It’s become a tradition for us now to track down our favorite two-piece swimsuits for girls that are, shall we say, age appropriate? As a mother of two girls, the eldest of which is pretty much hitting tweendom (eep) I’m really glad that they still gravitate to tankinis, halter tops, rash guards and other not-so-teeny bikinis, but I also know first hand that those swimsuits can be hard to find.
Besides, I admit I get a little freaked out seeing ruching on the chest of a low cut size 2 bikini top. Are we trying to simulate cleavage on a toddler? Other things I avoid as a matter of personal preference: Side tie bottoms, plunging necklines, teeny triangle bikini tops, sequins. What I do like are suits that last more than one season, so I’m willing to spend a bit more for great quality; though I do like a bargain same as anyone.
I can say from experience that suits from places like Hanna Andersson, Tea, and J Crew are totally worth it. But still, I included a variety of prices here.
Of course there are always one-pieces too, but my girls love the mix-and-match options that two-piece suits offer, and parents of littler ones? There is no easy diaper change in a one-piece. If you’re searching for the same kinds of suits I am, I’ve put together some of my favorite suits out now for summer that are still feminine, fun, and sometimes frilly while still offering the coverage that lets girls splash around without a worry. That’s what childhood is for, right?
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1 | Girls Floral Cut-Out Back Bikini ($16.95, Old Navy)
2 | Polka Dot Racer Back Girls Bikini (Available in 2 patterns, $29.95, Gap)
3 | Girls Tankini in Mixed Stripes (Available in 3 colors, $55, J Crew with select styles 40% off)
4 | Rekha Blooms Girls Tankini ($47, Tea Collection, with a portion donated)
5 | Girls Asymmetrical Floral Tankini ($14.99 at Target plus 20% off with code KIDS 20; free shipping all week)
6 | Girls Striped Exhilaration Tankini ($14.99 at Target plus 20% off with code KIDS 20; free shipping all week)
7 | Girls Ruffle Tankini (Available in 5 colors, $55, J Crew with select styles 40% off)
8 | Pineapple Print High-Waisted Girls Bikini ($24.95, Gap)
9 | Girls Mixed-Print Tankini (Available in 3 patterns, $10 at Old Navy, plus 25% off through 6/7)
Girls UPF 50+ Tankini Set (4 patterns available, $18, $16 at Boden)
1 | Ruffle Mix and Match Tankinis (4 fabrics, $13.50 each on sale, Hanna Andersson)
*We bought this before it was on sale (grrr) but my daughter absolutely adores it. Fits great, dries fast, and will make it through two kids for sure.
4 | Rashmi Tankini Swim Set ($85.50 for 4 pieces, Tea Collection