Over the years, being tall is something I’ve grown to appreciate. It wasn’t always fun growing up (towering over your prom date doesn’t exactly make you feel cute), but by now, I’ve learned to embrace my height. That being said, I don’t always love everything that comes with being tall. One of those things is finding properly fitting clothing and, more specifically, swimwear.
If you’re tall, you know the feeling all too well. You purchase a pretty swimsuit online (shown on what you assume is a tall model) only to have a disappointing try on session at home. It becomes a balancing act of adjusting the top high enough to cover the girls while not causing exposing your cheeks (or worse, causing a tight front area) on the bottom.
I’ve bought many a swimsuit over the years and have discovered that some brands just get what’s needed for those of us with longer torsos. The biggest things I want out of a swimsuit are comfort, coverage, durability, the right amount of support, a flattering cut, and, of course, a print or color that feels like me.
Below I’m sharing a roundup of the best brands that offer swimwear with tall women in mind. Some are longtime favorites of mine and others are brands I’ve yet to try, but from luxury suits to affordable options, there’s a little something for everyone.
Luxury Swimwear Brands
Hunza G is known for their signature textured, seersucker fabric, which is so stretchy that all of their suits are one size fits all. Whether or not Hunza G’s one piece swimsuits fit you will depend on your height and bust. I’m 5’9″ and an A cup, and they’re comfortable but sit high waisted (similar to high leg bikini bottoms). The material feels amazing on—it’s stretchy but springs right back even after many wears. They make beautiful colors to suit a variety of skin tones. My favorite styles are The Domino (shown on me above) and The Gigi (a two piece). I least one Hunza makes my list of things to pack for the beach whenever we’re headed on a vacation!
Agua by Agua Bendita
Agua by Agua Bendita is one of my favorite resort brands of all time. Take one peek at their lush, tropical prints and you’ll see why! While they don’t make long torso swimsuits, their one-piece styles often come with adjustable straps that feel comfortable for my height. Don’t miss their pareos (shown on me above) for coordinated beach outfits. Sizes range from XS to XL and prices are $200-$350. Saks Fifth Avenue and Net-a-Porter tend to have the best selection of their styles.
Left on Friday
Left on Friday had been on my radar to try for awhile. They’re designed to feel premium while offering everything needed for an active lifestyle. Ever long torso suit is $170, so they’re on the pricier side, but the fabric is soft, compressive, and hugs in all the right places. If you surf, play beach volleyball, or surf but want to look cute, this is a brand to check out. I love the Sunday Suit and the Peak Suit. Sizes range from XS to XXL.
Affordable Swimwear Brands
Aerie is the very first place I look for long swimwear because nearly all of their one-piece designs are available in tall! They also somehow seem to always have a sale going on, so I have never paid more than $50 here. Some of my all-time favorite one piece swimsuits are from Aerie—the designs are so cute and flattering, and it’s fun to see what they come out with every season. The only con is that styles sell out very quickly! Sizes range from XS to XXL but only size S, M, and L come in long.
Summersalt has become a bit of a cult favorite in the past few years. (you’ve probably heard of them if you’re on Instagram). The fabric they use smooths things down (no belly button poking through) without restricting movement, and better yet, every suit comes in dedicated tall sizes. Their colorblocked suits are their best sellers but they also have solids and limited edition prints. Size inclusivity is big for Summersalt as well, so all the suits come in the full size range (2 to 24). Prices range from $95 to $125. Every suit is cute, but my favorite (and their best seller) is The Sidestroke.
Andie has an entire section of its site dedicated to Long Torso suits (over 70 items) at great value ($98 to $128). It’s rare to find a collection of tall swimsuits that incorporate non-basic details, but Andie does it all from plunging v-necks to low backs, and one-shoulder necklines, sexy ties, and snap-fronts. I also love that they offer each suit in a variety of colors (neutrals and brights) and fabrics (smooth, ribbed, novelty)—there is so much to choose from! Sizes range from XS to XL.
J.Crew has been releasing a couple of long torso suits with their swim collection for years, so the fit is reliable and the style is, of course, classic. In my opinion, they have the longest long torso suits of any brand I’ve tried. I love the simplicity of the ruched strapless one-piece (bare shoulders in the summertime is just the best), but there are now over one dozen styles to choose from every season in a variety of prints and colors. Side note: read descriptions carefully as some suits don’t offer padding over the chest. Sizes range from 0 to 16, and prices are $100 to $128.
Boden long torso suits range from $98 to $120 but feel thicker and sturdier than other swimwear brands I’ve tried. All the styles are feminine but they offer solid colors, color-blocked suits, ditsy florals, and other patterns. If you have a small chest, check for lined cups to make sure you can fill out some of the styles. The quality here is top notch for the price and makes you feel held in but not restricted. Sizes range from 4 to 20/22 for long torso styles.
ASOS is one of the most size-inclusive affordable retailers out there, and their swim is no exception. The ASOS tall swimwear collection is designed for women 5’10” and above, but if you’ve ever shopped swimwear, you know that’s a little relative and depends on your hip, waist, and bust measurements. If you love trendy cuts, bright hues, fun patterns, and sexy silhouettes at a great price (almost under $75), this is the place to look. Their size range is 0 to 16.
Athletic Swimwear Brands
Athleta arguably has the best overall approach to fit for long torso/tall swimsuits because they offer cup sizes separate from overall sizes (why don’t all swim brands do this!?). They also offer tall rash guards and tankinis, so there’s something for everyone. Sizes range from S to XL, and prices are $98 to $129.
If you’re looking for a style that’s fit for an active day of tubing, water activities, or surfing, Lands’ End makes cute swimwear in minimalist silhouettes that offer extra coverage, like board shorts, skorts, and rash guards. Their prices range from $50 to $150 or so, and they offer plus-size options as well. Prices range from $50 to $155, and sizes range from XS to XL.
L.L. Bean offers a surprising number of one-piece swimsuits and tankinis in long sizing. They’re modest and classic, but a few of them have pretty details (faux-wrap halters, ruching, colorful prints) that add a flair. All are designed for an active beach or pool day, so they’re great for playing with the kids, beach games, and water sports without worrying that anything will fall out or ride up. Prices range from $70 to $199, and the size range is 8 to 18.
Nike doesn’t exactly fall into the cute category, but if you’re a regular swimmer or just need something you can rely on, it’s a good go to. They offer one pieces designed for longer torsos in addition to adjustable straps and other features that can help customize the fit.