Whether you’ll be making your way to Martha’s Vineyard for Memorial Day, the Hamptons for a quick weekend trip, the Piers for Saturday sunbathing, or, like me, to Florida in August for your grandmother’s 90th birthday (humidity, here I come), it’s time to start digging out last year's bathing suits, ditching the pilled, dingy ones, and investing in some new key pieces. While there are those swimming occasions that call for a dental floss bikini (say, for example, margarita hot tub times), there are also things like family gatherings—when fathers, grandparents, brothers, or gentlemen whose attention you just really don’t want in that way are present. If you foresee one of those moments in your near future, well, it’s time to introduce a classy, and more importantly sturdy new one-piece to your swimsuit drawer:
2. Norma Kamali NK Collection One Piece Swimsuit: I’ve made a pledge to try and embrace color in my life instead of sticking to my typical black, white, or navy, so I'm giving this sunshine yellow swimsuit a chance. It's bright but not blinding, because I'm not quite ready for neon.
3. We Are Handsome “The Landing” Zip-Front Swimsuit: But maybe you’re into the over-the-top photo-real print. If so, We Are Handsome is your brand. Diane Kruger thinks it’s cool. And if this bathing suit can earn you the affection of Pacey Witter, well, I’ll follow (swim)suit. Har...har?
4. J.Crew Sailor-Stripe Underwire Tank: Prepster or no, J.Crew should always be a stop on your new bathing suit journey. Underwire? Check. Removable straps? Awesome. Stripes? My favorite. *adds to cart*
5. Beth Richards Grace One Piece Swimsuit: Ok, I know I said I’m trying to embrace color, but black really is the most flattering shade. And this may be the most full-coverage option available before resorting to the swim dress section of the L.L. Bean catalogue or a wetsuit. There is a side zip, after all, and demurely sexy cut-out. Because mid backs are the new side boobs.
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