Travel may or may not be an option for you this winter, but there’s no doubt we’re all envisioning our next much-needed getaway. We’ve picked some of our newest and best-loved swimsuit styles and paired them with an appropriate location where we’ll (ideally) wear them someday soon. Feel free to use these fresh swimwear picks as inspo for revamping your vacation look now, since these locations will all be there when you’re ready to go...but these swimsuits might not be!
The Swimsuit: Blue High-Neck Scalloped One-Piece Swimsuit
Where To Wear It: Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida
As winter draws near, thoughts of fairy tales and lands of enchantment keep our spirits bright during the darkest days of the year. The hopes of escaping to a magical place full of mermaids (plus sunshine and warm weather––two necessities for any good daydream) could actually be realized in Weeki Wachee Springs. This Florida State Park, located about an hour away from Tampa, is an institution known for its underwater mermaid shows, which are performed in the freshwater springs that provide the park with its name. It’s also possible to go kayak tours of the springs, which brings us to our next point: you’ll need appropriate swimwear if you want to catch sight of any lingering mermaids from your dugout. This high-necked swimsuit feels spot-on. A rich blue hue and plenty of delicate scalloped details means that no fish scales or dolphin tails are required to match the beauty of those fabled sea sirens. A big “Whatever” to the earth-bound unbelievers––you can be the mermaid you always hoped to see.
The Swimsuit: Dark Brown Smocked Bikini
Where To Wear It: Venice Beach, California
While we can’t say no to an overwater bungalow somewhere secluded like Bora Bora, a beach vacation that’s also a city vacation is a double-win. You get all of the sand and sea with a side-serving of culture, shopping...and achingly hip denizens. Greater Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, with its street performers and skate parks, seems more relaxed than all that––full of bohemian spirit and devil-may-care attitude. But don’t let that fool you: Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard is studded with hotspot eateries and buzzy coffeeshops recognized the world over, not to mention its famed boutiques full of costly but oh-so-covetable wares. To pass muster with this crowd, you’ll need a swimsuit that’s equal parts avant-garde and “oh I just threw this on.” The answer: an espresso-bean brown bikini. This two-piece swimsuit marks an unexpected departure from the usual swimwear color range and features a lightly textured fabric for more dimension. It looks as good with a pair of bleached denim overalls and Birks as it does with your sunhat and a beach blanket.
The Swimsuit: Leopard Neon-Trimmed Bikini
Where To Wear It: Vail, Colorado
It’s no match for summer, but the cheerful glow of the holidays and the possibility of a white Christmas does set our hearts aflutter. We’re leaning into this cozy reverie, and nowhere encapsulates it better than the ski resort of Vail, Colorado. Beyond the world-class winter sports on Vail Mountain, the charming town at the base offers the full alpine fantasy, its architecture dusted with snow and trimmed in icicles. Now hear us out: we’re well aware that Vail is snow bunny (not beach-bathing beauty) territory. However, after a day of slicing through fresh powder, a good soak in the jacuzzi is par for the course. You’ll need something to wear in that bubbling cauldron of relaxation, so take a hint from Hot Tub Time Machine and throw it back to the 1980s with a bold, retro-inspired two-piece swimsuit. This bikini combines two essential trends from the “Me” decade––neon and leopard-print––to maximum effect, while the hip-slung bikini bottoms lend extra vintage 80s flair. While you could take your chances with bare feet in the snow and quickly hop from the frozen deck into the hot tub, how cute would this bikini be paired with metallic Moon Boots or fluffy faux-fur flip flops? Very rad, indeed.
The Swimsuit: Pink Floral O-Ring Cut-Out One-Piece Swimsuit
Where To Wear It: Eleuthera, The Bahamas
There’s something truly pleasant about the color pink, isn’t there? So, what would you say to a Bahamian beach made entirely of rosy-hued sand? Yep, we’d be all over it, too! Eleuthera’s famous pink beach is Harbour Island, where the sand is in part composed of finely ground coral and foraminifera, the reddish-shelled microorganisms that live in the coral reefs. Another one of the top things to do in Eleuthera also happens to involve pink creatures of another sort: a jaunt out to Pig Island for a swim with the local porcine population. While there’s no need for a degree in biology to enjoy an Insta-worthy stretch of sand or a dip in the sea alongside some sweet little piggies, a fab swimwear wardrobe is a must-have. We think you’ll agree that a blushing beach deserves a matching swimsuit, and this one-piece does the trick nicely. The mix of solids and floral print plus well-placed cutouts ensures this pink maillot reads “lady” rather than “little girl.” If you’re ready to see the world through new eyes, take this look to the next level with round rose-tinted sunglasses.
The Swimsuit: White Low-Rise Side-Tie Bikini
Where To Wear It: Miami, Florida
Between the vintage glamour of the Art Deco buildings, the velvet ropes of the legendary night spots, and the highbrow-meets-the-street vibes of the local art & design scene, some people never even bother to visit Miami’s beautiful beaches. Neither we, nor you, would ever consider it missing them, though. There’s plenty of powdery sand and cool blue surf for everyone’s liking, whether you opt for the laid-back charm of Surfside Beach or the clubby atmosphere of South Beach. Speaking of, if the see-and-be-seen vibe appeals to you, then a white hot string bikini belongs in your swimwear wardrobe and on your packing list for Miami. This two-piece suit features a lightly textured fabric and metal ring hardware details, ensuring it’s not so sleek/minimalist that it verges on boring (this can happen, you know). The triangle bikini top has lingerie-style straps, and the cheeky bottom features self-tie sides to adjust it for your figure’s exact measurements. After all, nothing less than the perfect fit will do in this sunny site!
The Swimsuit: Striped Twist Scoop-Back One-Piece Swimsuit
Where To Wear It: Nantucket, Massachusetts
The Massachusetts version of New York’s East Hampton, Nantucket offers a posh private haven for fashion magnates, former presidents, and other well-heeled visitors alike. Discretion itself lying 30 miles away from the mainland, this secluded island is dotted with charming wood-shingled houses and high-steepled churches, all surrounded with sandy dunes and bordered by the bracing waters of the Atlantic. Besides lazing around the oceanside and exploring in town on a bicycle, you’ll want to make time for a visit to an actual working cranberry bog...even though September is the earliest you’ll be able to sample the harvested crannies. Preppy to its core, Nantucket is a place where gentlemen (not “dudes”) wear pink chinos and ladies inherit grandmother’s (not “grandma’s”) pearl necklace––and actually wear it. That neon-trimmed leopard bikini we mentioned above? Not gonna fly here. Instead, try a one-piece swimsuit that’s subtle but still sexy. To please the refined crowd, there’s a mix of sailor-inspired stripes and flattering, classic black. Luckily, the plunging neckline in front, deep scoop neckline in back, and the cheeky-cut derriere convey some much-needed spice.
Where To Wear It: Scottsdale, Arizona
Some places are so special you can forgive them for not having a beach. Scottsdale, Arizona is one such locale. While the nearest large body of seawater is hundreds of miles away, this upscale, resort-y town is ideal for a spa retreat or a swimming pool-centric vacay. The Camelback mountains and cactus-laden desertscapes create stunning backdrops to your outdoor massage or pool cabana, after all. Yes, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, exploring, and shopping, but if we’re being real, it’s all about heading to Scottsdale for the ooh-sah factor––something everyone needs right now. Perk up a low-key poolside scene with a little extra color, courtesy of swimsuit separates like the Sunday Morning bikini top and coordinating bottom. These types of two-piece swimsuits are appealing for a few reasons: you can splice them together with your other bikinis for more mix-and-match styling options, or you can purchase different sizes on the top and bottom to create a customized fit. Just like the spa menus in Scottsdale, the choices for bikini separates seem nearly endless––in the best possible way.