If you’ve been holding out hope for warm weather, take heart. Spring break is so close, we can almost taste it.
Whether you’re going on vacation and find yourself in a need-it-now situation or you’re starting to think about swimwear for later in the season, this is the ideal time to dip into swimwear that’s both highly flattering and highly functional: Don’t be your own worst enemy by waiting until the last minute to face down a historically daunting task because, inevitably, only half of that two-piece you like will still be available in your size.
Better to choose from the best of the best Bare Necessities has to offer in your size while the pickings are good. Like for instance…
THE SPRING BREAK BIKINI
Pour Moi Heatwave Tahiti Halter Bikini
If you’re headed to the South Pacific, or just really want to feel like you are, this retro-chic, tropical floral-print halter does the trick, and it does it with the secure boost of an underwire, too. All the ties give it such a feminine vibe.
Freya Rococo High Apex Bikini
A romantic, gorgeous pattern reminiscent of hand-painted Spanish tiles lends itself nicely to this updated style of top: It resembles a halter, but make no mistake, it’s all over-the-shoulder support. For a stylish and supportive T-back, just use the J-hook to convert the straps.
Becca Kasbah Sabrina Bikini
Is rainbow your favorite color? Fun watercolor stripes make this top easy to mix and match with virtually any solid bottoms and cover-ups in your collection. It’s a halter with the benefit of an underwire, so you get lift and support with the same styling as everybody else.
Elomi Plus Size Fierce Underwire Bikini Crop Top
Animal prints and this crop top style are both big for spring, and thanks to Elomi’s expertly designed extended size range, it’s accessible to all. Expand the middle for more of a crop bralette top look, or cinch it for a classic sweetheart neckline. The matching bottoms also adjust, so you can make the whole look completely your own. Love that.
THE BRA-SIZED TANKINI
Freya Sundance Tankini
This suit makes a comeback season after season because everybody loves it so much. It’s a highly versatile compromise between a bikini and a tankini, with the support of a built-in Freya bra and the sexy coverage afforded by the crocheted midsection. If you’ve got a pool party on the agenda, this fitted, flattering suit is for sure what to go with.
Panache Anya Riva Underwire Tankini
Think of this as the LBD of tankinis: A new style from the full-bust experts at Panache, it’s anything but basic. Sure, it has an underwire bra in there, adjustable sides and all the things you want and need, but the dressmaker details—elongating princess seams down the front, double straps, touches of gold hardware—take it above and beyond.
Coco Reef Mozambique Aura Crop Underwire Tankini
The modified, modern take on a tankini looks a whole lot like this crop top. Pair the handkerchief hem-top—with its striking geometric print and high halter neck—with one of the cool pairs of matching high-waist bottoms for maximum coverage and unique styling.
Fantasie Palm Valley Underwire Tankini
Nothing says “paradise, found” quite like a classic palm leaf print, but this one combines style with structure. For your chest, you’ve got mesh-lined underwire cups, side boning, a hidden hook-and-eye band and fully adjustable stretch straps. Then, on the sides, you can raise or lower the ruching for whatever look you’re going for.
THE SHAPING ONE-PIECE
Miraclesuit Rock Solid Aphrodite One-Piece
Wearing white is suddenly a snap when it takes the form of this dramatically draped, goddess-inspired slimmer. Savvily-draped swathes of Miratex fabric smooth and conceal a tummy. Plus this suit looks as good against porcelain pale skin tones as it does against olive and deep, dark complexions.
Magicsuit Deep Dive Chantelle Underwire One-Piece
If you’ve got something sporty planned for spring break—snorkeling, say, or stand-up paddle boarding—then you’ll appreciate this racerback, zip-front underwire. The double-layer midriff packs firm control and, though sporty, these colors of neoprene are decidedly sweet.
Magicsuit Solid Amal Wire-Free One-Piece
This red carpet-worthy one-piece, which is essentially a convertible swim dress, skips out on the underwire if that’s your preference. The ability to tie it up on the side makes it look like two totally different suits, though both are glamorously on-trend.
Miraclesuit Byzantium Seville Bandeau Underwire One-Piece
The perfect trifecta of Miratex fabric for shaping, an intricate print designed to define your waistline and underwire cups for support (straps included) unite in one priceless swimsuit. Start the season off right in this chic style; no tan lines need apply.
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