Alternatives to a Bikini

Bikinis are not the only stylish swimsuit option.
Bikinis are not the only stylish swimsuit option. (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Picking out a new swimsuit can be a process. Often, women try on several styles before finding one they really like. Bikinis can be especially tough to shop for. Exposing that amount of skin is not for everyone. If you are not a bikini kind of girl, you will be glad to know that you have other options which are just as flattering and fashionable as their two-piece counterpart.


If you like two-piece suits but do not want to expose as much skin, slip on a tankini. Instead of a bikini top, tankinis come with a tank top and a bikini bottom. Some tankini top styles show a bit of skin, while others are long enough to keep you completely covered. Choose the amount of coverage that matches your desire and level of confidence, whether that is showing a little tummy or none at all.

One Piece

If you would rather keep it simple, there is classic one piece. Once pieces do not have to be dowdy or matronly. They come in tons of styles sure to satisfy even the most fashionable tastes. To keep your look chic, pick a one piece in a bright shade or a fun print. Many designers these days are crafting one piece suits with fun shapes, mixed patterns, and other details that make them more interesting than you might expect. A fun sarong tied around your waist can also spice up your look.

Cut-Out Swimsuit

Control what skin you show by wearing a cut-out swimsuit, also known as a monokini. Cut-out swimsuits have either small or large cut-outs strategically placed in one or more parts of your suit to show off a little skin. Some cut outs show both sides of your stomach while others may just expose one. Monokinis come in plenty of cuts from strapless suits to one-shoulder styles so you have tons of options.

Boy Shorts or Skirted Bottoms

If you prefer to cover up more of the leg area, slip on a suit that fits like a one piece but covers a bit of leg, such as boy shorts or skirted bottoms. These suits also come in a range of coverage styles, so if you prefer a suit that cuts higher at the leg, you can find that too. A cute retro-inspired look can be created with these styles. Look for suits with halters, ruffled skirts and polka dots to really get into the style. A vintage-inspired pair of cat-eye sunglasses can finish off the look.

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