What are 3 swimsuit styles and cover-ups everyone should own?

As everyone knows, swimsuit shopping isn’t exactly the easiest task. To make your life just a bit simpler this summer, we got the scoop from celebrity stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott on the basic types of swimsuits everyone should have in their summer wardrobe. You’ll need a cover-up, of course, so we’ve got you covered there too!

Read on to for all the beach essentials you need this summer, then scroll down to see the celebrities whose beach style inspires us every day!

Must-Have #1: A Strapless Suit

Whether you favor a two-piece bandeau or simply a strapless one-piece, always have a version of this style on standby for when tan lines aren’t welcome. This bare-neck look begs for a cool statement necklace or earring, so feel free to accessorize. 

J.Crew Bandeau Bikini ($95)

Must-Have #2: The Perfect Maillot

We love a sleek and simple one-piece. Choose one that fits snuggly and flatters all of your favorite assets. This silhouette will feel chic at a stylish pool party, and will also come in handy when diving and wading through the ocean. Opt for black or rich jewel tones for ultimate sophistication. 

Tori Praver Kelly One Piece Swimsuit ($150)

Must-Have #3: An Itty-Bitty Bikini

Everyone needs a classic string bikini. We suggest choosing separates in colors that will mix and match easily, or you can combine stripes and polka dots for an effortlessly cool look. We love this old beach favorite for its timeless shape, but also as a great layering element under cover-ups and tanks. 

Indy Holli Hyde Bikini ($79)

Must-Have #1: A Beachy Caftan

Choose an oversized tunic to get you from poolside to nighttime with ease. In an ideal world, you should pick style in a soft, breathable fabric—like cotton—preferably in an ethnic print or pattern.

Mes Demoiselles Donis Gauzy Kaftan ($174)

Must-Have #2: An Oversized Shirt

For this styling trick, we love white! Buy this classic shirt style several sizes too large and wear with abandon. Roll up the sleeves and add a great hat and strappy sandals. 

Acne Linger Ribbons Blouse ($343)

Eva Mendes


Fame Flynet

A colorful caftan is a great way to travel to and fro the beach this summer.

Jaime King


Fame Flynet

The ever-stylish King proves that a one-piece is very much in style. 

Heidi Klum



The supermodel proves that a classic bandeau bikini in black is always a solid choice.

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