A high-waist bikini is great for the indecisive. It's pretty much right in the middle between a standard two-piece and a full bathing suit. You can mix and match your tops and bottoms, swapping out individual pieces and wearing them with swim separates you already know and love. And because of the higher waist, you get a little extra coverage, if you want it.
High-waist bikinis are a classic—they're reminiscent of the 1950s, but they never feel outdated or out of trend. And just like a great pair of high-waist jeans, it looks great all the time. No wonder it's still a top swim silhouette decades later.
Selena Gomez loves them. Taylor Swift loves them. And this season you'll love them too. We've narrowed down our absolute favorite high-waist bikinis for summer 2019, for all types of beachgoers.
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Just because it's a swimsuit doesn't mean it has to be extra beachy. A black swimsuit looks good on everyone.
When you try to picture the ideal swimsuit, a Solid & Striped bikini probably comes to mind. The brand's Instagram-popular Kayla two-piece is extra fun—gingham, like a picnic blanket, but with a striped band that gives it a sporty vibe.
This high-waist bikini is perfect if you're constantly tying knots in your band T-shirts to make them shorter. It's got a great crop top feel, and the tie around belt is a nice added detail too. Plus, the suit is on sale, and you can get cash back when you buy it through Glamour Rewards—so what's not to love?
The leopard-print midi skirt has been the summer piece since last year. If you have one in your closet—or are ready to press "add to cart" on one—definitely consider getting a good leopard-print bikini to match.
There's just something about the belted swimsuit trend that feels extra fancy. Maybe it's because the belt is so completely unnecessary that it makes everyone wearing it look more confident and thus fancier. Whatever it is, we're into it.
There is no doubt about it, neon green is the color for the summer. (Millennial pink who?) Dive right into the trend with this very good high-waist bikini by Eloquii.
Gingham is a summer classic, and it can't help but remind us of a picnic blanket (in the best way). This Mara Hoffman bikini gives the familiar pattern a fresh spin for summer 2019.
Swimwear patterns are very predictable: retro polka dots, colorful stripes, florals. Butterfly prints, though, are still an emerging trend, which makes this Out From Under high-waist bikini stand out from all the rest. If you like the cut but aren't sold on the butterflies, though, don't worry: It comes in eight other prints.
You can't reload your Instagram page without seeing one of Ganni's puffy sleeves, prairie dresses, or cowboy boots. Here's a little fashion secret: The Scandinavian brand makes incredible swimwear too.
Nowadays swimsuits have all sorts of bells and whistles—belts, ruffles, even sleeves. They're great if you want a little shoulder coverage and if you want your swimwear to play double duty as a regular top off the beach.
Want to show off those new sunnies? That's another situation when a simple black two-piece works great. Plus, a belted high-waist style pairs very well with equally retro cat-eye sunglasses.
Listen, you get only a few weekends of prime beach weather. You've got to make them count. This high-waist bikini is pretty, pink, and perfect. You can also easily wear the crotcheted pink top with your denim cutoffs on an extra-hot day.
The Gia Bikini by Solid & Striped is the closest you'll get to wearing your undies on the beach. And who's to stop you from lounging in these at home as well?
This is probably the majority of summer shoppers—in which case, consider Mikoh, the swimwear brand started by a sister duo raised by a family of surfers. You'll find tropical prints all over its two-pieces, which will help you pretend you're in Hawaii even if you're just sitting by your local pool far, far away from the Big Island.
A good, uncomplicated striped swimsuit will live in your wardrobe for years. Stripes may not be a new trend in swim, but they've had staying power for a reason.
Marysia's scalloped swimsuits are a favorite among the Hollywood crowd—Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, and Jessica Alba have all been seen wearing them. So if you want what they're having, this might be your new favorite trend.