The Best Women’s Swimsuits of 2018
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Swimwear that exudes style and capability.
Patagonia Women’s Nanogrip Nireta Top and Bottom ($75 and $69)
The Nanogrip offers support for athletes who like to be on the move, whether it’s playing beach volleyball or paddleboarding rapids. The high-neck top and bikini bottom have a slip-resistant lining that keeps each piece in place no matter what you throw at it, and the red print really pops.
Seafolly Jagged Geo Action-Back Tri Top and Multi-Strap Hipster Bottom ($92 and $90)
This company, based in Sydney, Australia, knows what it’s doing. The suit’s bold geometric design has attitude, the fabric feels knit-like in its softness, and the top’s tri-back design clips securely into place—perfect for morning open-water swims at Bondi.
J.Crew Harley Tie-Back Top and String Bottom ($56 and $44)
For those days when you want to chill poolside, toss this string bikini into your bag. The striped print stands out when you’re lounging on a chaise. And the fabric isn’t flimsy—the top has light, removable padding, and both pieces are lined.
Cynthia Rowley Green Fiji Bikini Top and Bottom ($105 each)
Rowley’s swimwear line is perfect for stylish, active women, and we fell in love with this design. The fabric is 80 percent neoprene, holds its elasticity, and has SPF 50 sun protection. There are adjustable spaghetti straps up top, and the high-waisted bottom is on trend. Heads up: it runs small.
Seea Palomar Crop-Top Rash Guard and Soleil Bottom ($80 and $70)
We covet this California company’s suits. When you want a little extra coverage, this soft, textured top is perfect. It hits just below your ribs, doesn’t ride up in the water, and pairs perfectly with the high-waisted bottom. Both pieces offer UPF 50+ protection.
Surf Simply Jessie One-Piece ($99)
Designed by the female instructors at the Surf Simply resort in Costa Rica, the Jessie is for women who want to look good, rip every day, and not worry about post-wipeout wardrobe malfunctions. The top ties in a crossback design, providing an adjustable fit. And the UPF 50 Lycra fabric is made from recycled plastic, including old fishing nets.