I Broke Up With This Swimsuit Trend

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@aemiliafay

I don't know how you store your swimsuits, but mine are crammed into a tote bag and stuffed under my bed. It's not a perfect system (by a long shot), but in my teeny-tiny New York apartment, it works well enough. But as a result, my bikinis tend to twist together into one stringy, twisted mess making it generally way easier to grab a random top and bottom rather than finding a matching pair. For a long time, I liked the unfussiness of mismatched tops and bottoms, as it seemed easy (and cool) to throw together whatever top and bottom I pleased.

But I've learned something: My supposed laziness was working against me. The truth: I felt more relaxed in a matching top and bottom. While theoretically, I shouldn't care about how mismatched pieces go together, the reality is that I found myself often contemplating (and later regretting) my individual top and bottom choices. I would try mixing prints and cuts that seemed cute in theory only to put them on and feel self-conscious (which isn't exactly how you want to feel in a swimsuit). And while I had assumed that a matching suit was a bit blah, there are plenty of coordinated suits that don't feel too matchy-matchy. Below I'm highlighting my four key rules for bikini shopping and sharing a few of my favorite matching sets too.

Find a suit with cool details like extra straps or a wild print to take things up a notch. 

Top and Bottoms ($60) available in sizes S to L. 

Know Your Color

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With a matchy-matchy suit, keep an eye out for a color that suits your skin tone (or stick to black or white, which look great on everyone).

If you're worried about looking too coordinated, opt for pieces that go together but aren't exactly identical. 

Top and Enel Bottoms ($110) available in sizes S to L. 

Top and Banded Bottom ($88) available in sizes 1X to 3X.

Pay Attention to Cut

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@aemiliafay

With a bikini, cut is key. Find what works for you, whether it's a full-coverage top, high-thigh bottom, or something sporty.

Available in sizes S to L.

Now it's time to head to the beach!