The High-Waisted Bikinis to Complete Your Summer Swim Wardrobe

These are the best high-waisted swimsuits to wear this summer.

The High-Waisted Bikinis to Complete Your Summer Swim Wardrobe

Summer is in full swing, and what better way to make the most of the best time of year than by spending as much time outside as possible? Yes, temperatures are astronomically high, but that’s where a quick dip in the pool, ocean or really any body of water comes into play. A stylish swimsuit is a must during the summer, and this year, we’re still especially into the high-waisted bikini silhouette.

While high-waisted swimsuits have been popular for decades, they’ve experienced quite the resurgence as of late. It’s not surprising, as the retro-inspired look is not only effortlessly elegant, but is also one of the most flattering and comfortable two-piece styles out there. Depending on your preferred silhouette, a high-waisted swimsuit offers more coverage than an itsy-bitsy bikini, while still showing off a bit more than a traditional maillot, because sometimes you want a little more sun, okay?

There’s a high-waisted bikini for every style preference, whether you’re partial to a higher-cut bottom that shows more leg and is on the skimpier side, or more modest, fuller coverage looks, including boy shorts-esque and bikini brief options. No matter what you’re looking for, we’ve found all the best high-waisted bikinis to shop for summer.

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  • Agua Bendia.

    Agua Bendita Lily Bikini Bottom and Calista Essential Top

    We’re loving the dramatic yet ladylike vibes of this high-waisted emerald one-piece, especially the voluminous, balloon-sleeved top.

    $115 for bottoms, $120 for top, Shop Now
  • Andie Swim.

    Andie Swim The High Waisted Cheeky Bottom

    Make a statement in red with this fiery but still minimalist bikini, with an ultra-high-rise bottom.

    $45, Shop Now
  • Lisa Marie Fernandez.

    Lisa Marie Fernandez Blue Seersucker Balconette Bikini

    This textured seersucker blue set is inspired by vintage bikini silhouettes, complete with preppy button accents on the high-waisted bottoms.

    $395, Shop Now
  • Onia.

    Onia Anais Bikini Bottom

    This pretty yellow number has a super-high-rise waist for optimal coverage, which is offset by the high-cut sides and flattering belt.

    $75 for bottoms, Shop Now
  • Acacia.

    Acacia x Sorry in Advance Echo Bottom

    Keep it sleek and simple in this textured bikini, with a banded high-waisted bottom and bra-like supportive top.

    $114, Shop Now
  • Eres.

    Eres Les Essentiels Conquete Bikini Briefs and Les Essentiels Symbole Top

    You can’t go wrong with a timeless bikini from Eres; this seamless brief-like bottom is made with a sculpting fabric; it sits high on the waist, with true full coverage.

    $230 for bottoms, $255 for top, Shop Now
  • Mikoh.

    Mikoh Muliki Bottom and Kano Top

    Add a little sparkle to your look with this shimmery two-piece. This is more of a mid-to-high rise bottom, and it’s definitely on the cheekier side in the back.

    $146 for bottom, $146 for top, Shop Now
  • Hunza.

    Hunza G Jamie Twist-Front Seersucker Bikini

    You’ve surely spotted Hunza G’s cult-favorite crinkle-y swimwear all over the place, and this lime green set is a fun high-waisted option.

    $215, Shop Now
  • Karl Lagerfeld.

    Karl Lagerfeld Paris Clara-Rose Bralette Bikini Top & Bottoms

    Embrace the retro vibes in this adorable ribbed look.

    $58 for bottoms, $68 for top, Shop Now
  • Aerie.

    Aerie Ribbed Mix Crossover High Cut Cheeky Bikini Bottom and Ribbed Mix Bandana Bandeau Bikini Top

    Summer is surely the best time of year to try out the neon trend, and we’re loving the unique crossover waist on this (very well-priced!) bikini.

    $17.47 for bottoms, $22.47 for top, Shop Now
  • Carolina K.

    Carolina K Crochet Bikini Set

    Crochet isn’t just for summertime frocks, as this delicate knit two-piece proves.

    $375, Shop Now
  • Bondi Born.

    Bondi Born Poppy Bikini Bottom and Raina Top

    This sleek and smoothing high-waisted bottom has equally high-cut legs, for a comfortable, sporty, yet stylish vibe.

    $140 for bottoms, $175 for top, Shop Now
  • Monday Swimwear.

    Monday Swimwear Sorrento Bottom and Sorrento Top

    This flattering bikini bottom sits high on the waist, with a subtle banded top.

    $77 for bottom, $96 for top, Shop Now
  • Marysia.

    Marysia Salento Bottom and Salento Top in Bloom

    This feminine embellished suit leans more on the side of a boy shorts-bikini brief cut, with an adorable balconette top.

    $190 for bottom, $192 for top, Shop Now
The High-Waisted Bikinis to Complete Your Summer Swim Wardrobe