Today is the summer solstice. For some, it heralds the longest day of the year. Others choose to unwind and celebrate the fact that it coincides with International Yoga Day. I, however, take the day as the official start of summer (sorry, Memorial Day weekend fans), and a prime opportunity to frantically stockpile bathing suits in my online shopping cart. In recent weeks, my swim inspiration has come from America's most famous, consonant-loving family: the Kardashians.
It seems like each day brings new photos of the Kardashian-Jenners on vacation, living their best lives in the season's best bathing suits. (It shouldn't come as a surprise, either, that they know how to rock a bikini, considering they practically invented bodycon). Unfortunately, the endless tide of poolside-shoreside-starboard yacht-side images has been accompanied by body critics, shocked that 36-year-old Kim Kardashian-West has (gasp!) cellulite. We've said it before, but it bears repeating: the perfect beach body is b.s.
It's undeniable that the #TheWorldsMostTalkedAboutWomen have famous figures, but the real source of inspiration behind these photographs are their carefree sensibilities — that, and their impeccable taste in swimwear. Ahead, you'll find the beach looks serving up the most inspiration this summer.
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Let's all take a moment to thank our respective higher powers (God, Rihanna, iced coffee, whatever you hold most dear) for the return of the '80s one-piece. The hip-baring cut isn't for the faint of heart, but it gives off major Baywatch vibes and won't fly off when you cannon ball into the deep end.
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Velvet isn't the most practical swim fabric, but it is ideal for living your ultimate early 2000s daydream poolside. Take a page from Kourt's book and fully commit to the fantasy with a bright pink bikini that reminiscent of the time her sister was Paris Hilton's assistant. Just keep an eye out for wayward belly floppers — the jury's still out on whether this suit actually holds up to water.
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Remember that red Sunny Co. Clothing one-piece that spammed everyone's Insta feeds a couple of weeks ago? This is the leveled-up version, complete with an eye-catching shiny fabric and ultra-high cut that's built to be photographed. This suit is so good, it's even worth the inevitable "baewatch" caption.
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Forget sideboob — underboob is the new cleavage. This string bikini's electric blue hue is bright enough to bring out even the smallest semblance of a tan.
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Plenty of ruffles and buttons give this pink high-waisted bikini an undeniable air of retro bombshell, Brigitte Bardot-meets-Olive Oyl realness. Water shoes transition the look from supermodel to snorkeler with ease — and who doesn't love when fashion is functional?
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As the line between tacky and trendy continues to blur, my dream summer aesthetic seems to be leaning more towards Miami Vice than Milan. Kendall Jenner's does too. Pairing a sexy leopard one-piece with cat-eye shades and a tropical silk button-up is a master level move that's slightly South Beach but also totally on-trend.
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Bust out your summer camp T-shirt D.I.Y. skills for a poolside cover-up that looks like you didn't try too hard (even though all that cutting and tying can get complicated).