The Best Women’s Swimwear of 2019
Surf-ready bikinis and one-pieces that protect and flatter
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Salt Gypsy Turtleneck Rash Guard and Betty Bottom ($109 and $119)
The recycled polyamide in Salt Gypsy’s set is lightweight and dries crazy fast, but still provides UPF 50 sun protection. A snug fit, cropped top, and high-waisted, cheeky bottom are flirty and modern.
Nike Sport Mesh Bikini Top and Bottom ($42 and $40)
The no-nonsense Sport Mesh two-piece features a drawstring waist and a sports-bra-style crossback top that offers good support for bigger chests. It’ll take you effortlessly from laps to the lineup.
Patagonia Reversible Seaglass Bay Top and Bottom ($65 and $59)
Don’t let Patagonia’s strappy design fool you. The Seaglass bikini is built for serious activity, with doubled-up shoulder straps sewn into a racerback, so there are no knots or clips to come undone. The low-cut bottom runs small, so consider sizing up.
Seea Kiki One-Piece ($135)
This retro suit is equally at home on a shortboard and a fifties pin-up poster. With a full-coverage bottom, a scoop neck, short sleeves, and a trim waist, it looks fab and stays put.
Prana Kealli Shortie Wetsuit ($140)
Made of super-stretchy two-millimeter neoprene, the Kealli is the perfect option for warm days and cool water, when a full wetsuit is just a bit too much. Underarm gussets enhance mobility, while seamless leg openings eliminate chafing. A zippered pocket holds necessities like car keys.
Tavik Juliet Bikini Top and Paradise Bottom ($76 and $88)
For slow-rolling longboard waves and lazy swims, opt for this trendy combo. The high-waisted bottom offers peace of mind when you’re popping up. Note: the low-cut top and limited adjustability mean this suit isn’t built for whitewater.