10 High-Waisted Bikinis That Are Fashionable and Flattering

SI Swimsuit knows a thing or two about bathing suits.
SI Staff

While swimwear used to be purely functional, it has since become another opportunity to have a fashion moment. After all, SI Swimsuit has showcased a variety of swimsuit options on its pages for decades. From one-pieces and string bikinis to tankinis, there’s a swimsuit to suit any style or body shape. But one of our favorite styles has to be the high-waisted bikini. This silhouette is not only trendy but also flattering on nearly everyone. Of course, there are endless options from which to choose. But these are 10 of the best on the market right now.

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Zimmermann Pop Bullet Bra Bikini Top, $170 and Pop Button High-Waist Bikini Bottom, $210 (saksfifthavenue.com)

Saks Fifth Avenue

Who better to take bikini advice from than style icon and 2022 SI Swimsuit cover model Maye Musk? For her photo shoot, she opted for a floral, high-waisted Zimmermann two-piece suit that simply stunned. “It’s a high waist, so it tucked me in nicely,” she said of the fit. Though the brand has since replaced Musk’s pick with other options, this high-waisted set is sure to achieve the same flattering look. Complete with chic side cut-outs, Zimmermann’s delicate floral set is perfect for your next beach trip.

Beach Riot Eva Bikini Top, $98 and Emmy Bikini Bottom, $98 (revolve.com)


The hot pink and red color-blocking makes this suit stand out near any body of water. The athletic fit and ribbed texture provide plenty of coverage on top and bottom, while still flattering your figure.

Galamaar Nico Tie Top in Crema, $142 and Tap Short in Crema, $124 (galamaar.com)

Lauren Wasser
Lauren Wasser was photographed by Derek Kettela in Belize. Swimsuit by Galamaar. / Derek Kettela/Sports Illustrated

Boy shorts are in, and this Lauren Wasser-approved pick is the perfect version of the sporty style. The 2024 SI Swimsuit rookie sported the white Galamaar set during her debut feature in Belize, proving that the high coverage style makes for an ultra-flattering look.

Sports Illustrated Women’s X-Back Underwire Bikini Top, $34.49 and Women’s Standard Wide Band Leg High Waist Bikini Bottom, $27.81 (amazon.com)


Earlier this year, SI Swimsuit released a chic swimwear collection in collaboration with Swim USA. The collection features a variety of sleek styles, including this high-waisted bottom and underwire top. Follow SI Swimsuit model Christen Harper’s lead and opt for a trendy animal print bikini for the season.

Saodimallsu Leopard Printed High-Waisted High Cut Bikini Set, $19.99 (amazon.com)


We love that this two-piece suit comes in a classic leopard print and non-traditional yellow leopard print. Not to mention, the top is the perfect amount of lift and coverage, while the high-cut bottom is totally flattering.

JMP The Label Cali Top - Coco Crochet, $98 and Manzanillo Bottom - Coco Crochet $98 (jmpthelabel.com)

Hunter McGrady
Hunter McGrady was photographed by Yu Tsai in Mexico. Swimsuit by JMP The Label. Bracelets provided by New York Vintage. / Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Take a page out of Hunter McGrady’s book, and snag this two-tone crochet bikini from JMP The Label. The top features a chic keyhole neckline and the bottoms have a high-cut, moderate coverage fit.

WeWoreWhat Vintage Bra Bikini Top, $95 and Riviera Bikini Bottom, $95 (revolve.com)


The attached tie on the high-waisted bottom is ideal for providing a little extra coverage and shape around your midriff. Paired with a classic top, these white bottoms make for a classic—and classy—summer look.

Agua by Agua Bendita Primavera Porcelana Bikini Top, $126 and Magenta Porcelana Bikini Bottom, $112 (us.aguabyaguabendita.com)

Agua by Agua Bendita
Agua by Agua Bendita

We love this suit for several reasons, but the biggest might be that it reminds us of Nina Cash’s Agua by Agua Bendita look for her 2024 SI Swimsuit debut. The swimwear brand offers a variety of glamorous high-waisted sets, including this delicate floral style. Not only is it flattering, but—like all swimwear styles from the brand—it’s crafted from fabric that offers up to UPF 50 sun protection.

ZAFUL Scalloped Tankini Set, $29.99 (amazon.com)


We had to throw a vintage-inspired suit on the list! The all-over scallop detail and lace-up top harken back to simpler times of summer by the shore.

Nadine Stripe Bikini, $245 (hunzag.com)

Hunza G

This festive red and white Hunza G set is a higher-waisted version of the swimsuit that Christen Harper sported during her 2024 SI Swimsuit photo shoot in Portugal. The ultra high-rise fit is designed to sculpt and accentuate, and, paired with the fashionable keyhole top, could not be a better pick for the rest of summer and beyond.

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Jordi Lippe-McGraw


Jordi Lippe-McGraw is a Contributing Editor for SI Swimsuit covering all things lifestyle from travel and beauty to entertainment and wellness. Over her nearly 15-year-long journalism career, her work has appeared in the New York Times, WSJ Magazine, Forbes, and more. Plus, she’s appeared on TV shows such as Wendy Williams, TODAY, E!, and MSNBC for her expertise. Jordi's personal passion for travel has brought her to over 50 countries on all 7 continents, including Antarctica at 5 months pregnant. She's also an avid penguin and truffle lover.