Three words: the perfect tan. Raise your hand if you’ve been here—you’re getting ready for a night out in your favorite summer outfit, only to find pesky tan lines stealing the spotlight. That’s where this must-have bikini top comes in. The bandeau bathing suit is characterized by its sleek, strapless look, leaving your shoulders and neckline bare and ready to bronze!
One common misconception is that this cool and current silhouette is exclusively for the smaller-busted crowd, which couldn’t be further from the truth! Many bandeaus, like our highly-rated Summer Breeze top, boast underwire cups and/or stay-in-place boning at the sides which make them a supportive pick for busts of every size. In addition, these flattering structured styles are easy to mix-and-match with all types of bottoms. Paired with a high-waisted bottom, they often take on a feminine and vintage-chic look. A low rise bottom adds a flirty edge, while a mid-rise bottom introduces a timeless element to the underwire bandeau’s trendy appeal.
Another common concern is that a strapless bikini top is simply impractical— or worse, that it’s a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. But hear us out! The majority of our bandeau bikini tops come with optional straps for your convenience, so you always have that extra security on hand when you need it. Keep the straps off when you’re sunbathing, then attach them when it’s time to hit the water and get moving! Another way to cut down on unwanted slipping and sliding is by choosing a top with an adjustable back fixture, like a tie or slider. This allows for a snug, custom fit and added stability.
First, you’ll want to decide on a silhouette. The bandeau bathing suit usually comes in one of two shapes: the sweetheart and the tube style. Feminine and flattering, the sweetheart dips at the center—resembling the upper half of a heart— to flatter your bust and play up your curves. It often (but not always) features an underwire, giving it a structured element that looks super sophisticated.
The tube top, on the other hand, offers a sleek look that hits straight across the bust with no underwire. This style boasts a modern, fashion-forward look with strappy details and cut-outs. Some of these tops are fully padded while others may include a comfy and subtle modesty lining. If you ask us, having both of these stylish silhouettes in your collection is the right move— that way, you can easily achieve any look you’re going for!
If you love to mix and match your swimwear, you already know that classic solid colors are a must. They offer maximum versatility in all styles, and the bandeau bikini is no exception. Even the trendiest bandeau tops will stand the test of time in colors that never go out of style (black and white are great starting points!). Team with matching solid bottoms for the always-cool monochrome look, or choose a complementary-colored bottom to show off your styling skills. Some of our favorite color combos include black with red, white with coral and aqua with cobalt— just to name a few. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
You’ll also want a variety of fun prints in your collection to spice things up and express your individuality. Luckily, you’ve got lots of options, from pretty paisley to vibrant stripes and everything in between. Island prints featuring hibiscus florals and lush palms bring the tropics right to your swim collection, making them a must-pack for any exotic getaways in your future. Animal prints like snakeskin, leopard spots and tiger stripes are always a fierce move, while abstract and tie-dye prints reveal your artsy free spirit. Once you’ve found your bandeau, scroll down the page to find our Complete The Look guide and see which swim bottoms pair best with your print of choice.
If choosing sustainably made swimwear is important to you, then you’ll be happy to know what our sustainable swimwear collection includes bandeau styles. Designed with fabric made from recycled discarded garments and recycled plastic bottles, these styles not only look good on you, but are also a good look for the environment.
From sexy cutouts and strappy details to cute scalloped trim, it’s the little things that set your suit apart. Trending right now are adjustable details like zippers, lace-ups and tied knots at the center. A ruched, gathered or twisted bust is a clever way to add dimension to your top. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to earn you compliments on the beach.
Now that you’ve figured out exactly what you’re looking for, it’s time for the fun part. Discover the bandeau bikini that’s right for you and hit the shore in your brand-new look!