It's no secret that the high-waisted silhouette is one of the most flattering out there. Granted, it's not the most forward-looking cut, but recent iterations on the trend have brought it to more modern places — think more retro-inspired and less like grandma's ill-fitting swim briefs.

Still not a believer? Read below for the top five reasons you need a high-waisted bikini bottom in your wardrobe, pronto.

  1. Defines and Flatters Your Waistline

    A high-waisted bikini bottom is unrivaled when it comes to slimming down your waistline. The wide waistband on this suit draws attention to the center of your torso while giving you a secure fit that stays put, even in the harshest of waves.

    Bonus: the vertical stripes elongate your torso and the horizontal stripes at the bottom create a shapely look for your hips and backside.

    Stone Fox Swim Bikini

    Stone Fox Swim Anini Scarf Bandeau bikini top in coconut stripe, $79 and Stone Fox Swim Zion Banded High Waisted bikini bottom in coconut stripe, $99

  2. Expertly Elongates Your Legs

    Want the appearance of sky-high legs? You only need a combination of these three things: a super-high waistline, a high-cut at the sides, and thin side straps. The skimpy silhouette at the sides, paired with the midriff-framing waist make your legs look like they go on for days.

    Norma Kamali Bikini

    Norma Kamali Underwire Bra bikini top in red, $109 and Norma Kamali Luca High Cut bikini bottom in red, $69

  3. Looks Sexy (Without Revealing a Lot of Skin)

    Trust us: a fuller-coverage cut can be just as sexy as a skimpy suit. Details like skin-baring cut-outs and see-through mesh amp up the sex appeal, while providing the mid-torso coverage you desire. Cheeky coverage at the back can't hurt, either.

    Keva J Bikini

    Keva J High Neck Mesh bikini top in black, $79 and Keva J Caiman High Waist Mesh bikini bottom in black, $79

  4. Keeps You Covered at the Front, Back, Sides – Everywhere

    For those of us that want ample coverage at the beach, a high-waisted cut is a no-brainer. A faux-skirted bottom, like this one, ensures your tummy and hips stay concealed.

    The age-old ruching trick smoothes out any unwanted lumpiness and pairs perfectly with the tighter fit to create an hourglass shape. Finished off with a full coverage back and a sweet-as-can-be polka dot print, this bikini bottom becomes a winner.

    Norma Kamali Bikini

    Norma Kamali Bill Halter Sweetheart Neckline bikini top in white/black dot, $109 and Norma Kamali Bill High Waisted bikini bottom in white/black dot, $129

  5. Looks Super Retro

    Let's pay tribute to the origins of the high-waisted cut with a nod to the '80s (which you should know are way back in vogue). Completing the throwback vibes are color-blocked sections in ultra-vibrant hues, for a 'fit that looks like it's straight out of Glow.

    A loud, graphic suit does not have to look tacky, though. Pair down your accessorizing and let the retro silhouette and colorful fabric do the work.

    Sebastien Bikini

    Sebastien Alexis Bralette bikini top in blue/red/pink, $160 and Sebastien Alexis High Waisted bikini bottom in blue/red/pink, $155