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Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I’ve tried a ton of bikini styles over the years, but I always come back to a classic triangle top and side-tie bottom since I think it’s the most flattering on my body shape (which is sort of like a bowling pin). Since I already own a drawer of them, it takes a particularly striking print or incredible fit for me to justify adding another set to my collection. This colorful Helen Jon “Marrakesh nails both requirements and will be joining me at the beach next weekend.
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Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: The last time I wore a two-piece, I was about three years old, so I’m always on the hunt for a non-snoozy maillot (monokinis need not apply). I love Everything But Water’s huge selection of fun, eye-catching one pieces (like this Nanette Lepore bandeau) to give my swimwear selection a break from boring black halters.
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Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: For summer beach trips, you can usually find me in an all-black ensemble (much like my everyday wardrobe). But this year, in an attempt to step outside of my fashion comfort zone, I’ll be rocking this adorable floral two-piece from Topshop. Not only is it super-cute (and super flattering for small-busted girls like myself), but it’s also super affordable – something I can totally get behind.
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Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer/Reporter: I was just on vacation (with an itinerary that included swimming as much as humanly possible) and even though I packed every cute bikini I owned, I ended up in my favorite pair of high-waisted bottoms and a sports bra – yes, sports bra. I’m not a fan of a constricting one-pieces but love to feel completely covered-up (is there anything worse than having to pause between every stroke just to make sure your top is, well, still on top?) So this Somedays Lovin’ “Sporty is exactly what I need. It’s full coverage, but still has a hint of sexiness thanks to the racerback design and cheetah print.
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Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: There are two things I look for in a bathing suit: Something that won’t result in bra strap tan lines (it’s the biggest summer beauty faux pas) and something that will show off my figure in the most flattering way known to woman. This River Island retro-inspired aqua lace bikini top and high-waisted bottom fulfill both requirements. And when my curves are in check, and I look super cute, my only worry is whether my frozen drink will come with one of those adorable umbrellas.
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Catherine Kast, Style Editor: I’ve long been looking for a way to stand out without letting everything hang out; It’s not news to everyone that teeny bikinis don’t work for every body. This timeless J.Crew suit in “Papaya” in appropriate to wear in front of in-laws and toddlers alike, but it’s also young and sexy. Its high-cut legs and of-the-moment neon color are so flattering, especially with lots of gold jewelry and a glowing faux tan.
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Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: Growing up on the Jersey Shore, I’ve amassed a ton of bikinis. But recently I’ve been looking to add some more practical styles to my collection (read: suits that I can actually wear paddle boarding and kayaking without worrying about overexposure). Lolë makes bathing suits that fit great and feel secure, so I don’t have to worry about a nip slip if a wave tips my kayak over. I just purchased this “Kailua” style and can’t wait to wear it over the holiday weekend.
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Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: The first time I saw this neoprene suit pop up in my Instagram feed, I thought, “Cute!” The fifth time: “Wow, it’s really popular.” The tenth time: “Okay, where can I get that?” From the flattering sculpted cups to the neon color-blocking, I can see why every style blogger and vlogger on the Internet owns one. Oh, and did I mention it’s only $89 for the set?