The Next Wave Of Radical Swimwear

No disrespect to our fellow beach bunnies, but the standard seaside look has become pretty stale over the years. The triangle bikini top with the tie-side bottoms. The one-piece with the scoop neck and back. The throwback swimsuits with retro cuts. It's all been done before. And, while these are all tried-and-true looks we can certainly rely on, sometimes we need inspiration to mix things up. After all, we plan on making beach trips a regular weekly activity — so we'll need new ways to get our swim style on.

Follow along as we explore eight alternative looks to twist up our tired swim outfits. From layering tricks you haven't tried before, to cutouts that are beyond anything you've seen, scope out this year's wave of swimwear that is guaranteed to make a splash.
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Photographed by EMMAN MONTALVAN.
The Summer Sweater Bikini
If you're headed to the beach super early in the morning or after-hours for a nighttime spell, chances are the beach temperatures are going to be freezing. So, bring along a summer sweater to keep you from getting too cold. A boxy and slightly cropped cut is ideal if you want to do subtly bare your midriff.

Zero + Maria Cornejo swim bottoms, Renvi ring.
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The Off-The-Shoulder Top
If you're the type of gal who is over the spaghetti strap triangle bikini tops that everyone else has, this sporty Zero + Maria Cornejo top is just the off-the-shoulder style you're looking for. And, for a breezy good time, pull up a relaxed pair of elastic-waist silk culottes to keep the outfit effortlessly chic.
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Photographed by EMMAN MONTALVAN.
The Weird Cutout
A fool-proof guarantee that no one will have the same swimsuit as you: This doughnut hole one-piece. There's that wide V-neckline, the three-quarter sleeves, and we obviously can't avert our eyes from that bold cutout front and center. Imagine how stellar this suit will look with a pair of vintage high-waisted denim cutoffs and casual sneakers.
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Photographed by EMMAN MONTALVAN.
The Neon Clash
Even if most folks would never dare to wear neon pieces in their everyday, the beach is an entirely different story. Maybe it's the shining sun or the tropical cocktails — either way, neon is in. If you're looking for a new way to mix up neon, go ahead and select your favorite bikini separates, even if they come from different brands. This orange top and lime bottom combo comes from Topshop and Adidas Y-3, respectively. To finish the look, offset the brights with a black denim jacket.

Renvi 'Fluted Doric' ring.
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Photographed by EMMAN MONTALVAN.
The Mesh-Up
If both coverage and feeling sexy is your deal at the beach, look into a swimsuit with a mesh detail that exposes just the right amount of skin. This Alexander Wang one-piece boasts a high halter top neckline that is see-through and still modest.

Judith & Charles shirt, Renvi 'Fluted Doric' ring.
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Photographed by EMMAN MONTALVAN.
The Athletic Two-Piece
Here's a scenario: You get to the beach wearing an itty bikini meant for sunbathing and you end up sitting out activities like volleyball or frisbee. To combat those FOMO-inducing fears (without having to resort to the one-piece), look for a bikini set with an athletic cut. This comfy swim outfit looks cozy enough to be your favorite sports bra and hipster bottoms.
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Photographed by EMMAN MONTALVAN.
The DIY Rash Guard
If too much sun exposure is a concern of yours (it should be) and you've already maxed out on your trusty sunscreen (good girl), layer a tight turtleneck underneath your one-piece for an instant DIY rash guard. While you'll need to remove it before a swim, a white long-sleeve can be a surprising essential if you're looking for maximum protection from the sun in between dips. The square neckline on this Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony one-piece feels very '90s, while the funky side slits bring the look back to modern-day.


T by Alexander Wang mockneck.
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The Non-Surfer Wetsuit
It's hard to deny — we love a good surfer look. There's always been something about them that keeps us obsessed: that insouciant beach hair, the athletic build, the whole free-spirited "one with the ocean" vibe. Lucky for us, with a wetsuit-inspired one-piece like this one from Cynthia Rowley, we can still hang it loose like boogie boarders without having to crash into actual waves.
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