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When it comes to swimwear, do you like to rock a classic triangle bikini or bandeau top or is a one-piece more your style? Swimwear has become surprisingly versatile recently, as more women try and make their swimsuits work from the beach to the bar. Wear a crochet top over your bikini and add a pair of cutoffs, and you're ready for an al fresco dinner. Or, wear a one-piece with a denim vest and maxi skirt.

What’s the most flattering swimsuit for my body type?


Vintage-inspired swimsuits like high-waisted bikinis and ruched one-piece suits are slimming and deliver great coverage in the tummy area -- these are universally flattering. For the body-confident, the monokini is a hot alternative to the string bikini. Swimwear that is ruched, shirred and gathered is your friend if you have a smaller frame. Ruffles and prints are also tricks of the petite trade. Full-figured gals get the support they need with swim tops that use bra sizing and underwire to ensure a good fit. Above all, nothing is sexier than confidence so choose a swimsuit you can be yourself in.

How should I accessorize my swimwear?


Let’s go from head to foot. Sun protection is essential, so pack sunscreen and a hat. Wide brim floppy hats, baseball caps and straw fedoras are all great options. Grab a pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from bright sun rays. Bring a cover-up that transitions well from beach to dinner like a breezy sundress, flowy kaftan, or denim shorts with slub tank, while slip-on sandals are a step up from flip-flops. Grab a large tote to carry all this, and don’t forget to include a beach towel and water bottle!

What’s the best swimsuit for beach and pool activities?


For active lifestyle enthusiasts, there’s swimwear that’s just as fashionable as it is good for sport. Sports bra style tops paired with moderate coverage bikini bottoms or swim shorts will keep you held in while hitting the waves, playing beach volleyball or running on the sand. Try tankinis and rashguards with SPF for an even more secure fit and extra sun protection.
  • J.Crew Bandeau top
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    J.Crew Bandeau top
    We think our swimsuits should work hard (even when we're kicking back by the pool). So we upgraded to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-flattering four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. We love that this sleek bandeau makes unflattering shoulder lines pretty much impossible. The only thing it needs? A top-knot and an umbrella drink. Tactel nylon/spandex. Removable halter strap. Back hook. Boning at sides. Removable padding. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Twist front swing tank
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    J.Crew Twist front swing tank
    A twist on the swing top, it's perfect for those days when you want a bit more coverage than a bikini. Because we think our swimsuits should work hard (even when we're kicking back by the pool), we upgraded to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-flattering four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Happy splashing. Hits at hip. Tactel nylon/spandex. Removable halter strap. Boning at side. Padded. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Skirted twist bandeau tank
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    J.Crew Skirted twist bandeau tank
    Everything's more flattering with a bit of ruching, and this style features a skirt that you can scrunch up or down, depending on your mood. Bonus: we upgraded to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-hugging four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Now would be a good time to use some of those vacation days. Tactel nylon/spandex. Removable halter strap. Boning at sides. Padded. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Import.
  • J.Crew Shrunken low-rider
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    J.Crew Shrunken low-rider
    What to wear when the day calls for something slightly cheekier than a classic bikini. And because we think our swimsuits should work hard (even when we're kicking back by the pool), we upgraded the fabric, so it's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable) with curve-flattering four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Even bellyflops look good. Minimal coverage. Tactel nylon/spandex. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Import.
  • J.Crew French top
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    J.Crew French top
    Simple but très chic , a classic french top never fails. And because we think our swimsuits should work hard (even when we're kicking back by the pool), we upgraded to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-flattering four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Tactel nylon/spandex. Adjustable shoulder strap. Back hook. Removable padding. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Import.
  • J.Crew String top
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    J.Crew String top
    You can't go wrong with the original. That being said, we updated our classic string top with curve-flattering four-way stretch fabric and a matte finish. Best of all? It comes in a ton of different colors, so you can mix and match to your heart's desire. Tactel nylon/spandex. Ties at neck and back. Removable padding. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Cinched beach skirt
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    J.Crew Cinched beach skirt
    Perfect for days when you don't want to bare it all. And becuase we think our swimsuits should work hard (even if we're kicking back by the pool), we upgraded the fabric, so it's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable) with curve-flattering four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Happy splashing. Full coverage. Tactel nylon/spandex. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Tie-back tank
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    J.Crew Tie-back tank
    We love a good comeback. Brought back from the J.Crew archives, this sexy 1990s throwback is ready for the best summer ever. And because we think our swimsuits should work hard (even we we're kicking back by the pool), we upgraded to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-hugging four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Happy splashing. Tactel nylon/spandex. Adjustable back tie. High leg eye. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Twist bandeau top
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    J.Crew Twist bandeau top
    We took a timeless silhouette and gave it a twist....literally. Because we think our swimsuits should work hard (even when we're kicking back by the pool), we upgraded to a technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-flattering four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Happy splashing. Tactel nylon/spandex. Removable halter strap. Back hook. Boning at sides. Lightly padded. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Ruched halter tank
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    J.Crew Ruched halter tank
    Everything is more flattering with a bit of ruching. And because we think our swimsuits should work hard (even we we're kicking back by the pool), we upgraded to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-hugging four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. It's guaranteed to make a splash at your next pool party. Tactel nylon/spandex. Removable padding. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Bikini
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    J.Crew Bikini
    Poolside or beachside, classic clean lines can do no wrong. And because we think our swimsuits should work hard (even if we're kicking it by the pool), we upgraded the fabric, so it's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable) with curve-flattering four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Happy splashing. Moderate coverage. Tactel nylon/spandex. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Underwire halter top
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    J.Crew Underwire halter top
    We think our swimsuits should work hard (even when we're kicking back by the pool). So we upgraded to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-flattering four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. For a feminine touch, we added a little ruching around the bust of this classic tie-up halter top. The only thing missing? A top-knot and an umbrella drink. Tactel nylon/spandex. Ties at neck. Back hook. Boning at sides. Underwire. Lightly padded. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Import.
  • J.Crew Sculpted halter top
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    J.Crew Sculpted halter top
    A shapely update to the silhouette that flatters just about everyone. Because we think our swimsuits should work hard (even when we're kicking back by the pool), we upgraded this version to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-flattering four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Happy splashing. Tactel nylon/spandex. Ties at neck and back. Molded pads. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Halter wrap tank
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    J.Crew Halter wrap tank
    There's nothing chicer (and frankly, more flattering) than a wrap-front silhouette. As it turns out, the same applies to swimsuits. Bonus: we upgraded to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-hugging four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Happy splashing. Tactel nylon/spandex. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Import.
  • J.Crew Glamour-girl bikini
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    J.Crew Glamour-girl bikini
    Our design team took a cue from vintage glamour-girl style when they designed this bikini, which is finished with a touch of ruching so it's extra flattering. And because we think our swimsuits should work hard (even when we're kicking back by the pool), we upgraded the fabric, so it's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable) with curve-hugging four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Even bellyflops look good. Moderate coverage. Tactel nylon/spandex. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Underwire tank
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    J.Crew Underwire tank
    Clean, simple and sexy with seamed underwire cups, this classic one-piece will have you rethinking your bikini bias. Bonus: we upgraded to a new, technical fabric that's less spongy (designer speak for more comfortable), with curve-hugging four-way stretch and a sophisticated matte finish. Now would be a good time to use some of those vacation days. Tactel nylon/spandex. Removable shoulder and halter straps. Underwire. Lightly padded. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Import.
  • J.Crew Showater reversible bandeau bikini top
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    J.Crew Showater reversible bandeau bikini top
    J.Crew's 'Showater' reversible bikini top features a graphic cream and black floral print on one side and is plain tomato-red on the other. It's lightly padded for subtle support and a detachable halterneck strap will keep it in place while you swim.
  • J.Crew Showater reversible bikini briefs
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    J.Crew Showater reversible bikini briefs
    J.Crew's 'Showater' bikini briefs are perfect for streamlining your vacation packing. Showcase the bold cream and black floral print, or opt for a more pared-back look with the plain tomato-red reverse.
  • J.Crew Laina tie-dye bandeau bikini top
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    J.Crew Laina tie-dye bandeau bikini top
    J.Crew's blue, azure and off-white tie-dye bikini top is designed with lightly padded cups for subtle support. The detachable shoulder straps are perfect for keeping this style secure as you swim.
  • J.Crew Surf tie-dye bikini briefs
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    J.Crew Surf tie-dye bikini briefs
    J.Crew's tie-dye bikini briefs are perfect for injecting a pop of color into your vacation wardrobe. This low-rise pair is fully lined for a smooth feel.
  • J.Crew Hubble star-print bikini briefs
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    J.Crew Hubble star-print bikini briefs
    J.Crew's star-print bikini briefs are named after the iconic space telescope.
  • J.Crew Hubble star-print triangle bikini top
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    J.Crew Hubble star-print triangle bikini top
    J.Crew's 'Hubble' triangle bikini top has an elasticated underband and thin straps for light support.
  • J.Crew Neon bikini
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    J.Crew Neon bikini
    Supercharged: We spent a lot of time (years, actually) perfecting our neon colors before we cast them in the best lightweight Italian fabric. Need extra motivation to work on that tan? The colors really pop against sun-kissed skin, but you can't actually tell how vibrant they are until you see them in person. Moderate coverage. Italian poly/spandex. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. USA.
  • J.Crew Neon sport hipster
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    J.Crew Neon sport hipster
    Compared to our standard hipster, this new surf-inspired silhouette sits lower on the waist with longer side seams and a lower leg opening. Made from our new lightweight Italian fabric, the neon colors really pop, but you can't tell actually how vibrant they are until you see them in person. Moderate coverage. Italian poly/spandex. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Import.
  • J.Crew Roz floral-print bikini briefs
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    J.Crew Roz floral-print bikini briefs
    Printed with tonal-gray florals, J.Crew's yellow bikini briefs are perfect if you prefer more coverage. This high-waisted pair is fully lined for a smooth fit.
  • J.Crew Neon sculpted halter top
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    J.Crew Neon sculpted halter top
    A shapely update to the silhouette that flatters everyone. We spent a lot of time (years, actually) perfecting our neon colors before we cast them in the best lightweight Italian fabric. Need extra motivation to work on that tan? The colors really pop against sun-kissed skin, but you can't actually tell how vibrant they are until you see them in person. Italian poly/spandex. Ties at neck and back. Molded padding. Lined. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Import.
  • J.Crew Sun shirt
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    J.Crew Sun shirt
    Lighter weight and slightly less fitted than our rash guards, this sun shirt still offers UPF 50 sun protection (think of it as sunscreen for fabric) and is perfect for surfing, running on the beach or just basking in the sun. Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV protectant. Quick-drying J.Crew nylon/spandex. Our swimsuits are machine washable, but we recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Import.
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