The 8 best places to buy bathing suits for kids
Check out some of our favorite places to shop for bathing suits
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Summer has officially arrived, and with it beach, pool, and sprinkler season. If you're anything like me, on the first hot day of the year you pulled your children's bathing suits out of the backs of their closets... only to discover that they're too small, totally stretched out, or completely devoid of elastic. Cue the panic about how—and where—to purchase great swimsuits for kids in the midst of a global pandemic.
Here's the good news: You don't have to leave your house to find swimsuits that your kids will love, thanks to the miracle of internet shopping. I've rounded up eight of my absolute favorite places to buy kids swimsuits—and I've even shared some of my top style picks.
1. J. Crew
If you have not yet discovered the glory of putting kids in long sleeve swimsuits and rash guards, let me be the one to tell you that it will make your life so much easier by cutting down on the amount of sunscreen you have to slather on their little bodies. J. Crew really excels at the selection of long sleeve swimwear, and they come in colorful, whimsical prints that my kids love. Stock up during one of their sales, so that you always have plenty of cute swimsuits on hand for all of your summer activities.
As previously reported, I'm a sucker for everything Maisonette, and their kids swimwear is no exception. One of the main reasons I like Maisonette for swimsuits is because they carry Mott 50, a super chic line that features gorgeous prints on long-sleeve one pieces and rash guards. Mott 50 is the most durable swimwear I've ever purchased, so if you want something that will last all summer long—and possibly into next year—you can't go wrong with a few of their suits.
3. Lands' End
My Favorites: Boys Raglan UPF 50 Rash Guard in Orange Swirl Tie Dye and Girls Sport One Piece in Rainbow Stripe
Sizes: 4-20 (boys), 4-16 (girls)
Return / Exchange Policy: 14 days
I'm a die hard Land's End fan thanks to their monogrammed canvas tote bags—known in our house as the world's best beach bag—but did you know they also have cute kids swimsuits? Get in on this year's hot trend with a tie dye rash guard, or gift your rainbow-loving water baby with an adorable one piece that she'll never want to take off.
Boden's apparel for kids is incredibly well-made—it's a British company—and their swimsuits are no exception. My kids have gotten a year's worth of really hard wear out of their Boden swimsuits, and they could've worn them for longer if they hadn't grown so much between seasons. One thing to note is that the sizing runs big, so buy a smaller size than you normally would to ensure a proper fit.
My Favorite: OwlFay Color Block One Piece Swimsuit
Return / Exchange Policy: 30 days
If you have a kid who simply refuses sunscreen of any kind, you need a full piece swimsuit that they can just step into and zip up. These unisex full-body swimsuits are easy to put on and take off, and they're especially practical for long days spent at the beach or the pool. The wetsuit-like design keeps sand from getting into bathing suit bottoms, so they're great for kids who boogie board.
For a selection of children's swimsuits that are high quality as well as fashion forward, you can't go wrong with Nordstrom. I'm especially partial to their in-house kids line, Tucker + Tate, because it's reasonably priced and the patterns are cute, but their site has a great selection of swimsuits to fit kids of all ages and personalities.
What parent doesn't love Target?! You really can purchase everything you need from Target—even super cute swimsuits for your kids. I love their Cat and Jack line for both boys and girls, and the swimsuits are no exception. If your kid wants something a little more revealing than a long sleeve swim suit—but you still want them to have some sun protection on their shoulders—opt for one of the short sleeve suits that zip up the front, and both parent and child should be happy.
8. Tom and Teddy
My Favorite: Lobster Trunks
Return / Exchange Policy: 30 days
Tom and Teddy's matching swim trunks for fathers and sons are one of the best purchases I've made recently. The Australian brand offers an impressive selection of prints and colors, and most of the designs are available in a matching set so that your kiddo and his dad can rock a coordinated beach look. I'm impressed with the quality of the fabric as well as the vibrant colors, but the kids sizes do tend to run slightly large, so you may want to size down if your child is in between sizes.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.