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Top 10 Ruched Swimsuits

Meet This Season's Most Flattering Swimwear Trend

Meet This Season's Most Flattering Swimwear Trend

Summer isn't even officially here yet, but the fashion world has already bombarded us with a number of swim trends to look out for when the warmer weather finally hits. Our Insta feeds are flooded with belted one-pieces, super high-cut bottoms, lingerie-inspired bikini tops, and floral prints—just to name a few. While we'd love to be able to pull off every trend we're currently crushing on, the truth is that not all of them work for everyone. There's one we've been eyeing, though, that's earned itself a top spot on the list of universally flattering swim trends: ruched and shirred details. Strategically placed gathers not only look super cute, but they also have the ability to slim your bod like no other swimsuit can. Whether you want to test the trend or find your sexiest and most slimming suit yet, the Top 10 ruched and shirred swimwear picks below will have you looking your best next time you hit the beach. Keep scrolling to stock up on your favorite pieces. Opening image: hm.com

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June 19, 2019

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The Rankings


La Blanca Island One-Piece Underwire Swimsuit

Our Score

LOVED FOR: The plunged neckline adds a hint of sexy to this suit, but the underwire and comfortable cups mean it's still supportive.

STYLE WITH: A one-piece can work far beyond the beach. Throw on a pair of jeans or slinky slip skirt and rock it as a bodysuit for easy dressing on your next vacay.


J.Crew High-Waisted Ruched Bikini Bottom

Our Score

BEST FOR: A full-coverage suit that's still sexy

WHY YOU NEED IT: High-waisted bottoms are nothing new, but this season has seen entirely new takes on the trend. These bottoms give the appearance of a teeny-tiny waist, and thanks to the ruching, they conceal the tummy area too."


Athleta Shirred Halter Tankini

Our Score

USERS SAID: "This top is so flattering on! The halter style and side ruching give it a comfortable coverage level while still looking sporty and cute!"

FUN FACT: This suit is made with recycled fabric.


H&M Shaping Swimsuit

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: This suit sneakily sculpts the tummy, sides, and seat with a wrapover top, lightly padded cups, and decorative gathers.

HELPFUL TIP: H&M usually runs small, so you may want to go up a size or two.


Old Navy Side-Tie Swim Skirt

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Swim skirts can look a little "old," but this one has chic cinch-tie sides and a shorter length that make it feel fresh.

HELPFUL TIP: The black shade will go with tons of tops you already have laying around.


Aqua Green Shirred One Piece Swimsuit

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: The underwire bra and soft cups add a little lift, while the all-over ruching gives problem areas a slimming effect.

LOVED FOR: A bloated belly is no match for this flattering one piece.


Old Navy Wrap-Front Tankini Top

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I bought this on sale and I'm SO glad I did. It's so flattering (I'm in my 50s), and it feels as if it has a little bit of Spanx in it because of the way it holds my torso in! I love it!"

FUN FACT: The fabric features built-in UPF 40+ sun protection, so you can keep your skin pretty and burn-free.


La Blanca Twist Front Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit

Our Score

BEST FOR: Bigger busts will love the support this suit provides.

HELPFUL TIP: The removable strap is a big bonus.


J.Crew Ruched Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I love this suit. I have four of them—black, navy, cobalt, and red. It's classy and slimming and so comfortable while carrying kids at the pool or beach. Great quality and design."

STYLE WITH: Slip on a coverup and slide sandals to go from beach to boardwalk.


Aerie High Waisted Bikini Bottom

Our Score

STYLE WITH: Pair it with this sporty side scoop top.

WHY WE LOVE IT: "This is my favorite swim purchase this season. I was worried I wouldn't be able to pull off the retro trend, but the high waist and ruched sides are so flattering." -Kate Ferris, Staff Writer

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