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According to Left On Friday founders, Shannon Savage and Laura Low Ah Kee, there are a few key factors to keep an eye out for. It’s important to pay attention to the top’s capacity to ensure that you’re not spilling over the cups but that they are not gaping either. In essence, the suit should lay flat without digging into skin much, though since it’s a swimsuit and not rigged denim, it can still have the ability to stretch to cover.
You also want to make sure that the ribcage band is snug enough to feel supportive without being too tight. One way to test this is to put two fingers under the band for proper fit. And lastly, you want to make sure that the straps are comfortable and thick enough to not cause any undue back strain. Wider straps allow for a more secure hold and won’t dig into your shoulders the way a string bikini might. Whether you have a pre-swim hike or beach volleyball on the horizon, it’s important to know that you are wearing a versatile swim-ready top that can do it all. Scroll down for 10 that we love.
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Everlane Triangle Bikini Top — $40.00
With thick straps and a longline band at the bottom, this top offers optimal support for every summer activity, but it doesn’t compromise style. The deep V neckline and bright shade make it fun, versatile, and the minimal design means that you can mix and match to pair it with any bottom. The style was even fit-tested on over 100 different women to ensure that “it feels comfortable, looks flattering, and stays put—no matter how you move.”
Summersalt Fused Islander Bikini Top — $50.00
If you’re looking for an option with an underwire that doesn’t look like you pulled it from your bra drawer, Summersalt’s new swim line has got you covered. This top has the support of a bra with the same adjustable band and straps, but also the fun, bright, color-block style of a summery suit.
Londre 1813 Puff Shoulder Top — $105.00
Made from recycled plastic bottles, this super silky top is eco-friendly and looks like a crop top, so it’s perfect for a full beach day and then to pair with a skirt for dinner after. The square neckline and compression fabric make it ideal for ultimate mobility without worry of any top or side spillage.
Lokiki Georgia Plunge Top — $115.00
This deep architectural top is great for any cup size. The shape is unique, the cut is seamless, and the cross strap back and wide base make it so you can have a bit of cleavage, if you so choose, but also feel safe in the fact that everything will be held in place.
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