Non-Scary Bikinis Exist, and I Found Them

I was once a bikinis-only person, but my tastes have changed over the years, and I’ve found myself becoming more and more of a one-piece person over the last couple of years. (Which is something I never predicted I’d say back when I was in my string bikini-wearing high school and college days.)

Truth be told, I don’t love wearing swimsuits in general, despite living in California for most of the past decade. I’m pretty sure I could count the number of times I put on a swimsuit last year on one hand. But my interest in swimwear has been significantly higher than usual this year, as my honeymoon in Mexico is quickly approaching.

I’m determined to not have to wear a swimsuit twice on my tropical vacation, so I came to the conclusion that I need to bring eight swimsuits. But that’s a lot of one-pieces, folks. So I made it my new mission in life (well, one of them) to find the cutest, least scary bikinis on the internet, devoid of the words “string” or “cheeky” in the description. What I discovered are tons of flattering options, including high-waisted and bloomer (trust me—they’re cool) bottoms, modesty-friendly ruching, and bandeau tops. Below, shop 18 of my favorite non-scary bikinis so that you, too, can give your one-pieces a break every so often this summer.

Reformation just released a new swim collection filled with beautiful, non-scary options. Top and Greta Bikini Bottoms ($68) available in sizes XS to XL.
This style made the cut for my honeymoon (and yes, I bought the matching scrunchie). Available in sizes XS to L.
The sleeves on this one are very chic. Available in sizes 1X to 4X.
The swimsuit version of the perfect little red dress. Available in UK sizes 6 to 14.
This retro-inspired fit is so flattering. Top available in sizes 32A to 36D. High-Waisted Bikini Bottom in Oversized Matte Gingham ($56) available in sizes XXS to XXL.
Your eyes do not deceive you—this is truly affordable. Top and High Waisted Cheeky Bikini Bottom () ($12) available in sizes XS to XXL.
Pastels are trending. Thus, so is this pretty bikini. Top and Crochet Bikini Bottoms ($16) available in sizes 0X to 3X.
Want to make your bikini even cuter? Put a belt on it. Available in sizes XS to L.
This will make you sparkle in the sun, which is one of the many reasons I want it. Top and Mikka Brief Black Sparkle ($80) available in sizes XS to XL.
This is what I call a happy swimsuit. Available in sizes XS to L.
This cool new brand’s mission is body positivity. Top and Confidence Bottoms ($75) available in sizes XS to XXXL.
If you’re up for a splurge, this one is more than worthy. Top and Jaya Scallop Frill High Bottoms ($260) available in sizes 0 to 3.
Sometimes you just want something simple.  Top and High-Cut Bikini Bottoms ($25) available in sizes 4 to 12.
This is far more interesting than my other black bikinis. Top and Sargasso Bikini Bottoms ($108) available in sizes S to L.
If there’s ever a time to wear orange, it’s at the beach. Top and Bikini Briefs ($29) available in sizes 4 to 12.
Just sporty enough. Top and Flounder Contrast-Trim Bikini Briefs ($90) available in sizes XS to L.
Ruching makes any bikini less scary, in my opinion. Top and Costa Bottoms ($118) available in sizes XS to L.
For when you want more coverage than a string but less than a high-waisted bikini. Available in one size.

Still looking? Shop more modest swimsuits next.

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