Chances are, if you're buying a swimsuit for summer, you're getting at least one of them online. And that means you probably have no idea what it's actually going to look and feel like in real life. It's a conundrum many shoppers face when warm weather rolls around, which leaves most people relying on word of mouth to find out which brands are making pieces that are actually worth their money. Which is exactly why The Zoe Report team has pooled together their suggestions: to give you a comprehensive list to start with, complete with the reasons why our editors consider these the best swimsuit brands out there, hands down.
And when it comes to styles, our selections run the gamut. From our Senior Style Editor's go-to bikini from Araks to our Senior West Coast Editor's favorite dainty one-piece, there's really something for everyone, no matter their style or swimsuit preference.
You're probably ready to start shopping — after all, the official start of summer is within reach at this point — so without further ado, keep scrolling for the swimsuit brands TZR editors love (and our favorite pieces from each). Happy swimming!
"I love Araks' two-piece swimsuits so much, I have the same style in three colors. They're super simple, but fit well and don't get loose or bunchy over time. The cut is sporty enough to actually swim in, which is why I always break them out when I'm headed to the beach." — Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor
"I recently discovered this brand and it was literally love at first sight. Designed to be worn both in and out of the water, each piece is so dainty, detailed, and seriously gorgeous. I got this nude one-piece and will probably wear it to work more than I'll wear it to the beach!" — Angela Melero, Senior West Coast Editor
"I've relied on American Eagle for my swimsuits since I was a teenager, and I'm happy to report, the brand continues to deliver for me. Between the amazing styles (that always manage to stay on trend) and beyond affordable price-points, I never fail to find a suit every season. (And, I love that you can mix and match pieces!)" — Angela Melero, Senior West Coast Editor
"I will always gravitate toward suits with a little whimsy and sparkle — it's just the person I am. For this reason, I've been a fan of Lolli Swim for years. The brand employs vibrant prints and colors against chic cuts and silhouettes, making for a suit that's sexy but not too serious. Yes, please!" — Angela Melero, Senior West Coast Editor
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"I almost exclusively wear high-rise, high-cut bikini bottoms, so I immediately fell in love with this set. The bottoms aren't too cheeky, and the shirring of the fabric makes the overall fit that much better. Oh, and what's not to love about the top? The square neckline is every bit on-trend as it is classic." — Aidan Macaluso, Senior Social Media Editor
"Inspired by silhouettes of the '90s, designer Sarah Sidway Godshaw creates super fun pieces in cheeky silhouettes. They're all super adjustable too, which I love." — Lauren Caruso, Site Director
"Haight's one-pieces double as bona fide tops in the summer thanks to their fuller coverage silhouettes. My personal favorite is the Lu One-Shoulder Cutout style." — Lauren Caruso, Site Director
"Still a relatively small brand, ACK features simple silhouettes with surprising details, like contrast piping or grommets along the straps." — Lauren Caruso, Site Director
"I love how simple and no-frills Nu Swim is. I love to wear the brand's tops underneath a shorts suit as a makeshift shirt in the summer." — Lauren Caruso, Site Director
"The brand's textured suits have become a go-to of mine for their refined, easy-to-wear silhouettes in neutral tones like browns and muted peaches." — Lauren Caruso, Site Director
"Go ahead and judge me, but I can't swim. So when it was time for me to purchase a swimsuit a few seasons ago, I was a little bit stressed out — I hadn't tried one on in some years. My local Torrid had so many hidden gems in an assortment of sizes and retro prints... and moreover, great underwire support in the tops and one-pieces. I feel like a '50s bombshell whenever I make an appearance at pool parties." — Khalea Underwood, Beauty Editor
"I'm obsessed with Andie's super-simple pieces. They all fit me perfectly, but The Amalfi style in red is a particular fave — it doesn't cut into me in weird places, and just looks so classic." — Anna Buckman, Shopping News Editor
"All of Peony's pieces are good enough to wear in everyday life — it's feminine, whimsical, and comes in the prettiest silhouettes. My favorite style from the brand right now is this baby blue suit — I waited months to finally break it out, and now that it's warm, I basically go to the pool just so I can put it on." — Anna Buckman, Shopping News Editor