After years of research, we're pleased to report that we've perfected the art of the swimsuit outfit. These ensembles are all about comfort and versatility, and they're meant to take you from the beach to the waterfront bar without skipping a beat.
While layers and accessories are an important part of these looks, the bathing suits themselves are the bread and butter. Thanks to innovative advances in swimsuit design, one-pieces and bikinis now function as bodysuits, crop tops, and layering pieces. This also explains the higher price tags. (A high-quality swimsuit can run you $200 or more nowadays.)
Whether you're heading to the ocean, pool, or dinner after a long day of sunbathing, the nine looks below are infallible. Shop our favorite swimsuit outfits for summer 2021.
A white linen button-down is a beach-day essential. Pair it with a one-piece or bikini for an added layer and simply tie it up at the waist. Add shorts or a skirt for a full outfit.
H&M Linen-Blend Shirt ($30)
H&M Swimsuit With Padded Cups ($30)
Put your collection of vintage scarves to good use and wear them as bikini cover-ups. Simply tie one around your strapless bikini top and pair with shorts or a skirt.
Vamqor 100% Cotton 10 Pack Fine Bandanas ($11)
Superdown Yael Knit Maxi Skirt in White ($54)
There's nothing easier than throwing a flowy dress over your bikini or one-piece. Opt for a sheer cover-up to let your bathing suit shine through or try a fun color or pattern.
Ramy Brook Calista Strapless Smocked Dress ($295)
Zaful Two Piece Bathing Suit ($17)
Let your bikini top function as a crop and pair it with a high-waisted midi skirt or sarong. Add sandals, hair accessories, and sunglasses to complete the look.
Zaful Back Lace-Up Bandeau Bikini Set ($10)
Faithfull the Brand Marvin Pareo in Billie Check Print ($89)
Layer a midi skirt over your one-piece to mimic a chic bodysuit look. Add jewelry and a beach bag for a well-rounded outfit.
Charlie Holiday Florence One Piece ($89)
Réalisation The Naomi Skirt ($180)
If your day consists of swimming, sunbathing, and eating at beach restaurants, then a simple T-shirt and some jean shorts may suffice. Jazz up your outfit with sunglasses, jewelry, and a bucket hat.
Fisch Grenadins Underwired Bikini Top ($119)
Levi's 501 Original Shorts ($70)
The sarong of the '80s is making its inevitable comeback. These thigh-baring cover-ups come in endless colors, patterns, and materials. They're perfect for exotic beach vacations.
Good American Showoff Curve Top ($55)
Tiare Hawaii Pom Pom Sarong ($65)
Anything can be considered beachwear if you get creative, including the humble cardigan. This trendy piece is perfect for a cool day at the beach. Just pair it with jean shorts and a straw hat for a comfortable ensemble.
LoveShackFancy Lata Cropped Cardigan ($345)
Eloquii High Waisted Bikini Bottom ($25)
Wear your favorite jean skirt to the beach, and your one-piece will double as a bodysuit. Complete your outfit with gold necklaces and sandals.
WeWoreWhat Vintage Danielle One Piece ($195)
Levi's Ribcage Skirt ($79.5)
This post was originally published on an earlier date and has since been updated. Next up, 30 Affordable One-Piece Swimsuits That Will Get You So Many Compliments
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