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There are plenty of reasons to replace your old swimsuit. The waistband is shot, so you almost lost your suit the last time you swam in waves. The pattern is faded. Maybe your suit has acquired an odd sort of “locker room” smell. The problem is finding a new one, and that means deciding how long it should be.
Because, really, swimsuit length is the hardest question. On the other decisions, you’ve probably made up your mind. You know if you want a drawstring waist, elastic waist or fitted waist. (And if you don’t, think about what will look most tailored without cinching any love handles.) You know if you want a pattern, and what colors work. (And if you don’t, skinny guys can benefit from horizontal stripes, muscular guys can wear pretty much any pattern, and heftier guys generally look better in dark solids.) So now the crux of the issue: should your swimsuit end mid-thigh? At your knee? Or somewhere else?
Here are the most common lengths you’ll see in swimwear, and who they work for the best.