have great return policies, just in case something you order doesn’t fit the way you hoped.
Our favorite: The Sidestroke—$95
Return/Exchange Policies: 30 days
Best known for its sleek one-shoulder tops and one-pieces (also known as maillots), Summersalt specializes in the kind of Instagram-ready fashion that will make you thrilled to splash around in the water come summer. The brand’s swimsuits fit extremely well and offer long torso and booty coverage, so you won’t have to worry about a one-size-fits-all approach like you would at some other swimsuit retailers. Writer Samantha Matt raved about these swimsuits for their fit, feel and flattering shape, and was particularly obsessed with the cult-favorite Sidestroke design.
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days
Eager to add some bold colors and playful prints to your bathing suit collection? With Zaful, you’ll find super-cute maillots, swimsuits, and bikinis in designs you’ve probably never seen before, plus a variety of styles to suit any silhouette. This retailer also runs sales constantly, so you’re all but guaranteed to save money.
Sizes: XXS-XXL and 30A-38DD
Return/Exchange Policy: No time limit on refunds
Swimsuits from Aerie have the same flattering, easy-to-wear feel that makes its lingerie so comfy to wear. They also let you mix and match tops and bottoms, so you’re not locked into one suit or standard size.
Because it’s a subbrand of American Eagle, Aerie also offers a bunch of added perks, such as rewards across the brands if you sign up for its Real Rewards program.
Our favorite: Tempt Me Two Piece Vintage Halter Swimsuit—From $25.99
Sizes: XXS-8X, 00-38, and 00P-18P
Return/Exchange Policies: 30 days
You can already buy just about anything on Amazon, even live and fake plants. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s a sweet spot to score affordable swimsuits, too. You can find plenty of attractive options at a great value, and you’ll get them fast via Amazon Prime. You can read tons of reviews to see what others say about the fit, fabric, and quality to find the most trustworthy suits.
Sizes: A-DDD, XXS-XL
Return Policy: 60 days
For sporty swimwear that great for surfing, Athleta is a must-shop. This activewear brand, which also makes our favorite face masks, offers an assortment of athletic swimsuits, including crop bikini tops, tankinis, one-pieces and more. Even better, all of Athleta’s swimwear is made using recycled materials, making them a great option for eco-conscious shoppers.
6. Lands’ End
Sizes: 0-18, A-DDD
Return/Exchange Policy: 90 days
For a timeless look while you’re lounging by the water, you definitely want to shop Lands’ End. Ideal for those seeking one-piece suits that aren’t too suggestive, the company’s swim attire has a classic appeal that compliments virtually any age group.
7. Swimsuits for All
Our favorite: Ashley Graham Elite Triangle Bikini Set—from $58
Return/Exchange Policy: 60 days
The name says it all here. This online retailer specializes in delivering on-trend swim attire for all body types. Whether you’re shopping for a V-neck one-piece swimsuit or a swimdress with underwire, you can find the look that best suits your body here. Unsure if you’re ordering the right size? Swimsuits for All has a helpful guide to give you the perfect fit, no matter your silhouette.
Return/Exchange Policy: 90 days
For mid-priced bathing suits, Venus is a good option. While the swim attire favors a more classic aesthetic, you can find some unique bikinis and one-pieces that you’ll feel plenty confident in. You can shop by style or by print or color. The site even takes the guesswork out of finding the right coverage for bottoms, since your search will be targeted based on how much visibility you want there. Venus also offers an easy-to-use size chart, so you can get the most precise fit possible.
Our favorite: Dorina Bora Bora Swimsuit—$21.50
Sizes: 00-24, XXS-XXL, and 30A-38I
Return/Exchange Policy: 28 days for full refund, 29 to 45 days for gift voucher
For affordable, on-trend swimwear that’ll make you want to buy in bulk, ASOS is everything.The sizing can be a little iffy, as the U.K.-based brand has a European standard, but the company’s branded swimsuits are mostly true to size and are built to flatter a full range of body types. If you live in the United States, you can sign up for its premier delivery for $19 a year to get unlimited two-day shipping on everything, which is so completely worth it if you’re a regular shopper of the retailer.
Our favorite: Black Wireless V-Neck Tankini Top—$48.42
Return/Exchange Policies: 60 days
Unleash your inner geek and look adorable doing it with swimsuits from Torrid. From galaxy-inspired one-pieces to Wonder Woman-themed swimmsuits, you can shop the look or mix and match for a style that’s all your own. While their swimsuits are on the expensive side, one thing’s for sure: Torrid’s plus-size fashion can be a terrific way to show off your curves—and your nerdy side to boot.
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days; after 30 days, exchanges or store credit
Everything about Pacsun conjures up images of fun in the sun, so obviously their swimsuit collection is off the hook. You can find plenty of basic color and print bikinis on their site that manage to look both sporty and sexy. While the line does have some plus-size selections, it’s really ideal for those with petite or small frames, and those with larger busts will probably struggle to find tops that deliver the kind of coverage and support they need most.
Sizes: 32A-38DDD, 4-26W, and XS-XL
Return/Exchange Policies: 90 days (or 120 days if you paid with a Target Redcard) or 1 year for store-owned and exclusive brands
When it’s swimsuit season, you can really make those dollars stretch and get a cute beach look or two thanks to Target’s incredible selection of bikinis and one-piece swimsuits. Since Target basically has everything, their swim attire compliments a range of body shapes—including if you’re expecting—but they’re also well constructed, so you can use them well into next summer.
13. Nordstrom Rack
Our favorite: Next Good Karma Malibu Zip One-Piece Swimsuit—$54.97
Sizes: XXS-XXL and 32A-38DDD
Return/Exchange Policies: 45 days
Nordstrom Rack is a haven for fashion lovers who want designer brands at a good discount, and when it comes to swim attire, this retailer doesn’t disappoint. With everything from ruffle tops to tankinis, styles really run the gamut. Even better, you can return your swim gear at either Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack, which makes the process that much more seamless.
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days with receipt; after 30 days, exchange only at current price
Looking for affordable swimsuits online that are also eye-catching? H&M never disappoints. True to their rep, the fast-fashion retailer offers some of the most inexpensive and ready-to-wear swim fashion around. The downside? The bathing suits you buy at H&M probably won’t last past this season, but they’re cheap enough that you can pick up a few of them, so you’ll have plenty of options throughout the summer.
Our favorite:Essentials Bandeau Strap Recycled Swimsuit—$20
Return/Exchange Policy: 28 days for U.S. and International shoppers
Similar to ASOS, this U.K.-based fast fashion brand is all about the latest trends and their cheap, stylish attire totally reflects that. If you want to have fun and mix up your swimsuit game a little, you can find some show-stopper bikini sets and swimsuits for under $30, from high-leg one-pieces to risque lace-up swimsuits that’ll make you feel like you own the sand.
Our favorite:The Joanna One-Piece Swimsuit—$79
Sizes: XS-4X and 4-30
Return/Exchange Policies: 28 days for domestic returns; 60 days for international returns
Most of the swimsuits you can find on ModCloth have a retro, luxe vibe to them. If you already obsess over their dresses and accessories, you’ll love shopping their swim section, since you can find a quirky blend of vintage-inspired swimsuits and high-waisted bottoms that look terrific on curvier frames. They’re on the pricier side, but it’s so worth it if you love the ModCloth aesthetic.
17. Bare Necessities
Sizes: XS-XXL, 4-24, 30A-48M
Return/Exchange Policy: 60 days for returns, 61 to 120 days for exchanges
Sometimes spending a lot on a bathing suit just doesn’t seem practical, but if you’re shopping for a high-quality suit that you’ll wish you could wear everywhere, Bare Necessities is the place to shop. This retailer offers a variety of sizes but work especially well for those with larger busts, with cup sizes going all the way to M. Whether you’re looking for a modest one-piece or bandeau top, they have a vast selection to pick from.
18. Seraphine Maternity
Our favorites: Front Twist Black Maternity Swimsuit—$59
Return Policy: 30 days
Maternity swimwear can be tricky to shop for, but London-based brand Seraphine Maternity delivers, big time. Popular with Kate Middleton and other well-known celeb moms, this brand is great for sexy maternity lingerie and other chic apparel for expectant and nursing mothers, and can be an excellent destination for comfy maillots and tankinis that flatter curves in all the right ways.
19. Everything but Water
Sizes: 1-26, 32B-38H
Return/Exchange Policy: 21 days
Everything but Water has been around for more than 30 years and is one of the most popular brands in the swim fashion market. One of the big reasons? Their swim tops fit well and offer tremendous support, especially for those with D-cup busts and up. The company can also be a wonderful destination for resort wear and cover-ups, including sarongs, caftans, and tunics.
20. Beefcake Swimwear
Our favorite: The Original—$99
For swimwear that goes beyond the binary, Beefcake Swimwear is a fabulous option. Inspired by the 1920s, this gender-neutral swimwear line—which was initially launched by founder Mel Brittner Wells on Kickstarter in 2017—is ideal for customers who not only prefer shopping at queer-owned businesses, but who also love retro aesthetics. The shop practices ethical manufacturing (each suit made is cut and sewn by folks in Portland, Oregon, who are also paid a living wage) and suits are designed with all bodies in mind.
Return Policy: 30 days
If you’re shopping for gender-neutral swimwear, Outplay is a great place to start—and end—your search. Designed with all bodies in mind, the brand specializes in sporty pieces, ideal for those who lead an active lifestyle. Outplay also help people looking for swimsuits that hold exactly what they need it to, and only show exactly what they’re comfortable revealing. In particular, tops like the Swimmee, one of Outplay’s most popular offerings, are available in low or high compression fit. At Outplay, shoppers can find items that really fit their bodies well.
22. Andrea Iyamah
Our favorite: Aluna Sunshine One-Piece Swimsuit—$170
Return Policy: All sales final
Founded in 2011 by Nigerian designer Andrea Dumebi Iyamah, this brand offers exquisite swimwear influenced by her African roots and has been likened to “wearable art” by fashion lovers. The one-pieces and bikini tops and bottoms offered here are highly structured. Their distinctive, tailored look and finish makes them stand out from other brands. Additionally, the vibrant color palette that this brand draws from and includes in designs helps to make these pieces feel truly show-stopping.
Return Policy: 45 days for first orders, 30 days for returning customers
From board shorts to swim tanks and everything in between, TomboyX is a stellar option for swimsuits. They especially cater to shoppers in search of gender-affirming pieces. This queer-owned business was established in 2012 by Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez and also offers form-fitting bras and underwear. The swimwear in particular is made from quick-dry, eco-friendly materials. They also have an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50, so shoppers can get an extra boost of protection while they’re out in the sun.
Our favorite: Jade Swimsuit—$55
Sizes: 2-12, XS-XL
Return Policy: No refunds, 7 days for exchanges
Established by a group of friends who were eager to bring their sexy styles to the masses, EgoSwim is a Black-owned swimwear brand that offers a variety of cute, beach-worthy attire: stunning maillots, shoulder puff-sleeve bikini tops, high-waisted bottoms, and more. You can also use the shop’s handy size guide to find the right fit for your frame.
Our favorite: Free Will Swimsuit—$215
Return Policy: 7 days
Jamaican-born supermodel Chantal Davis founded Castamira in 2017 with an emphasis on creating contoured swimwear with a vintage feel. Made from eco-friendly materials, the brand’s minimalist maillots have a 70s-era look to them, with evocative cut-outs and feminine ruffles, but also retain a sporty wearability, which makes them ideal for long-term wear.
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Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.