Tankini or One-Piece: Get the Scoop on the Right Choice for You


Jacqueline Wells
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As summer approaches, it’s time for the (often dreaded) act of buying a swimsuit. But swimsuit shopping doesn’t have to be painful, as long as you know what kind of suit works best with your body. When it comes to deciding between a one-piece suit or a tankini, there are a few considerations. Often times, one-pieces are designed for women between 5’4 and 5’8 and a B to D cup. The design also assumes women are evenly proportioned at the top and bottom, so it would be hard to fit a short-waist, long torso, or extra tummy. Sometimes, a one-piece with a specific bra size can fit women with cup sizes over a D, but this assumes she is of average height, weight and proportion. For the full scoop on how to choose the right suit, check out our video here. For our recommendations on the best suits for the season, keep reading!

Prima Donna swimsuit

A bra-sized tankini, on the other hand, allows you to choose different sizes for top and bottom. It’s also more flattering and comfortable if you have a long torso or a tummy. The Prima Donna Cocktail Non Padded Tankini Swim Top is fully lined and features ruching to flatter most torsos. Its universal cup sizing offers true support. The Fantasie Seychelles Underwire Twist Front Tankini Swim Top features smoothing side ruching with a vibrant print. Its hidden three-part underwire cups offer light padding for modesty. The Panache Britt Halter Tankini Swim Top has power mesh surrounding the built-in cups and comes in a chic, nautical striped print.

Marimba swimsuit

If you don’t require a bra-sized suit, the Gottex Marimba Multiway Flyaway Tankini Swim Top is a beautifully patterned tankini with removable straps. It’s lightly padded for shape and coverage with a supportive underband and removable straps. Tommy Bahama’s Tile of Tropics V-Neck Tankini Swim Top features a festive mix of tile patterns on wireless triangle cups with light padding and a deep v-neck. Its smoothing panel helps flatten any tummy for a flattering poolside look.

Anita swimsuit

If you’re still a fan of the traditional one-piece swimsuit, many of these also come in bra-sized options. The Anita Blue Lagoon Marle Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit offers supportive underwire cups with a seductive plunge back, while the Fantasie Kiruna Underwire High Neck One Piece Swimsuit is a sexy, keyhole silhouette that’s fitted for comfort with hidden, floating contour underwire cups. Lastly, the Freya Tropicool Underwire High Neck One Piece Swimsuit features a neon tropical print that disguises any tummy issues, while floating underwire cups keep you supported.

 

Swim Systems Swimsuit

If you love the classic look of a one-piece swimsuit and don’t have the need for cups, try the Swim Systems Solid Scandal Lace Up One-Piece Swimsuit. Its lace-up front and low back makes for a sexy beach look that is sure to make a splash.