Congrats! You made it through another winter of subzero temps and blanket-sized scarves, and it’s officially time to unearth the best swimsuit brands for the long-awaited summer ahead. We’re still practicing safety precautions, but things are looking a whole lot brighter than they were this time last year—which means it’s prime time to stock up on bathing suits you love. With a hot (vaccinated) girl summer ahead, balconies and patios will continue to serve as mini sanctuaries, but we’ll likely see more outdoor soireés this season—and hopefully more friends and family.
Plenty of dreamy trends for all style preferences and body types cropped up this year. From one-shoulder numbers to textured bikinis and metallic one-pieces, swimwear is looking offbeat (in the best way). It’s also looking more eco-friendly than ever, with a number of sustainable swimwear brands creating recyclable pieces that don’t skimp on style—or throw your budget to the summer breeze. Grab your sun hat, trusty face mask, and favorite SPF moisturizer—then shop the best swimsuit brands of 2021 ahead.
In our book, no wardrobe is complete without a few elevated basics from Everlane. The San Francisco-based brand prides itself on quality fabrics and craftsmanship at a competitive price point, and it launched its very first swim collection just in time for summer. Five Glamour staffers put the Everlane swim line to the test, and we weren’t disappointed. The suits were impressively well-made for the less-than-$100 price tag, and the cuts and colors felt modern yet timeless.
If you usually gravitate towards sporty or frilly swimsuits, head to Summersalt right now. The brand has an extensive selection of plus-size options, suits for long torsos, and flattering designs for every body type in between. Get in on florals, ruffles, solids, and modest designs for whatever’s on your summertime agenda.
Solid and Striped
Solid and Striped may be on the verge of turning 10, but the brand keeps its designs as fresh as ever. While you can still find plenty of classic bikinis and one-pieces that will never go out of style, Solid and Striped has a surprisingly trendy lineup this summer—from boho-esque knitwear to retro cut-outs and graphic prints.
Jade Swim has a knack for minimalist silhouettes with modern, experimental details throughout. Think classic one-pieces with diagonal cut-outs in the back, barely-there triangle tops with high-waisted bottoms, and strapless numbers with ruched detailing and metallic finishes. Everything from the sustainable swim brand feels elevated but not overly fashun, striking a perfect balance for chic pool parties or getting the shot on your inaugural beach trip.
Thought Madewell was just for cozy knitwear and damn good denim? One scroll through the brand’s swim section proves otherwise. True to form, it’s got plenty of quality basics, but also fresh cuts like square necklines and one-shoulder tops, board short-and-bikini-top sets, and groovy prints like ditsy floral and abstract geometry—at the reasonable price point we know and love.
Greenwashing is real, and the fashion industry is notorious for smoke and mirrors around sustainability practices (here’s our take on what it really means to be planet-friendly with clothes). Despite all of the murkiness around sustainability in fashion, Mara Hoffman is the real deal—the trailblazing designer isn’t new to this, she’s true to this. And aside from her breezy yet elevated ready-to-wear, she makes seriously good swimwear that ranges from minimalist to risqué.
Faithfull the Brand
Shopping for a summer spent draped in prairie dresses? Be sure to drop by Faithfull the Brand’s swim section. All of the gingham, paisley, and floral print will be waiting for you—along with solid one-pieces and bikinis with details that hint at the brand’s signature dainty vibe.
You probably know Aerie is your one-stop shop for comfortable underwear that costs less than a sad desk salad, but have you gotten into the swim section yet? The brand has so many cool options for every kind of summer aesthetic, and flattering designs for every body type. Whether you’re looking to test out some offbeat prints, show some skin, or stay covered, Aerie has a budget-friendly pick that’s right on trend.
No, we still haven’t gotten over the stylish yet ridiculously well-priced swimwear section at Target. Even after all these years, the retailer continues to pump out trend-forward suits that are pleasantly affordable. So why not stock up on a few?
Eloquii is serving up swimwear so good, you’ll want to wear it whether you’re near water or not. Seriously, who knew we needed puff-sleeved bikinis so badly? From chic cut-outs to high-fashion silhouettes, the plus-size retailer did not come to play this season—and you’ll be hard-pressed to add just one to cart.
If you’re looking for clean lines, textured fabric, and elevated designs that are basic in the best way, shop Onia. These suits are well-made and timeless, so they’ll undoubtedly get plenty of use from season to season.
Vitamin A Swim
It’s not easy to find another brand with as wide a selection as Vitamin A Swim. From timeless bikinis to long-sleeve options, water-friendly athleisure sets, and a bestselling golden metallic fabric that will command any beachside hang, there’s something for everyone here. Yes, including tie-dye.
Swimsuits for All
Gone are the days when shopping for plus-size swimwear meant choosing between two frumpy styles you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Thanks to boundary-breaking brands like Swimsuits for All, women of all shapes and sizes can get in on the season’s best cuts and prints—because every body deserves a plethora of options to choose from.
There’s no disappointment quite like ordering an amazing-looking swimsuit online, only for it to squeeze you in all the wrong places once you finally try it on. Luckily, Andie Swim created a Fit Finder quiz to ensure your suit is right on par with your personal preferences (and gathered data from wear tests on thousands of women), so you can rest assured you won’t be met with any unwelcome surprises when your package arrives.
Bring the runway poolside with an edgy pick from Chromat. The game-changing bodywear brand is celebrated for empowering people of all shapes, abilities, and sizes to feel amazing in the skin they’re in. And as you can see by the ladies below, these head-turning suits bring a bold, unapologetic energy that will make you feel like that girl this summer. Opt for neon pink or green, or remind everyone just how bold a white-hot moment can be.
Searching for something a little more extra? Feast your eyes on Sara Cristina’s swimwear line, chock-full of shimmer, pearls, ruche detailing, and unusual necklines that are sure to turn heads. While Y2K is definitely having a moment, the ‘70s never went anywhere, and we’re digging the disco aesthetic this line is giving.
Stone Fox Swim
Your beachy mood board isn’t complete without Stone Fox Swim. It’s the wanderlust-inducing brand you’ve likely already discovered while tapping for deets on your favorite L.A. influencer’s latest Malibu post. The spring 2021 collection has the most joyful, painterly florals and bold tiger print, but if neutrals are more your thing, it’s got you covered there, too. Scroll through the brand’s extensive selection of cuts that showcase every favorite asset under the sun, and then visit the mini collections to get something cute for your little one, too.
Monica Hansen Beachwear
After more than a year spent isolated in our individual quarantine caves, you can count on the masses showing up and showing out this summer. Monica Hansen Beachwear is the brand to watch if you’re into retro-inspired swimwear that serves ample sex appeal. The designer makes a case for feminine details like cross-body floss, metallic hardware, and super-high-cut silhouettes. This collection gives ‘70s vibes that say “go big or go home,” and we can’t get enough.
While you’re upgrading your summer wardrobe at ASOS, don’t forget to swing by the swim section. The brand has every color, print, and cut you could ever imagine—but it’s especially useful for ladies with fuller busts. Keep the girls in check without sacrificing style thanks to the long list of styles that can actually handle big boobs—starting with the picks below.
Western chic, but make it swim. Bring the Ganni cool girl vibes to the beach with the brand’s statement one-pieces and louder-than-life prints. Once you snag a suit all you’ll need is a white button-down, high-rise shorts, and chunky slides for your debut Shot Girl Summer feed post.
If you’re here for interesting texture, head straight to Montce for all the scrunched, ribbed, and knit swimwear your heart desires. The spring 2021 collection is an animal print lover’s dream, and it’s got various shades of green for every kind of poolside soireé.