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The Formula For Your Perfect Bikini Is as Simple as 1+1

Jul 5 2014 - 6:00am

It's not like we have anything against going out and buying a brand-new bikini set. Sometimes it feels good to be all matchy-matchy. But we've been known to sport our fair share of mixed-up separates, too. Whether it was because we lost the high-waisted bottom to our bustier bandeau or simply because we like to construct totally new outfits, we're all about repurposing our swimwear. On that note, we've come up with plenty of different ways for you to freshen up your beach-ready look. So, open up that bathing suit drawer, start styling, and get to celebrating National Bikini Day. Before you know it, you'll have nailed the art of mix and matching for your days by the pool.

The Floral Bandeau

Lolli Floral Bandeau Bikini Top [1] ($59)

If you've got a floral bandeau with no match, wear it with . . .

Floral Bandeau + Contrast Floral Bottom

Lolli High-Waist Floral Cutout Bikini Bottom [2] ($69)

A high-waisted bottom in a contrasting floral print that's louder and bigger in comparison.

Floral Bandeau + Matching Metallic Bottom

Lolli Women's Pick Me Cheeky Bow Bikini Bottom [3] ($75)

A bottom in the same color family as your bandeau, but a different fabric. For example, this peach style has a slight metallic sheen.

Floral Bandeau + Neon Boy Shorts

Roxy Outdoor White Wash Bikini Bottom [4] ($42)

Boy shorts in a funky neon shade that will make the print on your bandeau seem subtle in comparison.

The Retro High-Waist Black Bottom

Motel Flux High Waist Bikini Bottom [5] ($38)

If you've got one of these superflattering bikini bottoms, you should be wearing it often! Pair it with . . .

Retro High-Waist Bottom + Busy Top With a Wild Print

Issa Printed Bandeau Bikini Top [6] ($120)

A wild print that wouldn't really go with anything besides black — or a matching piece, of course.

Retro High-Waist Bottom + Minibustier

J.Crew Roz Floral Print Bandeau Bikini Top [7] ($55)

A printed, cropped bustier that will give off the illusion of a very slim waist.

Retro High-Waist Bottom + Strappy White Triangle Top

Moda Operandi Morgan Triangle Bikini Top [8] ($70)

A classic white, strappy top. Because what's classier than a straightforward black and white look?

Retro High-Waist Bottom + Retro Twisted Halter

Roxy Sunset Stripes Twist Stripe Bandeau Bikini Top [9] ($50)

A striped, twisted halter that plays up the retro vibe just a little bit more.

The Solid-Colored Triangle Top

Forever 21 Basic String Bikini Top [10] ($5)

If you've got a standard, tie-it-up-and-go basic like this one, there are plenty of ways to create a funky beach look. Trust, all these options are way better than the monotone alternative. Try . . .

Solid-Colored Triangle Top + Quirky Printed Bottom

Tavik Bikini Bottom in Black Palm [11] ($64)

A black and white quirky print like palm trees.

Solid-Colored Triangle Top + Cutout Bottoms With Detail

ASOS Bright Tropical Print Cut Out High Waist Bikini Bottom [12] ($30)

A bottom with an intricate print or detail (or both!) like this cutout version from ASOS. Just make sure the pattern includes the same shade as your top.

Solid-Colored Triangle Top + Striped Bottom

T by Alexander Wang Stripe Mesh Bikini Bottom [13] ($195)

Stripes — because they pretty much go with everything.

The White String Bottom

Milly Fiji String Bikini Bottom [14] ($120)

We all have one of those neutral bottoms that ties on both sides. If yours isn't part of a complete set, we've got a few options ahead . . .

White String Bottom + Striped Bandeau

L Space Rock the Boat Byrdie Metallic Stripe Bandeau Bikini Top [15] ($88)

This striped L Space number is loud enough to make a statement on its own. Check out that major rope detail on the back!

White String Bottom + Designer Top

Marc by Marc Jacobs Capella Bound Printed Triangle [16] ($80)

If you've been dying for a unique designer suit, now's the time to split it in half and take what you can get. The trim on this Marc by Marc Jacobs top and your white bottom were practically made for each other.

White String Bottom + Tie-Dye High-Neck Halter

Made by Dawn Coral Cloudbreak Bikini Top [17] ($105)

Channel bohemian vibes with a tie-dye look. The crisscross back will complement your string bottoms perfectly.

White String Bottom + Graphic Tank

ModCloth Flamingo the Extra Mile Swimsuit Top [18] ($50)

Try an athletic-cut tank top with a cute graphic that completely takes over the swimwear game.

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