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Before embarking to coastal paradises and sun-soaked destinations, choosing the right swimwear becomes a packing priority. Every beachside, poolside, or lakeside moment is an opportunity to show off your personal swimwear style while enjoying the water.

This guide will cover the basics on vacation swimwear, whether you’re looking to accentuate your body shape or pick a suit that’ll keep you covered on your water adventures. We’ll go past aesthetics and dive into comfort, functionality, and how many swimsuits you should be taking on vacation.


Understanding Your Body Type

Maybe you’re set on a swimsuit you’ve seen online, hey, we say go for it! Or maybe you’re trying to highlight some of your favorite assets. If this is the case, the first step in nailing the look you're going for is understanding your body shape and how to balance it. 

  • Inverted triangle – Where the bust is bigger than the waist.
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Accentuate the hips with detailed bottoms, like side-tie and high-waisted styles. Try halter-neck tops and one-pieces with accents, like belts or thick bands, on the waist.

  • Triangle or pear – Where the waist is bigger than the bust. 
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Try bottoms that lengthen the legs, like high-leg or brazilian styles. You can also draw attention to your top half with more intricate style tops, like high-neck or shoulder-tie designs.

  • Apple – Where the bust is bigger than the waist with more undefined hips.
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Define the hips with waist details, like one-pieces with cutouts or ties, or try high-waisted bottoms matched with longer tops that visually cinch the waist.

  • Rectangle – Where the bust and waist are similar with more undefined hips.

Sydney One PiecePink Prism Suits for Rectangle Body Types

Try shortening the torso with a V-neck or deeper plunging swimsuit top or one-piece. Accentuate the waist with a belted or wrap style.

  • Hourglass – Where the bust and waist are similar with more defined hips.
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Enhance your curves with extra supportive tops or let bold colors and patterns capture the eye. High-waisted bottoms are universally flattering, but lower-waisted ones complement these proportions too.



Consider Your Destination

Alongside feeling confident in your vacation swimwear, you’ll want to consider your destination and vibe – think resort cabanas versus snorkeling excursions. The local climate and activities you’ll be doing should play a role in what bikinis or one-pieces make it in your luggage.


Tropical Destination 

Pops of color and abstract or floral prints fit the vibe for scenic beach vacations. Embrace full island-style with wrap-style sarong cover-ups or crochet dresses that add a textural element to your swimsuit outfit. For a picture-perfect look, try white or red swimwear that stands out against leafy green and blue backgrounds.

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Resort Swimwear

Resort swimwear should easily transition you from poolside to your favorite restaurant at the hotel. One-pieces double up as tanks when added with shorts or skirts. Since you’ll most-likely be spending hours lounging, opt for a swimsuit with minimized tanlines, like triangle tops and skimpy bottoms. Complete the look with a maxi cover-up and large tote.

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 Eurotrip Vacation

Europe is known for classic and timeless style – you can’t go wrong with your favorite flattering black or neutral-colored swimsuit. It’s also all about the details, think small shoulder ruffles, self-tie fronts or waist ruching. Bring a silk scarf to tie up your hair and a linen button-down that doubles as a cover-up.

Core Collection Celine One PieceCover Up Dress

Yacht Week Vibes

Yacht Week calls for swimsuits that can handle the party. Go for bolder looks, whether that be colorblock bikinis, metal detailing or tops that zip in the front. Look for multiple styles in the same fabric so you can mix and match for boat parties and island excursions.

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Adventure-Packed Trips

Hiking to a waterfall? Sport swimwear is a great option that has you covered to, during and from your outing. It usually contains more coverage on the bust with supportive straps so that you can focus on the adrenaline rush. Whatever you choose, make sure it fits snug when dry as it’ll expand when wet. And since swim tops can double as sportswear, pair them with biker shorts or leggings to maximize packing. Don’t forget your favorite sports cap and beach towel.

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How Many Swimsuits Should I Take on Vacation?

These are general suggestions and will vary based on your exact location, how much time you plan on spending in the water, what types of activities you’ll be doing, and, of course, personal preference.

Trip Length

# of Swimsuits

Weekend getaway


3-5 days


1 week


10ish days


2+ weeks



Destination Type

# of Swimsuits

Tropical island


Beach resort




City with a pool


Adventure trip


Spa retreat


Backpacking trip





Consider Mix-and-Match Options

Mixing and matching your swimwear is an easy way to expand your wardrobe and add versatility to your look without having to think about completely refreshing your repertoire. You can do so in a couple of ways:

  • Choose your favorite color and look for swimsuits in that hue, or start with your favorite existing piece and expand on that color. Blacks, whites and reds can be found every season.
  • Build a collection based on prints that use the same colors, like blue and white florals that can pair with other gradient blues. This option allows for plenty of room to play and choose bolder options that are still cohesive.
  • Tie your pieces together using similar styling elements, like tie tops with tie bottoms, ruched tops with ruched bottoms, or tops with thicker straps and bottoms with thicker waistbands.

 Mix and Match

Additional Tips

  • Do a try-on before you pack – It may seem obvious, but last-minute packing can lead to tossing in your most aesthetic bikinis that may not be the most practical for your trip. Make sure to try on your swimsuits and cover-ups before putting them in your suitcase.
  • Wash and dry your swimsuit – Hanging your swimsuit outside may not be the best option. To keep your swimwear in the best condition, always rinse it after use and dry it in a well ventilated area. Be careful not to leave it in the sun for extended periods of time to avoid fading.
  • Confidence is key – No matter your swimwear, rock what you’ve got and enjoy your well-deserved vacation.

Vacations are for trying new things, so don’t be afraid to go for styles of swimwear you haven’t tried before. You may just come across something you love that’s perfect for your upcoming destination.


Mommy and Me Swimsuit Guide

There’s no better way to level up your family vacation outfits and beachwear than with matching mommy and me swimsuits. These sets offer matching fabrics, prints or coordinating color schemes in age-appropriate designs and styles for everyone in your gang – from infants to toddlers and school-aged kids. 

Discover the many types of family swimwear and how to find a set that’s not only picture-perfect, but practical too.


Mommy and Mini

Style and Design Options

While kids swimwear styles are generally universal, mom may need more options – check out some of our favorite options below. 

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Popular Mommy Swim Styles


One Piece – Looking for a one-stop shop? One-pieces not only offer instant tummy coverage and sun protection, they’re a timeless style that can double as a bodysuit with any pair of bottoms. 

Monokini – Monokinis are perfect if you’re interested in a one-piece but still want to show some skin. They often feature high waists, side cutouts, or other visual elements that create an hourglass figure.



Triangle – Triangle bikini tops can either come with a fixed chest band, which offers more support, or an unfixed chest band, giving you the option to adjust coverage as needed. They’re also some of the most versatile pieces of swim, allowing you to tie them halter-style behind the neck, tank-style straight over the shoulders, or crossed over the chest for a modern twist.

Bralette – Bralette swimwear is one of the most supportive options, especially for larger-chested moms. It often features thicker chest bands and shoulder straps, similar to the fit of a sports bra, and works well for higher-intensity activities or beach workout.

Balconette – Balconette tops often feature built-in cups for natural shaping without added padding. They have less coverage than a full cup, but enough support to feel comfortable in the water.

Bandeau – Opt for classic bandeaus that lay straight across the chest, twisted bandeaus that cross in the middle to create rounder cup shapes, or bandeaus with V-straps that connect to the middle of the chest and tie around the neck. 



Standard – Standard or regular-fit bottoms offer more coverage on the bum and stop below the belly button. They are a popular option for water sports and are flattering on most body shapes.

High rise – High rise bottoms are a crowd favorite that minimize the waist. They typically stop right above the belly button and offer coverage without compromising on shape. They sometimes feature peplum or front-tie waists for added flare.

High leg – High leg bottoms elongate the legs and are often paired with high waists. They offer a vintage look and flattering cut.

Cheeky – Cheeky bottoms flatter the bum by creating more shape. Try scrunch style, with a seam down the middle, or Brazilian swim bottoms for even less coverage.

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Matching Prints and Patterns

Matching prints are what come to mind with family swimwear – pick the same exact swimwear style as your mini, or suit up in different styles that share the same prints. Take it one step further with matching accessories – cover-ups, totes, hats, etc.

Beach Mommy and Mini Mommy & mini

Coordinating Color Schemes

Mommy and me swim can also be about the same color schemes and not necessarily the same print or fabric. Pick one hue for the whole family, or play off of the accent colors from mom’s favorite swimsuit. Matching color schemes provide more options to choose from and still create a group look for the family.

Versatile Mix-and-Match Options

Another fun alternative to family swimwear is mommy and me swimsuit cover ups. Cover ups provide proper coverage on your way to the beach or pool and can transition well for lunch in town or running errands. Try matching beach dresses or cover-ups in prints that match your mini’s suit.

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Holly Dress Matching Mommy and Mini

What To Consider When Choosing Matching Family Swimwear

Comfort and Ease of Movement

Whether you’re swimming in the waves, laying in the sand, or chasing around your little ones, an unrestricting suit is the foundation for a good day by the water. 

While bathing suits seem like a simple beach essential that we’ve all had, there are a few comfort features to look for when shopping for quality family swim:

  • Coverage – Coverage comes down to personal preference. Sport a bandeau top with cheeky bottoms for minimal tan lines or opt for a versatile one-piece and cover-up that can transition easily into town. 
  • Support – A comfortable amount of support depends on the activity. For higher-mobility activities, like swimming or kayaking, look for swimwear with thicker straps, underwire cup support and multi-length back closures. For boys, try mesh-lined board shorts.
  • Elastic waistbands – You’ll want a suit with a quality elastic waistband that won’t stretch out over time. Check the fabric section below for our best recommendations. Side-tie bikini bottoms and drawstring swim trunks are other practical options for an adjustable fit. 
  • Seams – The most common type of swimwear seam is a coverstitch seam. It has a looper on the bottom side that creates a clean finish while still allowing plenty of stretch in the fabric. 

Fabric and Sun Protection

Look for quality fabrics that are stretchy and breathable, but offer enough support while you’re on the move. Popular beachwear fabrics include:

  • Nylon – Quick-drying, lightweight, stretchy yet durable
  • Polyester – Moisture and chlorine-resistant, holds shape and color with time, low maintenance
  • Spandex (elastane and lycra) – Comfortable on the skin, resistant to sea water and sunscreen

Practicality and Functionality

Sibling swimwear isn’t just aesthetic, it can be functional too. Keep in mind where you’ll be (beach, pool, lake, etc.), how frequently you’ll be wearing it (hour-long excursions vs. in and out of the water all day), and at what activity levels (quick dips, water sports, etc.).

You can also opt for swimwear that doubles as activewear. Active swimwear typically provides more coverage, support and seamless construction. 


Sizing and Fit

How Swimsuits Should Fit

Ever gotten a suit that fit perfect when you tried it on, but was too big in the water? Use the two-finger rule to find the perfect size – place two fingers under the waistband and leg openings of your swimsuit. You should be able to fit your fingers comfortably, but the suit should lay flat against your skin once you remove them. 

Also check for the following:

  • Straps should fit comfortably with movement, not digging in or falling off your shoulders. 
  • Bunching of fabric typically means that the swimsuit is too big, try sizing down.
  • Uncomfortable rubbing may mean your swimwear is too small, try sizing up.
  • No matter how cute the suit, a spilling chest or constant wedgie can mean that there might be a style that suits you better and has you feeling totally comfortable.

You’ll be ready for your next family vacation with matching swimwear for your crew that’s instagrammable, and above all, practical for any adventure. Experiment with different styles, prints and colors to find a combination that works for everyone in the family.

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V. Chapman Gingham Bikini

Beach Riot teamed up with apparel designer Victoria Salisbury of V. Chapman, to create a limited edition bridal-inspired swimwear capsule. The collection ranges from flirty floral bikinis and gingham bustiers, to delicate lace one-pieces and silk robes. The duo traveled to Cabo San Lucas to launch the collaboration at the gorgeous Cape, a Thompson Hotel along side a few top influencers. Whether it’s lounging poolside or a sunset yacht cruise around The Arch, you will see Rachel ‘Rocky’ BarnesRacquel NatashaNikole Powers, and Natalie Obradovich sporting these ultra feminine and flirty pieces. 


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Rocky Barnes wearing V. Chapman Collaboration swimwear

Racquel Natasha (left) wearing V. Chapman x Beach Riot Collaboration.

V. Chapman Girls in Lace BikinisRacquel Natasha, Victoria Chapman, and Rocky Barnes wearing V. Chapman x Beach Riot Collaboration lace bikinis.

Beach Riot, a fashion brand based in Orange County, California launched a colorful collection for Pride Month, in effort to bring awareness and support friends in the LGBTQ+ community. The brand released the collection June 1, 2021, pledging to raise $50,000 for The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis  intervention organization for LGBTQ+ youth. All proceeds ($10 from every product purchased + direct donation) will help provide LGBTQ+ youth with free, 24/7 crises counseling via phone, text, and chat. 

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The Proud Collection features 2 rainbow mix-and-match bikinis and 7 colorful activewear sets, made in our best-selling ribbed fabric. All pieces are available for purchase at beachriot.com 

Beach Riot teamed up with apparel designer Victoria Salisbury of V. Chapman, to create a limited edition bridal-inspired swimwear capsule. The collection ranges from flirty floral bikinis and gingham bustiers, to delicate lace one-pieces and silk robes. The duo traveled to Cabo San Lucas to launch the collaboration at the gorgeous Cape, a Thompson Hotel along side a few top influencers. Whether it’s lounging poolside or a sunset yacht cruise around The Arch, you will see Rachel ‘Rocky’ Barnes, Racquel Natasha, Nikole Powers, and Natalie Obradovich sporting these ultra feminine and flirty pieces. Shop Floral Print Iris Top

Shop Floral Print Lilac BottomShop Gingham Iris Top

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Shop Floral Print Flora BottomShop Lace Violet Top

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Shop Floral Print Gardenia Skirt

The Beach Riot x Pura Vida festival event was a fun morning filled with drinks, music, and bikinis at The Marley Palm Springs!

We invited some of our favorite influencers to join us in the desert for a sweat + sculpt session with Millie Hanson followed by a cool down with brunch and bikinis by the pool. The girls got festival ready by shopping our latest collection of sport and swimwear!

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Riot In The Desert with Beach Riot


The Beach Riot x Pura Vida festival event was a fun morning filled with drinks, music, and bikinis at The Marley Palm Springs!

We invited some of our favorite influencers to join us in the desert for a sweat + sculpt session with Millie Hanson followed by a cool down with brunch and bikinis by the pool. The girls got festival ready by shopping our latest collection of sport and swimwear!


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three girls in beach riot

We celebrated the launch of our Valentine's Day capsule for Carbon 38 sweating it out with Aubre Winters. 

Aubre lead a fun, upbeat cardio dance class called the Aubre Winters Method. 

We had juice and snacks while shopping the collection at the Carbon 38 Pacific Palisades location.

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