Have you ever secretly wanted to wear your swimsuit as a top IRL, not just to the beach or pool? Same, which is why I'm writing this story. It wasn't too long ago now that our editor in chief, Kat Collings, flaunted a swim top as a "real" top underneath a blazer during fashion week, and to be honest, I never fully recovered. The styling was spot-on, it looked cool and fresh, and it was an easy way to give something that once had only one function, multiple.
Now, not every swimsuit or bikini top will transition as easily into your ready-to-wear wardrobe as others, so today, I'm here to break down the best swim top styles to wear as summer tops. Triangle bikinis and anything with a prominent barely there effect might feel a bit off among your regular clothes, but the six swim top styles ahead will look right at home with your jeans, blazers, and skirts—we promise.
The structure of a bustier-style swimsuit gives it a more ready-to-wear feel versus, let's say, a triangle bikini. Layer this underneath a blazer if your bra feels a bit too skimpy or with super-high-rise trousers for a fresh summer outfit.