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14 Super Stylish yet Modest Bathing Suits for Travel

For when a barely-there bikini is a no-go when you’re traveling, here are some conservative(ish) yet chic bathing suit options.

Some warm weather getaways call for the sexiest barely-there bikini imaginable. But on other occasions, a woman might prefer a more modest bathing suit. Maybe she’s exploring solo and prefers to minimize unwanted attention, in a conservative country where she wants to dress the part, or just in search of a suit that stays on while she’s sightseeing, snorkeling or salsa dancing.

No matter the reason for covering up, most women we know still want style and edge. So we sought out some conservative-chic bathing suit options for when the eensy teensy bikini is a no-go but you still want to make a statement. These low-key picks might have a little bit more material to them, but they are anything but boring.

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This Fun Bathing Suit

We can’t picture a better suit for the Mexican Riviera than this one by Colombian swimwear pros OndadeMar. We discovered this brand on a jaunt to Cartagena and have been avid fans ever since. The Embellished Ruffled One Piece sets a serious tone with a deep navy hue and good rear and front coverage but is also playful with the colorful tassels and multi-strap lower back detail. In XS to L.

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PHOTO: Anders Wallace/Flagpole NYC
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This Bathing Suit Inspired by a Leotard

The Joellen suit by Flagpole was inspired by a leotard. It’s anti-all the things we want our bathing suits to take a stand against—anti-pilling, anti-bacterial, anti-chlorine. Made of quick-dry material with a rubber-coated G-hook closure at back, and with adjustable shoulder straps and shapewear lining all around, you could conduct a serious negotiating session poolside in this one-piece and emerge the victor. Comes in XS-XL in four color combos but we’re partial to the Olive/Black/Lychee trifecta.

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This Colorful Suit

We picture ourselves packing this one for a solo trip to Tunisia. After the desert safari and in need of the sea after so much sand, we head to the Mediterranean where we frolic in the waves in this colorful color-blocked one-piece by Mara Hoffman. The Fernanda is made of recycled nylon with UPF 50. Available in sizes XS-XL.

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This Lovely and Modest Suit

This one is perfect for when your boyfriend’s parents invite you down to stay with them in West Palm. While the coral High Neck One Piece by Anthropologie is simple, the surprising color and unexpected geometric seams keep it visually interesting while padded cups and adjustable straps keep it in place. This one says, “I may be sweet, but I’m not a pushover,” which is precisely what you want your potential in-laws to think about you. Available in sizes  XS-XL (and also available in black).

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This Suit That Looks Like a Wetsuit, Kind Of

A swim romper? Who knew? This game-changer is precisely what you need for that snorkeling excursion to the Bahamas you’ve been planning. Full coverage protects your skin from the sun and sea critters, and zip-up back makes the Seea Swami Swim Romper easy to get on and off. In S-L.

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Athleta
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This Smart Suit

Stand-up paddle-boarding on the Big Island, anyone? The Cortes Short Sleeve One Piece by Athleta is sporty and utilitarian, not to mention cute. The high-cut neckline keeps things under wraps, but only when you want them to be. The zipper locks into place where you leave it. Zip up for the water sports, zip down for the sun session or the sundowner. Available in red and black, and in sizes XXS-XL.

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This Slightly Frilly Suit

There’s so much to admire in this one-piece and yet it’s not over the top and covers the top (and the bottom) quite well, thank you very much. The silver embellishments, ruffle sleeves and lace-up front and back make the Sundress Baba One Piece ideal for Rio de Janeiro or the roof deck de your apartment building. In XS-L.

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PHOTO: Anders Wallace/Flagpole NYC
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This Suit That Reminds Us of Spies

Taking a surf lesson in the Hamptons? Flagpole’s Bond Girl-inspired Kelly swimsuit has more moves than James Bond himself. With a built-in bra, this suit can be worn on its own or over another top, with the option to completely zip down and take off the sleeves. Your call. It’s also designed with winter getaways in mind; wear it as a base layer for skiing and head straight to hot tub into for an apres ski soak. In Olive/Black in SX-L.

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This... Is a Suit, as Well

A rashguard emblazoned with flamingos and monstera leaves has us planning a one-woman trip to the aptly named Flamingo Beach on Aruba, one of the few places in the world where you can interact with flamingos on the shoreline as they forage by filtering seawater for snacks. Pick up the Clara Palm Spring One Piece by Agua Bendita and then go commune with everyone’s favorite pink birds. In S-XL.

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This Simple and Elegant Suit

The Mykonos by Andie Swim is what you wear on the family vacation to  Mykonos when you’re feeling glam but you’ve got some kids you’ve got to chase after. Maker Andie Swim calls this one the “evening-wear of one piece swimsuits,” a claim we can’t dispute. The special lining is made of a hold-you-in weave. In XS-XL.

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And Here Is Another Suit

This tri-color one-shoulder one-piece is called the Sidestroke, but you can do the backstroke, breaststroke and crawl in it. With butt coverage and all-over compression, the swimsuit-bodysuit hybrid is built to move with you but stay in place while you’re engaging in your water sport du jour. It’s available in 11 color combos and in sizes 2-22.

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PHOTO: @duskiiactive/Instagram via @breekwarren/Instagram
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This Suit That Looks Like It Means Business

We’ve been meaning to try kiteboarding in Savannah, Georgia and the Temptation Tank Suit by Duskii is tempting up to have a go at it. The suit pairs functional contoured neoprene panels with retro glam. The high neckline and for anti-rash protection and exposed zip front for an alternative styling option after the kiteboarding session has concluded. In XS-XL.

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PHOTO: Anders Wallace/Flagpole NYC
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A Pretty Suit With a Side Cutout

The one-shoulder- high-waisted Ali suit comes in chambray and five other colors and is proudly made with love in New York City and you don’t even need to leave NYC to wear this one. A cross-back strap and side cutout flatters and flirts in equal measure. You can throw a flowy skirt or linen pants over this suit, jump on the subway and wear it straight into yoga class and then to brunch with your girlfriends without anyone blinking an eye. In XS-XL.

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And Finally: This Retro Looking Suit

The retro vibe of this swimsuit is giving us serious Miami feels. The Susan One-Piece by Modcloth has a vintage-inspired charm that makes us want to shop Miami’s Art Deco district in it before popping into the ocean for a late afternoon dip. Sewn-in bust cups and sturdy full coverage cut are just right for both sightseeing and swimming. In XS-3X.