Personal Style, Swimwear

The Best Bikinis of Summer 2020

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Bikinis sometimes get a bad rap for offering too little coverage and support for the chestier among us. Fake news! No longer should you feel like you need to sacrifice style and have to wear a basic, bra-looking swim top to the beach (or, heaven forbid, a sports bra—yes, we’ve heard it all).

At a specialty swim shop like Bare Necessities, you can find a vast range of bikini cuts and styles that actually buoy your boobs and bring you the season’s hot trends.

You have to see our swim buyer Megan Puma’s top picks for the smartest bikinis the world of fashion has to offer. Whatever swim style you prefer, they’ll shore up your confidence well before you hit the water.

OVER-THE-SHOULDER BIKINIS

Fantasie Florida Keys Wrap Full Bikini Top
We’re always here for full coverage that doesn’t necessarily look like it. The prettily printed wrap-front detail dresses things up on the outside while, within, you get the discreet support of three-part cups, an underwire and inner slings for the best of both worlds. And this subtle floral is a print you won’t see just anywhere.

Freya Jewel Cove Ruffled Bikini Top
This silhouette is a modern twist on the classic bikini top. The neckline has a flattering plunge without revealing too much and mirrors the look of a halter. The diamond print resuscitates the ol’ polka dot, and the ruffle detail adds a sweet touch. Aside from its good looks, this one also has underwire cups, adjustable straps and a J-hook for the most lift.

Pour Moi Wanderlust Cold Shoulder Bikini Top
Another great twist on the quintessential bikini top, this one’s got a romantic off-the-shoulder lace ruffle that makes it fashion with a capital F, along with an interior bra structure that’s everything you need. This top in particular has foam-lined underwire cups and fully adjustable straps that give you just the right amount of oomph.

Panache Anya Cruise Multi-Way Bikini Top
Thanks to its convertible features, this nautical 3-way top is one of a kind: It can be worn in the usual bikini style, crisscrossed in back or as a halter. Structure-wise, it’s got foam-lined underwire cups and mesh wings for shaping support. Style-wise, it goes everywhere, every time.

HALTER BIKINIS

Freya Sundance Halter Bikini Top
Best seller alert! You can never go wrong with a tried-and-true favorite in a brand new color. This textured halter comes in five different solids, up to an FF-cup. And while it may look like a string bikini, these underwire cups help lift, support and take some pressure of the back of your neck.

Birdsong Hibiscus Bloom Halter Bikini Top
Even though it looks super delicate, this sexy-sweet underwire halter top, which goes up to a US I-cup, has a 4-hook adjustable back for the most possible support. There for modesty, the removable foam inserts don’t add bulk and can easily be removed.

Pour Moi Sunset Beach Halter Bikini Top
How adorable is this ruched and ruffled red halter?! The dainty floral print disguises mesh-lined underwire cups and a secure snap-back closure, in sizes up to a UK G-cup. (Shown above.)

Sunsets Island Safari Muse Halter Bikini Top
This style is a top seller from Sunsets that’s available in over 15 different prints and solids. A simple, timeless silhouette in a rich tropical print, it has a barely-there underwire and an adjustable back closure for a custom fit.

BRALETTE BIKINIS

Birdsong Sunkissed Tie Front Bikini Top
This shape has been a home run in our newly launched Birdsong swim collection. With prints and solids, you have plenty of choices to mix and match all summer. The top has a hidden underwire, side boning and adjustable and convertible straps so you can make the support fit your needs; the neckline has the slightest plunge, and the tie detail with keyhole cutout rounds out its irresistibility.

Sunsets Tropicalia Taylor Underwire Bikini Top
One of the newest bold prints from a brand we love, Tropicalia gives us all the summer feels. And the design is unique for its totally disguised structure: built-in foam lined cups, side boning, underwire. The straps can be adjusted or converted, making it the perfect sporty-looking, barely-there bralette from the front.

Freya Wildcat Underwire Bikini Top
Bralettes have been a key trend for 2020, and you can see why: They’re as comfortable as they are cool. This top has hidden underwire, side boning and adjustable/convertible back straps to give you the maximum support, even though it just looks like a stretchy little nothing you just pulled on. Plus the ruching and leopard print make this trendy top stand out for all the right reasons. (Available mid-July.)

 

BANDEAU BIKINIS

Fantasie San Remo Twist Bandeau Bikini Top
Finally, a bandeau that can handle big boobs! This perfect specimen is nautical-inspired, which is never not in style. It’s got a flattering sweetheart neckline, 3-part foam-lined underwire cups and even comes with fully adjustable straps you can attach for added security when you want it.

Panache Anya Spot Bandeau Underwire Bikini Top
Panache is also legendary for making an amazing bandeau in a great size range. While you can find this same silhouette in a variety of prints this season, a longtime favorite is this Anya Spot print. The cups are foam-lined with underwire and side boning to stop slipping and sliding (it, too, comes with straps).

WIRE-FREE BIKINIS

Sunsets Brandi Bralette Bikini Top
Not-so-basic black makes an awesome option for someone who likes the bralette trend without an underwire. The front tie can be adjusted or removed based on personal preference, and the lace-up back detail can be pulled looser or tighter to help out with lift.

Becca Color Code Brook Bikini Top D-DDD Cups
This top comes in D, DD or DDD-cup sizing, making it an easy-fit, wire-free option. It has adjustable over-the-shoulder straps and a tie-back closure for a customized feel. The V-neckline and modest cups manage not to show off too much, and it’s comfy as can be. That’s really about all we could ever ask of a bikini.

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Brooke Glassberg
Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.
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