Bikinis Not Made Out Of Dental Floss

T By Alexander Wang Mesh-Paneled Racer-Back Bikini
Topshop Aloha Print Floral Bikini
Marc by Marc Jacobs Maysie Floral Bikini
J. Crew Grid Dot Bikini
Prism Black Bikini

According to my sources inside academia, it’s time for that most precious of school-year holidays: Spraaaang Break! While I’ll be celebrating at the IFC theater this Friday watching Harmony Korine’s seminal film (no SPF necessary), swarms of coeds will be making their way to warmer climates. And while I’m all for enjoying the skimpier uniform of warmer weather—bring on the denim cut offs—I’ve begun to move on from the barely there, itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bikini. It was time. So, let’s explore bathing suit options with just a hint more coverage than the ones of MTV Spring Breaks past.

1. T By Alexander Wang Mesh-Paneled Racer-Back Bikini: Think of this as your modern-day, slightly more practical, maybe-I’ll-fit-in-a-game-of-beach-volleyball-today take on the original Bond Girl bikini, as worn by Ursula Andress in Dr. No [1].

2. Topshop Aloha Print Floral Bikini: The convertible strapless bikini is more for relaxing and less appropriate for a day of cliff diving, but add a large hat, a mai tai, and a good read and you're ready for a day of extreme lounging.

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Maysie Floral Scuba Top and Bikini Bottoms: While I’ve only ever stood on a surfboard once (for about a half second), I’ve always wished I could be just like Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush and wear rash guards and wetsuits on every and all occasions. I can still embrace my inner 'rip girl' in bikini fashion, right? (Also, does anyone remember the Disney Channel Original Movie Rip Girls, starring Camilla Belle?)

4. J.Crew Grid Dot Underwire Top and High-Waist Brief: J.Crew is an oft-forgotten trove of amazing bathing suits. They're moderately priced, slightly preppy, and seriously long-lasting. This red polka-dot duo is Jenna’s take on old Hollywood glamour à la pre-princess Grace Kelly.

5. Prism Positano Bandeau Bikini Top and Hollywood High-Waisted Bikini Bottom: Everyone should have a fail-safe black suit in their collection. The dark tone is universally flattering, and always slimming if you’re concerned you haven’t quite reached your ideal bikini bod. Chill out, World, it's only March. And before you accuse this suit of being more about fashion than function, note that the strapless top will keep you tan-line free.

—Elizabeth Brockway

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  • Elle m

    Love these!!

  • Jen

    Love the Blue Crush reference haha that's exactly what's exactly what came to mind when I saw the Marc Jacobs suit.

    xx, Jen

  • Abby Evans

    This post is amazing! I love the floral one!

  • The Sunset Sessions

    Vintage & retro styles coming back in full force... :) :) LOVE the red polka J Crew suit!

  • maria

    I like more structured tops or tops that have more fabric because they're more supportive for fuller busts! I could never get on the stringy triangle top trend! However, as far as bottoms go, I actually prefer less coverage on the backside as it is actually more flattering for those with a fuller bum! I've visited Brazil many times and find that less fabric around the hips is far more flattering than a lot of fabric (more fabric just draws more attention and sometimes makes me look more bulky!)

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  • kt mo

    i will never stop wearing the string bikini, long past the age of it being appropriate. A string bikini is to my body as Anna Wintour's bob is to her face. i frolicked on the beach 9 months pregnant in a hot pink AA number. These are cute tho. i would definitely coo and fawn all over a friend if she was rocking these styles. But i'll go down swinging, wrinkly, tan, scantily clad and swinging.

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  • Erin

    That floral top shop one is adorable. Good find!


  • Hai Yen Nguyen

    I'm moving on from string bikinis too and it's awesome to see modern styles with more coverage in addition to the retro styles we generally see. And I will never forget Rip Girls and Camilla Belle's untamed brows.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I love the Marc Jacobs, I couldn't manage it but it's very cute for young girls or young women!

  • tracy

    Seea swimwear is the greatest! I highly recommend it for anyone who is active in the water. Its made in San Clemente, California by some badass women surfers!!

  • Harri Casey

    Great post! Personally I love high-waisted bikini bottoms, I think they look a lot more flattering, I mean look how amazing Christy Turlington looks in that picture. Mine's from Urban Outfitters and I feel great wearing it. Definitely investing in another one this year!
    Harriette xx

  • Amanda

    The Prism set is definitely my favorite!


  • 1Alouette

    Here's the thing with those bikini's: If you've got a tiny waist & full hips (like me) that's not going to work. They hit the belly button line, make lush girls like me look like we've got a belly (when I certainly work hard for my belly lol!) and they just...don't work. I like low cut bottoms and protective tops (to keep my boobs in!) and I like monokini's that are low cut in the bottom too. But those gorgeous swimmies will sure look stunning on women of a different shape than I! :)

  • Emmy Corinne

    Definitely the classy way to go!


T by Alexander Wang
T By Alexander Wang Mesh-Paneled Racer-Back Bikini
Topshop Aloha Print Floral Bikini
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Marc by Marc Jacobs Maysie Floral Scuba Top
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Marc by Marc Jacobs Maysie Floral Bikini Bottom
J. Crew Grid Dot Underwire Top
J. Crew Grid Dot High-Waist Brief
Prism Positano Bandeau Bikini Top
Prism Hollywood High-Waisted Bikini Bottom