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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May on

I actually think Snooki wore it better…

shirley tims on

taylor looks so beautiful reminds me of a pin up girl back in forties snook looks ok its ok for short girls too

debbie on

I think it looks better on Snooki!

Lisa on

Snooki looks amazing! She’s improved herself so much, what an awesome mommy swimsuit! xx

Amber on

Snooki looks smoking!!!!!

jean on

Actually People, we should be encouraging girls to dress for themselves and not dress for guys. Ladies, wear what you want to. Not what you think a man wants you to. We need to stop feeding the patriarchy.

KJM on

They both look beautiful.

me on

I think it looks better on Snooki because she’s more curvy:)

debbiett on

Snooki by a landslide. This is also not a bikini. It’s a 2 piece, plain and simple.

Kim F. on

I personally like the pinup girl style bikini. It looks great on Taylor and Snooki.

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


Concerned citizen on

It looks like they’re wearing a diaper. Snooki looks better, though.

Sophia on

Taylor. Snooki looks weird these days.

Jordan on

Why on earth should women dress in a way that is appealing to men? Stop feeding this stereotype-reinforcing garbage to the masses, People.

ginger1955 on

Hooray! I thrilled the high waist is coming back. Almost any figure and age can wear it.

LolaP on

I think it looks better on Snooki because she’s short and curvy. Swift looks like she’s wearing grandpa panties.

Jenn on

Neither….they both look like they are wearing diapers!

Rose on

Snooki. She has a nice body. Swift is like a bean pole waiting to sprout.

Stacia on

Somebody needs to show Taylor how to find the right size bikini top. The poor girl’s boobs are riding way too low. They’re going to be a saggy mess in a few years.

bebe on

I don’t know if I like the style, but that baby is adorable!

guest on

This is kind of unfair to Snooki…

Sherry on

Snooki looks so much better. Taylor tries too hard to be older than she is.

Linda on

Not flattering for either of them. Sorry.

Linda on

Taylor because her body is longer and leaner and her boobs aren’t gargantuan in size. Snooki’s boobs are too big.

Callamanded on

Taylor looks awful..this is the same style she wore last year when she was at the Kennedy’s, just a different color. It does look like an adult diaper. I don’t see how she can have no muscle tone in her legs and arms the way she skips and jumps on stage ! The only curves this girl has is her curved upper spine and slumped shoulders! And where are the boobs she was parading around. Award show this past year at? Lol. Her face is pretty until she smiles, But she does make a lot of money off singing to tone deaf pre-teens!

GK on

Hey Jean, no need to be a feminazi, women have always dressed for other WOMEN. Sheesh.

Taylor looks obviously better, but her grannypanty was a little much.

willie billie on

snooki’s thighs rub together

Bob on

Snooki looks better than Taylor, but one must consider that Taylor Swift is natural, not plastic. Depends on your priorities, I guess. I would prefer someone who is natural, not synthetic.

Falin on

Snooki makes it look better cause unlike taylor she actually has boobs to fill the top

K on

As a guy, I have to say I like the look. I’m not that fond of mix-and-match; but Snooki does wear it better than Taylor does. And what’s the harm in dressing for your guy if (1) you want to and (2) he appreciates it?

Kari on

I agree with previous comments that girls should be encouraged to dress in what *they* like, not to attract guys or please the media. I think both ladies look fabulous in their own way, but I lean more toward the classic 40s lines of Taylor’s photo. I really don’t understand why the media jumped all over her for wearing the swimsuit – it looks awesome on her!

BK on

Snooki’s head is HUGE! She could clean up her act around her waist and backside too. Taylor swift is one of those girls that would look good in nothing…

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