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For the coverage of a one-piece with the ease of two, we keep coming back to tankinis.

We believe your swimsuits should always work hard for you and, with tankinis, that’s super easy. You can choose from a menu of smart design details based on your needs.

Here’s what to consider:

  • Underwire: for maximum support and comfort, a good number of our tankinis contain underwire bras; check to see if the cups are removable or built in
  • Adjustable/convertible straps: for a customized lift and more ways to wear the suit, see what strap options the suit gives you
  • Bandinis: for when you want to avoid tan lines without sacrificing support, be on the lookout for this bandeau style
  • High-cut neckline: this cut protects your skin from the sun with more coverage
  • Adjustable sides: these ties let you lengthen or shorten the top for the look you want; they’re especially helpful with a long torso
  • Sizing: for the best fit for your figure, shop tankinis that go by your bra or dress size

And when it comes to bottoms, you can play it almost as many ways:

  • Matching printed bottoms: for the seamless vibe you would get from a one-piece, get matchy-matchy
  • Shapewear bottoms: for a little extra concealment, pair a tankini top with something waist-smoothing
  • Skirted bottoms: for covering hips and thighs, you can pair the top with a skirted bottom—voilà, swimdress!
  • Basic black bottoms: for literally anything and everything you could think of, just add a black brief

Our Top Picked Tankinis & Their Best Features

Why we love it:
This bra-sized bandeau top in classic nautical style has an underwire bra built right in. It comes with convertible, adjustable straps and side-ties, too, for multiple ways to wear it—which is great because with its chlorine-resistant fabric, you’re going to have it forever.

Why we love it:
In more than ten colors, this is the most popular style from our exclusive Birdsong swim collection. The on-trend, wearable animal print with a keyhole cutout and twisted tie give it more interest than your typical tankini. Underwire cups support D to I chests while the fit-and-flair cut keeps everything super comfortable.

Why we love it:
If you already know a tankini is your suit of choice, get to know Taylor. Available in two dozen different colors and prints, this simple tank is an aquatic all-star, taking you wherever you want to go in style you don’t have to think twice about. Taylor comes in cup sizes, with plenty of bottoms to match. Split straps add interest; a built-in underwire bra layer supports without bringing breasts extraneous attention.

Why we love it:
This longtime fan favorite gives solid colors a fresh look using textural stretch microfiber. The straps and side ties are adjustable to allow for the fit you want that day. As you would expect from Fantasie, the foam-lined underwire cups shape and support while you swim and sun.

Why we love it:
One of our best-selling tankinis, sexy Sundance always comes in a range of saturated solid colors. Wear these straps over-the-shoulder or crisscrossed in back. The airy, transparent crochet layer gives it a decidedly bikini-influenced edge, only with side boning and lined, underwire cups that go up to a GG.

Why we love it:
Megan’s plus-size pick, the Alex, is a modern, minimalist and, most of all, highly flattering take on the tankini. Tweak the straps and side-ties for a beach vibe that feels good to you. Alex also comes in sizes 8-16 and DD-cups, to say nothing of all the available solids and prints.

Why we love it:
Everyone raves about the flattering fit of this sophisticated tank with a cascading hem. Part of the Illusionists collection (which includes plus sizes, DD cups and an array of jewel tones), the sheer mesh is what makes these swim separates as sleek and sexy as a slinky evening gown. This is the tankini to take on that long-awaited vacation.

Why we love it:
The perfect LBT (little black tankini) is available up to a J-cup. Just pair this chlorine-resistant, fitted, flattering plunge top with the black bottoms of your choice. Love the details here, from the princess seams to the gold hardware and side ties, and the molded cups are unpadded, so there’s no extra bulk to contend with.

Updated 7.13.2021

Bare Necessities: Editor Bio

From the desk of: Brooke Glassberg

Editor at Bare Necessities

Brooke oversees all the words here at Bare Necessities. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, Food Network and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.


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