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With Memorial Day just behind us, we’re calling it: It’s officially summer! Some areas have hit beach-bound temps already, and some, like NYC, are counting down the seconds until we can jump on the jitney to the Hamptons (or at least spread out a towel in McCarren Park). But, regardless of what your momentary climate may be, you’ve got to come to terms that it’s swimsuit season.
Whether you want to stay classic in black, decorate your body with blossoms, splash back to the past, make a pattern play, or show it off in a curve-bearing bikini, we’ve found the perfect piece to keep you swimming in compliments all summer long.
Retro – There’s a reason certain styles make a comeback; they’re just too good to be kept to one generation! Channel your inner bathing beauty in one of these retro-styled suits and you’re sure to be the bee’s knees.
ASOS CURVE Exclusive Swimsuit with Spot Contrast, $42.43, available at ASOS.
Esther Williams Fruity Suity One Piece, $89.99, available at Modcloth.
Bikini – They say when you’ve got it, flaunt it, and you’ve got plenty to flaunt. So, what better way that to display your goodies than in a skimpy (or not-so-skimpy) bikini?
Swimsuits For All Swim Sexy White Halter Bikini, $68, available at Swimsuits For All.
Sea By Melissa Odabash Bikini Set, $64, available at Simply Be.
Floral – Leave the big ol’ hibiscus prints in the past; this season the garden is filled with a bunch of other blooms to pick. From small, crochet flowers to a jungle of tropical fronds, the new take on floral has never been so fresh.
Longitude Plus Crochet One-Piece Swimsuit, $109, available at Lord & Taylor.
Black – We all know the LBD is so chic and versatile, so it’s no surprise that level of classic style translates into the LBS. But don’t worry about being boring; these black suits are anything but basic!
Swim Sexy Black Fringe Bandeau/Halter Swimsuit, $54.40, available at Sonsi.
Lane Bryant Barcelona maillot by Miraclesuit, $158, available at Lane Bryant.
Miraclesuit Oceanus One-Piece Swimsuit, $148, available at Bare Necessities.
Printed – Who are we kidding? Subtlety is so not your style. Fortunately, stores are filled with print-tastic swimsuits that will make sure you’re the hottest thing on the beach!
Dorothy Perkins Amalfi bandeau swimsuit, $45, available at Dorothy Perkins.
Forever 21 Abstract Halter Swimsuit, $27.80, available at Forever 21.
Evans Tribal Twist Swimsuit, $49.50, available at Evans.