Stripes and the sea have been a classic pairing at least since 1858, when the Breton stripe became part of the official uniform of the navy in Northern France. Perhaps that's a part of the reason striped swimwear is so appealing — though the silhouettes of what we wear to the ocean may have changed over the years, stripes have remained constant by the seaside.
That's not to say modern iterations have to look old-fashioned. Here, we rounded up some of our favorite takes on striped swimwear, and while there are plenty of vintage vibes — think Modcloth's pinup-appropriate high-waisted bikini or Onia's bustier-like one-piece — there are also lots of more contemporary takes from labels like Solid & Striped and Mara Hoffman. So whether you're looking for a throwback moment or want to nod to the nautical without going overboard, we've got the suit for you.
Click through the gallery below to see our selections.
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