Flattering High-Waist Swimwear Reviews (Postpartum friendly)

american eagle aerie high waisted bikini
I was ordering some Aerie underwear per reader recommendations (the Real Me and No Show styles were your faves) and their wide array of swimwear caught my eye! I love that they make high waisted bottoms in a variety of cuts, from high leg, to cheeky or fuller back coverage and tons of mix & match swim top options. Putting on a bikini for the first time after birthing and nursing two kids can be a tad frightening with things having shifted into new places, but I was pleasantly surprised by how flattering some of these styles are!
Waffle High Cut Cheeky Bottoms (many more colors in non-waffle)

7 colors, sizes XXS – XXL. 

These have good high waist and tummy coverage (hits above my belly button, or what once was my belly button ; ) but are still sexy and leg lengthening due to the high cut leg openings. I sized up on both pieces but they’re TTS so I would recommend getting your usual clothing size. The material is a comfortable and stretchy waffle textured knit. Note these are definitely very “cheeky” in the rear so if you want more butt coverage, try their high waisted bikini style or the scalloped bottoms pictured below! Will try to show a video of the fit on Instagram stories.

postpartum high waisted swimsuit review

Longline Scoop Bikini Top (shop similar)

Pictured above. LOVE this simple top! It’s supportive (online reviewers with much larger busts also agree), sleek and flattering with a slightly longer length that comes an inch below my bust line. It has great coverage without sliding around so I wouldn’t have to worry about anything “falling out” if I’m bending over to tend to the kids. It also has a built-in shelf style bra with padding. This is actually not the same waffle texture material but a smooth one, but with swimwear I think it’s fine to mix & match especially with black! Again, I sized up from my usual but would recommend your usual size.

Waffle Scalloped High Waisted Bikini Bottom

6 colors, sizes XXS – XXL

Pictured below. These bottoms are so darn cute, and are a great fuller (but I still wouldn’t consider them full) coverage option without looking matronly. Same waffle material as the black bottoms above but covers the rear end a little more. They’re also great quality with a full lining and the scallop edge doesn’t feel flimsy. I love the look of white swimwear against a summer tan, but if you’re looking for maximum “concealing” power around the tummy area, then nothing works quite as well as good ole classic black.

white scallop bikini swimsuit aerie try on

  • Waffle Scalloped Tie Triangle Bikini TopPictured above. Cute plunge top that will work for smaller busts too since the cups are not very wide. Has removable padding which is always appreciated. Personally, I want more chest coverage these days so this top isn’t for me, but I did like how it’s adjustable in 2 areas (both the shoulder strap length and the back tie) making it easier to get a good fit!
  • Waffle Tie Triangle Bikini Top –  Pictured below. Pretty much the same as the top above with 2 adjustable aspects, but with a clean edge. Since there are no scallops the top has even less coverage and will probably show side boob if you are a C cup or above.
  • See all waffle bikini tops that are the same fabric as the waffle bottoms.

Aerie petite black cheeky bikini swimsuit

Other Options that Caught My Eye
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  1. Deedee wrote:

    I would love to know your workout routine.

    Posted 3.27.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Deedee! I’m not really working out now but recommend @getmomstrong or @nancyandersonfit on IG

      Posted 4.13.21 Reply
  2. Sarah wrote:

    This is such a helpful post! I’ve been seeing these high rise bikini bottoms on social media and wondered which companies sold them and whether they would fit a petite person looking for more coverage. Thanks, Jean!!

    Posted 3.26.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      So glad you found this helpful, Sarah!

      Posted 4.13.21 Reply
  3. miki wrote:

    The first one is AMAZING!
    Miki x

    Posted 3.26.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I agree! Love that it’s so sleek and has good coverage

      Posted 4.13.21 Reply

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