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Tween Girls' Swimsuit Shopping


Once girls hit the tween years, swimsuit shopping gets a bit complicated. Just plain cute suits don’t cut it; swimwear also needs to address the needs of maturing bodies.

Keep These Notes in Mind When Looking for Suits That Suit Tween Figures:

  • Lined, patterned and embellished tops are less revealing than thin, solid tanks.
  • One piece suits cover the belly, but are generally tight. Shiny material highlights curves.
  • Tankinis are more modest than bikinis when dry, but sometimes creep up in the water.
  • Board shorts and swim skirts offer more coverage for her bottom half.

Read online reviews for feedback on swimsuit quality. Some brands wear to the point that they're threadbare and pilled after a few chlorinated laps and stints on the concrete edge, while others hold up throughout the season.

Narrow down the list, then head to the store. Have your daughter try on several styles to determine which best satisfies her priority list (and meets your own criteria). Remember to keep a couple of rash guards in the rotation, and she'll be set for summer.

Roxy Kids Shoreline Ruffle One Piece

The contrasting prints of Roxy's one piece swimsuit add flair to the classic combination of black and white. Stripes will add dimension to a narrow figure, and the boycut legs fit without gapping.

Little Marc Jacobs You Can Do It Ruffled Smocked Bandeau Maillot

The abstract toucan print of this Little Marc Jacobs tank is trendy and fun, yet sophisticated. The repetitive pattern keeps the eye moving, and the smocked texture is flattering on the tween figure. Delicate ruffle trim is a sweet finish.

Crewcuts Ruche Hour Tank

J. Crew
Classic preppy seersucker meets trendy retro cool in Crewcuts' tank. The texture, halter top and princess seams flatter most figures.

Lilly Pulitzer Kids Tessa Tankini

Lilly Pulitzer's bright prints are designed to distract the eye, and the colorful floral of this bathing suit is no exception. Classic Lilly is always in style, but this season florals are especially hot.

Justice Neon-Stripe Tankini

The higher neck on this trendy Justice tankini will relieve concerns of a gapping top. Lined for additional modesty, and adorned with ruffles and ribbons for added flair.

Lands' End Girls' Tiered Bikini Top

Lands' End
The fluffy ruffles on this Lands' End bikini top provide modesty and frill. Add the matching Scalloped Ruffle Bikini Bottom for girly perfection.

Lands' End Girls' Flower Bikini Top

Lands' End
The rosettes on Lands' End's bikini top will do wonders during that most awkward stage of development. The cut alludes to a triangle top, but is considerably more modest. Pair it with the Ruffle Tankini Bottom for even more girly flair.

Lands' End Girls' Tiered Tankini Top

Lands' End
Rows of flouncy ruffles make this Lands' End tankini top modest and stylish. The warm gold accents play beautifully with serene blues. Pair the top with the matching Periwinkle Waves Girls' Plain Front Tankini Bottom for mermaid flair or pull out any shade of the top to coordinate.

Crewcuts Prickly Pear Bikini

J. Crew
Crewcuts' retro brief bottoms are trendy and offer greater coverage than typical bikinis. The multi-green colorway is fresh and hip, but pears and bows keep the look young.

Gap Kids Layered Ruffle Two-Piece

A ruffly top, scoop neck and added length combine for a more modest two piece bathing suit from Gap Kids.

Old Navy Girls' Board Shorts

Old Navy
These Old Navy board shorts come in colorful prints and color-blocked variations. They are unlined, so she can choose her favorite designs and layer them over any suit.

Lands' End Girls' Shirred Ruffle Swim Mini

Lands' End
This bikini lined swim skirt from Lands' End offers coverage in the cutest way. If she's more sporty than sassy, Lands' End has lined shorts, too. Both options are especially great for keeping her comfortable when running around spray grounds and water parks.
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