High Waisted Swimsuit Bottoms, Are You In?

High Waist Swim Bottom

High waisted swimsuit bottoms, am I crazy? Yes, maybe a bit, but let me make a case for them and then you can decide for yourself.

First off, for those with long torsos, one pieces can be difficult because of the one piece wedgie, so they typically need two pieces.

Secondly, the high waisted bottom is a really great tankini alternative.

Thirdly, for the gals who want to wear a bikini but don’t always feel comfortable in them in every situation, these high waisted bottoms give them a little more coverage.

Fourthly, if you’re not completely comfortable with your tummy but want to wear a two piece, what about a high waisted swimsuit bottom?

Not sold? Check out this instagram picture…

High Waisted Swimsuit Bikini Bottoms on Carolyn Mara

Yup, @carolyn_mara has you sold doesn’t she? Well, she sold me and my friends. In a matter of days, I had three different friends screenshot this picture and send it to me. She looks da-r-ling. So off I went to give the high waisted swimsuit a spin.

Below are the bottoms that worked for me and my friends. Yes, these have been tried on and tested, but none of us felt like taking awkward swimsuit pictures. I personally like the black bottoms because I can mix and match them with my bikini tops. We all agree that we really like it when our bottoms are mostly covered, if not completely covered our belly buttons, and these all passed the test!

Just click on the pictures:

Bottom Links: Black High Waist Bottom – Xhilaration, Arc Bottom – Made by Dawn, Black High Waist Bottom –  Becca, Brigitte High Waist Bikini Bottoms – Solid & Striped

FYI: I had to purchase the Xhiliration pair from Target online. They were completely sold out in the store.

If you have a large chest, below are the tops that I have that actually support and cover. They’re impossible to find, and that’s why there are only three.

Just click on the pictures:

Top Links: Underwire Halter Bikini Top – Tommy Bahama, Halter Bikini Top – Seafolly, Remix Underwire Halter Bikini Top – Freya

Below are the tops I really want to pair with my new high waisted bottoms.

Just click on the pictures:

Top Links: Scallop High Neck Bikini Swim Top – Vanilla Beach, One-Shoulder Ruffled Bikini Top for Women – Old Navy, Ruffle Bikini Top – J. Crew, Off The Shoulder Bikini Top – J. Crew,   Mexico Top – Marysia Swim

Below is a pair of high waisted bottoms that I really want to give a try.

Just click on the picture:

Bottom Link: Santa Monica Bottom – Marysia Swim

I love seeing how trends evolve and catch on in other areas. Check out these one pieces below!

One Piece Links: Prima Wrap Halter Maillot – Karla Colletto, Marina Piccola Scalloped Cutout – Kate Spade, Calypso Maillot – Kore Swim, Venice Maillot – Marysia Swim
High Waisted Bikini Bottom All and all, I’m really loving this swimsuit option. It’s not a heavy investment to just buy a bottom to add to your arsenal. Plus, it’s fun to mix and match. There is something so classic about this look. Let @carolyn_mara serve as your style muse. She did us.

If you are looking for one piece options, check out “Not You Average Swimsuit Guide.”

Not Your Average Swimsuit Guide

White Swimsuit I am owning my love for one-piece swimsuits in this post! There is something about getting older that makes me feel bad about wearing a one-piece, like I’m turning into a fuddy-duddy or something, but I absolutely love one-pieces! I have since I was in high school, so what’s my deal?! I can wear them anywhere because I feel comfortable in them! Plus, swimsuit designers are getting so creative with one-piece designs with cut outs, ruffles, bows, mesh and scalloped edges that it makes me WANT to wear a cute one-piece even more!

As you all know, shopping for a swimsuit is about the worst thing EVER!  They really should fix the lighting in those darn dressing rooms, or maybe it was the crab mac and cheese I had right before my recent swimsuit shopping trip with my friend. Either way, I found myself wanting to go home and never go back to a store. I guess I’ve gotten pretty used to ordering swimsuits to the house… Anyway, we walked in that dressing room in good moods, and we walked out both feeling a bit deflated. My friend went to go work out, I finished my mac and cheese…

That’s why I felt determined to put on my helpful stylist hat and do a swimsuit post.

As a stylist, I know how important it is to get the right cut and fit for your swimsuit, so I decided to categorize the swimsuits by “attributes” (yup, that’s my glass half full approach to the word “issue”). You may roll your eyes, but we must correct that voice. Say it, attribute NOT issue. And, just in case you are wondering if I have an attribute I worry about or a little voice I hear, you can read about it here.

Attribute- Large Chest:

What is most important is that you own your waste line, so your boobs don’t overtake you and make you look heavy. A perfectly placed ruffle distracts the eye. For a large chest, my main focus is coverage and support and all theses swimsuits fit the bill.

Attribute- Small Chest:

I basically picked out all the swimsuits I really want but can’t wear because my boobs are too big. HA! That’s a long way to say, I picked out these swimsuits because they accentuate your lovely smaller chests instead of covering them up.

Attribute- Athletic:

What is most important with an athletic attribute is to own a waistline or give an illusion of a waistline.

Attribute- Bottom:

If your bottom is your attribute, it’s important that you try to elongate your figure. V’s create a long line going down your front, but they also keep the eye at the top.

Attribute- Tummy:

I chose swimsuits that cover the tummy and are really cute that have fun little distractions elsewhere.

Most of the swimsuits could go in multiple attributes. In the end, you know your body best, so go with your gut. I do realize a lot of these swimsuits cost a pretty penny. I tried to find a mix but it seemed that the really cool swimsuit were on the more expensive side. I bought an expensive one piece swimsuit two years ago. I wore the snot out of it and felt great. To me, it was worth it.

Steal Version:

White Swimsuit

My white swimsuit:

Photos by: Traci Ling

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