Cute and Comfy Boy Short Bathing Suits for Women

A bathing suit with boy shorts covers well and still looks trendy. Here’s what to look for to find a good fit.

Cheerful plus size women enjoying the beach
Boy shorts are way comfier than the string bikini bottoms of the early 2000s.Getty Images

If you’re fed up with bikini bottoms that ride up all day or cut into the sides of your hips, boy shorts might be just the thing for you. Boy shorts typically hit just below the hips for generous coverage with a feminine vibe (despite the name).

Zando Halter Bikini Set with Boyshort
Proof you can look cute and sporty at the same time.Amazon

Swimwear designers have gotten wise to the fact that we do so much more than lie on a towel in our suits. New styles with adjustable drawstrings and thick waistbands, like this one, means they won’t slide off no matter how many laps you swim or Frisbees you toss. We also love the sexy deep-V cut on this halter top, and the fact that it comes in 20 (yes 20) colors.

Sovoyontee Women's One Piece Tummy Control Swimwear Boyleg Ruched Swimsuit
Flattering style available in six different colors.Amazon

Elegant...boy shorts? We never thought we’d see the day where those words could be combined, but here we are. One-piece bathing suits cut in a boy shorts style can be difficult to find, but we found a beauty: The ruching and sweetheart neckline on this suit are lovely, and the ample coverage in front and back keeps everything secure. This suit is available in classic black, plus standout shades like a sunny tangerine and sultry crimson.

Zando Women Floral Tankini Tummy Control Swimwear Tank Top Retro Printed Swimsuit with Boyshorts Two Piece Bathing Suit
Available in sizes 4 to 20.Amazon

If you’re really active by the pool—or just want a little more coverage for your thighs and midsection—a Bermuda boy short and tankini top are the way to go. These shorts hit at the upper thigh rather than right under your bum. The relaxed-fit tankini has a flattering touch of flare at the hips and several different necklines to choose from. Pick a v-neck for a sexier look, a scoop neck for fuller coverage, or a sweetheart neckline for a retro feel.