A day on the beach or beside the pool requires a swimsuit that is stylish but allows you to rock your figure with confidence. When skimpy, stringy bikinis just aren’t for you (and let’s face it, for most of us, they aren’t), more modest swim suits can help you look and feel your best whilst relaxing waterside. TFG readers once again weigh in with their top choices for cute modest swimwear.
Best Modest Swimwear for Women
Written By: Laura Snelgrove
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Travel Girl Fashion help! A reader asks:
I’m headed to Maui (Wailea) later this year. I feel dandy about everything except dum-da-dum: bathing suits! Oh Lord help me. I have been to Tommy Bahama and all the usual suspects. I am in my late 50s and don’t personally want a 2 piece. Any vendor recommendations for a flattering one piece with a little “something?” So not athletic. Sorry for the vague ask.
Ladies modest swimsuits that are comfortable and allow you to have fun in the sun in confidence can be the Holy Grail of beach vacation packing lists. Once you’ve found a brand that fits your curves like a dream, you never turn back. There are so many designs to choose from, from halter necks, high waisted bottoms, and long sleeve rashguards.
Our readers have stepped up with tried and tested beautifully modest swimsuits that will have you looking fabulous on the beaches from the white sands of the Caribbean to the turquoise waters of the Maldives!
Best Modest Swimsuits for Ladies
Editor’s Pick: Miraclesuit Illusionist Crossover Swimsuit
Touted by the editor-in-chief, Alex, as her go-to swimwear, Miraclesuit is also a brand recommended by many TFG readers. The crossover style on these one piece modest swimsuits will make you ‘look 10 lbs lighter’, according to the brand. The super stylish V-neck and mesh inset panels help provide breathability plus offer a fashion-forward twist.
Readers LOVE this brand! One says, “Miraclesuit hands down. Love mine.”. TFG editor Alex shares, “I second a Miracle Suit! For flattering but chic one piece swimsuits try a Miracle Suit! Well worth it. Nordstrom has many styles but sometimes Amazon has the same styles at a discounted price.”
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Miraclesuit Tummy Control One Piece | Sizes 16W to 24W
Miraclesuit Plus Size Modest Swimsuits
For a plus size option, try this black and white vintage style, flattering modest swimsuits also by Miraclesuit. Again offering their ‘look 10 lbs lighter’ design. The soft cup bra provides gentle shaping and V-neck accentuates bustline, showing off your assets without revealing too much. The scoop back shows a little skin and moderate cut leg makes your legs appear longer.
One reader raves, “I love how I feel in Miraclesuit. After squishing it all in, I feel and look great… ok maybe not as great as I think – but certainly feel confident walking from the pool to slide and back down again. Weeee. Enjoy!”
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Lands’ End Keyhole Tankini
These fashionable, empire line, womens modest swimsuits are bound to turn heads whilst you’re laying poolside. It looks like a halter, but has straps that hook to the suit in back, so you get a cute look without the pressure against the neck. With a higher neckline, giving extra coverage and sun protection, and keyhole opening at the back to add a splash of style, this nylon-blend top is available in non-control or with tummy control.
Readers love Lands’ End tankinis. One shares, “I agree with Land’s End. Got a tankini that really flatters a not so pretty body!!”. Our readers suggest wearing the tankini tops with board shorts or getting a pair of plain black bottoms and a range of tankini tops that you can mix and match. Comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes!
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Zando Slimming Swimdress
For a girly, floaty style try a swimdress. These vintage modest swimsuits styles by Zando, feature a tankini long line top with boy short bottoms. The long swishy top, skims over your middle to cover lumps and bumps.
One TFG reader says, “I travel with this one!”. Available in a range of stunning prints, this style will look fabulous on the beach, or teamed with denim shorts whilst shopping for souvenirs.
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HAIVIDO Print and Black Modest Swimsuits
A bright bust area with a slimming black contrast middle, makes this one piece a winner. As affordable modest swimsuits, they tick all the boxes. It has tummy control; soft removable bra cups; a range of prints; and options for a criss cross back, or halter neck style.
One reader loves hers, but warns to check the sizing for a perfect fit, “I bought this one, and it feels great. I’m over 50, too – and this has some oomph. No, I’m not built like the model – but it is forgiving and puts the emphasis in the right places. Order regular size and a size up, send back the one that doesn’t fit best.”
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Hilor Tummy Control Bathing Suit
One reader’s recommendation for a “great fit and great price,” are these cute and modest swimsuits by Hilor. Available in a myriad of colors and prints, this one piece swimsuit has a ruched front bodice and control-fit design to smooth your silhouette. The moderate cut leg bottom flatters your leg and molded, wire-free bra cups give good bust support too.
Make sure to keep everything else neutral so your look is well balanced!
Yonique 2-Piece Blouson Tankini
If stand out prints are your thing, check out these stylish tankinis from Yonique. It’s one of the ideal modest swimsuits for moms who need to bend and run after little ones at the pool. The loose fit, flared design has a sewn in, push up bra cups to enhance your shape. Each design comes with matching plain color mid waist bottoms for tummy control.
One reader shares this detailed review of her tankini, “I’m going to Kauai. I just got this blouson tankini and really like how it fits. The blouson top isn’t too matronly, but loose enough to be forgiving. It will look even less loose at the bottom if you’re taller. I’m 52 years old, 5’1”, athletic build and got size small. Very nice quality for the price.” .
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La Blanca Island Goddess Convertible Swimsuit
Feel like a Greek goddess in these one piece divine modest swimsuits from La Blanca. The cute shoulder detailing on this swimsuit adds chic style, whilst the contouring fit and ruching across the tummy area allows you to sunbathe with confidence.
Recommended as a perfect solution to our readers conundrum, one TFG reader shares “I’m in your age group, my favorite brand is La Blanca. They make cute tankinis and one pieces.”
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CUPSHE Royal Elegance Swimsuit
Make a statement with ruffles and ruches in this elegant one piece by CUPSHE. Available in a rainbow spectrum of colors, the plunging V neck design is sexy but provides coverage. A great option, these cheap modest swimsuits are easy to wear and stylish.
One reader shares, “I am 56 and just got a red one piece with ruffles on the v neck from Cupshe. Reasonable prices and good quality.” Another touts the brand too; “I bought 2 suits from them last summer – love them!”
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Lands’ End Long Sleeve Rash Guard
For ultimate coverage, look no further than a long sleeved rash guard. Favourites of surfers and snorkelers, they’re becoming a more familiar sight on the beaches and at poolsides as people are becoming more UV aware. This nylon-blend is lightweight and extra soft for the utmost comfort. Wear it over your swimsuit — in and out of the water. It provides UPF 50 protection, great for long days in the sun, or for use in protected marine areas that don’t allow sunscreens. Available in a wide range of cute floral designs that you’ll love.
Our readers have raved about Lands’ End and especially comment they are great for all body types and sizes. And they are not just great for rash guards. One says, “Lands’ End has awesome suits of all styles for all body types.” Another shares, “I am a 50 something, plus size and I have always found attractive suits at Lands End.They are good quality and last a long time. I love their rash guard (shirts).”
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Beach House Tankini Top
Stylish chevrons and zip detail make this stylish modest swimsuits an eye-catching option for your next trip to the pool. The soft touch fabric, with four way stretch is lightweight and easy to wear, plus it has adjustable side ruches to personalize the way you wear it. Complete with racer back detailing, to keep it in place and UPF 50+ protection, this is a great tankini top for a game of beach volleyball. One reader recommends this brand and shares, “I really like their suits and coverups.”
Shop here for the more Beach House products, including swim skorts and boy shorts.
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HydroChic Modest Sleeveless Swim Shirt
Modesty is on point with any product from HydroChic. They pride themselves on having a range of longer and more covered, very modest swimsuits, and our readers have touted them as a favorite brand. One example is this cute piping detailed tank top, it provides lightweight coverage and UPF 50+ protection. Wear it for the beach, or as activewear too!
Readers share, “There’s a company called Hydrochic that has many options for swim tops and skirts. They are spendy, but come highly recommended.” Another raves, “Best suits ever can be found here. These are modest suits and the only ones I will wear.”
Shop here for the full range of Hydrochic products, including long swim skirts, leggings and modest swimsuits for older women.
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Bleu Rod Beattie High Neck Swimsuit
For a unique look, we love this lattice front, high neck option by Bleu Rod Beattie. The gold embellishments add a touch of classy sophistication, whilst the halter neck style makes your shoulders the focal point. The straps attach to the back of the suit, so you don’t have the usual ‘halter pressure’ on your neck – great as modest swimsuits for girls who love swimming and water sports.
Readers love this style, one shares, “I got a great suit by “Bleu by Rod Beattie”, another said “This is so flattering and forgiving AND sexy- I have this suit in two colors 🙂 If my friend had not pushed to try the brand I would have never had the courage. So very happy with my purchase!!!”
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Miraclesuit Swimwear Tankini Top
For a long day at the pool we love this tankini top, the layered front draping conceals and slims your waistline, offering a sleek silhouette The V-neck top accentuates the bust and shows a little skin doesn’t reveal too much. It has underwiring in the bra with soft cups to provide subtle lift and shaping, making it one of the best modest swimsuits for big busts. Team it with your favorite block color bikini bottoms.
One TFG reader explains, “I recommend Miracle Suit. They offer Tankinis and one piece swimsuits. Their material (holds in at the right places) and styling helps with a good fit. Lots of styles to choose from.”
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Athleta Vintage Floral Blousy Tankini
For a bold vintage style, check out this bright colored option from Athleta. The unique bust patterning contrasts against the popping vermillion shade, making this a look to wear on any beach this summer! We love the twisted back strap details – just make sure you apply extra sunscreen so you don’t get a cobweb of tan lines!
Athleta is a brand that TFGs love! They share, “Athleta has the best suits ever! I’m 52 and wearing 2 piece suits for the first time in my life thanks to Athleta!!”
Check out more Athleta women’s modest swimsuits here.
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Summersalt Sidestroke One-Piece Swimsuit
Summersalt is a brand that comes highly recommended by TFG readers. For a unique style, we love this one shoulder, asymmetrical one piece. The compression fabric helps to control and keep you confident and comfortable as you hit the waves or sunbathe.
Available as modest swimsuits plus size, grab it in black, pink and teal shades.
Readers say it is “colorful and cute with good coverage.”, whilst another agrees that, “Summersalt has really beautiful one piece suits!”
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Athleta Lahaina Shorts
Modest swimsuits cute picks aside, an alternative to bikini bottoms are swim shorts. This classic black or navy style from Athleta provides a fashionable way to enjoy the pool. The brand recommends them for swimming and water sports, and we can see they’d be great for a day of stand up paddleboarding. But also would keep you confident when running and bending after little ones when enjoying family time poolside.
One reader shares they “love swim shorts from Athleta.” Whilst another has a great way to remain modest, “I bought a tankini top from Amazon that I’ll wear with Athleta swim shorts.”
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Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Miraclesuit Crossover One Piece||“I second a Miracle Suit! For flattering but chic one piece swimsuits try a Miracle Suit! Well worth it. Nordstrom has many styles but sometimes Amazon has the same styles at a discounted price”||Check Price|
|Miraclesuit Tummy Control One Piece||“I love how I feel in Miraclesuit. After squishing it all in, I feel and look great."||Check Price|
|Lands’ End Keyhole Tankini Top||“I agree with Land's End. Got a tankini that really flatters a not so pretty body!!”.||Check Price|
|Zando Women's Tummy Control Swimdress||“I travel with this one!”||Check Price|
|HAIVIDO V Neck One Piece Swimsuits||“I bought this one, and it feels great. I'm over 50, too - and this has some oomph. No, I'm not built like the model - but it is forgiving and puts the emphasis in the right places."||Check Price|
|Hilor One Piece Swimsuits||This one piece swimsuit has a ruched front bodice and control-fit design to smooth your silhouette.||Check Price|
|Yonique Womens 2 Piece Blouson Tankini||"It will look even less loose at the bottom if you’re taller. I’m 52 years old, 5’1”, athletic build and got size small. Very nice quality for the price.”||Check Price|
|La Blanca Island Goddess Convertible Swimsuit||“I’m in your age group, my favorite brand is La Blanca. They make cute tankinis and one pieces.”||Check Price|
|CUPSHE One Piece Swimsuit||“I am 56 and just got a red one piece with ruffles on the v neck from Cupshe. Reasonable prices and good quality.”||Check Price|
|Lands’ End UPF50 Swim Tee||“I am a 50 something, plus size and I have always found attractive suits at Lands End.They are good quality and last a long time. I love their rash guard (shirts).”||Check Price|
|Beach House Zip Front Tankini Top||“I really like their suits and coverups.”||Check Price|
|HydroChic Women’s Modest Rash Guard||“Best suits ever can be found here. These are modest suits and the only ones I will wear.”||Check Price|
|Bleu Rod Beattie One-Piece Swimsuit||“This is so flattering and forgiving AND sexy- I have this suit in two colors :)."||Check Price|
|Miraclesuit Tankini Top||“I recommend Miracle Suit. They offer Tankinis and one piece swimsuits. Their material (holds in at the right places) and styling helps with a good fit. Lots of styles to choose from.”||Check Price|
|Athleta Vintage Floral Blousy Tankini||“Athleta has the best suits ever! I'm 52 and wearing 2 piece suits for the first time in my life thanks to Athleta!!”||Check Price|
|Summersalt Sidestroke One-Piece Swimsuit||“Summersalt has really beautiful one piece suits!”||Check Price|
|Athleta Lahaina Shorts||“I bought a tankini top from Amazon that I’ll wear with Athleta swim shorts.”||Check Price|
How to Organize Swimwear
Packing cubes can help organize all the clothes you intend to bring, along with your swimsuits! We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything. See the video below for more.
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