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Summertime means different things to different people. You and your pals may have diverging goals for the season — whether it's tackling a list of places to visit, digging into a stack of best-sellers, or whittling down a backed-up Netflix queue. But all roads eventually lead to a beach. (Yes, even that last option: What else is there to do after a day of swimming and sunbathing than sit on your couch to vegetate?) Hence, a solid swimsuit is a completely justifiable purchase to make before the season really picks up.
The challenge then becomes finding a suit that you can wear all summer long, but that still feels more special than every other two-piece you'll sport on the sand bar. To achieve this balance between versatility and coolness, we're turning back the clock in our search: We've found the best sets and one-pieces that recall decades past — from high-waisted bottoms pulled straight from the pinup age to crochet looks and paisley prints that have us flashing peace signs. Throw it back in style this summer with one of the 21 suits ahead.