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Shopping for swimsuits is kind of the worst. It doesn’t matter how you look—whether you’re short, skinny, curvy, athletic, whatever—because chances are you’ve experienced some kind of anxiety before about buying bathing suits.
In that sense, shopping for bathing suits online seems like the easier way to go. After all, buying online affords you a unique kind of privacy and you won’t have to worry about the cruel tricks that harsh fluorescent lighting can play in the fitting room.
Unfortunately, finding a good bathing suit in a digital store still has its challenges. Most online retailers break down how to properly measure and figure out your size, so you have the most comfortable fit possible. But in lieu of that, you can also guess-timate which shapes and styles will be right for you based on your overall frame.
For instance, if you have broad shoulders, you may want to opt for an asymmetrical neckline, since it can draw focus up and away. If you carry most of your weight in your belly, a pair of high-waisted bottoms can help minimize and smooth your midsection out (plus they’re on trend).
To help you navigate this tricky purchase, we decided to track down some of the best places to buy swimsuits for all body types and styles. We looked for sites that offer a good variety of styles, shapes, and price points, but also have great return policies, just in case something you order doesn’t fit the way you hoped.
1. Swimsuits for All
Return/Exchange Policy: 60 days
The name says it all here. This online retailer specializes in delivering on-trend swim attire for all body types. Whether you’re shopping for a V-neck one-piece swimsuit or a swimdress with underwire, you can find the look that best suits your body here. Unsure if you’re ordering the right size? Swimsuits for All has a helpful guide plus a glossary of swimsuit terms so you can find the perfect fit no matter your silhouette.
2. Everything but Water
Sizes: 1-26, 32B-38H
Return/Exchange Policy: 21 days
Everything but Water has been around for more than 30 years and is one of the most popular brands in the swim fashion market. One of the big reasons? Their swim tops fit well and offer tremendous support, especially for those with D-cup busts and up. The company can also be a wonderful destination for resort wear and cover-ups, including sarongs, caftans, and tunics.
Our favorite: River Island Swimsuit with Cut-Out in Orange—$22.50
Sizes: 00-24, XXS-XXL, and 30A-38I
Return/Exchange Policy: 28 days; no exchanges outside the U.K
For affordable, on-trend swimwear that’ll make you want to buy in bulk, ASOS is everything. Their sizes can be a little iffy, but ASOS-brand swimsuits are mostly true to size and are built to flatter a full range of body types. If you live in the United States, chances are you won’t be hitting up this U.K. retailer in person anytime soon, which can mean it takes a while to get your stuff. But if you sign up for premier delivery for $19 a year, you can get unlimited two-day shipping on everything, which is so completely worth it if you shop ASOS whenever you get the chance.
Our favorite: ZAFUL Snakeskin Print Bikini Set—$10.99
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days
Eager to add some bold colors and playful prints to your bathing suit collection? With ZAFUL, you can find super cute one-piece swimsuits and bikinis in designs you’ve probably never seen before, plus a variety of styles to frame any silhouette. This retailer also runs sales constantly, so you’re guaranteed to save money shopping at this site.
5. Lands’ End
Sizes: 0-18, A-DDD
Return/Exchange Policy: Any time
For a timeless look while you’re lounging by the water, you definitely want to shop Lands’ End. Ideal if you’re shopping for one-piece suits that aren’t too suggestive, their swim attire has a classic appeal that compliments virtually any age group. The company also has one of the best return policies around, and if you’re note satisfied, you return any item at any time for an exchange or refund at its purchase price, so you can have an easier, stress-free shopping experience online.
Sizes: XXS-XXL and 30A-38DD
Return/Exchange Policy: 60 days
Aerie’s swim attire has the same flattering, easy-to-wear feel that makes their lingerie so comfy to wear. One of the benefits of shopping at Aerie is that you can mix and match tops and bottoms, so you’re not locked into one suit or standard size. Because they’re a child brand of American Eagle, Aerie also offers a bunch of perks, including great deals and rewards across the brand if you sign up for aeo/connected.
Our favorite: The Sidestroke—$95
Return/Exchange Policies: 30 days
Best known for their sleek, one-shoulder tops and one-pieces, Summersalt specializes in the kind of Instagram-ready fashion that’ll make you thrilled to splash around in the water this summer. Their swimsuits fit extremely well and offer long torso and booty coverage, so you don’t have to worry about a one-size-fits-all approach like with some other swimsuit retailers. In a review, our very own Samantha Matt raved about their swimsuits for their fit, feel, and flattering shape, and was particularly obsessed with the cult-favorite Sidestroke.
Sizes: XXS-8X, 00-38, and 00P-18P
Return/Exchange Policies: 30 days
You can already buy everything from Amazon as it is—even live plants and fake plants—so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the online retailer is a sweet spot to score affordable swimsuits, too. I know, I know —you’re probably leery about buying a swimsuit on Amazon. But the truth is, you can find plenty of attractive options at a great value, and get them fast via free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime. We recommend reading through the reviews to see what others say about the fit, fabric, and overall quality.
Return/Exchange Policies: 60 days
Unleash your inner geek and look adorable doing it with swimsuits from Torrid. From galaxy-inspired one-pieces to Harry Potter-themed cover-ups, you can shop the look or mix and match for a style that’s all your own. While their swimsuits are on the expensive side, one thing’s for sure: Torrid’s plus-size fashion can be a terrific way to show off your curves—and your nerdy side to boot.
Sizes:32A-38DDD, 4-26W, and XS-XL
Return/Exchange Policies: 90 days or 1 year for store-owned and exclusive brands
I dare you to walk into Target and spend less than $50. It just doesn’t happen. But when it’s swimsuit season, you can really make those dollars stretch and get a cute beach look or two thanks to their incredible selection of bikinis and one-piece swimsuits. Because Target basically has everything, their swim attire compliments a range of body shapes—especially if you’re expecting—but they’re also well constructed, so you can use them well into next summer.
Our favorite: Esther Williams Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit—$89
Sizes: XS-4X and 4-30
Return/Exchange Policies: 30 days for returns; 90 days for exchanges
Most of the swimsuits you can find on Modcloth have a retro, luxe vibe to them. If you already obsess over their dresses and accessories, you’ll love shopping their swim section, since you can find a quirky blend of vintage-inspired swimsuits and high-waisted bottoms that look terrific on curvier frames. They’re on the pricier side, but it’s so worth it if you love the ModCloth aesthetic.
12. Nordstrom Rack
Our favorite: Becca Tie Back One-Piece Swimsuit—$39.97
Sizes: XXS-XXL and 32A-38DDD
Return/Exchange Policies: 45 days
Nordstrom Rack is mecca for fashion lovers who want designer brands at a good discount, and when it comes to swim attire, this retailer doesn’t disappoint. With everything from ruffle tops to tankinis, their styles really run the gamut. Even better, you can return your swim gear at either Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack, which makes the process that much more seamless.
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days; after 30 days, exchanges or store credit
Everything about Pacsun conjures up images of fun in the sun, so obviously their swimsuit collection is off the hook. You can find plenty of basic color and print bikinis on their site that manage to look both sporty and sexy. While the line does have some plus-size selections, it’s really ideal for those with petite or small frames, and those with larger busts will probably struggle to find tops that deliver the kind of coverage and support they need most.
Sizes: XS-2X, 32A-34G
Return/Exchange Policy: 90 days
For mid-range priced bathing suits, Venus is a good option. While their swim attire favors a more classic aesthetic, you can find some unique bikinis and one-piece swimsuits that you can feel confident rocking on vacation (or whenever the mood hits). You can shop by style or by print/color, and the site takes all the guesswork out of finding the right coverage for bottoms, since you target your search based on how much visibility you want there. Venus also offers an easy-to-use size chart, so you can get the most precise fit possible.
15. Bare Necessities
Sizes: XS-XXL, 4-24, 30A-48M
Return/Exchange Policy: 60 days
Sometimes spending a lot on a bathing suit just doesn’t seem practical. But if you’re shopping for a high-quality suit that you’ll wish you could wear everywhere, Bare Necessities is the place to shop. This retailer offers a variety of sizes but work especially well for those with larger busts, with cup sizes going all the way to M. Whether you’re looking for a modest one-piece or bandeau top, they have a vast selection to pick from.
Our favorite: Scoop Back Swimsuit—$8
Return/Exchange Policy: 14 days; some items are marked as non-refundable
Similar to ASOS, this U.K.-based fast fashion brand is all about the latest trends and their cheap, stylish attire totally reflects that. If you want to have fun and mix up your swimsuit game a little, you can find some show-stopper bikini sets and swimsuits for under $30, from high-leg one-pieces to risque lace-up swimsuits that’ll make you feel like you own the sand.
Sizes: 22AAA-54DDD and 8-22
Return/Exchange Policy: 38 days; store credit after 38 days; some items are marked as non-refundable
The ethically sourced swimsuits available at Figleaves are ideal if you’re looking for longer length, curve-hugging one-pieces that shape and flatter your mid-section. With more than 200 size varieties, swimsuits from Figleaves fit well. I mean, really well. And while they offer excellent support to those with larger busts, their selection of AAA cup tops mean that those with smaller chests can find the perfect coverage as well.
Our favorite: Halterneck Swimsuit—$34.99
Return/Exchange Policy: 30 days, after 30 days store credit only
Looking for affordable swimsuits online that are also really eye-catching? H&M never disappoints. True to their rep, the fast-fashion retailer offers some of the most inexpensive and ready-to-wear swim fashion around. The downside? The bathing suits you buy at H&M probably won’t last past this season, but they’re cheap enough that you can pick up a few of them, so you’ll have plenty of options throughout the summer.
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.
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