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21 Off-The-Shoulder Swimsuits to Get You Excited for Long Weekends at the Beach

From polka-dotted two-pieces to ruffled one-pieces.
Photo: Courtesy of Summersalt 

Photo: Courtesy of Summersalt 

Over the past few seasons, shoulders — both padded and exposed — have become runway staples. This piqued interest in the clavicle area signals a return to "power dressing," which has long been associated with formidable shoulder pads. But what's often less discussed is the power of a bare shoulder.  

Off-the-shoulder styles were popular for much of the early 19th century. Historic fashion moments from the period — think Queen Victoria — show that the popular silhouette for women were bodices with a shoulder seam or neckline that fell over the top of the arm. As a result, the wearer's motion was severely compromised: These types of sleeves made it difficult for a woman to do more than sit and embroider or sip a cup of tea. 

But in today's world of fashion, when we can choose to throw on a pantsuit with linebacker shoulders, the exposed silhouette doesn't signal confinement at all; instead, it speaks to a modern, multifaceted woman who is comfortable conveying traditional messages of both power and femininity in her clothes. Plus, the style looks great in the pool or at the beach. 

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Here, we rounded up our favorite off-the-shoulder swimsuits on the market, including polka-dotted two-pieces and ruffled one-pieces, across a wide range of price points. Click through the gallery below to shop them all. 

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