Now, I can’t speak for all (or any) other petite women, but I for one am very conscious of my height. While I rarely find that there are many things I truly can’t wear, within every category, I do know that there are brands, cuts, and styles that simply flatter my body better than others. And regardless of whether something is trendy or a brand is buzzy, I prefer to stick to pieces that do make me feel my best and complement my height rather than stunt it.
With that in mind, I thought I would share the swimsuit styles I not only love and recommend for this season but those which, at 5’2”, I would actually wear myself. Whether it’s a brand I’ve been wearing for years, a recent successful purchase, or simply a suit that, after much experience, I can just tell has that perfect fit, below you’ll find 26 bikinis and one-pieces I’m either wearing, buying, or eyeing for the months ahead. To get started shopping (and reading my two cents on each), just keep scrolling.
This atypically shaped top (which I'm wearing above) is like a magnet for complements.
I love the cut of this suit, which is the same as the leopard-print style I'm wearing above, just in an updated print.
Shop the matching High-Rise Mini Sail-Print Bikini Briefs ($85).
I'm wearing a blue bikini by this brand in the photo at the top of this article and have always loved the way it fits. This pearl-embellished suit is really speaking to me for the season.
I've always found that Revolve's in-house brands fit me particularly well.
Shop the matching Kolbie Bottoms ($88).
I own this bikini and can't wait to wear it this summer.
Shop the matching Dominican Bottom ($49).
Solid & Striped's suits have always fit me well, and this is just one of several I'm thinking of buying for this summer.
Shop the matching Daphne Bikini Bottoms ($84).
I'm typically wary of one-size-fits-all swimsuits, but the two I own from this brand fit me perfectly.
The Oséree bikini I purchased on sale two summers ago is still one of my favorites this year.
I tend to be picky about prints, but this one is just too good to pass up.
Shop the matching Ruched Bottom ($75).
I have this in a now-sold-out print, and I love the fit. The low-cut back is especially nice.
I love a textured suit, and this brand has truly nailed that whole trend in a range of cuts and colors.
Belts are a blessing for us petite women because they let you kind of customize the fit of a suit to your body.
This cut of bikini top is newer to the swimwear circuit but on its way to becoming a classic.
Shop the matching Tie-Dyed Castaway Side Tie Bikini Bottoms ($27).
Another irresistible print (and markdown).
This delicate print and frilly neckline are a perfect match.
One of my fellow petite colleagues loves the fit of this suit, so I trust I will too.
Shop the matching Classic High Waisted Bottoms ($150).
Two things I'm constantly drawn to: underwire bikini tops and lilac swimsuits.
Shop the matching Edie Bikini Bottom ($108).
I've had luck with other Zara swimsuits in the past, which gives me hope that this one will fit well, too.
High-cut bottoms create the illusion of longer legs, which is always a plus to me.
Shop the matching Grotto Bottoms ($90).
I love bikini tops where the straps go straight back (as opposed to halters) because they have a way of elongating your neck and chest area rather than shortening it.
Shop the matching Les Essentiels Malou Bikini Briefs ($130).
Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently senior market editor. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2020, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch 90 Day Fiancé.
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