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Would You Wear… a High Waisted Swimsuit?


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High waisted bikinis at Anthropologie, Free People and Modcloth.

Since I’m daydreaming of summer, I can’t help but peruse my favorite internet sites for swimwear whenever I get a break. While browsing recently, I noticed an interesting trend in the world of swimsuits. We all know that retro swimsuits have been popular for a while, but now high waisted bikinis seem to be everywhere.

The high waisted swimwear trend is a nice way to cover up a little bit while still being girly. When you pair one of these suits with feminine accessories, it’s hard not to feel glamorous. Since I haven’t found my perfect swimsuit yet, this style may definitely be a contender!

Here are the perfect accessories to dress it up:

High Waisted Swimsuit Sample Outfit
Product Information: Swimsuit – Modcloth, Shoes – Piperlime, Bag – DSW, Hat – Zara, Sunglasses – Dorothy Perkins

What are your thoughts?

Do you think you would wear a high waisted bikini? Is this a cute look or just not your style? Could you see yourself actually swimming in this or is it more of a lazing-on-the-beach look? Leave a comment and let me know!

Posted on on May 16, 2011 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , ,

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58 Responses to “Would You Wear… a High Waisted Swimsuit?”

  1. 1
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I feel that just like the tankini and boyshort bikini trend, “bigger” girls might buy these thinking they are disguising their-midsection, when in reality it will probably make it stand out more by making it the center of attention. It’s not for everyone (ex: the pics of Ke$ha on the beach in a high-waisted black bikini) but some of these are cute for the right person.

  2. 2
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    yes i most certainly would.

  3. 3
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I would try this I think! I love my waist and ribs but I’m a little self conscious about my love handle area–I wonder if they make these with control tops, like panty hose haha!!

  4. 4
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    AHHH YES! I am still on the lookout for the perfect high waisted swimsuit, but that’s all I want to be wearing on the beach this summer.

  5. 5
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I would like too but I doubt I’d suit it. I have no idea how to dress for my shape at all :/ x

  6. 6
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I think this only looks good if it is paired with a retro halter top, not a typical string bikini. I don’t think I would wear one myself but when I’m older and want to cover my midsection I look forward to wearing a cute retro one-piece!

  7. 7
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I’m quite short waisted/petite and the high waisted look just makes my torso look shorter! Its not for me, but I think the style is adorable. I think it works best on a curvier figure with a defined waist.

  8. 8
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I have and I will. Got a lovely one from H&M last summer.

  9. 9
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I think it’s super cute, but I feel like you’d really have to accentuate the vintage vibe in order to look intentional rather than just goofy.

  10. 10
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I love vintage styles but I find high waisted swimsuits a little too costume-y.

  11. 11
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I actually really like the look, but I’m too short to wear anything high waisted :/

  12. 12
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:51 pm


  13. 13
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I’ve rocked a non-cute high-waisted bikini because my body is really not bikini ready, but I was still going to be beach. I didn’t really feel confident in it, but it was better than letting my belly hang out.

    That one from mod cloth is totally cute and a better choice than what I ended up with on short notice.

  14. 14
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I love the look from the front, but quite frankly, I don’t like what the high-waisted look does for my booty. :) So it’s not for me.

  15. 15
    May 16th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    YES YES YES YES!!! I am 5’2 and i have a good bit of pooch in the belly area and this bathingsuit has been the answer to my prayers! I bought the exact one from and I do not regret paying $90 at all! One pieces are just not flattering most of the time and tankinis just accentuate any lower belly problems. The high waisted bikini is not only totally cute and a statement piece, it covers my problem areas while still letting me feel super sexy in a Betty Paige sort of way!!!!

  16. 16
    May 16th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I just got one from Superstore, top $14 bottom $12, and they have flowers on them and the top is really retro too!! It is like a halter!!

  17. 17
    May 16th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    no way! Haha, not really my style :)

  18. 18
    May 16th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    probs not, i feel like it wouldn’t flatter my fig! =( skimpy skimp is the way to go for me!

  19. 19
    May 16th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Heck no, my body rocks, why cover up my abs

  20. 20
    May 16th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    theyre cute on a mannequin but i dont think they look good on an actual person of any body type. they do something weird to your hips and legs..

  21. 21
    May 16th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    noooooooo way

  22. 22
    May 16th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I like the idea of it,but I think it would be difficult to pull off.

  23. 23
    May 16th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I think that this would leave awkward tan lines, but I definitely think that some people could pull this off .

  24. 24
    May 16th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Noooo, like the first commenter I’m thinking of the pics of Ke$ha wearing one…. I think it’s definitely more for girls with a very defined waist and little stomach fat. Which…actually I do fit that description, but it’s still a no. :)

    And I kinda agree with whoever said they look like a diaper.

  25. 25
    May 16th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I’m glad you guys are back to posting outfits! CF has been way tl;dr lately. I just wanna see the pretty coordinates and get inspired!

  26. 26
    May 16th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    yes! thank God they’re in!

  27. 27
    May 16th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I think they’re cute but not for me. It takes a certain body type and confidence to pull this off, and I just don’t have the right type of either.

  28. 28
    May 16th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve been looking for one for a while and I just saw that there’s a couple on now! I’m excited because they’re super cheap. I’m short and short-waisted but I wear high-waisted things all the time and I think they have such a nice retro feel. I’m definitely going to get one. Anybody can wear high-waisted if they’re used to it!

  29. 29
    May 16th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I love this look, very cute and retro, but I don’t think it’s for me. I don’t think it would flatter my figure. I love how they look on the models though.

  30. 30
    May 16th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Holy tan lines!

  31. 31
    May 16th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I would try it if I were in better shape. Unfortunately, I certainly do not have a bikini body, so I’ll be sticking to styles that cover my stomach. I think they look fabulous, though!

  32. 32
    May 16th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I love how they look on the models but for my type of body it’s not the right choice!

  33. 33
    May 16th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I’m just imagining the tan lines these could create. I think they’re cute, but definitely not for everyone. I also can’t stand the way any bottoms feel that high up on the waist.

  34. 34
    May 16th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Definitely not. I don’t think they even look good on the models. There’s something awkward about the fit, like it’s a diaper or something. High-waisted skirts/shorts etc look fine, because they cover that section of the leg that the bikini doesn’t.

  35. 35
    May 16th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    YES. I have my regular bikinis, but I am ordering a great high waisted retro suite. Why not try it? They look so fun! :)

  36. 36
    May 17th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    absolutely not it looks like a diaper

  37. 37
    May 17th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    It seems to make your bottom stand out. Might not be suitable for everyone. I think girls with endless legs and slim thighs would rock this style though!

  38. 38
    May 17th, 2011 at 1:21 am

    no one should wear this look, im not sure why its so popular, but i don’t even see how its flattering on the models. good luck to whoever is going to attempt to pull this off, but you will most likely look like a fool.

  39. 39
    May 17th, 2011 at 3:13 am

    I think they’re so cute, but I would never wear it. Worst. Tan lines. Ever.

    Also, I think you need to be pretty fit to wear these – otherwise it’ll emphasize a large bottom.

  40. 40
    May 17th, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I would wear it. I think this swim suit requires a certain body type. Girls with a boyish figure would be swallowed in the bottoms and it wouldn’t do much girls with an appleshape.
    The suit is cute but with the wrong material and cut it can look like, as someone stated before, a diaper. I would wear it to cover up my damn stretch marks on my handles.

  41. 41
    May 17th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Sure would, I think I’d look okay in one. Unfortunately, are there ANY that aren’t like 100 dollars? I can spend 20-40 dollars on a swimsuit, not more!

  42. 42
    May 18th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I love this swimsuit style. I have some pretty noticeable surgery scars right below my belly button, so I’m always very self conscious about wearing bikinis. And I just haven’t been able to find the right monokini that covers my scars and is comfortable. I want to be able to show off my body in something that isn’t a tankini or one piece, so I really love this option! <3 CF

  43. 43
    May 18th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I love the ways these look, not sure how they will look on my body though. They’re either be super flattering or super unflattering. I have a small waist and carry most of my weight in my butt, hips and thighs, so this could work wonders or accentuate the areas I’m trying to hide the most! Must try on soon and see how it works…

  44. 44
    May 19th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    The ONLY concern I would have with this (much like my concern with other elaborate bathing suits) is super awful tan lines. Is there any way around that? because I LOVE the idea of it!

  45. 45
    May 22nd, 2011 at 9:14 am

    it seems that a lot of people seem to be really concerned about their tan lines!
    I have an easy fix for that. I have two different styles for swim suits: ones i use for tanning, and ones i use with my friends or in public situations. the ones i use for tanning are the skimpiest of the skimp, basic triangle top bikinis with barely there bottoms but, as i have a 32DD chest and a rather round bottom there is no way in heaven or hell i would wear these in public. so i usually have one or two more covering and supportive swim suits for when im with friends or the beach or water park and wear extra SPF. and in this situation i think the more elaborate and high waisted swim suits are perfect. If you tan at home this shouldnt be an issue.
    I happen to be one of those girls who kinda has the proportions of Marilyn Monroe but only 5 ft tall (so proportionately shrink our beloved Marilyn to 5 ft inside your heads please) so these high waisted bikinis are a god sent to me. high waists are actually supposed to make you look taller, granted if you have a short torso they could actually make the problem worse. luckily im not one of those girls. i just ordered my high waisted polka dot bikini with retro, underwired top from jcrew for about $80 (total!)and i really look forward to it coming in the mail.

  46. 46
    May 22nd, 2011 at 9:15 am

    also, if it fits properly, it should not look like a diaper

  47. 47
    July 28th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I actually own one! I think the style is really cute and I get dazzled with complements everywhere I go. If you have long legs, it’ll make them look longer, if you have a narrow waist it doesn’t hurt either, but the swimsuit really adds one. It’s super flattering and you dont need to be in the best shape of your life with ab muscles to look good in it. Oddly enogh it does NOT leave weird tan lines. Besides that you just look classy, maybe the chic in the gold string bikini looks hot, but you look more pin-up and less playboy. Leaving something (anything) to the imagination is your greatest tool.

  48. 48
    July 28th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Some people think its only good for curvy girls but i have a ruler-like figure and my high waisted swimsuit adds curves, plus it makes my legs look longer.

  49. 49
    May 21st, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    These swimsuits really rock!!!!!! Although for skinny people it looks a bit less nice, because they are from 50s, when shapes like the one of M. Monro were in style.

  50. 50
    June 1st, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I think it is trendy and its good for new moms or moms that is trying to hide stretch marks from pregnancy

  51. 51
    June 18th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I have one and love it. However, like most garments, it’s better for some body types than others – in this case, I think hourglass figures pull off this style best. Pear-shaped and short-waisted gals, it probably won’t do you many favors.

    That being said, I think it looks best when the bottoms aren’t TOO high. Right below the navel is just the perfect mix of demure and sexy (the boyfriend agrees!!!), while still looking cute and covering potential problem areas. Otherwise, unless you’re model-esque, the bottoms hitting above the navel very well may have that granny panty effect and accentuate the hips. Most importantly, confidence is key!

  52. 52
    June 24th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I have one from American Apparel in navy blue, and I love it! It’s very minimalistic and chic.

  53. 53
    April 17th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I just ordered one of these with cute light blue and white stripes, and I think they are adorable. They create an hourglass shape and define curves, and I love them. Definitely wearing one this summer!

  54. 54
    April 17th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I think they look great on curvy people and people with ruler-like, skinny figures as well. They define curves, make tall girls look taller and shorter girls look like they have longer legs, and they look gorgeous in general. But I don’t think they should be used just to cover things like tankinis, rather to define the waist and create an hourglass figure! Can’t wait to rock one this summer!

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