I'll be honest: There are a number of reasons I'm thankful for this job—I shop all day; I'm (virtually) surrounded by the best co-workers; I get to work with amazing brands; etc.; etc. But I think the best part about it is that I finally have an outlet to share my love for finding people cute things to wear. Before (and, okay, after) I became an editor, I'd spam my friends with daily messages telling them about all the fun items I found on the internet, whether they asked for it or not. Though lately, I've toned it down (now I just assume they keep up with my articles on the site, if they're interested in what I'm currently eyeing), I still can't help myself when I discover something really good.
So since my love for bikinis has evidently surpassed my love for any other summer product this season, I thought it might be fun to help my friends with finding—get ready for a bold statement—the suit of their dreams. So I asked them for their budget and a description of what they were looking for, and one text later, I had everything I needed to get my friends (and myself… I couldn't help it. I have an obsession!) their perfect set. Want to see what I found? Keep scrolling.
Looking for: "Bikinis that I can mix and match at a great price point—I want to have options! I'm not trying to blow my whole summer budget on just one suit. Tops that can double as a going-out top or piece under loose summer shirts are a bonus!"
Looking for: "Good material (I love buttery-soft fabric) and minimal straps. (I hate to have a weird tan line when I'm wearing my favorite backless top in the summer.) I'm big on classic design in terms of print, color, and cut—I don't buy a whole new bikini wardrobe every year, so it has to last."
Looking for: "A neutral, sporty ribbed style with good boob support."
Looking for: "Pieces I can mix and match with some of the other black bathing suits I have."
Looking for: "Thick straps and cheeky, high-rise bottoms. I'm a curvier girl and find that this combo is super flattering on me. My wardrobe is 90% neutrals, so I'm on the hunt for a few vibrant suits to spice it up."
Looking for: "Surfer brand bikinis. I love that those brands are comfortable, pretty affordable, and survive the wear and tear of beach life. I'm always looking for styles that I can mix and match."
Looking for: An everyday suit. I like the idea of a solid color top that I can wear under a cute shirt and shorts to have on during the day before I go lay out.
Looking for: Something with a pattern. Almost all of my suits right now are solid, so I think it's time to switch it up a bit. And we all know my obsession with Monday Swimwear.
And now, pair your bikinis with…
To carry around all the beach-picnic essentials (or just your sunscreen!).
I’m not going to lie: A straw hat is my favorite Instagram photo prop.
Get these while they’re on sale—trust me.
Wear this with your bikini or your favorite summer dress.