Because advice from friends is always more trustworthy, we got 14 real-life women — including those with long torsos, big busts, blogger butts, and non-flat stomachs — to pick the bathing suits they feel sexiest and most comfortable in at the beach. Below, we’ve got something for everyone, whether you prefer retro or reversible.
“The classic Missoni style that is my favorite bathing suit of all time. I inherited my first one from my older sister when I was 13, and I still wear it to this day, 12 years later. So although it’s a little pricier, it’s worth the investment because of how long it’ll last. Plus, I love bathing suits that have adjustable strings. I think that’s the only reason it’s carried on from age 13!” —Lili Chemla, founder, Liana Clothing
“Whether styling for a shoot or traveling, I am always on the lookout for feminine yet sexy swimsuits that make a statement. I am currently loving Lisa Marie Fernandez Swim. Her suits are effortlessly glamorous, and instantly transport you to that perfect sun-drenched day, sitting seaside with a glass of rosé.” —Raquel Barrett, co-founder, Funboy
“My favorite bathing suit right now, and it has been for a couple of years, is the Solid & Striped Anne-Marie in black. It is always a must-have when I travel. I always feel good in it no matter what — not to mention it can be doubled as a bodysuit at night! It really is the perfect one-piece for everyone.” —Alison Chemla, founder, Alison Lou
“Right now, I’m obsessed with this $30 one-piece from Aerie. After a whole season of painfully targeted Solid & Striped ads, I finally decided to try out a budget version of a high-cut one-piece and man, was it worth it! I’m basically Kylie Jenner now, NBD. It’s made of really heavy material, so camel toe isn’t a problem, and it lifts and scoops your butt in all the right ways (read: up). I’m pretty flat-chested, so the thickness of the material kinda smushes my boobs down even flatter, but I honestly don’t even care, because it makes my sedentary blog butt look ‘Instagram influencer selling FTC-unregulated protein powder’ good. I posted a selfie in it as a joke (not really) and multiple crushes and ex-crushes all slid into my DMs or texted me within the hour, so you know it’s good.” —Carina Hsieh, sex and relationships editor, Cosmopolitan.com
“Similar to the game-changing popularity of the high-waisted denim, my favorite bathing suit is anything that nears or covers your belly button. You can’t go wrong with a well-designed bikini with high-waisted bottoms and some elastic stretch. Comfort at its finest! Add a little detailing, such as mesh, laser cut, or ties, and you’re golden. I’ve been loving Lolli Swim’s retro, flirty take on the high-waist trend. Some of my favorites include this polka-dotted gem with the side ties, and this dainty bottom with laser cutouts. Pair them with a triangle top and you’re effortlessly ready for summer 2017.” —Ali Grant, founder, Be Social and Be Social Talent