Not so long ago, swimwear choices fell largely into two categories: woefully plain or exploding with patterns, and chances are you found yourself having to abandon your sense of style in favor of a suit that fit your body, even if it didn’t fit your personality.
This summer, rejoice: From bikinis to maillots, halter suits to tankinis, this season’s bathing suits have caught up to ready-to-wear trends, making your transition from personal style to poolside chic so much easier. As this sultry season kicks off, we’ve rounded up a variety of swim styles, many reflecting trends equally hot on the runway and at the beach. For each, we’re offering both one- and two-piece options, because you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style if you tend to favor one-piece suits over bikinis or vice versa. Get ready to hit the water in cool, confident fashion.
Why it suits you: Your closet boasts not a single ruffle, fringe or bead, and only occasionally will you “get crazy with color” by wearing something other than black, gray or beige. Any accessories you opt to wear are likewise sleek and streamlined, so why should your swimwear be any different?
3The Femme Fatale
Why it suits you: Making an entrance is a must, whether you’re at a party or the pool. A pool party, you say? Even better. Add some oversized shades for an air of mystery, and don’t forget the heels—then again, of course you didn’t, because you already know they lengthen your legs.
Why it suits you: Fringe bags, suede boots, turquoise beading, even the scent of patchouli—you love all things hippie-chic. Get the look in swim with tie-dye fabrics or fringed details, paired with a pareo tied at the hip, flat gladiator sandals and round John Lennon sunglasses for a look that’s truly summer of love.
7The Retro-Glam Girl
Why it suits you: Is this 2013 or 1953? Marilyn and Audrey are your style icons, and you wouldn’t dream of wearing one of these suits without slathering on the sunscreen—a must for your fair skin—and adding that requisite accessory: red lipstick.
8The Retro-Glam Girl
Why it suits you: A beach is for running and the pool is for laps, right? You need a sleek suit that moves with your fitness-focused lifestyle and doesn’t hold you back.
11The Eco-Friendly Fan
Why it suits you: You’ve expanded your love of the environment from recycling plastic, glass and paper to stocking your closet with fashion crafted from the increasing number of sustainable fabrics on the market. So why should your swimwear be any different? With thoughts of enjoying pristine beaches this summer, eco-friendly swimwear is a must this season.