White Bathing Suits
When thinking of the most iconic swimsuit moments in Hollywood history, Brigitte Bardot in The Girl in the Bikini, Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer, and Ursula Andress, the very first Bond girl, in Dr. No definitely top the list. And what do these ladies have in common? In addition to being uncommonly beautiful, they all wore wonderfully memorable white suits! And it's no wonder why these silver-screen swimwear moments are so important: the crisp, clean hue looks fabulous against a tan and just feels so right for warm-weather months. We think a white bathing suit (or a few!) makes the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe, so we've sourced the cream of the crop for your shopping pleasure! With that said, check out our picks, get shopping, and RSVP to that pool party because you're going to want to show off your stylish new swimwear!
1. Melissa Odabash Savannah Molded Bandeau Swimsuit ($205) in White
Since not everyone's prepared to flaunt a toned tummy a la Gisele, a fantastic one-piece is definitely an excellent option. But before you balk at the thought of wearing anything other than your tried-and-true bikinis, let us reassure you that this covered-up style by Melissa Odabash is just as sexy as any two-piece! It features a cutout back and a sleek silhouette that's sure to turn heads at the beach. And did we also mention that it boasts detachable halter straps and convenient underwire cups? If a one-piece is on your shopping list this summer--and it certainly should be--we wholeheartedly suggest investing in this one!
2. Tori Praver Kalani Top ($99, 310.394.0135) and Imani Bottom ($88) in White
A triangle-top suit is a classic choice, but we didn't want to include just any old standard style! We're highlighting this particular one by Tori Praver because of its fabulous ruching, which adds texture and interest to its timeless silhouette. Additionally, the thick, banded waistline ensures that the suit won't dig into your skin and leave marks (or muffin top!) like other styles. If you ask us, you can never have enough bathing suits in your closet, so why not add this standout version to your collection?
3. J. Crew Pleated Underwire Top ($52) and Bikini ($46) in White
We can't agree on everything around the Who What Wear offices, but everyone concurs that J. Crew can truly do no wrong. In addition to creating perfect button-up blouses, stellar chinos, and pretty dresses, the brand also provides us with covetable bathing suits. This version especially piqued our interest because of its tiny pleat detailing, which instantly ups the cute factor! It also features underwire support and light padding--never a bad thing! Furthermore, the modest bottoms have a retro-style cut, which is both darling and flattering. Word to the wise, when it comes to this bikini, slow and steady doesn't win the race--you absolutely must go buy this suit ASAP before it's too late!
4. Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Ruffle-Trim Triangle Top ($20) and Cheeky Bottom ($18) in White
Whether it's on a dress, skirt, or bathing suit, we love a delicate ruffle detail--hence our inclusion of this bikini from Victoria's Secret. We think the feminine accent adds just the right amount of playfulness and makes for one seriously adorable option! We particularly recommend this style if you have a boy-shaped figure, since the frills will help create the illusion of curves. Plus, the price is definitely wallet-friendly, so tap into your inner girly-girl and snag this suit today!
5. Undrest Malibu Ruffle Bandeau ($85, 310.314.1180) and Hipster Brief ($90, 310.314.1180) in White
Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of discovering awkward tan lines after a long day poolside or at the beach? We sure have, which is why a strapless style is an absolute must-have if you want to get your bronze on. After searching through a slew of options, we're confident that this one by Undrest is a winner! We're crazy for its black-and-white contrasting details, bandeau top, and subtle ruffled trim. We imagine this chic suit would look right at home aboard a yacht in the French Riviera--not that we'd actually know. But whether you find yourself at the Cote d'Azur or at your friend's BBQ, one thing's for sure: you'll want everyone to see this fashionable bathing suit!--Erin Fitzpatrick
Dolce & Gabbana backstage photo, courtesy of First View