Surely there are a few plan-ahead types out there who picked out and purchased their summer swimwear months ago, but sometimes you don't start thinking about bikinis until the weather starts to warm up. Suddenly it hits you: you need a suit¬--stat¬--but starting the process seems so overwhelming, not to mention anything but fun! Well fret not, unprepared ones, because we've rounded up some of the cutest swimwear on the market. Whether you're looking for something stylishly sporty, super sweet, or super-chic, today's Go Buy Now is certain to fill all your sunbathing needs. Better break out the sunblock...!
1. Lisa Marie Fernandez Natalie Bandeau Bikini ($300)
Scuba-dooba-do! This gorgeous violet neoprene bandeau suit is spot-on with the current athletic trend and quite glamorous to boot. It's both minimalist and majorly chic¬--definitely a head turner!
2. Loeffler Randall Swim String Bikini ($190) in Acid Maze Print
Ready to punch up your poolside routine with a great graphic suit? Try this Loeffler Randall bikini: it has the sort of spirited confidence we associate with sporty style, thanks to its in-your-face acid-yellow print! Love it but looking for a more subdued version? Check out Charlotte Russe's Mitered Stripe Bikini Top ($16.50) and Mitered Stripe Bikini Bottom ($14.50).
3. Spanx Structured Colorblock Swimsuit ($198)
Channel your inner Bond Girl with this sexy maillot from the shapewear gurus at Spanx! The corset cups nod to the season's lingerie trend, while the crisscross straps, slimming black accents, and smoothing fit ensure you look fabulous.
4. Aubin & Wills Blythborough Frilled Bikini ($115)
The perfect mix of sporty stripes and feminine ruffles, this red and white bikini is beyond darling. Working on your tan? Hide the straps to make it a bandeau. Running around the pool? Tie on the halter! Either way, it's an adorable pick.
5. Shay Todd Eyelet Hankerchief Bikini ($255, 323.655.3760)
If you like the crocheted pieces and country-chic style of Chanel's spring collection, you'll adore this eyelet suit from swimwear designer Shay Todd. The top's handkerchief hem is an unexpected touch that's sure to get attention anywhere you go.
6. Red Carter Nearly Nautical Bikini ($136)
If you've been searching for a natty nautical suit to keep you looking shipshape this summer, your quest ends here. This convertible halter-top bikini is a sure bet, plus, when worn with red flip-flops, it's perfect for all your Fourth of July shenanigans.
7. Paul & Joe Lemarin Maillot ($335, 310.270.4620) in Chocolate Brown
Next up we have the perfect piece of investment swimwear, courtesy of Paul & Joe. This super-chic bandeau halter is an ideal pick for the jet-set crowd, stylephiles, and ladies who love timeless, flattering suits¬--in short, just about everyone!
8. Old Navy Ruffled Swimsuit ($29.50) in Cocoa Powder
Take the plunge into a one-piece with this low-cut, ruffled number from Old Navy. Though it comes in several colors¬--like black and baby blue¬--this taupe iteration won top marks around the office. The unfussy color is on-trend and provides a great contrast to the suit's ruffled neckline and plunging back!
9. Delia's Twist Bandeau ($29.50) and Foldover Hipster ($29.50) in Black
What could be more chic than a little black bikini? Everyone should have one like this affordable option from Delia's: we love the bandeau top and ruched bottoms¬--it's a total classic! Plus, if it fits like a glove, you can always pick it up in either a solid color (in blue or violet,) or the polka-dot print version (in blue, green, violet, and red).
Balenciaga runway image, courtesy of First View