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19 Modest Swimsuits for Women That Flatter Every Age and Shape

Stress-free styles that will make you feel body-confident.

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Summer is around the corner, and so are pool days (and if we’re lucky, a trip or two to an actual beach!). And while we firmly believe that all bodies are beach bodies and there are no such thing as “problem areas,” it’s also empowering to be able to choose what parts of your body you want to show off (or not!) in your swimsuit. Below, we’ve rounded up the best, modest swimwear, including slimming one-pieces, swim tops and bottoms (hello swim leggings!), and even less-than-revealing bikinis and tankinis.

So whatever your age and body type, we can guarantee there is a figure-flattering, modest bathing suit style you’ll actually love wearing. Bonus: the more coverage you choose, the more sun protection!

Where can I buy a cute modest swimsuit?

So many brands specialize in modest swimwear that is inclusive to all sizes and bodies. The Bare Necessities swim collection features beautiful swim dresses and skirted suits. ModLi is one of the only brands out there that specializes in swim leggings and longer swim shorts. Summersalt and Swimsuits For All are two fan-favorite swimwear brands that are designing modest one-pieces and tankinis in just about every size.

What is the best swimsuit to hide a tummy?

If you want to hide a tummy, shop for shapewear swimsuits with tummy control, or invisible piping that creates a Spanx-like effect on your midsection. Miraclesuits (available at Macys), are popular for their magical ability to make you look 10 pounds lighter — the style of this Miraclesuit Tramonto Belle Temptation Underwire One-Piece ($184, Macys) proves what a great cut and print can do for your waistline. You can also find flowy swim tops and tankinis (like this colorful Amazon tankini) that are less restricting but accomplish the same goal.

What is considered a modest swimsuit?

It really depends on your body type. Here’s the best modest coverage swimwear for each shape:

  • Pear shape: For those with larger legs and butts who want to conceal their lower half, look for full-coverage bottoms, swim leggings and shorts, and swim skirts that flare. And while you may not be looking to bare much cleavage, you can still consider a modest swim stop that boasts a flattering neckline to draw attention upward.
  • Apple shape: Apples, or those with larger busts and narrower hips, may want cleavage-coverage swimsuits that leave extra room for the tummy. Bold-print tops and ruffled tankinis look great on this body type!
  • Hourglass shape: Those who have curves look great in one-pieces and swim dresses that cinch at the waist, or high-waisted bikinis. Just make sure to choose a full-coverage swim top for ample cleavage control.
  • Straight shape: Straight shapes are pretty proportionate, but don’t tend to have one particular asset that “pops.” Swim skirts that flare, wrap-style one-pieces, and swimsuits with ruffles can create curves without showing too much skin.

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Modest One Piece Swimsuits for Women

Miraclesuit Marais Allover Slimming V-Neck Swimdress

Best Shapewear Under Swimsuit
best shapewear swimsuits for women

Buy at Macys, $190

Why we like it:

  • A-line silhouette; knotted at center front
  • Pull-on style
  • V-neckline and over-the-shoulder straps

If you prefer more coverage over your lower half, then this cute swim dress is your best bet. The Miraclesuit’s Marais allover slimming V-neck swim dress was made to provide coverage and support, while making you look slimmer. It’s a comfortable, quality option that comes in slimming black.

Happy customer: “I am in love with this new swimdress and all of the GREAT reviews are right on! It fits perfectly and holds me in well in all the right places. I had previously purchased suits that were called ‘slimming’ and they never have enough tight coverage in the stomach area. This is PERFECT! I love the lower cut of the neckline and the way it makes me look and feel without being too revealing! I felt great in this suit at the beach! A+!”

Tempt Me Vintage Ruffled One-Piece

best off-the-shoulder one piece swimsuit

Buy at Amazon, from $19.98

Why we like it:

  • Arm coverage
  • 36 bold prints and colors available
  • Removable shoulder straps for versatile looks

Available in a jaw-dropping 38 different colors and patterns, this off-the-shoulder ruffled suit features adjustable and removable straps, as well as a padded bra for support and shaping. A long torso means you won’t be bothered by your suit uncomfortably riding up, and stretchy, soft fabric makes this suit easy to leave on all day at the pool or beach. Throw a cover-up over it and head to dinner; no one will know it’s a swimsuit!

One reviewer writes:

“I ordered this swimsuit not knowing what to expect, and I’m very happy with my purchase. I went on a cruise last week and I received a lot of compliments. I’m 44 years old with a lot of insecurities when it comes to swimwear, and this is the first time that I felt pretty confident.”

Venus Slimming Draped One-piece

Buy at Venus, $89

Features:

  • Available in plus size
  • Full back
  • Shelf bra
  • Elastic shoulder straps adjust for a perfect fit

This suit might look like a tankini, but it’s actually a beautifully-draped one-piece! It comes in multiple color combinations and provides tummy control, as well as a shelf bra for extra bust support.

Owner reviews:

“I selected the blue ombre color. It fits well. It does not show too much and at the same time it flatters your figure.

Very flattering and I love the colors. In fact, I just ordered another one in a different color. Wore it in the ocean a couple of days ago and it didn’t sag, as I thought it might. Wonderful design.

I think it is well made, very flattering to accentuate your curves yet slimming to hide your tummy, tucks you in, in all the right places.

Sea Level Cross Front One-Piece Swimsuit

Best slimming swimsuit for women over 50

Buy on Nordstrom ($119.95)

Why we like it:

  • Rich jewel tone colors
  • Flattering ruched design
  • Supportive power mesh

This glamorous one-piece features a crisscross design at the bust and ruching across the tummy to disguise the “menopause middle” most of us contend with after a certain age. Available in red or blue, it’s absolutely stunning, and built to last season after season. The manufacturer warns that it does run large, so order one size down for the best fit.

Promising review: “I’m feeling good about my self-image again — 60 years young and this suit is pure confidence! Swimsuits are difficult to fit for me, but this suit fits perfectly everywhere. The color is so rich — I feel like a bombshell!”

L.L. Bean Halter Swimdress

Best halter swimsuit for women over 50
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L.L. Bean

Buy on L.L. Bean ($119)

Why we like it:

  • UPF 50 protection
  • Stylish blue print
  • Long-lasting fabric

Made from a sturdy lycra fabric, this cute swimdress will resist damage from sun and chlorine while providing UPF 50+ protection for those long afternoons spent on the beach. Snap up this trendy blue and white geometric pattern, and make a statement next time you’re lounging on the beach.

Promising review: I was delighted with this swimsuit! At 65+, I wanted a suit with a little coverage on my upper thighs, and a bit of ‘tummy disguise’ … This was perfect!” 

Danify Plus Size Skirted Suit

Best plus size swimsuit for women over 50

Buy on Amazon (From $29.99)

Why we like it:

  • Trendy pattern
  • Shorts underneath
  • Comes in 2 colors

This skirted swimsuit from Amazon has all the elements a woman over 50 could want, from its a one-piece design and pretty pattern on the top half to the discreet shorts that are hiding beneath its skirt for plenty of coverage. Did we mention it also comes in plus sizes? Choose from black or navy.

Promising review: “I am in love with this swimming suit! It fits so good and the shorts under the skirt is so comfortable! The padding in the chest is perfect, it’s just thick enough to cover everything up!”


Modest Swim Tops for Women

Fantasie Port Maria Twist Underwire Tankini Top

Modest tankini top for large busts

Buy at Bare Necessities, starting at $101

Features:

  • Cup Sizes D-G available
  • Reinforced side boning promotes support and structure
  • XTRA LIFE LYCRA combats chlorine for long-lasting fit

This floral tankini allows you to fully customize your fit with adjustable straps, ruched sides with ties, and hook-and-eye closure with three settings. Cup sizes go up to G, and the fabric is chlorine-resistant for long-lasting wear.

Owner review: “The Fantasie tankini is a beautiful, well made, flattering bathing suit. At my age, this is not an easy thing to find. I am able to look fashionable and not look like I am trying to dress like a young girl.”

Adele Swim Top With Swim Bra

Modest Full Coverage Swim rashguard

Buy at ModLi, starting at $29.95

Features:

  • 82% Nylon 18% Spandex
  • Machine wash cold with like colors, lay flat to dry
  • Pull on
  • UPF 50+
  • Comes with swim bra

“Rash guards” used to be considered swim tops for surfers, but thankfully the rest of us non-surfers thought to borrow the style. You can buy these swim shirts in multiple sleeve lengths and prints, and feel completely safe from the sun’s harmful rays when you rock it at the pool.

Owner reviews:

I ordered a swim skirt and shirt combo. The fit is true to size. I am a small/medium and the small fit me well without being too snug. The material is great! This will be used not just for swimming, but any hot days stuck out in the sun. Love it!

Love it..sizing is perfect. I enjoy the color, excellent seamstress work…timely arrival. It’s just right and modestly attractive.

Anna Swim Tunic with Long Bike Swim Shorts

Best Swim Dress with Shorts

$61.20 (was $122.40), ModLi

Features:

  • 82% nylon 18% spandex
  • Machine wash with like colors
  • Pull on
  • UPF 50+

This loose-fit swim dress is really just the swim version of your favorite tunic. It’s long enough to cover your bum, and comes with knee-length bike shorts so you can forget about your thigh jiggle and just enjoy the beach.

Owner reviews:

I love these bike shorts! So lightweight and comfortable as well as fast drying. I use under my skirts as well as with the swim dress they go with! The shorts are just ever so slightly big but that’s OK with me. I don’t want them overly tight.

The [shorts] were the perfect length, just above the knee. I used the size chart to determine my size. So I will say that they are true to the size chart. I washed them on the delicate cycle and hung to dry. They washed up nicely.

Modest Swim Bottoms for Women

Long Swim Leggings

Best Long Swim Pants
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ModLi

$37 (was $74), ModLi

Features:

  • 82% Nylon 18% Spandex
  • Machine wash with like colors
  • Pull-on
  • UPF 50+ Sun protection

These look exactly like your trusty black leggings, but have UPF 50+ sun protection and quick-drying, stretchy fabric that can get wet. If you want a classic pair of swim pants, these will be your go-to.

Owner reviews:

These were a perfect fit! I used the size chart to determine the size I needed. They are comfortable and flattering. I was so impressed that I ordered a second pair!

Just what I wanted – great fit, color, and fabric and very versatile.

Capri Swim Leggings

Best Capri Swim leggings
swim pants for women
ModLi

$35 (was $70), ModLi

Features:

  • Polyester/Nylon + Spandex
  • Machine wash cold with like colors, air dry
  • Pull-on
  • UPF 50+
  • Capri length

These capri swim leggings are just the right fit to feel like the leggings you wear around the house every day. They have quick-drying fabric, so you actually can go from pool to home without a trip to the locker room.

Owner reviews:

Love them… So comfortable! FYI… I am in between two sizes and bought the size up and definitely could have bought the size down.

I needed for [under a] swim dress…great coverage and quality!

Midi Swim Skort

Best Swim Skort and pants combo
swim pants for women
ModLi

$37 (was $74), ModLi

Features:

  • 82% Nylon 18% Spandex
  • Machine wash with like colors
  • Pull on
  • UPF 50+ .
  • Skirt has attached leggings that hits just above the knee

This swim pant/skirt combo has the best of both worlds: a flare skirt that balances out your curves, and attached knee-length swim shorts that provide extra coverage. It come in eight colors, so you can keep things simple with basic blacks and grays, or accentuate your swim top with a vibrant hue like fuchsia or turquoise.

Owner reviews:

The service was great and I love the swim skirt! I may even order different colors next time.

I absolutely love this! I love the shorts under so my thighs aren’t rubbing together but with the skirt on top so it’s still fashionable.

The quality is great. The fit was perfect using the fitting chart on the website. I was so happy to find modest yet attractive swimwear. Now I swim and entertain without worries of feeling over exposed.

Undertow Long Bike Short

Best long swim shorts

$48, Swimsuits for All

Features:

  • Sold as bottom only. Shop separate tops to complete your look.
  • Coverage: full leg and bottom
  • Poly/mesh gusset lining
  • Rise: hits at waist

With a printed high waist, these swim shorts would look great with a solid-color swim top. These are slightly longer with extra thigh coverage, so you can wear them outside the pool or lounging around your house without feeling an ounce of modesty.

Reviewers wrote:

“This long bike short is perfect for snorkeling and in the pool – it matches my swimsuit top. I like longer bottoms because I’m older and can’t find anything but these bike shorts that I am comfortable in. Love them.”

“I read many reviews about these before buying — all positive and so is mine. Love these. So comfortable. So modest. Also bought the matching top and the colors are outstanding. I go swimming a lot with my grandchildren in chlorine pools. These [hold up] great!

Black Side Slit Skort

$26 (was $38), Swimsuits For All

Features:

  • Sold as bottom only. Shop separate tops to complete your look.
  • Coverage: full leg and bottom
  • Front poly/mesh lining
  • Front side-slit opening
  • Rise: hits at waist

Skorts were all the rage in the ’90s, but they still flatter just the same as swimwear today. This one provides some extra coverage in the inner thigh area, while showcasing your booty from behind — best of both worlds!

Reviewers wrote:

“I am 83 years old and wanted just that little extra coverage that this skort gives me.”

“The most amazing fit! I love the way these fit they hide hippy thighs in the front and focus on your assets on the back! … Buy these, you won’t regret it! I hope they never retire this style!”


Modest Tankinis & Bikinis for Women

SouqFone Ruffled Bikini

Best one-piece plus size swimsuit for women over 50

Buy at Amazon, from $9.79

Why we like it:

  • Available in 3 different colors and patterns
  • Mix and match top and bottom sizes
  • “Tummy control” lining

This two-piece swimwear set comes in a stunning array of mixed-and-matched colors and patterns — 18 in all! (Just be aware that the pricing can vary greatly according to the color you choose; while some styles are only $10, most are around $30.) We love that it covers your stomach, but is still truly a bikini. High-waisted bottoms won’t slide down, and the flowy top flatters busts of all sizes.

Plus-size women, take note of this rave review! “As a size 22-24 pear shape with small breasts, I owed it to my ladies to leave an honest review. It’s nearly impossible for me to find clothes that fit correctly, particularly swimwear. I’m not disillusioned about my figure. I’m a big girl. But I deserve to rock a bikini like the best of them. I love this suit. Coverage is great. The top hangs as low as the pictures suggest, and leave enough skin where I still feel like I’m wearing a bikini.”

Miraclesuit Sunset Cay Peephole Wireless Tankini Swim Top

Best Shapewear Two-Piece Tankini Waist Cincher

Buy at Amazon, starting at $86.80

Why we like it:

  • Padded, wire-free cups
  • Adjustable straps
  • Vibrant print

For a two-piece shapewear swimwear set with a little more pizzaz, get the Sunset Cay keyhole tankini top with the solid super high-waist tankini bottoms. The flowy top comes with adjustable straps, and the matching tummy-hugging bottoms are sure to be your summer favorite this year. With its extra flattering fit and vibrant, eye-catching ikat-print, everyone will be asking you where you got this tankini from, and your tummy will feel secure.

Happy customer: “This is the nicest swim suit I have ever owned. The quality is high. The colors are gorgeous. I feel pretty in this suit, and that’s not easy at size 18!

Miraclesuit Mirage Tankini

Modest High-Neck Shapewear Tankini Swimsuit
best shapewear swimsuits for women

Buy at Bloomingdales, $120

Why we like it:

  • Illusion scoop neckline
  • Adjustable shoulder straps and underwire support
  • Order one size up for more coverage

We love the versatility, safety, and coverage of a good tankini, and this black two-piece set from Bloomingdale’s, with its mesh illusion neckline and ruffle overlay, makes for a sophisticated addition to your swimsuit collection. Its high-waist bottom gives it a retro touch, and one buyer raves, “This suit is flattering… It has good support in the bust and was very comfortable to wear. Buying and wearing a bathing suit isn’t fun for me but I felt good in this one!”

Happy customer: “This swim tankini top is very slimming and figure flattering. The illusion top provides coverage, has a comfortable underwire, but is cute and sexy. Looks great with the swim skirt that I already have. Can’t wait for summer to wear it.

Hollywood Colorblock Wrap Bikini

best colorblock bikini
Swimsuits for All

Buy at Swimsuits For All, $56 (was $94)

Why we like it:

  • Full-coverage, high-waisted bottom
  • Mesh cleavage coverage
  • Comes in sizes 4-24

This sexy bikini wraps in all the right places to provide support while hugging your curves. It features wire-free removable bra cups, a cute keyhole back, and “Power Mesh” tummy control lining in the bottoms to keep everything in.

One reviewer wrote, “Nice looking top … Unique looking. The mesh helps cover up if there is too much cleavage.”

Sea Level Sorrento Stripe Bikini

Best one-piece plus size swimsuit for women over 50
striped bikini
Nordstrom

Buy on Nordstrom (Top, $80; Bottoms, $45)

Why we like it:

  • Power mesh lining for support
  • Comes in two colors

Available in red candy-cane stripes or the French blue stripes pictured, the Sorrento bikini is pure sophistication. With a twist front, side boning, and power-mesh lining to add support, this bikini top will keep your girls supported and looking their best. The bottoms ($45) are also crafted with supportive mesh to keep everything held in securely, and if you’re sensitive about your backside in a bikini (who isn’t?) here’s what one reviewer said about them:

“I love this bikini bottom — I bought one size up — which I usually do in bathing suit bottoms to avoid a tight fit that causes rolls. I thought this suit gave coverage but not too high of waist. It was a little lower than I thought it would be, but I don’t think it went too low not to provide coverage of problem areas. It is a silky soft fabric and the elastic did not cause dimpling. I can’t wait to wear it this summer!”

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