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.