Top Ten Swimsuits for Summer

Daunting as the task may be to find one, it's fun to think about summer days spent lazing around in a swimsuit. We picked our favorites in all shapes and sizes.

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The awesome indie lingerie designers behind The Lake & Stars filled us in on their new line of swim, which includes sensual styles as lovely and unexpected. Case in point: the Vantage Point one-piece that feels covered-up and sexy at the same time with its mesh paneling. Frankly, we'd encourage wearing these suits as daily wear (and underwear).
The beach will be chock full of itty-bitty polka-dotted bikinis, but the print on the Vix Peacock Bandeau Bikini makes more of a sophisticated splash, in keeping with the season's frenzy for all sorts of inventive patterns, all the time.
J. Crew
Full disclosure: the Thread team is downright obsessed with stripes, especially those of the French variety. So when we laid eyes on the J. Crew French Sailor Halter Tank suit we just about died. The one-piece takes on the clean classic with a twist that's demure and hot at the same time.
Everything but Water
The Betsey Johnson Rockin' Robin Bikini transfers all the prim romance of a floral sundress to a sexy little bikini. Plus, it allows the wearer to stay on-trend even at the pool, with a mixed-print medley of rosettes, stripes and polka dots.
Old Navy
This Old Navy Ruffled Bikini evokes summery bridesmaids' dresses at a 1978 wedding. In a good way. They're mix-and-match and flattering -- after all, ruffles are a cute way to cover everything.
Zero + Maria Cornejo
High fashion goes poolside with Zero + Maria Cornejo's debut line of bathing suits, hitting stores later this month. Cornejo gives the swimwear fashion-forward accents -- like the one shoulder bandeau and hip cutouts seen here -- we've come to love in her clothing.
Creatures of Comfort
Think a grown woman such as yourself can't pull off a punk rocker bikini this summer? Think again, because the VPL Box Kite Bikini is a cooler-than-thou exercise in attitude, with hot pink and gray color-blocking and a minimalist bandeau-and-boyshorts silhouette.
American Eagle Outfitters
Besides lobster rolls, margaritas and SPF 50, a great black bikini is an essential. The AE Double-String Bikini adds the slightest update by doubling up on the strings, thus keeping it classic while injecting it with a sexy je ne sais quoi.
Bergdorf Goodman
Animal prints can be tricky to orchestrate, and there's something risky about putting leopard on a few tiny pieces of fabric covering your tush and little else. This D&G Giraffe-Print Bikini, on the other hand, tones down the wild without sacrificing any of the exotic.
Free People
For a happy medium between skimpy with lots of skin and a full-on one-piece, the Free People High-Waisted Garden Bikini does just the trick. We love the vintage vibe and it's also great for the newly(ish) preggers ladies!
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