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.
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 for 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.
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 Palm Tie Dye 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.
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.
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 it. One style that is popular this year is the Beautiful Mind Crop Top Bikini Set. It comes in a durable, snag-resistant fabric in a pretty floral print. One thing that is great about the Beautiful Mind Set 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 front, which makes this style stand out a bit from other bikinis.
Boden has a lot of great styles from toddler up to tweens. Most of Bodens 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, with one of the best being the Bright Camelia Sixties Floral. 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.
Tucker + Tate is a higher-end 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. One option they are offering this year is the Crisscross Two-Piece that comes in a Blue Bliss Watercolor print that is really cool. It has adjustable shoulder straps to help get that perfect fit and has a kind of fresh faux-wrap look to it that looks great.
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 the UV blocking built-in. The suit is fully lined with the sizes for older girls including an extra layer of lining on the top.
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.
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 Mix and Match Tankini and Board Shorts Set for Girls that are versatile enough to wear for all kinds of situations. This set comes in sizes from 4-18, and the bikini bottom is reversible so you can get a few different looks out of it. If you are looking for a lined option, the bikini bottom is lined, and the top is double lined on sizes 4-8, and sizes 10-18 also have removable pads for the bust.
Old Navy usually has a few excellent swim options that, in typical Old Navy fashion, are trendy yet nice and cheap. One option that stood out this year is the Smocked Tie-Shoulder Tankini Swim Set. This is a cute two-piece that has the lovely smoking on the top that not only looks great; it will help to make sure the top stays in place. As if that’s not enough to love, the fabric is a quick-drying, and it comes with a full lining.
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.
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.
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.
Glitter Beach Big Girls 2-Pc. Funky Foliage Flounce 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. One design that is very popular with the kids these days is the printed flounce bikini, and Macy’s has an excellent one from Glitter Beach that is worth checking out.