The Only 5 Swimsuits You Ever Need to Pack For Vacation
Ditch that "one swimsuit a day" mentality when packing for a vacation. Because, really, there are no more than five suits you'll need for your whole trip — whether it's a lengthy getaway or a three-day excursion. If you secure the pieces ahead, you won't find yourself running out of beachside looks, and you'll even have one or two designs to incorporate into your evening wear for shorter stays. Now, that's not to say you can't pick up multiple styles of each suit to build up your swim drawer. On that note, brush up on our checklist and see what you're missing ahead of your next getaway.
This is the one-piece with enough pizazz to double as an evening top. Whether it's got poufy sleeves or comes in an eye-catching gingham print, others might not even realize it's your swimsuit when you throw it on with cutoffs, hoop earrings, and espadrilles for dinner.
Striking lace-up details complete the Mara Hoffman Organic Cotton Crochet One-Piece ($275).
DVF Deep-V One-Piece
A strappy back and a retro print make up the DVF Deep-V One-Piece ($248).
For Love & Lemons Capri Swimsuit
Ruching details and unexpected cutouts all over are certainly eye-catching. The For Love & Lemons Capri Scrunchy One-Piece Swimsuit ($132) has it all.
A Simple, Splashy Bikini
You do you — whatever type of bikini you're used to should flatter your body type, but most importantly, make you feel comfortable on the beach. Pack your go-to — the one with the bottom that perks up your booty — and never look back.
Topshop Metallic Stripe Bikini
Forever 21 Plus Bow Bikini
A Trendy Bikini
Look for a style with lace-up details, added texture, or sleeves. This bikini isn't necessarily for soaking up the rays, but rather for making a statement when you wear it with a sarong or a pair of printed palazzo pants. This design isn't necessarily for a quick dip in the pool, but to make a statement when you're enjoying a cocktail or attending the luau party.
Pandora Sykes x Hunza G Tracey Bikini
The adorable frills that line the Pandora Sykes x Hunza G Tracey Red Frill Bikini ($155) make it the suit of the moment.
Lisa Marie Fernandez Selena Smocked Bikini
Sleeves with ties and ruffles are all the rage, and the Lisa Marie Fernandez Selena Smocked Bikini ($395) checks both those details off the list.
Something Flattering in a Neutral Color
Whether it's a scoop-back one-piece or a high-waisted bikini bottom, you'll want something perfectly neutral (think black, white, or tan) to style a handful of ways. Forgo cutouts or crazy prints when it comes to this look. Instead, add jewelry, an interesting head scarf, or your hat. Allow this suit to act as the foundation.
You'll love the simple row of buttons on the Solid & Striped x Staud Veronica Ribbed One-Piece Swimsuit ($90, originally $168).
The Neon Suit
This bikini or one-piece should highlight that glow you're working on. No matter which shade you choose, make sure it's bright and contrasts your skin tone. Chartreuse, Barbie pink, and lemon yellow with a metallic sheen work best.
The Triangl Faye Bikini Set ($89) isn't just neon — it comes in velvet.