Swim in Style: The Top Picks for Girls’ Swimsuits

Three examples of the best swim suits for girls.

There are a lot of great places to find swimwear for girls. Whether your child is looking for a sporty one-piece, a tankini, or a cute bikini, we’ve rounded up the best new swimsuits for little and big girls.

This list includes affordable yet stylish bathing suits to take on vacation or use at your local pool. If you want to make sure your girl makes waves this summer, check out some of the coolest, cutest, and comfiest swimsuits of the season.

Kanu Surf Mahina Beach Sport Halter Bikini

Kanu Surf Swimwear is a popular budget brand that you can find on Amazon. The Hawaiian-influenced designs come in pretty patterns that are available in one or two pieces.

One of their best sellers for girls is the Mahina Beach Sport Halter Bikini. This is a nice quality style that has a UPF 50+ rating. The suit is lined in both the front and back, although there isn’t any padding in the front if you are buying for adolescent girls.

If you want a whole set, you can purchase a rash guard and matching board shorts separately. Some parents find the sizing a bit off, so read any sizing recommendation from Kanu carefully.

Available from Amazon

Roxy Beautiful Mind Crop Top Bikini Set

Roxy often has lovely swimwear options for girls that are trendy and modern. They can be a bit pricey, but they are usually excellent quality and should last until your child grows out of them. One style that is always popular is the Crop Top Bikini Set. It comes in a durable, snag-resistant fabric in different prints each year.

Something that is great about these sets is the larger sizes for ages 12-16 come with removable padding for the crop top. There is also the interesting design feature of a fixed knot on the back, which makes this style stand out a bit from other bikinis.

Available from Roxy

Boden Cross-Back Swimsuit

Boden has a lot of great styles for toddlers up to tweens. Most of Boden’s swimwear is very colorful, cute, and a little bit different than what you see everywhere else.

A popular design that they sell is the Cross-Back Swimsuit. This is a great design that comes in quite a few different fabric patterns. It is a bit retro-looking but fun and cute. The back has sturdy cross straps that work well at making sure the suit can handle the most active playing.

Available from Boden.

Tucker + Tate Two-Piece Swimsuit

2 peice gingham check blue girls swimsuit

Tucker + Tate is a brand that you can find at Nordstrom that makes great clothes for kids. They often have lovely prints on their swimsuits, and the designs are usually pretty fashionable for kidswear.

Available from Nordstrom

Primary Stripe Swimsuit

The Primary Stripe Swimsuit is an excellent option if you are looking for a no-frills style that avoids graphics but still is colorful and pretty. The cut is very modest, so you won’t have any issues with it riding up in the back or showing more skin than you would like.

Primary is a great retailer of classic styles that are colorful and that will look good on any child. The designs are timeless and made with high-quality, durable fabrics that are perfect for kids.

The other great thing about Primary’s swimwear is that the nylon elastane fabric blend is an OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified fabric, so it is free from chemicals that may be harmful to your child’s health, and it is also rated UPF 50.

Available from Primary

Athleta One Piece Suits

Athleta is an excellent place to find swimwear for girls that fits well and isn’t overly fussy. Athleta swimwear is perfect for kids who have an active lifestyle but still want to be fashionable.

Whether you are looking for a style for swimming, summer, or the beach, the Athleta  One Piece is a great option. Besides being supremely soft and smooth, the fabric is snag-resistant for longevity and endurance. A favorite feature of the design is the criss-cross straps on the back that are stylish and help get a good fit.

Available from Athleta

Big Girls 3 Piece UPF 50 Sun Protection Rash Guard Set

Lands’ End has a fantastic 3-piece rash guard and bikini set that they sell every year (in slightly different patterns and colors- this year’s patterns include rainbow, leaves, or dots).

Like most Lands’ End clothes, this set is made from super durable fabric that is designed to last. It is quick-drying, fade-resistant, and has UV-blocking built-in. The suit is fully lined with the sizes for older girls, including an extra layer of lining on the top.

Available from Lands’ End

SO® Tropic Blast Skinny Strap One-Piece Swimsuit Set

Kohl’s is a great store to find pretty styles that won’t break the bank. This SO® Tropic Blast Skinny Strap One-Piece Swimsuit Set is a perfect example. It has a fashionable floral pattern and a flattering off-the-shoulder ruffle, which always looks so cute on kids. The fabric has a UPF 50+ rating, so it is safe to wear out in the sun.

Available from Kohl’s

Wonder Nation Girls Mermaid Bikini Swimsuit and Mermaid Tail Cover-up

Walmart is another pretty good place to get kids’ swimsuits; they usually have a wide selection of different styles. The Wonder Nation brand has these fun Mermaid Sets for Girls that have a versatile cover-up and a very cute bikini set. This set comes in sizes from 4-16 and is a fun style for younger girls.

Available from Walmart.com

Old Navy Swim Set

Old Navy usually has a few excellent swim options that, in typical Old Navy fashion, are trendy yet nice and cheap.  They often have cute two-piece styles that look great and stay in place well. As if that’s not enough to love, the fabric is usually quick-drying and normally comes with a full lining.

Available from Old Navy

Gap Swimwear

Gap is always a great place to find pretty decent suits that feel sturdy and often have a modest cut. They usually contain some design element that adds beautiful detailing that is appealing for younger or older girls, and they are durable enough to easily last a season.

Available from Gap

Justice Swimwear

Justice has some of the most playful suits around that come in vivid, bold colors that are perfect for a tween. They tend to have lots of fun patterns with interesting detailing. You can always find bikinis, tankinis, one-pieces, and cover-ups at Justice that are super functional yet very appealing to young girls.

Available from Justice

Speedo Solid Infinity Splice One Piece Swimsuit

If you are looking for suits for swim competitions or you just love the fuller cuts of brands like Speedo, you will want to check out Swimoutlet. They have a fantastic selection of suits for swim teams and competitive styles that come in vibrant colors that are practical and look great.

If you aren’t sure where to start, the Speedo Solid Infinity Splice is a great choice. It is designed to stay in place and to last. It features a chlorine-resistant and sunscreen-resistant fabric in a racerback design. If you love a modest fit and aren’t shopping for competitive swimming, this Speedo design may also be suitable for your needs since it fits well, looks terrific, and is super durable.

Available from SwimOutlet.com

Glitter Beach Big Girls 2-Pc. Macrame Bikini

Macy’s has a host of affordable, stylish suits that are great for kids. There’s something for everyone, whether you prefer classic one-pieces, bikinis, or tankinis.  They have lots of different style options, including one and two pieces that are colorful and of great quality.

Available from Macy’s

What to Look for When Shopping for Girls Swimsuits

When shopping for girls’ swimsuits, here are some things to consider:

  1. Size: It’s important to make sure you choose the right size for your child. You can measure their chest, waist, and hips, and compare the measurements to the size chart provided by the manufacturer. Some swimsuits may run small or large, so it’s a good idea to read reviews or ask for recommendations before making a purchase.
  2. Material: Look for swimsuits made from high-quality materials that are durable, stretchy, and comfortable. Swimsuits made from nylon, polyester, or spandex are popular choices. You may also want to consider UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) for added sun protection.
  3. Style: There are many different styles of swimsuits available for girls, including one-piece, two-piece, tankinis, and rash guards. Consider what type of activity your child will be doing and what style will be most appropriate.
  4. Design: Girls’ swimsuits come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Let your child choose a design they like and feel confident wearing it.
  5. Comfort and coverage: Make sure the swimsuit is comfortable and provides enough coverage for your child. Consider straps, necklines, and leg openings to ensure the swimsuit stays in place and is comfortable to wear for extended periods.
  6. Price: Swimsuits can range in price, so set a budget before you start shopping. Keep in mind that higher-priced swimsuits may be made from higher-quality materials and last longer.
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