With summer around the corner, it can be tempting to whip out your strappiest, trendiest bikini to go soak up some vitamin D. But if you're looking to nix pesky, hard-to-hide tan lines, maybe think twice and reach for a strapless swimsuit instead. Why? Because, yes, even with ample SPF, time in the sun can inevitably still darken your skin. And rather than having to get a last-minute spray tan to hide awkward lines ahead of special occasions like weddings and parties (been there), a strapless swimsuit can save you the hassle altogether.
- Rachel Nazarian, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology in New York City
Ahead are the best strapless swimsuits for every budget, style, and occasion. Some have straps you can add or take off, depending on how your feeling, and others don't have straps at all, but one things for certain—they're all comfortable, stay in place, and will keep tan at bay by letting the sun hit your shoulders (with sunscreen on, of course.) Now, who's ready to get their beach on?!
The 11 best strapless swimsuits for every occasion
Best on Amazon
Sizes available: S-L
For an affordable and stylish bikini, we’d recommend Zaful’s Bikini Set, which has an average 4-star rating from more than 2,200 Amazon shoppers. This set comes with a ruffle tie bandeau top—which comes padded and leaves behind no unwanted tan lines—and a cheeky bottom, so your buns can tan evenly, too. Soft, stretchy, and stylish—we swear this bikini will be in your swimsuit rotation as soon as you get it home.
Best One Piece
Sizes available: 0-24, in classic and long fit
J. Crew’s ruched bandeau one-piece marries classic style and functionality. Featuring a full-coverage bottom, removable padding and straps, and built-in SPF 50 protection, this swimsuit offers enough coverage for your top and bum and ruching for a classic touch. Plus, the removable straps are easy to take on and off, depending on the occasion.
Sizes available: XS-XL
If you’re looking for more coverage up top, you can’t go wrong with Tommy Bahama’s Cable Beach Tie Front. It’s got a little bit of everything including a sweetheart neckline, slight ruching,, and stringy bow detail. The strapless design ensures that your shoulders tan evenly, while the UPF 50+ protection ensures everything else stays protected.
Available sizes: XS-XXL
Be the belle of the
ball pool party with this retro-y swimsuit from Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand, Draper James. The longline silhouette is smocked in a seersucker, gingham print that’s so summery; Wear it with the removable straps as a crop top to your next picnic, or pop off the straps at the beach for a line-free tan. There’s no wrong way to wear it.
Sizes available: XS-XL
This strapless, tropical swimsuit is just what you’ll need to hit the beach and more. Featuring a strapless pull-on design, Farm Rio’s Woodcut Swimsuit leaves behind no in-your-face tan lines while still emulating style and comfort. Also a nice touch are the cut-out, tie-front and tiered colors. (Note: You might have some tan lines on your belly after wearing this, but they won’t be as “in your face” as others on your shoulder.) Now who’s ready to make a statement at the beach?
Sizes available: XXS-XXL
This v-neck bandeau bikini top is just what you’ll need to ditch the hard-to-hide tan lines, especially at the top of your décolletage. Each top comes with removable straps, so you can wear it with or without the straps. In addition to being super comfy with its nylon and elastane blend, the top offers UPF 50 protection, so you’ll stay protected wherever the sun shines.
Sizes available: XXS-XL
We’re suckers for a swimsuit with a good floral print. Lo and behold, Pacsun’s Eco Floral Lilly Lettuce Bandeau Bikini top is dripping in pretty features, from the pattern and cut down to its sustainable materials. The sweetheart top is as comfy as it is cute with its lettuce trim and stretchy, supportive fabric. Even cuter? No obvious tan lines.
Sizes available: XS-L
Boogie down to the ’70s in this abstract, retro-inspired top from Beach Riot. The Sophie boasts a nylon and lycra blend that’s comfy to wear, no straps required. It also features padded cups and a front-tie closure that makes it super easy to take on and off. Pair it with the matching, high-waisted bottom and cute sandals for a ‘fit that’s totally groovy.
Available sizes: XS-L
Mama’s to be, this high-waisted bikini from A Pea in the Pod will have you soaking up the sun in total comfort. The vintage set comes with a cinched bandeau top (with removable straps) and a cinched, high-waisted bottom you’ll want to sit in all day. And yes, it’s a set—you don’t have to go hunting for separate tops and bottoms, this set comes with both. It’s also UPF 50 to keep the covered areas safe from the sun’s rays.
Best for large busts
Available sizes: 34DD-34K
Yep, you can have a large bust and go strapless, especially if you’re supported with this bikini top from Panache. It’s made specifically for those cup sizes DD+ and is available all the way up to a K-cup. The cups themselves are padded, offer supreme coverage and support, and are slightly ruched for a smidge of elegance on an otherwise minimalist look. Each top also comes with a multi-way straps you can attach or take off as you please
Best 'barely there'
Sizes available: XS-L
If a bikini could be a little black dress, Nyud’s Isla would be it. It’s sexy, minimalistic, and timeless. The buttery soft Italian lycra makes this swimsuit easy to wear, and it has gold hardware to elevate your swim look. Best of all: The bandeau, strapless design and cheeky bottom won’t leave you with any hard-to-hide lines.
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