With Memorial Day ahead, it’s high time to start cultivating your new summer swimwear wardrobe. The choices can be overwhelming, though: Do you go with a printed bikini? A retro tank? Or something a little more classic that will last you well beyond Labor Day Weekend?
Our strategy this season is to think beyond colors and the patterns and simply focus on fit. With so many new silhouettes out there—retro briefs, high-cut maillots, ruffled bandeaux, et al—it’s challenging to filter through the noise and find one that feels “right” for you. We suggest trying on a wide array of suits (you never know what you’ll love!) and dipping a toe into every trend, especially if you’re spending a lot of time at the beach this summer. Variety is the spice of life! Even better, some of our favorite swimsuits can double as “regular” tops or bodysuits, offering more bang for your buck and a lighter suitcase. Below, we’ve outlined all of the season’s must-try suits and the foolproof classics you’ll never tire of.
Swimsuits That Double as Tops
Whether you’re going straight from the beach to the bar or just want to minimize your packing list, consider investing in bikinis and maillots that work double-duty as cute shirts.
Sporty, Swim-Friendly Suits
If you hate flimsy strings and complicated cut-outs—and you actually want to get some laps in!—these athletic-inspired options are both sleek and sexy.
The Itty-Bitty Triangle Bikini
For those of us who want as little coverage as possible (and fewer tan lines), these teeny-tiny string bikinis come with a touch of early-’00s nostalgia.
Classic Suits to Buy Now, Wear Forever
Sometimes, you just want a chic black maillot—and that’s fine! Plus, a simple suit leaves plenty room for accessorizing with bold cover-ups, hats, sunglasses, and jewelry.
Originally Appeared on Vogue