Mix Match Bathing Suits

10 Tips to Mix Match Bathing Suits Like a Pro

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Mix Match Bathing Suits

Since it is officially the season to go to the beach, it is time to look for the perfect swimsuit. We all know it can be such a drag to mix match swim separates.

It takes what feels like a million tries before I can finally find something that goes well together. Whether it is a bikini, tankini, one-piece, bandeau, or high-waist, I have tried everything on.

How to Mix and Match Bathing Suits Like a Pro

No matter how many times I have hunted for swimwear, I always go back to a few that I believe make me look and feel great. The list of my favorites is not too long.

But I have found one surefire technique that lets me enjoy my collection without getting bored of constantly wearing them. It’s simple: through mixing and matching.

What Exactly is Mixing and Matching Suits?

Mix Match Bathing Suits

Perhaps you have already heard about a famous celebrity talking about her ideas about how to mix match swim separates. Or maybe your friends are sharing their tips to each other. It has become a popular trend because it is practical.

Designers are taking note of such a trend, which is why they are creating collections that allow mixing and matching. As the name suggests, you take the top and combine it with a different bottom. Most of the time, swimwear comes in pairs. When you mix match bathing suits, you do not stick with the pair. Instead, you take a certain piece in your wardrobe and find another that complements with it.

Swimwear has been around for centuries. Although bathing suits started to exist since the Middle Ages, the inspiration behind the female bathing costumes that we see now came from the 17th century. Although they were stiff with large sleeves, they eventually faded and showed more skin. Hollywood supported stars and starlets in their fashionable swimwear in the 1930s.

Even then, these beauties wore matching styles. In the late 1990s, things further evolved as the tankini was created, along with the concept of mixing and matching separates. These innovations have given consumers the unprecedented freedom to select whatever they want to wear at the beach.

Who is Mixing and Matching For?

Mixing and matching suits is for everyone, believe me. If you are like me and you looked through your collection from last year realizing that you are missing a few tops and bottoms, you will benefit from this trend. It does not matter what type or size your body is, all you need is the skill to find a pair that will go well together.

Essential Tips on How to Mix and Match Bikinis

Mix Match Bathing Suits

As you may already know, combining different styles and prints can be tricky. Whether your goal is to mix match tankini or a bikini, you need a little bit of experience. But don’t worry because you do not have to be an expert here. Use the tips below to discover what goes well and what you may want to steer clear of.

Go for Unexpected Combinations

The beauty of mixing and matching is that you can go crazy with the combos. You have all the freedom in the world to put together different styles, such as animal prints and stripes. You can also choose a similar print but with contrasting colors. The choice is all yours.

Have Fun

If you have been living in your comfort zone for years, it is time to get out of it. The beach is the ultimate place where you can have a great time. Start with your swimwear on this regard. Instead of going for the color you usually wear, opt for a new one, particularly a vibrant hue. Choose a loud print that will make other people give you a second glance. As long as you feel confident about your style, you can never go wrong.

It is All About Balance

Mix Match Bathing Suits

While I keep mentioning that you should choose whatever makes you feel good about yourself, you do not want to go overboard. You can still catch anyone’s attention even if you wear a traditional design. If your goal is to simply look and feel stylish, you can achieve it without being “too much.”

An example is wearing a big, loud, vibrant print and pairing it with a striped bottom. This partnership works like a charm because it does not scream like you are begging for attention. Another option is to pair a large print with micro prints. It is also the same with silhouettes. If you are already wearing a high-waisted bottom, a more feminine top would certainly go well with it.

Consider the Cuts

You want a combo that complements each other perfectly. Often, a long top works great with a bikini bottom. You get a little bit of coverage, which can give extra comfort for some ladies out there. I think it is a basic look, which is why I personally add more details, such as choosing a scallop-style top to make it a bit more interesting.

Go for Versatility

Mix Match Bathing Suits

Make sure you buy versatile pieces. Prints are incredible and they can make your swimwear collection fashionable. But I have found that having a lot of solids lets me maximize the potential of mix match tankini and separates. Last weekend, I got compliments for wearing a solid top with a patterned bottom.

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If you can’t get enough of mixing and matching swimwear, here are even more style-specific recommendations to try:

A reversible halter top: Choose a patterned halter top and pair it with a high-waist bottom. You already have different options because it is reversible. Make sure that the pattern is easy to match though.

A strappy top: When shopping for tops with straps, opt for something that is fun to wear. This way, you can wear it with a plain bottom and still look interesting. You can switch it up as well. Wear a top with a low-key style and pair it with a crazy print.

Embroidered bikini: Match the top with a bottom that has the same color. You can also choose a solid color bottom, which features the dominant tone in your top. It may not be a pair when you purchased it but the whole ensemble will look like it came right from the store.

Halter top with underwire: For women who need more support, this is a great option. You can pair it with any solid color bottom or a patterned one. You can also try a white bottom.

High neck top: If it is striped, choose a solid bottom or vice versa. It makes the look more versatile without appearing dull.

Retro-style: Another option is to get a retro-style top with ruffles. Go for one with a sturdy support for the chest area. I also recommend a top that has adjustable straps, especially with this type of suit. Even better, pair it with a high-waist bottom, which will certainly make you look fabulous.

Crochet tankini: Tankinis now come in a variety of styles. From crochet with a solid color to one with floral designs and other patterns, you can go for this type of top that you feel comfortable while wearing. Tiered tankinis are also in and most of them come with basic colors. Of course, you can find some with a crazy pattern. Make sure to pair it with a solid bottom though.

What to Avoid When Mixing & Matching Bathing Suits?

When you know how to mix and match bikinis, it gives you the illusion that you have a whole new collection of suits. The possibilities are endless and you also get the best bang for your buck. As I have mentioned earlier though, you can get crazy but not too crazy. Here are a few mistakes many women do when attempting to mix and match swimsuits.

Too Many Colors

While you can always go for vibrant colors, wearing two different hues can be distracting. Neon green, for instance, when paired with neon pink may not be the best idea. A touch of colors can easily go well with each other.

Too Many Patterns

As with using too much color in your swimwear, you should not use as many patterns as you want. It will just make you look inexperienced with mixing and matching.

Going in the Same Direction

Many beachgoers would wear a top with a loud print and mix it with an equally bold bottom. It may work on some pairs but it is definitely a newbie mistake. If you want to wear a bold print, mix it with something traditional, such as stripes. Another similar mistake is wearing large prints and pairing it with the same size of patterns. Choose microprint instead so your ensemble does not look too busy.

More Color Mistakes

You can always choose a top with a different color as your bottom and it will create a new dimension to your swimwear. I have always liked wearing a white top with a black bottom, which makes my tan look so good! Contrasting bright colors are absolute killers, too. However, if you plan on pairing similar colors, hoping that they will make the top and bottom look like a set, I guarantee you that it will not work.

Silhouette Errors

If you truly want to make your two pieces look like a set, there are sneaky ways to do it. Coverage is the key here; make sure the pieces are of similar coverage. For instance, do not wear a super skimpy bottom and pair it with a full top. Instead go for sporty tops with boy shorts, for instance. Or you can have feminine tops and high-waisted briefs together.

Mixing and matching is all about having fun. There are no actual rules here, just ideas. It’s important that you enjoy what you are doing and you feel confident when you wear what you have put together.

Why You Should Mix Match Bathing Suits

Mix Match Bathing Suits

If you are like me, you have one top and one bottom that you absolutely love. Unfortunately, these pieces are mostly separates that do not match. It was a problem before but the ongoing trend is to mix and match bikinis and tankinis.

When you do it right, you will create something that appears intentionally put together and not sloppy at all. Some combos work so well that they look like they are made for each other, such as florals and stripes.

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Mixing and matching bathing suits gives you great freedom. It is a smart way to treat your suit like normal clothing where you find two pieces that complement each other. You now have an excuse to wear the tops and bottoms that you adore more than ever.

28 thoughts on “10 Tips to Mix Match Bathing Suits Like a Pro

  1. Kristena

    OMG! I seriously thought that most people mix and match because someone has already taken the other half of the swimsuit. I actually didn’t know that people do it because of style and trends. I have no choice but to mix and match because I am top heavy so when I find a suit I like either the top fits and the bottoms are too big or the bottoms fit and the top is too big. I am glad that I found your article because now I won’t feel so uncomfortable and out of place thinking that someone is going to judge the fact that my top doesn’t match my bottoms. Most people aren’t going to care as long as they don’t clash, which mine never do because I am very adamant about color and style looking okay together.

  2. Matthew

    Hahaha, I had to write on this post when I saw it as my wife is always wearing different bathing bottoms with totally different bathing tops and I always laugh at her, but I have to say you have converted me and you talk a lot of sense if I’m honest

    My wife is going to love this website when I show her and I’m pretty sure she will be writing “I told you so” on here in reply to my comment, lol

    Are there actually designers out there purposely designing mismatching bathing suits and selling them as a whole suit?

    • Arta

      Hey Matthew

      In fashion, everything is with a purpose, even if it is not with a purpose 🙂 This is the good thing about fashion. I have seen one Spanish brand writing on their hangtags; “If you notice something strange on the garment – be aware that this is the way it should be” 🙂

      So to answer your question – yes, there are mismatching swimsuit sets that are sold as sets.

      Cheers, Arta

  3. Alisha

    I love your tips to mix and match bathing suits like a pro!  I never really considered myself very good at it.  But I like the idea of mixing an matching tops and bottoms to have even more choices of swimsuits in your closet.  I tend to like the Tankini style swimsuits so I can still be active n the water without worrying about it falling off!

    Thank you so much for all of your amazing tips!  I will definitely bookmark your site so I can stay up with all of your tips and tricks!

  4. Kate

    I used to go with more plain bathsuits but for this summer I got three great bikinis that I can use for mix and match. The bottom is a solid color on all three (black, blue, yellow) and the tops are the same colours with a discrete design. I can mix and match all of them, right? Blue and yellow match and black looks good with almost everything, as far as I know.

    • Arta

      Hey Kate

      Mixing and matching bathing suits is a lot of fun and you are surely having a lot of fun. Without doubt, you can mix and match your bathing suits as black, blue and yellow are a good match.

      Cheers, Arta

  5. Fiona

    Thank you so much for your amazing tips.  I always wear plain swim suits when I go to the beach.  Now I have more ideas about how to mix and match. I like Tankini styles with solid colours / floral patterns.  As I am quite thin, what do you think I should wear in order not to look too skinny? I will share your websites with friends who always go swimming. 

    • Arta

      Hey Fiona

      Thank you for visiting my website. I would suggest you look here for swimsuit tips for women with a straight figure or here in case you have an hourglass body type. And here is a helpful guide on how to buy a swimsuit online that fits and looks great. If you need further help, just please let me know.

      Happy shopping, Arta!

  6. Emmanuel Buysse

    This post could be for my wife. She is quite insecure about these kind of things, so having a kind of guide will certainly help. I hope she is happy that I will show this, in the way she could be relieved to read something about this issue. Certainly with this weather, bathing suits are more than welcome. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us. 

  7. Gomer

    I really enjoyed reading the article but it was the crochet tankini that really got my attention as I remember my mother claimed she’s good at making crochets when she was just a young lady. I will show to her this site of yours especially your mention of crochet tankini, maybe she can make one too. 

    My mother no longer wear bathing suit, she’s already old, her age is 71 years old. I think the one that will really enjoy experimenting with different bathing suits and matching them one by one is my girlfriend. I’m gonna share this article to her, I’m sure she will like this.

  8. Rodarrick

    This is reallybtewat and I’m definitely sure that my wife would find this very interesting because this would be for her. She wears plain most times and always kind of feel insecure with her choices when it comes to bathing suits. I’d surely share this with her si CE I’m sure she would find it very helpful and would come in handy. Thanks so much.

  9. C

    Thank you! I agree it is swimming season and it’s good to become a pro at bathing suit fashion. I think the idea of mixing and matching swimsuit separates is cool because you can come up with your own combinations and if you have two bathing suits, you can really have up to four combinations. I like the bathing suit with the single shoulder. That is really eye-catching and an interesting fashion choice. I also like the one with all the zigzags on it, the second or third photo. I appreciate your tips, and your expertise on the subject!

  10. Charles

    Great post from you, I Like your website, it is easy to navigate and the interface is user friendly, I learnt something new because this is the first time am hearing about match mixing bikinis, I and my partner will be visiting the beach soon and I can’t wait to see how those match mix outfit will look on her. 

  11. Stella

    Believe me, this is just a superb way of mix matching swim trunks wears. I love to rock in styles at the beach. It do bring a sense of more excitement and fulfilment. It is nice to wear the bikini that have thesame color and design. Most time, I love rocking a plain short on a striped bikini top. Any how we match shows more creativity and fashion.

  12. Carmen

    Thanks for a great post. I admit that choosing a swimsuit is a real problem for me. I don’t really find a bathing suit where I can feel comfortable. I didn’t think they could be combined. Now there is no swimming season for me. But I love swimming. I will use your advice in the future.

  13. Joy gateru

    Wow! What a great article, personally i like swimming, actually is my best hobby. May it be in a pool, lake or sea, it doesn’t matter, as for the bathing suit, i. Not that selective, so long as it fits my body plus the material is appropriate iam always good to go, 

  14. Jake

    Hi, I have found that colour coordination is a big deal in selecting a good swimsuit. There are certain colours that go extremely well together and complement one another. There are also colours that do not go well together. try to coordinate the colour of the swimsuits with your hair colour and eye colour. like you said, have fun with it.

  15. Rodarrick

    Mix matching is always a good one to see on women especially when it is swimsuits. If properly mix matched, it always add this exceptional touch of fashion to whatever the person wears. I personally love mismatching and I started ever since my boyfriend got me a top and I have a pant that I love a lot. So, I blended them and ever since, I have been doing that. Thanks for the post here

  16. H. Tracy

    I thought I was the only one who would mix bathing suits pieces, so it feels so good to know I’m not lol. No matter how many perfect a bathing suit looks when I buy it, i gets less interesting after the first wear. So just like you, I always get back to my “favorites” list, which isn’t so large. For instance, tops with straps look really good on me but I try to avoid tan lines. That’s why I always end up replacing them with a strapless top (which doesn’t look so good in most cases, due to the color and pattern difference). But after reading your post I pretty much know what I should and what I should not combine. I will try to take this into consideration when summer season begins!

  17. shariful islam

    Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .Your article is very important. I was looking for bath photos for my wife.And gave you 10 tips for mixing bath sounds from your article.And gave you 10 tips for mixing bathing suits from your registration. 10 Tips I love and I think these will be very useful for us.I will share your registration with my wife, she will know about your tips and she will share ideas with you..

  18. Evagreene

    🤩 Interesting! For me, mix matching as always been the best option when going to the beach as it makes me look different and unique amongst others and believe me, it’s cool to try out!

    Though sometimes I go crazy with the color combination (especially going out with friends) which makes others look at me as a weird dude😄. Thanks!

  19. Julius

    I did not know that the bathing swimsuits are so young and came to us so late. I like them( visually) more than the standard swimwear and I would guess they are much more comfortable to wear as well. That what women must have to prove tough. In general, your idea is perfect. Mix match is nice for us men to watch, it is not so boring. And it can be also used in our “men” world. If I apply it in my life, I do like to do the same, mixing in my everyday clothing and it is certainly bringing advantages as you mentioned, I can use my shirts or well-designed t-shirts is much more different combination. The mistakes people should avoid are going to be very helpful to everyone interested in mixing and matching. I hope more women are going to read your post, so men could see more variety at the beaches -:) Thank you for this helpful article.

  20. Sami

    I sent the link to your article to my cousins.  They are going to the coast for a couple of weeks, and with them on unemployment, don’t feel like they can go a bit crazy with swimsuit shopping.   They just emailed me back and are excited to have some guidance in the mix and match.  Both thought that would be more fun than just wearing the old matching pieces as they had planned as there was all the social distancing going on anyhow.   So thank you, and as more people read this I am sure there will be more shopping for mixing and matching as the summer comes.  Sami

  21. evans

    Great review on tips to mix match bathing suits …As summer is fast approaching we are all getting prepared for that long vacation that we have always dreamt about and vacation is going to be not fun without going for a swim under à hot matching swimsuit… If you are finding it difficult to get one then I guess you are lucky to stumble upon to this very article… Hope it helps

  22. Pet

    Thanks for the great tips! I always buy the matching top and bottom and never thought of mixing and matching…I will from now on though! I often have one black bikini and one in color but I always wear them as they come because I have been afraid that they won’t match. Your tips and ideas gave me some new perspective and I just can’t wait for summer so that I can start reinventing my swimwear closet and create new looks.  Love the history lesson as well, didn’t know when people started wearing swimwear. 

  23. Jomata

    Hello there, thanks for this awesome post on tips to mix match bathing suit like a pro, it’s almost summer and my girls and I have plans to go camping band visit as many beach as well can, and it won’t really be out of place if we come out stunning with our mix match bathing suit, sounds like a great idea right, I’m sharing this with them to know their thought about it. 

  24. Lisa

    I am terrible when it comes to things matching. I knew it was possible to mix and match but I confess I have never done it.

    I do know it’s fashionable to do so. After reading your great tips about the process I am going to give it a go. It could turn out to be a fun experience. I will let you know how I get on. Thank you very much for the great ideas.

  25. Brendaliz


    Thank you for some ideas on how and why I should mix and match my bathing suit sets! I didn’t think of like it but you made some valid points! I personally hate one piece suits so these tips on combining color, prints, styles are great for me, as I am a bit lost when it comes to fashion lol

    Thank you!

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