What's your swim personality?
Flip it and reverse it
Basta Surf's reversible swimwear gives you not one, not two, or even three options for how to wear your suit, but four! Mix and match this top and bottom depending on how you feel on the particular day you choose to wear them. Jessica Alba went with a contrasting top and bottom in melon and sky blue—what will your favorite style be?
Basta Surf reversible bikini top $101, and bottom, $97.
Solids and stripes
A thick stripe can be a powerful statement, especially when you aren't wearing much to begin with. Take a tip from Jada Pinkett Smith and try mixing a striped top like the above from Vix with a solid bottom like the one from Violet Lake, also above, to get the impact of a stripe without overkill.
Vix halterneck bikini top, $98, and Violet Lake briefs, $85.
A suit with a purpose
When she spent some time sunning near the pool at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Katharine McPhee chose an EcoSwim bikini by Aqua Green made from recycled materials like plastic bottles and fishing nets. Cute and environment-friendly: you can't go wrong!
Aqua Green slide halter top, $60, and hipster bottom, $58.
Put a tassel on it
Hart of Dixie star Rachel Bilson took a stroll on the beach in Barbados wearing an adorable graphic floral bikini by M Missoni, with a fun twist: tassels on the ends of the strings. Rock this look with a wide-brimmed straw hat like Bilson's for added dramatic flair.
M Missoni triangle bikini, $245.
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi took to the beach in L*Space's knotted fringe bikini, giving a flirtatious and playful take on the classic bandeau cut.
L*Space fringe bandeau, $81, and keyhole bottom, $61.
A jagged-stripe string bikini like Rihanna's provides a more graphic take on the common stripe. RiRi's suit mixes patterns, but a matching top and bottom are a bit more striking and will make sure you stand out on the beach—in a good way.
Jeni + Charlie printed halterneck bikini, $270.
Cut it out
Who says a one-piece can't be sexy? The days of modest one-pieces are a thing of the past, as Oblivion star Olga Kurylenko proves in her vivid cutout suit, which shows off her toned obliques. Try Norma Kamali's similarly cut suit, which adds graphic black and white stripes for a slightly vintage effect.
Norma Kamali cutout swimsuit, $225.
Orange you happy it'summer?
Eva Longoria really knows how to bring out her tan. Take a tip from her and try a bright color like orange, coral, or yellow to provide a contrast to your ever-darkening skin tone. Just make sure you wear sunscreen!
Topshop plunge bikini top, $26, and tieside bottom, $16.