The Best Swimsuits for All Your Outdoor Adventures

What style of swimsuit do you plan to wear all summer?

While we all have our favorite styles and brands, that'll probably depend on what you're actually doing this season. If you want to tan, you may opt for a simple string bikini, but If you want to look cute for a pool party, perhaps you'll want to wear something unique or with a chic, retro vibe. On the other hand, if you're going to be outside all day, a convenient one-piece might seal the deal. Here are some styles to consider for each of the summer's outdoor adventures.

Rash Guard Aesthetic

Cute rash guard tops with matching bikini bottoms are back in style, and we couldn't be happier. Mott50 has an iconic crew neck rash guard that comes in 15 brilliant colors. The Coco Crew Neck Rash Guard in Royal Orchid ($78) is sold individually, so you can choose whatever bottoms work for you. If you plan on doing water sports all day, this might save you from a terrible sunburn (and any fashion mishaps). It's practical as well as fashionable.

For those of us making rash guards a fashion statement

(via Mott50)


Retro High-Waisted Set

Beach Riot has combined a retro silhouette with a modern color wave for the perfect summer bikini. The Eva Bikini Top ($98) and Emmy Bikini Bottoms ($98) are radiant, with a bold combination of pink and red that isn't just for Valentine's Day. We can't get enough of this look for pool parties and more.

retro high waisted bikini made modern

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The Printed One-Piece

Flaxmaker's Blue Dragonfly One-Piece ($35) is simply classy. We love the flirty ruffles attached to the sleeves, and if you plan on doing water sports but still want to rock a playful look, this one-piece can handle both.

uniquely patterned one piece

(via Flaxmaker)


The Iconic Floral Bikini

Altar'd State Flower Fields Bikini Top ($54) and Bottoms ($52) are online exclusives, so get them while you still can! We think this two-piece is ideal for lounging by the pool, playing in the sand or attending that last-minute family barbecue. Add some light, water-proof jewelry for a finished look.

floral two piece

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The Cut-Out

Cut-out suits are also essential to your swimsuit collection. Swiminista's Peaceful Onepiece Black Print ($188) suit is excellent for those days where only a one-piece will do. We like this one in particular because of its low scooped back and adjustable straps, excellent for lovely ladies of all sizes. The little gold details make it fun while the suit will protect you from sunburn as you climb waterfalls, have picnics by the river or bask in the sun—just don't forget to apply extra sunscreen over the cut-outs!

one-piece bikini with cut-out detailing

(via Swiminista)



Albion is the brand to shop if you're all about the stripes. The Capital Switchback Crop ($88) is a long halter top that can be mixed and matched with any bottoms, but if you can't help but love a matching set, the bottoms ($64) are high-waisted and ruched. We adore its flattering stripes and the fact that it has enough coverage for participating in active water sports.

we cannot live without some stripes

(via Albion)


The Staple Suit

We all need a classic bikini for the days we spend outside working on our tans while reading our favorite summertime romance books. The Sekini Women's Triangle Bikini Two Piece ($24) from Amazon comes in 37 different colors and patterns, but we especially love the electric blue shade as a fun staple for summer adventures in the water.

the staple bikini for every occasion
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Crochet Two Piece

This Andie Floral Crochet Two-Piece ($106) is an absolutely iconic suit. Its stunning crochet detail and shells just scream summer, making it perfect for hanging out with friends. Just be prepared because they'll all wind up stealing the look. The warm burnt orange color looks great on every skin tone and will pair perfectly with a cute pair of denim shorts.

the crochet two piece bikini

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The Tankini

Tankinis are back in style, in bolder and brighter styles than ever. Kendall and Kylie Jenner have a line at Pacsun, and their tankinis have to be our faves. Kendall & Kylie Eco Blue Bella Tankini Bikini Top ($21) and Bottoms ($21) are epic with a deep ocean blue that will make you look and feel great. Plus, if you're like us and have way too many bikinis in your swimsuit drawer, this will definitely help you mix things up.

We love a good tankini
(via Pacsun)


Animal Prints

Just when you think animal prints might be losing their shine, it becomes clear that they're not going anywhere—and we happen to think these prints and swimwear are the perfect match. J. Crew's Leopard Strapless One-Piece Swimsuit ($35) has removable straps, making it versatile as a one-piece with or without straps. If you're going to be on the Slip 'N Slide this summer, this one-piece will protect you from any possible tummy burns.

animal print will never go out of style

(via J. Crew Factory)


The One-Shoulder

Did someone say one-shoulder? Believe it or not, one-shoulder silhouettes aren't just for shirts and dresses—the trend carries on some truly fabulous summer suits. LA Hearts by PacSun has this Multicolor Braxton Asymmetrical One-Piece ($39) that is truly unique, featuring not just a one-shoulder silhouette, but also a retro floral pattern with a keyhole and ring accent.

retro one-piece with one-shoulder
(via Pacsun)


Looking for some shoe inspo? Click HERE for some ideas of what flat sandals will look good with your swimsuits.