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9 Swimsuits You Need for Hitting This Summer's Hippest Beach Locales

Jo Piazza
Managing Editor
June 5, 2014

(Photo: Thinkstock)

In these halcyon days of social sharing, picking the perfect bathing suit can make or break a beach vacation.

We asked Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, the force behind the amazing fashion curation website Of a Kind, to help us choose the most stylish women’s bathing suits for each of this summer’s hottest destinations. These are ladies who know what looks good on women’s bodies. 

The good news is you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks. 

Destination: Miami, Florida

Go-to Swimwear: What’s more South Beach than a metallic suit? Double-down on the shininess with some gold aviators—and book a room at one of the coolest hostels in the history of hostels, Freehand. (Yes, it has a pool.)

(American Apparel, $22)

Destination: Venice Beach, California

Go-to Swimwear: Something about this Solid & Striped one-piece feels like throwback Venice—but that doesn’t mean you have to hang out at Muscle Beach. Hit up A. Kinney Court for the best sunglasses around, and grab something frosty to drink at Lemonade.

(Solid & Striped, $150)

Destination: Maderas, Nicaragua

Go-to Swimwear: All of the suits in Basta Surf’s line were designed for wave-riding, and this one in particular, with its sandy-hued, pared-down vibe, looks ready to hit the tropical-modern Buena Vista Surf Club. Bonus: The bikini has nautical stripes on the flipside for some fun.

(Revolve, $40 for the top and $43 for the bottoms)

(ASOS, $67)

Destination: Comporta, Portugal

Go-to Swimwear: So classic but cool—this American Apparel bikini pays tribute to the blue-and-white tiles the country is famous for. Speaking of: Maybe you can pick up some authentic-as-they-come souvenirs at A Vida Portuguesa on your way out of Lisbon or Porto?

(American Apparel, $25 for the top and $30 for the bottoms)

Destination: Montauk, New York

Go-to Swimwear: The classic black bikini gets some sportiness care of Cheap Monday. The lack of strings and ties make it easy to bum around in all day—just toss on some flip-flops and a caftan and pop over to Lunch for the ultimate midday lobster roll.

(Revolve, $50 for the top and $35 for the bottoms)

Destination: Tulum, Mexico

Go-to Swimwear: Does this Zinke suit look like it’s ready to laze around in the sand in Mexico, or what? It would look as good hanging in a cabana at Coco Tulum as it would hopping on a bike to grab a popsicle at Flor de Michoacan.

(Zinke, $99 for the top and $82 for the bottoms)

Destination: Honolulu, Hawaii

Go-to Swimwear: Listen, this bikini from the cultish Australian label Zimmermann isn’t cheap, but if you’re looking to validate the purchase, consider this: It’s reversible. One side is a restrained floral, and one is a DayGlo solid. Wouldn’t packing a single suit make island-hopping to Maui or LānaʻI so much easier?

(Net-a-Porter, $280)

Destination: Positano, Italy

Go-to Swimwear: Something about this J.Crew number just feels so retro Sophia Loren—there’s the little gold belt and the fact that the color is called “hammock green” (enticing, right?). It would pair perfectly with the just-beachy read, Beautiful Ruins, set on the Italian coast.

(J.Crew, $125)

Destination: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Go-to Swimwear: This bandana-print number from Madewell is as all-American as a beachside clambake from Sayle’s Seafood—with a cooler of Grey Lady Ale from the local brewery, Cisco. Now, that sounds like the perfect summer Friday.

(Madewell, $50 for the top and $48 for the bottoms)