The 15 Most Flattering Swimsuits for Women with Wide Hips (Plus 1 to Avoid), According to Experts

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The tricky thing about finding a bathing suit that makes you feel supremely confident is that there’s not a lot of fabric to help disguise or mask body parts we might feel self-conscious about. So if you have hips that are wider than your bust or shoulders (a pear silhouette, if you will), it can sometimes feel like your hips simply must be out on display. But there are ways to use color and cut to fake a slimmer bottom half (if that’s the look you’re going for), and no one knows this better than the four swimwear experts we reached out to for the best swim shopping advice. Here are five styles the pros at Andie, Kitty & Vibe, Shoshanna and Aerie recommend for women with wide hips—plus one you might want to avoid.

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The Best Swimsuits for Women with Wide Hips at a Glance

Meet the Experts

How We Chose the Best Swimsuits for Wide Hips

The bikinis and one-piece bathing suits on this list all come from highly-reviewed brands that are also beloved by PureWow editors and readers alike. The specific styles are all also highly-rated and fit the recommendations of our swimwear experts as to what details and silhouettes are most flattering for women with wide hips.

The 32 Most Flattering Swimsuits to Shop Now, Before They Sell Out

1. Boden Santorini Halterneck Swimsuit


This gorgeous colorblock one-piece has been a best seller for years now, and for good reason—it’s incredibly flattering on a wide range of body types, combines retro style notes with modern colors and is reportedly incredibly comfortable. PureWow’s Senior Director of Special Projects and Royals Rachel Bowie has waxed poetic about this halter one-piece many times before, and contests that the Santorini one-piece is still well worth the hype, even four years after she first purchased one. “From the waistband detail to the extensive side paneling and the surprisingly flattering bands around each leg, the design draws the eye in,” she explains. “It’s also inherently retro, so when I wear my suit with a pair of flashy shades, I just feel downright glamorous.” That contrasting stripe at the waist has the same effect of a structured belt, but will never pinch or dig in.

$110 at Boden

2. Swimsuits for All Valentine Bikini Set

Swimsuits for All

If you’re in the market for a timeless bikini you can wear summer after summer, this Swimsuits for All design should definitely be a contender. The sweetheart top comes with removable, adjustable straps and the subtle ruching on the high-waist bottoms is super flattering. There are also multiple vibrant colors to choose from, including Barbie pink and classic black. But perhaps the most appealing detail for those with wide hips is the fact that you can select totally different sizes for the top and bottom. Add to that the fact that this bikini is currently on sale, and you’ve got yourself a no-brainer.

$106; $85 at Swimsuits for All

3. Andie ‘90s High Waisted Bottom


This sleek bikini bottom combines two expert-recommended silhouettes for women with wide hips: a high-cut leg and a high-cut waist. The result is a cool ‘90s vibe that’s also reportedly incredibly comfortable. The back is fairly cheeky (though it is by no means a thong), but reviewers note that it doesn’t ride up or create a wedgie, even after swimming through ocean waves. The material also offers great support while smoothing your silhouette from all over. Per one shopper, “This feels sexy while also keeping me held in where I feel most self conscious.”

$52 at Andie

4. Aerie Shine Rib Crossover Bottom


Aerie has included a cross-front waistband bikini bottom in its lineup for years now, and it continues to be one of the absolute most flattering options summer after summer. For 2024, the best-seller got an update with ribbed material that helps smooth your silhouette without compression, and a subtle shine that looks oh-so dreamy in the sunshine, especially after a dip in the pool. The back offers full coverage and the high waist supports your hips and stomach. As for a matching top, there are lots of different styles to choose from, including a strapless bandeau, a string triangle top and a scoop top with adjustable straps

$35; $21 at Aerie

5. Summersalt The Long Torso Wrap One Piece


Finding cute swimsuits for long torsos isn’t so simple, but luckily Summersalt is here to offer you plenty of chic and fun options, all in sizes US 2 through 20/22. Most popular is definitely this colorblocked wrap design, which uses contrasting hues to break up your torso and draw the eye in. The material also has a decent amount of compression, but not so much that you feel constricted, and the wrap is functional (to a degree) so you can tighten or loosen it to best fit your hips and bust. As for coverage, Summersalt describes the rear as “a little cheeky” and the neckline is definitely low, but won’t drape all the way down to your belly button—a sort of Goldilocks level of sexy vs. modest.

$95 at Summersalt

6. Beach Riot Sydney One-Piece


This retro-cool swimsuit is incredibly flattering thanks to the combination of the stretchy belt at the waist and the princess seams running down the torso. The shoulder straps are also fully adjustable so you can knot them to fit your midsection perfectly. As for the bust, there is a built-in shelf bra with removable bra pads for support and comfort. The back has moderate coverage, but Beach Riot notes that this year’s version of the best-selling Sydney style has been specifically designed with more room in the hips—huzzah!

$168 at Beach Riot

$168 at Anthropologie

7. L*Space Bardot High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms


The extra-wide waistband on this ribbed bikini bottom is a true triple threat—it smooths your hips, helps lengthen the look of your legs and whittles your waist with the aid of that subtle ruching detail at the front. Plus, the material is made using recycled polyester for an eco-friendly twist. “Great bikini bottom,” writes one reviewer. “The high-cut sides make it very flattering, the material is buttery soft and it runs true to size!’ The coverage in back is pretty minimal, but reviewers say it stays in place and doesn’t ride up or leave you with a wedgie after just a few steps.

$106 at Anthropologie

$106 At L*Space

8. Reformation Azure Bikini Bottom


Reformation just launched swim earlier this year, and already folks are raving about the impeccable fit and luxurious materials. This high-waist bikini bottom is a totally timeless pick and comes in five gorgeous hues, including a black-and-white polka dot print. The angled seams on the front draw the eye in toward your waist and give the suit a retro vibe we adore.

$88 at Reformation

9. J.Crew ‘90s High-Leg Bikini Bottom


For those who like a minimalist look, this J.Crew bikini is a much more flattering alternative to your classic string bikini. Why, you ask? The wider waist band evens out your proportions on bottom, while the high-cut leg helps lengthen your figure overall. According to reviewers, the mid rise hits at just the right spot to feel comfortable but not too covered, and there is a decent level of coverage in back. As for tops, there are lots to choose from, whether you prefer a sexier underwire balconette or a sportier scoopneck.

$50 at J.Crew

10. Left on Friday Streamline Suit

Left On Friday

“I am truly obsessed with Left On Friday swimwear,” admits PureWow Fashion Editor Abby Hepworth. “The material is just so dreamy—soft, comfortable, supportive—and the designers really know how to make flattering swim, for all shapes.” Indeed, lots of other reviewers rave about how comfortable and flattering this LOF one-piece is, with straps and leg holes that don’t cut in and fabric that’s just as soft when dry as it is when wet. The high-cut legs on the Streamline suit are particularly great for wider hips, as is the scoop in back. It also comes in long torso sizes, so everyone can get in on the sleek, chic fun.

$180 at Left On Friday

11. LOFT Ribbed Belted Swimsuit


For those who like the idea of a belted one-piece, but love to switch things up, this LOFT swimsuit has a removable tie belt that you can knot in a myriad of ways, or leave off entirely when the mood strikes. The shoulder straps are adjustable and the bust has removable soft cups. The rear also provides full coverage so you never have to worry about showing too much. “I always have a tough time finding a bathing a suit that I can feel comfortable in, has good coverage yet looks modern and is comfortable, but this suit was it!” raves one reviewer.

$90; $54 at LOFT

12. Kitty and Vibe High Hip Crossover Bottoms 2.0

Kitty and Vibe

Kitty and Vibe has long been a PureWow favorite due to its innovative sizing system. The brand doesn’t just offer sizes XS through 6X, it also offers all those sizes in two different booty cuts to ensure you get an ideal fit, no matter your figure. So if you have wider hips and a flat bum, you can opt for a size Large 1 which ensures you won’t look like you’re wearing a saggy diaper in back. Or, if you have a big butt, you can go for a Large 2 to avoid any pulling and wedgies. Either way, you’re getting a super-comfortable bikini that will fit you like a dream.

$58 at Kitty and Vibe

13. Hunza G Nadine Bikini

Hunza G

Hunza G makes some of the most comfortable bathing suits we’ve ever worn, and this two piece is no exception. The high waist cinches your middle in just the right spot, but thanks to the innovative super-stretchy material, it will never pinch or cut in. And while we’ll admit we were dubious when we first read about the brand’s “one size fits most” material, we have to say it really exceeds expectation. Emily Kerr, SVP of growth, says, “I was so surprised at how flattering and supportive the swimsuit was while also being mega comfy. A bunch of my friends had recommended it, and I was doubtful as a lot of my friends who recommended it are teeny, and I have a chonky arse and big, droopy boobs, but it lives up to the hype!”

$245 at Net-a-Porter

$260 at Hunza G

14. Lands’ End Gingham Surplice One-Piece Swimsuit

Lands’ End

Add together a modern wrap silhouette plus classic navy-and-white gingham, and what do you get? A timeless, chic bathing suit that will simply never go out of style. Reviewers love the full coverage in back and the fact that the neckline doesn’t go too low, but the straps thin out in back to give you just the right amount of sex appeal. Those shoulder straps are also fully adjustable, as is the tie at the waist. There is a sewn-in soft cup bra for support and the material even has built-in UPF50 for added protection from the sun. Yeah, this is an absolute winner, in our book.

$115 at Lands’ End

15. Tanya Taylor Kelly Wrap One Piece

Saks Off Fifth

Stand out from the sea of tropical blooms and dainty daisies with this gorgeous green-and-white floral one piece. It has an adjustable wrap silhouette and full coverage in back so you feel secure and sexy. According to reviews, this swimsuit fits true to size, though those with longer torsos may find it a bit too short (the shoulder straps are not adjustable). Add it to your shopping cart now, while it’s 60 percent off, before it inevitably sells out.

$225; $90 at Saks Off Fifth

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