As alluring as the one-piece might be, there are plenty of reasons to go for a bikini instead. First and foremost: Options. You can mix and match bikini tops and bottoms all day (all day). Also: more freedom around your midriff and more square footage to show off that amazing $95 Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil you just purchased. And on that note, you're probably reading this from work where it's Wednesday, and you're worlds away from being able to wear body oil. A little midday-dreaming followed by some impulse online shopping never hurt anyone.
Bikyni The Crop in Monaco and The Tieless String bottom in Jet : For your inner Blue Crush leading lady, this top is cropped above the rib cage with a supportive, fitted cut that's as comfy as a sports bra. Wear it with uncomplicated bottoms that sit low on the hip without extraneous side ties or any trace of embellishment.
Ephemera High-Rise Triangle Bikini : Higher rise = higher comfort. Maybe at first it seems like the less sexy option when compared with a Brazilian-style bottom, but once you see the proportions, you'll change your mind. And when the top and bottom are worn together, it's all the va-va-voom you could ever need. Another plus: really soft fabric.
3. Ward Whillas Reversible Willow Classic Thin-Strap Halter Top and Reversible Ginny Classic Low-Rise Bikini Bottom : There's nothing quite like a good halter—supportive, classic, and always, at the end of the day, athletic. Here's one attached to a geometric fabric that falls somewhere between a pattern and a neutral. And the final selling point is that the whole thing comes built in with UV protection....which isn't an excuse to skip sunscreen, but it is pretty interesting.
Solid & Striped The Morgan Top and Bottom : Hello Mellow Yellow. This classic cut looks best with a healthy dusting of bronzer, this aptly named nail polish if you're feeling thematic, and not much else.
Image of Jerry Hall via Getty. Pair those swimsuits with the perfect shapely sunglasses.