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Whether your favorite style is a little worse for wear or you’re simply looking to switch things up, now’s the season to invest in some new swimwear. But with a sea of options to choose from, it can be hard to find The One—you know, the one that fits your budget, style, and (maybe most importantly) your body. To take away the suit-shopping stress and put you back in summer vacation mode, we’ve asked Real Simple editors (a truly picky bunch of people!) to share their favorite suits that have stood the test of time. From figure-flattering one-pieces to versatile sets you can easily mix and match, there’s a summer-ready style below that’s just right for you.
Aerie High-Waisted Bikini Bottom
“I love a high-waisted fit, and this swimsuit certainly fits the bill with the perfect rise and coverage in the back. It’s available in several colors, but I own it in black and swap it out with all the bikini tops I’ve accumulated over the years. It looks great with everything and is affordable enough that I can easily pick up a new one when the old one wears out.” — Lauren Phillips, Assistant Editor
To buy: $25; aerie.com.
J.Crew Long Torso Ruched Femme One-Piece Swimsuit
“I have a super long torso and I’m hippy, so it’s really hard for me to find a suit that fits me. This one has a deep V-neck, so it’s a little bit sexy, and ruching in the stomach area for an ultra-flattering, retro effect. I buy a new color every other year (in fact, I even wore one when I was pregnant). I’m just trying to decide what hue I will choose this time around! — Emily Kehe, Creative Director
To buy: $102; jcrew.com.
Heidi Klein Cape Cod Halter Padded Bikini
“I’m such a huge fan of Heidi Klein. Their attention to detail in terms of fit, fabric quality, and design is hard to beat, and there’s a style to suit (no pun intended) every taste—from classic nautical navy stripes to tribal-inspired brights and pared-back pieces like this colorblocked two-piece. — Rebecca Daly, Senior Fashion Editor
To buy: $265; heidiklein.com.
Boden Santorini Swimsuit
“I own this Santorini one piece from Boden in a couple different color combinations. I first bought it post-baby and I continue to buy it because the body sculpting lining is super supportive. It’s great for family pool time but still so pretty for lounging on the beach—and a great value given all the fabric technology that goes into it.” — Leslie Yazel, Editor-in-Chief
To buy: $90; bodenusa.com.
Abercrombie & Fitch Textured Knot Front One-Piece
I love how comfortable and flattering this swimsuit is. I'm also really into yellow right now. It's so bright and cheerful. Perfect for the beach. The cut outs give it a more flirty vibe but if you're uncomfortable showing too much skin it's also far more covered up than a bikini. Best of both worlds! — Hannah Norling, Associate Producer
To buy: $58; abercrombie.com.
Calia By Carrie Underwood Women’s Side Strap Boy Short Swim Bottom
“These Calia by Carrie Underwood swim bottoms are the best! They offer a lot of coverage without looking frumpy, and the waistband can be folded over to your liking—so you can do a high-waisted look or fold it over all the way for a lower cut.” — Anna Maltby, Deputy Editor
To buy: $40; caliastudio.com.
Karla Collete Twist Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit (D+ Cup)
“I hate the look of underwires but need the support. That’s why I Iove Karla Colette’s swimsuits, which feature “silent” underwire to create a snug fit but isn’t visible in the line of the swimsuit. While the suits are pricey, the microfiber fabric is really durable and lasts many seasons. — Rina Stone, Executive Creative Director
To buy: $260; neimanmarcus.com.
Solid & Striped Women’s The Anne Marie Swimsuit
“For years, I’ve been a fan of J.Crew’s bikinis, but a family vacation last summer convinced me it was time to invest in a one-piece. Searching for one that covered all the right places but didn’t feel too frumpy, I came across this one from Solid & Striped. At first, I wasn’t sure if it would be worth the price (it was about double what I was used to spending on a suit), but after taking the plunge and purchasing it, I wasn’t disappointed. Not only is it super cute and comfortable, but it held up well throughout the summer. – Katie Holdefehr, Senior Editor
To buy: $168; amazon.com.