16 chic alternatives to the bikini

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: A one-piece bathing suit is the key to the perfect summer wardrobe. The one-piece is your staple for any water-related event. Throw on your favorite pair of high-waisted shorts or a breezy skirt for a simple daytime look.

Solid & Striped Anne-Marie One-piece Swimsuit

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We love a good stripe, especially when it’s nautical and ever so flattering.

To buy: matchesfashion.com, USD168

Flagpole Lynn Cutout Swimsuit

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From the runways, to the red carpets, to the swim-up bars — cutouts are everywhere this season.

To buy: net-a-porter.com, USD375

J.Crew V-neck One-piece Swimsuit

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A good one-piece combines style and coverage; this J.Crew one-piece excels in both areas.

To buy: jcrew.com, USD98

Mara Hoffman Marimba Printed Swimsuit

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Never be intimidated by a bright pattern, especially when looking for a swimsuit.

To buy: net-a-porter.com, USD225

Marysia Palm Springs Lace-up Scalloped Swimsuit

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Details are everything (even when it’s 95 degrees with 90 percent humidity).

To buy: net-a-porter.com, USD350

Billabong Bella Beach One-piece

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Florals for summer? Groundbreaking. (And chic!)

To buy: zappos.com, USD80

MICHAEL Michael Kors Regatta V-neck One-piece

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If you’re looking for something a bit more classic, you can never go wrong with black and white.

To buy: zappos.com, USD114

Splendid Watercolor Horizon One-piece

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If you head in the horizontal stripe direction, make sure the neckline is slimming.

To buy: swimspot.com, USD108

Lands’ End Women’s Scoopneck One-piece Swimsuit

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Just like diamonds, color-blocking is forever (at least when it comes to swimwear).

To buy: landsend.com, USD90

L.L. Bean Squareneck Tanksuit

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Every summer wardrobe needs a little black one-piece.

To buy: llbean.com, USD70

Kiini Tasmin Scoop-back Crochet-trimmed Swimsuit

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If you’re not feeling exactly beach-ready, opt for a suit with seams that flatter your figure.

To buy: matchesfashion.com, USD315

Adriana Degreas Ginkgo-print Halterneck Swimsuit

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The halterneck is back, and it’s here to stay — for good this time.

To buy: matchesfashion.com, USD259

Aerie Macrame One-piece Swimsuit

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Macrame isn’t just for bracelets; it also makes a killer statement on a one-piece.

To buy: ae.com, USD55

Dolce & Gabbana Sunflower-print Balconette Swimsuit

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Daisies are a girl’s best friend, and they scream summertime.

To buy: matchesfashion.com, USD595

Seafolly Castaway Stripe Bandeau Maillot One-piece

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A bandeau top one-piece will save you from any weird arm or shoulder tanlines. You’re welcome.

To buy: zappos.com, USD202

La Blanca Flirtatious One-Piece Swimsuit

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Not only is the one-shoulder ruffle a chic statement, but figure-flattering shirring at the waist means you can opt for one more poolside cocktail without worry.

To buy: nordstrom.com, USD129

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