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The Swimwear Fashionista's Editors Want for Summer

And coverups, too.

Is there anything more personal, or stressful, than finding the right bathing suit? We want to feel comfortable, confident, and tucked in — so to speak — in summery colors or unique cuts. There are so many shapes and price points for sale this season, we decided to each pick our favorites: one under $300, one under $100 and one easy coverup. 

Check out our picks below.  

Alyssa Vingan, Senior Editor


Solid & Striped Romper, $178, available at Solid & Striped. I'd wear this romper on any weekend to hang around the city, but it would also be ideal for a comfy beach cover up. 

Marysia Palm Springs Bikini top, $141, and bottom, $141, available at Marysia. I love how this two-piece is both sporty and glamorous at the same time — plus, I've been meaning to give the retro high-cut brief style bottoms a try. 

Bikyni The Crop, $50, and The Tieless String, $50, available at Bikyni. As someone with above-average sized boobs, it's difficult to find pretty bikini tops that provide the right amount of support. I think this version from new swimwear brand Bikyni will do the trick, and for $95, I can pair it with any of the brand's many styles of bottoms. 

Fawnia Soo Hoo, Contributing Editor


Free People crop top, $99, available at Free People. I basically tan through SPF70 and after this last beachy vacation, I'm tempted to wear a long-sleeve rash guard as my bathing suit, all the time. And now I just might.

ASOS Bikini top, $36, and bottom, $24, available at ASOS. I'll risk crazy tan lines for this strappy bustier top and cute chevron print. Plus, I find hipster bottoms to be the most comfy and flattering.

Atelier Delphine tunic, $210, available at Atelier Delphine. Totally appropriate to wear from the beach to the beach bar.

Cheryl Wischhover, Beauty Editor at Large


Lenny Niemeyer One Piece Plunge Halter, $228, available at Everything But Water. I have no boobs and wide hips, and this type of plunging halter neckline usually does wonders for me from a proportion standpoint. I love the twist front and little cut out in front that almost makes it look like you're wearing high waisted briefs.

C9 Racer Back Bikini Top, $19.99, and Hipster Bottom, $19.99, available at Target. If I played beach volleyball, I would totally wear this. As it stands, I usually just read a book on the sand. This suit is cute enough for that, too. Also, if I destroy it in the washing machine like I do with many of my suits because I'm too lazy to hand wash them, at least it's cheap.

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Wick It Wader Coverup, $69, available at AthletaI own this in two colors and get multiple compliments whenever I wear it. Even though it has long sleeves, it's really lightweight, but still provides SPF 50. I also love the length because it actually covers your butt. Perhaps that's a con for some people, but on some beach days I cannot deal with my butt.

Eliza Brooke, Associate Editor


Current/Elliot Boyfriend Shorts, $188, available at Shopbop. In my view, the best beach cover-up is a really great pair of jean shorts. But they've gotta be loose fitting. Nobody wants to pull up a tiny pair of short-shorts over sticky salt water skin. 

Stella McCartney Bikini, $207 (from $345), available at Farfetch. I love black bikinis, and this one is made even better by the fun superhero print that cropped up all over Stella McCartney's resort collection.

J.Crew Swimsuit, $88, available at J.Crew. The easiest one-piece. Navy is classic, and isn't discordant against my aggressively pale skin the way that bright colors are. 

Chantal Fernandez, Associate Editor


Red Carter Butterfly-Print Underwire One-Piece, $169, available at Neiman MarcusI love one-pieces so much. They just make everything easier, especially if they have a bust enhancing underwire and a defined waist as this Red Carter style does. Plus, the front cut-outs are a fun twist. 

Mossimo bandeau top, $19.99, available at Target and Lolli Swim Cannon Ball Bottoms, $75, available at Lolli Swim. Boy short bottoms are a good cut for me, and the big bow is an easy way to make my booty look perkier. A easy bandeau top is my go-to for avoiding tan lines.  

Madewell Pocket Tee Dress, $98, available at Madewell. I want my coverups to be soft and oversized, like this easy t-shirt dress. 

Lauren Indvik, Editor in Chief


Sirena ruched maillot in yellow, $98, available at Anthropologie. This suit is so freaking adorable I could scream because it's sold out in my size. I like the retro, optimistic feel of the sweetheart neckline and yellow floral print, which would look so glamorous with a long black cardigan or white caftan and a big beach hat.

Malia Mills white stunner top, $250, and bottom, $245, available at Malia Mills. I haven't worn a two-piece swimsuit in years, but this high-waisted suit from my go-to brand, New Jersey-based Malia Mills, might get me to convert. I like the generous coverage and, like the one-piece from Anthropologie, the vintage vibe. It's pricey, sure, but I've been wearing the last two suits I bought there for more than five years now and they're in great shape.

J.Crew tassel beach skirt in fan block print, $59.50, available at J.CrewI often go to the beach in one-piece and a skirt. I like the colors and print on this one — the length, too.