Whether you're looking for extra coverage, sun protection, or a sexy new style.

Mackenzie Dunn Morgan Noll
Updated Apr 16, 2021 @ 11:45 am
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The promise of summertime has never been so exciting. Bathing suit season is about to be in full swing, but in the midst of all the daydreaming about lounging by a pool in a cute one-piece or bikini that we've been doing, we may have, uh, forgotten to buy an actual swimsuit. If you're anything like us, you know there's nothing that kicks off the summer season more than stepping into a brand-new swimsuit that you plan on living in all summer long.

We love one-piece swimsuits as they're so cute, practical, and flatter every body type, and with all of the super cute styles available. Plus, they're easy to take from day to night by throwing a pair of denim cut-offs or cute lace pants on top of them. To help you find the perfect one-piece swimsuit for your body type and fit needs, we tapped Megan Hanson, digital stylist for Nordstrom Trunk Club, for advice. Keep scrolling to find the style that best suits you below—and remember, there are no wrong picks here.

Best one-piece swimsuits for tall women:

Hanson says many tall women tend to have straight or rectangular frames. "For that frame type, I love looking for 3D details like ruffles, frills, ruching, or ties," she says. "They come in handy when looking to exaggerate your silhouette." She also recommends selecting swimsuits in bright colors or vibrant prints if you're looking to create the illusion of curves.

Try this: strapless one-piece swimsuit

Ruched Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit
$98
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J.Crew

With tube tops coming back in style, this strapless one-piece is right on trend. The ruched detailing makes the swimsuit even more flattering and it comes with a removable halter strap in case you want to opt for a different look or feel more secure. Shop the one-piece in 11 different colors and choose between the classic and long torso fit here.

Try this: ruffled one-piece swimsuit

Tempt Me Women's One Piece Swimsuit Vintage Off Shoulder Ruffled Bathing Suit
$29.99
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Amazon

Like Hanson said, the ruffle detail on this one-piece swimsuit is a great way to add volume and shape to an otherwise straight and simple one-piece. The oversized ruffle draws in the eye while making a fun fashion statement at the same time. Shop the suit in 26 other colorways here.

Best one-piece swimsuits for petite women:

If you're looking to gain a few visual inches in your swimsuit this year, Hanson recommends looking for a one-piece that sits high on your hip bones. "This silhouette dramatically elongates the leg, which is flattering to all shapes but particularly so on petite figures," she says. "If you like to show off your backside, look for a cheeky cut."

Try this: high cut one-piece swimsuit

LA Hearts by PacSun Light Orange Cora Scrunch One Piece Swimsuit
$49.95
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Pacsun

Become the Baywatch lifeguard of your dreams in this retro-inspired high-cut one-piece. The textured material is stretchy and comfy, and the bright orange color is perfect for soaking up the sun and standing out on the beach.

Try this: black one-piece swimsuit

Aerie Waffle Scoop One Piece Swimsuit
$49.95
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Aerie

When it comes to swimwear, a black one-piece swimsuit is the ultimate wardrobe essential. It's classic, timeless, and can easily double as a bodysuit for when you head straight from the beach to dinner. This one-piece from Aerie features a sexy low back, high-cut front, and a textured waffle fabric to make the simple style feel special.

Best one-piece swimsuits for plus-size or pear-shaped women:

To accentuate your curves, Hanson recommends opting for a dynamic one-shoulder suit. "This asymmetry draws the eyes up top, making it particularly flattering on pear shapes," she says. "I like a little ruching, which not only adds a textural element to a swimsuit but also has a flattering and slimming effect."

Try this: long torso one-piece swimsuit

The Sidestroke
$95
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Summersalt

This best-selling suit is universally flattering and available in 12 cute colorways. It's also made with additional fabric in the waist area to keep the suit from riding up and creating that dreaded one-piece wedgie. Plus, full-bust support without cups or padding makes this suit an all around winner.

Try this: printed plus size one-piece swimsuit

Women's Plus Size Strappy Back One Piece Swimsuit
$39.99
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Target

Not into the asymmetrical style? No worries, this one-piece—available in sizes 14W to 26W—comes in a more simple shape that lets your curves do all the talking. Even with the minimal silhouette, the suit is far from boring with bold animal print and a strappy back.

Best one-piece swimsuit for women with a large bust:

For supportive coverage that will make a large bust look great, Hanson recommends a one-piece with a halter neckline. To get the most comfortable fit in your suit, also be on the lookout for styles with thicker bathing suit straps and under-bust support to keep your tatas held up.

Try this: high neck one-piece swimsuit

Women's High Neck Criss Cross Open Back One Piece Swimsuit
$39.99
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Target

Whether you're specifically looking for extra coverage up top or you're just partial to the high-neck style, this one-piece is a great choice. While the front side is simple and minimalistic, the back side features a low scoop cut and crisscross straps, making this swimsuit the perfect example of "business in the front, party in the back."

Try this: padded one-piece swimsuit

Cloralin Contour Plus
$59.95
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Adore Me

With padded cups, an elastic band under the bust, and thick straps, your boobs will have full support without the discomfort of pokey metal wire. Plus, this sexy, peek-a-boo mesh one-piece comes from bra and underwear brand Adore Me, so you can trust that the fit is right. Shop it in sizes 0X to 4X or find a similar style in standard sizing here.

Shop more one-piece swimsuit types and styles below.

Cut-out one-piece swimsuit:

Madewell Second Wave Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit in Colorblock
$69.50
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Madewell

This cutout swimsuit takes the look of a two-piece bikini and turns it into a one-piece swimsuit, making it the best of both worlds. Plus, the color combo reminds us of dreamy pink and orange skies and it's just begging us to stay at the beach until the sun starts to go down.

One-piece swimsuit with a skirt

ESPRLIA Plus Size Floral Print Halter Swimwear One Piece
$30.99
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Amazon

Love to swim but hate to bare your backside? This one-piece swimsuit has a built-in skirt to keep you covered and it could easily be mistaken for a cutesy sundress. If lemons aren't your thing, choose from one of 21 other cute prints, like daisies, watermelons, or pineapples.

Long-sleeve one-piece swimsuit

Women's Long Sleeve Mock Neck One Piece Rashguard
$39.99
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Target

If you plan to spend long hours out in the sun, this long-sleeve swimsuit will help keep you protected. The recycled polyester one-piece features a UPF 50+ rating, removable padded cups, and comes in a bright blue color that's sure to turn some heads—whether you're wearing it while surfing the waves or just lounging on the beach. For more extended sizes, shop a black and white version of the swimsuit here.

Modest one-piece swimsuit:

The Sun Shield Swim Tunic
$65
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Summersalt

You don't have to compromise style for full-coverage, full-protection swimwear. This color-block swimsuit is fun and practical with a long sleeve tunic featuring hidden internal ties to attach to the matching leggings. One reviewer also wrote that the swimsuit is a "Hijabi's Dream!"