The Five Best Swimsuits for Any Summer Occasion

Tis the season for long days at the beach, pool parties, and, of course, swimsuits. Picking out a few new suits is one of my favorite things to do as soon as the weather heats up, but it’s often hard to find the right suit for the right occasion.

Here, I’ve done of the research so you don’t have to. Whether you want to look cute and party or actually swim at the pool or beach, I’ve picked out the perfect suit for every event.

For swimming
Aerie Tie-Back One Piece Swimsuit, American Eagle

I’m all about a cute suit for the summer, but let’s be honest—not all of them are very functional. There’s nothing worse than jumping into a pool or the ocean and having to worry about whether your butt’s gonna stay covered or whether your top can stand up against a massive wave. This suit is full-coverage but super cute with a tie-back design that’s to die for. Even better, it comes in sizes XS to XXL and is also available in “long” sizes for all the cuties with long torsos. Here’s to equal opportunity swimwear!

For tanning
Billabong Flora Beat Bandeau Bikini Top, Urban Outfitters

There’s nothing that can ruin a deep, bronzy summer tan like ugly tan lines. They’re distracting and can ruin the fun of a strapless dress like nobody’s business. So if tanning is your goal this summer (and why wouldn’t it be?), you may want to think about the suit you choose before you spend a couple hours laying out by the pool. This bikini has a cute bandeau top that will make tan lines so 2017, and the bottom is minimal without leaving you completely exposed.

For day-to-night
Bustier One-Piece Swimsuit, Forever 21

If you love bodysuits as much as I do, then you’re probably just as excited about swimsuit weather as I am. Why??? Cause swimsuits are the original bodysuit, and with the right one, you can totally throw on a pair of shorts or a cute skirt and fashionably transition from beach to dinner. I love the contrast from the trim on this suit, and I think the pink and red versions are equally cute. Layered under a denim jacket or blazer, this suit is perfect for a night out after a day in the sun.

For cute coverage
Seaside Gale Falbala High-waisted Bikini Set, Cupshe

I’m all about body positivity, and I truly believe that every body is a beach body. But the truth is, there are days when I’m feeling a little less confident than usual on the beach (thanks, pizza; THANKS). But aiming for a little extra coverage shouldn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style. I’m a HUGE fan of high-waisted jeans and shorts, so I love that this bikini bottom is high-waisted—yay for a suit that’s both trendy and figure flattering. And the top is super cute, while also providing a bit of extra fabric up top for those who need it.

For summer soirees
Out From Under Peek-A-Boo Ring One-PIece Swimsuit

Whether you’re invited to a pool party or a beach BBQ, sometimes the name of the swimsuit game is being your chicest self—and functionality actually takes a backseat. Enter this color-blocked one-piece from Urban Outfitters. It’s sure to turn heads wherever you show up and ensure that you’re the life of the (summer) party.

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