By Ellen Hoffman
PHOTO: COURTESY OF MODA OPERANDI.
Our affection for swimwear extends to all colors, shapes, and styles. And, yes, that includes bikinis and one-pieces that give us wacky tan lines, too. Here’s why: They’re so unique, with their many straps and quirky cutouts, that —if the style suits us — we’re not bothered by a triangular-shaped patch of tanned skin on our midsection. (Or, three patches if we’re wearing the knotted-front maillot pictured here.)
Beyond religiously applying SPF and seeking shade under beach umbrellas, there’s not much more we can do about preventing tan lines. So, we embrace them and whatever shapes or patterns they create — the weirder, the better. If you’re feeling equally adventurous with your beach wardrobe, click ahead to shop the styles we’re coveting.
The extra straps make ASOS’ mesh, halter-neck bikini even sexier.
The sides of this swimsuit lead to a revealing, open back.
River Island Orange Black Cami Strap Swimsuit, $60, available at River Island.
This swim style is all party in the back.
A one-piece that thinks it’s a bikini.
Issa De’Mar San Sebastian One Piece, $168, available at Bikini.com.
Opening Ceremony’s high-neck maillot features a triangular cutout that complements its geometric print.
Opening Ceremony Splash Pool One-Piece Swimsuit, $195, available at Opening Ceremony.
Side cutouts and polka-dot details? Yes, please.
Aerie Peekaboo One-Piece, $49.95, available at Aerie.
Cut. It. Out.
Stella McCartney ‘Wilson’ One-Piece Swimsuit, $390, available at Farfetch.
Mikoh’s strappy take on the halter-neck is an eyeful — and in bright yellow, too.
The perfect amount of skin to show if you’re feeling shy at the beach.
6 Shore Road Divine One-Piece Swimsuit, $138, available at Urban Outfitters.
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What’s knot to like?
Lisa Marie Fernandez Triple Poppy Bow-Embellished Swimsuit, $455, available at Moda Operandi.
These scalloped edges will make for interesting tan lines.
Marysia Lafayette, $315, available at Marysia.
All laced up.
Acacia Swimwear Florence Tied Sides One Piece, $198, available at Free People.