The Best High-Waisted Bikini And Bikini Bottom For Summer 2021 

By  Emily Konatella

LAST UPDATED - December 11, 2023

If you haven't already added a high-waisted bikini style to your swimsuit collection, there's no better time to do so than summer 2021. When it comes to swimwear, many women stick with a one-piece or tankini because they feel self-conscious about their stomach and hips. But a slimming high-waisted bikini can give you the confidence to hit the beach in a two-piece this summer.

Why You Will Love High Waisted Bikini Bathing Suit

Just like your favorite pair of high-waisted jeans, high-waisted bikini bottoms hit right around your belly button. While regular bikinis offer minimal coverage, high-waisted bikinis have extra fabric that helps flatter women's hips, smooth out their lower stomach, and cinch in their natural waist. No matter what size, body shape, or age you may be, these figure-flattering bottoms are guaranteed to give you hourglass curves and boost your confidence.

Another reason to love high-waist bottoms is that they're easy to mix and match with different tops. These days, instead of offering their designs in a complete bikini set, most brands sell their tops and bottoms as individual pieces. If you're unsure if high-waisted swimsuits are for you, try starting with a simple pair of bikini bottoms in basic black. They'll go with every triangle top, ruffle bandeau, and tankini you own.

To help you find your perfect suit, we've rounded up the best high-waist bikini bottoms of the Summer 2021 season. With a variety of flattering styles to choose from, there's something for every size and body shape to flaunt at the beach.

The Best High Waisted Bikini Bathing Suit And Bikini Bottoms for Summer 2021

Miraclesuit Swim Basic High-Waisted Bikini Bottom

Miraclesuit Swim Basic High-Waisted Bikini

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No matter your age, dress size, or personal style, you can't go wrong with adding a simple pair of black high-waisted bottoms to your summer wardrobe. The versatile bottom pairs well with statement tops with bright hues, bold prints, and intricate details like straps or ruffles. While they aren't the most eye-catching or trendsetting style, they're one you'll keep coming back to summer after summer.

These simple black bottoms from Miraclesuit Swim offer tummy control technology that cinches in your stomach and smooths out your hips without creating that dreaded muffin top effect. The flattering brief-cut bottoms elongate your legs and make your backside look nice and perky.

Everlane High-Rise Hipster

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Everlane's High-Rise Hipster Bottoms fit like a dream. But don't just take our word for it! The sustainable apparel company's new swimwear was fit-tested on 112 women of various shapes and sizes to ensure that it feels comfortable, looks flattering, and doesn't ride up or slide down. Plus, their affordable swimsuits are made with regenerated nylon derived from recycled plastic, making them great for both your wallet and the planet.

The hipster-cut bikini bottoms have a curve-cinching high waist with moderate coverage in the back. The fully-lined Italian fabric dries quickly and resists color fading. They're available in a growing array of color options, including black, yellow, mint green, and navy. Complete the look with your choice of Everlane's Square Neck Bikini Top, Triangle Bikini Top, or Tie-Front Bikini Top, which are all available in coordinating colors and prints.

AQUA Swim High Waist Lemon Print Bikini

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Thanks to its lemony botanical print, AQUA Swim's High Waist Lemon Print Bikini Bottom just feels like summer. The simple high-waist silhouette allows the colorful print to shine as you soak up the sun at the beach, lounge on vacation, or simply take a morning dip in your backyard pool. The full-coverage bottom features a high-leg cut that elongates your leg line and an elasticized waistband that nips you in at your smallest spot.

Complete your beach day look with AQUA Swim's Knotted Lemon Print Top, or pair your printed bottoms with a top in a solid white or yellow color that highlights the fun lemon print. In addition to the matching top, AQUA Swim also offers an adorable two-piece cover-up set in the same pattern. Worn together, they look far too cute not to post a swimsuit pic on the Gram.

Nike Essential High Waisted Swimsuit

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A high-waist bikini is more just flattering; it's functional too. The added coverage makes it a great choice for when you're boating, swimming, paddleboarding, surfing, or enjoying other water sports. If you're specifically looking for a sporty bikini set, stick to bikinis from athletic wear brands like Nike or Athleta. Their designs will feature practical details like pockets, wicking materials, and straps that provide adequate support.

While the Nike Essential High Waisted Swim Bottom is practical for water sports, it's stylish enough you'll want to want to wear it all the time. The high-rise style features a flattering full-coverage bottom with a wide stretch waistband that stays comfortably in place as you wakeboard, kayak, surf, or simply kick your feet up on the boat. A zippered back pocket offers secure storage for your keys, credit card, or hotel key while you're out on the water. Choose from basic black, bright teal, and hot pink. Compare the look with this Midkini swim top, providing medium activities support, extra coverage, and a flattering cut. 

Xhilaration Tie-Dye Plus Size Ribbed High Waist Bikini

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If you're a plus-sized gal, high-waisted swimwear offers the sexiness of a bikini while providing adequate coverage and support. Not to mention, a high waist bikini with a high-cut leg and smoothing waistband can flatter your curves far better than a boring one-piece suit. This bright Tie-Dye Bikini from Xhilaration comes in sizes XS-3X, so every woman can flaunt what they've got and sport the latest fashion trend.

The tie-dye swimsuit features splashes of neon colors like teal, hot pink, and yellow that balance out the simple high-leg bathing suit bottom. Its opaque rib-knit fabric is comfortable, stretchy, and quick-drying, thanks to a nylon and spandex blend. Plus, the ribbed texture adds even more dimension to the item. Pair with the Xhilaration Ribbed Square Neck Bikini Top or a solid-colored coordinating top.

Athleta Wavebreak Swim Shorts

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For summer activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, or beach volleyball, skimpy bikinis just won't cut it. If you're focused on practicality instead of fashion trends, purchase a sporty pair of swim shorts that blur the line between swimsuit and summer workout shorts. Instead of having a dainty ruffle trim or wedgie-inducing high cut, the Wavebreak Swim Short from Athleta features practical details like an adjustable drawstring waist and an internal pocket.

The versatile swim shorts are made from a sustainable blend of recycled nylon and spandex. They're quick-drying, abrasion-resistant, and rated UPF 50+. Complete your look with one of Athleta's functional tops— like the Conscious Crop Bikini Top or the Ibiza Twist Up Bikini Top— that's designed with summer activities in mind.

La DoubleJ Edition 24 Giga Reversible

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La DoubleJ's Edition 24 Giga Reversible High Waist Bottom provides more coverage than your average bikini bottom without sacrificing one ounce of style. The reversible bikini set features an orange tree of life botanical print on one side and solid navy on the other. The super high-waisted style can be worn well above your belly button or rolled down to reveal the contrasting pattern on the other side.

The high-waisted, full-coverage style is made from a stretchy blend of polyamide and elastane that won't look saggy after a dip in the pool. And unlike many bikinis, they can be tossed right in your washing machine when you get home. Complete your swimwear set with the matching bandeau-style top or a navy swim shirt.

About the author

Emily is a fashion consultant, designer and creative director with more than 15 years experience creating, designing and developing clothing & jewelry. From managing pageant shows to turning concepts into actual designs, she has experience with almost all fabric types and jewelry designs and is in touch with the latest fashion trends.


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