30 Swimsuits That Weirdly Look Even Better as Summer Tops

Have you ever secretly wanted to wear your swimsuit as a top IRL, not just to the beach or pool? Same, which is why I'm writing this story. It wasn't too long ago now that our editor in chief, Kat Collings, flaunted a swim top as a "real" top underneath a blazer during fashion week, and to be honest, I never fully recovered. The styling was spot-on, it looked cool and fresh, and it was an easy way to find multiples uses for something that once had only one function.

Now, not every swimsuit or bikini top will transition as easily into your ready-to-wear wardrobe as others, so today, I'm here to break down the best swim-top styles to wear as summer tops. Triangle bikinis and anything with a prominent barely-there effect might feel a bit off among your regular clothes, but the six swim-top styles ahead will look right at home with your jeans, blazers, and skirts—I promise.


The structure of a bustier-style swimsuit gives it a more ready-to-wear feel versus, let's say, a triangle bikini. Layer this underneath a blazer if your bra feels a bit too revealing or with super-high-rise trousers for a fresh summer outfit.

Shop the style:

WeWoreWhat Claudia Bikini Top ($67)

H&M Unpadded Bikini Top ($20)

WeWoreWhat Claudia Bikini Top ($110)

Madewell Roma Underwire Bikini Top ($45)

Beach Riot Camilla Bikini Top ($94)


Thanks to the sleeves, people really will think these are tops until you tell them otherwise, which will give you fashion street cred for being more innovative than most.

Shop the style:

Frankies Bikinis Carly Satin Bikini Top ($105)

Leslie Amon Maryline Bikini Top ($163)

Lovers + Friends Riva Top in Red & White ($108)

Juan de Dios Reversible Niche Bikini Top ($190)

Agua Bendita Romina Voila Bikini Top ($110)


Simple bandeau-style swim tops remind us of a sleek sports-bra moment. Wear them with jean shorts, high-rise slip skirts, and even loose-fitting jeans for a fun '90s vibe.

Shop the style:

Camila Coelho Catarina Top in Black ($75)

Zaful High Cut Two Piece Bandeau Bikini Set ($12)

Good American Matte Better Band Top ($39)

Madewell Nic Removable Strap Bandeau Top ($45)

Reformation Tide Bikini Top ($63)

Statement One-Piece

Wearing your cooler, statement-making one-pieces as bodysuits is something you might have thought about doing but haven't had the courage to try yet. Well, try it. You'll be glad you did.

Shop the style:

Joues de Sable Swim Corinne One Piece ($175)

Solid&Striped The Glo One Piece ($188)

ASOS Design Ruched Tie Front Swimsuit in Red ($32)

Oséree Lumire Maillot One Piece ($280)

Reina Olga Italian Stallion Terry One Piece ($195)


Tankinis are finally back as a fun new swim trend this year, and they are the best style to test out as a top. I mean, they basically look like crop tops, after all.

Shop the style:

Beach Riot Eva Top ($98)

Frankies Bikinis Peace Striped Strapless Bikini Top in Summer Stripe ($95)

Ganni Recycled Printed Bikini Top ($155)

Bondi Born Stella Bandeau Bikini Top ($150)

L*Space Rebel Stripe Bikini Top ($88)

One Shoulder

One-shoulder tops are currently trending in the ready-to-wear world, so we don't see why you can't wear a one-shoulder swim top as a going-out top 2.0… or something like that.

Shop the style:

Jade Swim Halo Bikini Top ($120)

Mikoh Queensland Bikini Top ($118)

Agua by Agua Bendita Azucena Palma Mangle Dia One-Shoulder Bikini Top ($160)

Weekday Porto Recycled Asymmetric One Shoulder Bikini Top in Dark Khaki Green ($29)

H&M One-Shoulder Bikini Top ($20)

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated. Up next, shop the 8 swimsuits that have already reached cult status.

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