Summer, blessed summer, is finally here. It’s time to don a swimsuit and sun by the pool (or in your backyard; whatever’s available to you) or jump in the water for a refreshing swim. No matter where you are this summer, there’s a perfect swimsuit for your location. Whether you’re watching bands rock out at music festivals across the country, babysitting kids with a summer pool pass or lounging on your deck to get a little color, Her Campus knows exactly what you should wear.
1. Channel Your Inner Kim K
Bandage Swimsuit, Etsy, $135
This bandage swimsuit is super sexy—perfect for lounging at a pool party or for a late-night dip with your summer fling. It’s an investment piece, but you’ll look so hot in it that the price is definitely worth it.
2. Psyched for Summer
If you’re traveling to one of the many music festivals taking place nationwide this summer, this swim top will double as a crop top while you’re watching your favorite bands on stage. Pair it with the bottom when you go for a post-concert swim!
3. Monokini Mania
Geo Cutout Monokini, Forever 21, $19.80
We thank the trend gods of summer for keeping monokinis en vogue this year. This bold suit is a good mix of sporty and sexy, which makes it perfect for swimming laps or lounging with lemonade and a big, floppy hat. Put your feet up and let the compliments roll on in.
4. Prints on the Prowl
Swimsuit, ASOS, $57.16
You don’t have to frequent South Beach or the Jersey Shore to appreciate a good leopard print. This one-piece has just enough sass to make a statement but stops (way) short of Snooki. The ultra-flattering shape makes this suit perfect for walks on the beach or to the concession stand. We almost wouldn’t want to get it wet!
5. Surefire Surfer Chic
Rosebud Rash Guard, J.Crew, $78
Rash guards aren’t just for surfers! This one from J.Crew has UPF 50 sun protection, so you can look cute while protecting your skin from damaging rays. Whether you actually wear this rash guard out on the waves or you just wear it to chill under an umbrella poolside, you’re going to look the part of the über-cool surfer girl.
6. Ruffle Me Up
For a backyard BBQ, choose a top with a little oomph, like this bikini from American Eagle. The underwire cup will give the girls tons of support, and the top comes in sizes up to DD. The ruffles on the top match those on the bottoms, which we love.
7. Perfectly Patriotic Prints
American Flag Bikini, Luulla, $24.99
What would the Fourth of July be without an America-themed bathing suit for celebrating? This bikini is both patriotic and affordable. Save us a good ole’ American beer and a seat on your boat this July Fourth. We’d love to join!
8. Tulle Hot to Handle
Tulle Bikini, J.Crew
If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a fancy pool soirée this summer, slip into this sultry-yet-gorgeous bikini, which is modeled after vintage French swimwear. Ooh la la! You’ll definitely catch some eyes in this one.
9. Race Me in a Racerback
Though the high neckline on this sporty bikini may leave you with some funky tan lines, we’re obsessed with the sexy cut and fun floral print. Wear it for an after-hours dunk or when you’re laying out in the shade.
10. Birds in Paradise
South Beach Fearne Bird of Paradise Bustier Bikini, Lipsy, $30
If you prefer to be more covered up than “barely there,” this vintage-inspired bikini leaves something to the imagination. Wear it with big sunnies at a pool party and let your bathing suit do the talking. At night, pair the bustier top with a high-waisted skirt to go out on the town!
11. Sunny(flower) Days Are Here Again
If you find yourself leaning towards “sweet” and far away from “sexy” with your swimwear, here’s a bathing suit that’s flirty without being too aggressive. The floral print is on trend, as is the flouncy cut of the top. Get it before it’s gone!
We’re so excited to lay out, play and hang out this summer! What are your favorite swim styles this season? Let us know in the comments below!