Summer is definitely in full swing, and I’m ready to cool off, soak up some sun, and crash my neighbors pool. But, before I do, swimsuit shopping is an absolute necessity. From plunging v-necks, futuristic prints, vintage-inspired silhouettes, and more, this year’s selection of swimsuits offers a little something for everybody.
Despite any aversion you may have to trying them on, (admittedly, being confident when you’re half naked in public isn’t always the easiest thing to do), summoning your inner badass and finding the perfect swimsuit can make you feel pretty great.
To ease the struggles of picking out that perfect suit, I’ve rounded up eight must-have summer 2016 swimsuits below.
1. ASOS Washed Tie Dye Print Lattice Strap Crop Bikini
I’m going to bet that you won’t see anybody else wearing this unique, high-waisted swimsuit from ASOS at the beach this summer. Featuring a futuristic tie dye print and interesting cut outs, this piece is eclectic. Word to the wise though: don’t forget to vigorously reapply that SPF when wearing this suit; the tan lines could get preeeeety wonky.
2. Out From Under Plunging-V, Printed One-Piece Swimsuit
This suit may be a one piece, but its definitely not for the faint of heart. The Out From Under swimsuit is playful, festive, and, despite the lack of an exposed midriff, undoubtedly sexy. Whether you’re floating in the pool or stopping into town for a bite to eat, the floral pattern along the sides of the suit and unique back details make it perfect for a variety of summer ocassions in and outside of the water.
3. Victoria’s Secret Midi Beach Bandeau
For a sportier-vibe, Victoria’s Secret Swim delivers an interesting take on the classic bandeu. With the addition of contrasting neon binding and extra support (you know VS’s got you in the support department) this swimsuit is a great addition to any swimwear collection. Plus, with the recent announcement of the brand’s decision to discontinue its swim line next year, it’s best to stock up on as many Victoria’s Secret suits as you can.
4. Stella McCartney Mixed-Print, Cutout Two-Piece
Of course Stella McCartney would be able to deliver a meticulous mixed-print look for the beach. The British designer’s take on swimwear is as fashionable as it is functional, and I’m swooning over her use of contrasting patterns and colors in this swimsuit.
5. Marysia Antibes Scalloped Bikini
This swimsuit is the swimsuit of the season. Look through the online boutiques, Instagram, Tumblr, even the fast-fashion shops (looking at you Old Navy), and you’ll see various inspo pics with this exact suit and toooons of copy cats. Scalloped edges are hot this summer, and Marysia, a Los Angeles-based swimwear company, is doing them right.
6. Suboo Plunged One-Piece
While just as “plunging” as the previous one-piece swimsuit, this suit from Suboo offers a more sophisticated vibe. The muted mint color of the suit is classic enough to go with a variety of beach cover ups, while unique enough to make a statement. Needless to say, I’m digging it.
7. Cropped Bikini in Classic Stripe
If anybody can do classic Americana with a twist correctly, it’s J.Crew. Mixed with a modern silhouette, the preppy retailer’s take on swimwear is bold and simple. Featuring nautical stripes and a cropped-top, this swimsuit offers timelessness and longevity (if properly cared for).
8. Wildfox Fairy Wall Strapless Bikini
It wouldn’t be a roundup of swimsuits without at least one uber floral pick, right? This two piece from Wildfox is definitely flirty. Featuring a ruffled top, the hyper-realistic floral print suit offers a modern take on femininity.
What do you think of the swimsuit picks? Could you see yourself rocking any of them? Let me know in the comment section!
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