Retro Striped Bikini Faceoff: Who Wore Hers Better, Taylor Swift ... or Snooki?

08/01/2013 at 11:30 AM ET

Taylor Swift Snooki bikiniMichael Simon/Startraks

On the surface, it may not seem like Taylor Swift and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi have a ton in common. Sure, they both became famous with a little help from MTV, and both are prolific Instagrammers, but we wouldn’t say there’s a ton of style overlap between the two.

So we were more than a little surprised to see both stars hitting the beach in very similar swimsuits. They each chose a pinup-style high-waisted bikini with striped halter tops. Swift’s Topshop number had matching briefs and a ruched bikini top, while Polizzi’s had black bottoms and a top that tied in the center.

RELATED PHOTOS: See more stars in swimwear from sweet to sexy!

The retro style is coming back into favor with ladies because it’s flattering (that tummy-tucking front panel covers a multitude of guacamole-related sins) — and both Swift and Polizzi show that it works on a range of body types, from tall and slender to petite and curvy.

But proceed with caution: This is not a style most guys appreciate (in an informal poll, five out of five men surveyed said “Ugh, horrible”), so maybe save this one for a girls’ beach trip and not, say, your honeymoon. But if you are going to try it, whose style would you emulate: Swift’s or Snooki’s?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Swimwear , Taylor Swift
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MrMonkee on

Snooki and Mr. Snooki look like they could star on the show “Little People”.

guest on

They both look like they are wearing a diaper and both are no talents, so where exactly is the story?

JB on

Snooki actually looks WAY better, in my opinon.

Esquared on

I think it’s ridiculous that mags make it a competition…Taylor and Snookie could not possibly have figures that were any more different. Taylor is model-ish tall with long legs and smaller chest….Snookie is 4’9″ I think I remember reading? With large breasts. They both look fantastic in their suits, in their own way. And I agree with another poster who said Taylor look a 1940’s pinup girl…stunning, while having a little fun! And Snookie looks like a hot mama, enjoying the day at the beach with her family!

Abigail on


Elise on

Omg, there is no battle here! Taylor just kind of knocks her out of the water, sand whatever!

mindy on

I’m not a fan of either Taylor or Snooki, nor of their fashion choices but I think Snooki looks better her suit than Taylor.

Laurie on

Definitely Taylor!!!!! Snooki looks good, but Taylor owns it!

arlene on

Snooki rocked the suit, curves are in, skinny Taylor is out.

Tom on


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