Stand out at the shore or the backyard pool.

By Hana Hong
July 15, 2020
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Whether you're in lockdown taking bikini photos in your living room, lying poolside, or beach lounging while social distancing, this summer might still consist of some spontaneous swim sessions (and photo ops). That means getting your swim look in order. Fortunately, your selection isn’t limited to just triangle top bikinis anymore—designers have started thinking about the summer staple just like they would any other item in your wardrobe, reimagining traditional one-pieces and bikinis in surprising new silhouettes and with fun new design elements. Whether you prefer a sleek and chic monokini or a boldly printed bandeau, we made the daunting process of swimsuit shopping a bit easier.

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The monokini—the ultimate fusion of a one-piece and bikini—is shaping up to be summer's hottest swimsuit style. Not only is this trendy swimsuit design insanely cute and versatile (go for subtle paneling or barely-there cutouts), it's the ideal pick for anyone who can't decide between a one-piece or two-piece. 

To buy: $42; asos.com.

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All the flattering comfort of a familiar bandeau top—with extra-stylish dimension from the one-shoulder neckline and white confetti piping. Pair it with a sleek black bottom for a streamlined look or a pattern print for an eye-catching alternative.

To buy: Top, $50, and bottom, $45; summersalt.com.

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This racerback design keeps the swimsuit cool and modest, while the laser cut detail gives it a hint of edge. And because the slits mold to your shape, it works for both petite and plus-size women.

To buy: $185; strangebikinis.com.

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Tie-dye is this summer’s trendiest print; perfect for a beach getaway (or just the backyard pool), this cute affordable swimwear set boasts a V-neck neckline and the cutest ruffle trim for an ultra-feminine touch.

To buy: Top, $20, and bottom, $15; hm.com.

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It's time to fall in love with tankinis all over again. They offer easy on and off like your favorite bikini, but more modest coverage like your favorite one-piece. Mix and match this floral-print tankini with a wide selection of high-waisted, bikini, or cheeky bottoms to suit your shape and style. 

To buy: $23; target.com.

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With adjustable shoulder crisscross straps in the back and double sheer insets at the front, this python-print style shows a little skin without being overly revealing. 

To buy: $129; bloomingdales.com.

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Full of retro appeal from top to bottom, courtesy of the flattering high-waisted silhouette and polka-dot pattern, this swimsuit wins at being the most trendy throwback.

To buy: $26; amazon.com.

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With removable soft cups to fit your bust size, this fashion-forward design could almost pass as a regular top. The off-the-shoulder silhouette and smocked lace-up detailing resembles a modern take on Victorian elements. 

To buy: $20; target.com.