It’s Time To Give The High-Cut Bathing Suit A Go

Alyssa Coscarelli

If you've stumbled across a photo (as in, an actual hard-copy photo) of your mother or grandmother at the beach decades ago, they're likely wearing a high-cut swimsuit. Along with power shoulders and tiny sunglasses returning from the '80s and '90s is a throwback swim trend: The high-cut one-piece, originally pioneered by designers like Norma Kamali and more recently popularized by brands like Sidway and Mara Hoffman, is one of the most ubiquitous styles this summer.

Of course, there are varying degrees of how high-cut you're willing to go, but with both one and two-piece options, there's one out there for everyone. And if plunging necklines or string-bikinis aren't quite your thing, this may be the perfect new way to show a sexy bit of skin all season long. Ahead, we've rounded up some of our favorite takes on this legs-for-days summer must-have.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<br> <br> <strong>ASOS DESIGN</strong> Curve Gathered Deep Band Halter Bikini Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fasos-curve%2Fasos-design-recycled-curve-mix-and-match-gathered-deep-band-halter-bikini-top-in-ditsy-floral-print%2Fprd%2F14485321%3FCTAref%3DWe%2BRecommend%2BCarousel_1%26featureref1%3Dwe%2Brecommend%2Bpers" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a> <br> <br> <strong>ASOS CURVE</strong> Curve High Leg High Waist Bikini Bottom, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fasos-curve%2Fasos-design-recycled-curve-mix-and-match-high-leg-high-waist-bikini-bottom-in-ditsy-floral-print%2Fprd%2F14485322%3FCTAref%3DWe%2BRecommend%2BCarousel_3%26featureref1%3Dwe%2Brecommend%2Bpers" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


ASOS DESIGN Curve Gathered Deep Band Halter Bikini Top, $, available at ASOS

ASOS CURVE Curve High Leg High Waist Bikini Bottom, $, available at ASOS
<br> <br> <strong>Laya Swim</strong> Slow Motion, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.layaswim.com%2Fcollections%2Fshop-all%2Fproducts%2Fslow-motion-red" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Laya Swim" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Laya Swim</a>


Laya Swim Slow Motion, $, available at Laya Swim
<br> <br> <strong>Triangl</strong> Melrose Bikini, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fnorthamerica.triangl.com%2Fcollections%2Fswimwear%2Fproducts%2Fmelrose-gold" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Triangl" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Triangl</a> <span class="copyright">Photo Courtesy of Triangl.</span>


Triangl Melrose Bikini, $, available at Triangl Photo Courtesy of Triangl.
<br> <br> <strong>Out From Under</strong> Printed Tenny Underwire Demi Bikini Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fout-from-under-printed-tenny-underwire-demi-bikini-top%3Fcategory%3Dwomens-swimwear%26color%3D064%26type%3DREGULAR%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a> <br> <br> <strong>Out From Under</strong> Printed Heidi High-Cut Bikini Bottom, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fout-from-under-printed-heidi-high-cut-bikini-bottom%3Fcategory%3Dwomens-swimwear%26color%3D064%26type%3DREGULAR%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>


Out From Under Printed Tenny Underwire Demi Bikini Top, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Out From Under Printed Heidi High-Cut Bikini Bottom, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<br> <br> <strong>SIDWAY</strong> Anderson One Piece, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fsidway.com%2Fcollections%2Fone-pieces%2Fproducts%2Fanderson-one-piece-poppy%3Fvariant%3D31853996295" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sidway" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sidway</a>


SIDWAY Anderson One Piece, $, available at Sidway
<br> <br> <strong>Simply Be</strong> Halterneck Deep Plunge High Leg Sparkle Swimsuit, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fsimply-be%2Fsimply-be-halterneck-deep-plunge-high-leg-sparkle-swimsuit%2Fprd%2F20092925%3Fcolourwayid%3D60007964%26SearchQuery%3D%26cid%3D9577" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


Simply Be Halterneck Deep Plunge High Leg Sparkle Swimsuit, $, available at ASOS
<br> <br> <strong>ACK</strong> Tintarella Lime, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fackswimwear.com%2Fcollections%2Fall%2Fproducts%2Fackswimwear-tintarella-lime" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ack" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ack</a>


ACK Tintarella Lime, $, available at Ack
<br> <br> <strong>Violeta By Mango</strong> Ribbed Bikini Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fplus-size%2Fbikinis-and-swimsuits-bikinis%2Fribbed-bikini-top_67035650.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a> <br> <br> <strong>Violeta By Mango</strong> Ribbed Bikini Bottom, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fplus-size%2Fbikinis-and-swimsuits-bikinis%2Fribbed-bikini-bottom_67005651.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>


Violeta By Mango Ribbed Bikini Top, $, available at Mango

Violeta By Mango Ribbed Bikini Bottom, $, available at Mango
<br> <br> <strong>Mara Hoffman</strong> Lua Bikini Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmarahoffman.com%2Fproducts%2Flua-bikini-top-3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mara Hoffman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mara Hoffman</a> <br> <br> <strong>Mara Hoffman</strong> Goldie Bikini Bottom, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmarahoffman.com%2Fproducts%2Fgoldie-bikini-bottom-5" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mara Hoffman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mara Hoffman</a>


Mara Hoffman Lua Bikini Top, $, available at Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman Goldie Bikini Bottom, $, available at Mara Hoffman
<br> <br> <strong>Ookioh</strong> Como Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fookioh.com%2Fcollections%2Ftops%2Fproducts%2Fcomo-bikini-top-comosqueeze" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ookioh" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ookioh</a> <br> <br> <strong>Ookioh</strong> Dominican Bottom, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fookioh.com%2Fcollections%2Fbottoms%2Fproducts%2Fdominican-bikini-bottom-dominicansqueeze" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ookioh" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ookioh</a>


Ookioh Como Top, $, available at Ookioh

Ookioh Dominican Bottom, $, available at Ookioh
<br> <br> <strong>Hunza G</strong> Duo Jean Ruched Bikini, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.farfetch.com%2Fshopping%2Fwomen%2Fhunza-g-duo-jean-ruched-bikini-item-15178578.aspx%3Fstoreid%3D9359" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Farfetch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Farfetch</a>


Hunza G Duo Jean Ruched Bikini, $, available at Farfetch
<br> <br> <strong>Mango</strong> Ribbed Swimsuit, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fwomen%2Fbikinis-and-swimsuits-swimwear%2Fribbed-swimsuit_67065958.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>


Mango Ribbed Swimsuit, $, available at Mango
<br> <br> <strong>MELISSA SIMONE</strong> Elle Cut-Out One Piece, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmelissasimoneswim.com%2Fcollections%2Fshop-all%2Fproducts%2Felle-cut-out-one-piece" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Melissa Simone" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Melissa Simone</a>


MELISSA SIMONE Elle Cut-Out One Piece, $, available at Melissa Simone
<br> <br> <strong>H&M</strong> Long Bandeau Bikini Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.0853393002.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a> <br> <br> <strong>H&M</strong> Brazilian Bikini Bottoms, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.0853395003.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>


H&M Long Bandeau Bikini Top, $, available at H&M

H&M Brazilian Bikini Bottoms, $, available at H&M
<br> <br> <strong>Zara</strong> Wrinkle Effect Swimsuit, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zara.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fwrinkle-effect-swimsuit-p00283002.html%3Fv1%3D56983715%26v2%3D1549176" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zara</a>


Zara Wrinkle Effect Swimsuit, $, available at Zara
<br> <br> <strong>Jade Swim</strong> Cava One Piece, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fjadeswim.com%2Fcollections%2Fall%2Fproducts%2Fcava-one-piece-terry%3Fvariant%3D31913700491331" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jade Swim" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jade Swim</a>


Jade Swim Cava One Piece, $, available at Jade Swim
<br> <br> <strong>Topshop</strong> Pink Smocked V-Wire Crop Bikini Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fus.topshop.com%2Fen%2Ftsus%2Fproduct%2Fclothing-70483%2Fswimwear-beachwear-4107550%2Fpink-smocked-v-wire-crop-bikini-top-9704859" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Topshop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Topshop</a> <br> <br> <strong>Topshop</strong> Pink Smocked V High Leg Bikini Bottoms, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fus.topshop.com%2Fen%2Ftsus%2Fproduct%2Fclothing-70483%2Fswimwear-beachwear-4107550%2Fsmocked-v-hi-leg-9769023" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Topshop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Topshop</a>


Topshop Pink Smocked V-Wire Crop Bikini Top, $, available at Topshop

Topshop Pink Smocked V High Leg Bikini Bottoms, $, available at Topshop
<br> <br> <strong>Faithfull the Brand</strong> Bloom Top, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.faithfullthebrand.com%2Fcollections%2Fswim-new-arrivals%2Fproducts%2Fbloom-top-wyldie-animal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Faithfull the Brand" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Faithfull the Brand</a> <br> <br> <strong>Faithfull the Brand</strong> Ida Bottoms, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.faithfullthebrand.com%2Fcollections%2Fswim-new-arrivals%2Fproducts%2Fida-bottoms-wyldie-animal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Faithfull the Brand" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Faithfull the Brand</a>


Faithfull the Brand Bloom Top, $, available at Faithfull the Brand

Faithfull the Brand Ida Bottoms, $, available at Faithfull the Brand
<br> <br> <strong>Reina Olga</strong> Chloe Square-Neckline Swimsuit, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.matchesfashion.com%2Fus%2Fproducts%2FReina-Olga-Chloe-square-neckline-swimsuit-1329123" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Matches Fashion" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Matches Fashion</a>


Reina Olga Chloe Square-Neckline Swimsuit, $, available at Matches Fashion
<br> <br> <strong>Frankies Bikinis</strong> Banks One Piece, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffrankiesbikinis.com%2Fcollections%2Fone-piece%2Fproducts%2Fbanks-one-piece-daffodil%3Fvariant%3D31116262015045" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Frankies Bikinis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Frankies Bikinis</a>


Frankies Bikinis Banks One Piece, $, available at Frankies Bikinis
<br> <br> <strong>GabiFresh x Swimsuits For All</strong> All Vanguard Cup Sized Ribbed One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.swimsuitsforall.com%2FGabiFresh-x-Swimsuits-For-All-Vanguard-Cup-Sized-One-Piece-Swimsuit%23rrec%3Dtrue" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Swimsuits For All" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Swimsuits For All</a>


GabiFresh x Swimsuits For All All Vanguard Cup Sized Ribbed One Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Swimsuits For All

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