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The 16 Best Bikinis of 2020

I'm stuffing as many as possible into my carry-on.

Design by Morgan McMullen

As you plot exactly how you'll spend those balmy summer days, the first question one might ask oneself is Mango margarita or tequila sunrise? (One in each hand, if you're me.) The second is Hmm, I need a new bikini, don't I? Why yes, yes, you do. To assist you in your search for The One a.k.a. the bikini that fits comfortably on your body and makes you feel great in photos, I pulled 16 of-the-moment swimsuits. Once you've made your decision, come find me and we'll cheers to your new purchase.

Best for Lounging by the Pool
Second Wave Rainbow Stripe Bikini
Madewell madewell.com


This swimsuit is made from recycled plastic so you can feel good knowing your bikini purchase helped the environment. The rainbow stripes add a cheerful attitude to your summer outfit and have a slight retro feel when worn with the matching high-waisted bottoms. And don't worry, the two pieces are completely machine washable. 

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Best for Trend-Driven Gals
Corsage Safari Snake-Print Belted Bikini
Zimmermann net-a-porter.com

Last season was all about the gingham print. This season, the focus is on snakeskin. This seemingly daring design receives a neutral, tonal touch by Zimmermann, making it more subdued and wearable IRL. The top is simple while the the high-waisted bikini bottoms come with a cool belt and pocket details. You'll be the trendiest person at the pool.

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Best for Looking Cute
Frida Floral Bikini Set
Faithfull The Brand modaoperandi.com

The floral-loving gal in me appreciates this ultra feminine bikini so much. I love the small print coupled with the ruffle details on the cups, straps, and waistband. The cups have an underwire shape too, perfect for lifting up smaller chests or holding in bigger bust sizes. Be right back, putting my order in.

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Best for Bachelorette Parties
Puntamaroma One-Shoulder Bikini
Johanna Ortiz modaoperandi.com


Johanna Ortiz's swimsuit creations are larger than life, so when you wear them, you'll feel extra fancy and cool. This bikini top can be worn with the matching high-waisted bottoms or separately with a white skirt. This will make it easy to change from the beach to that dinner with your crew. Make sure to pack this swim set on your next warm-weather vacation.

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Best for Being Active In
Maroon Bikini
Left on Friday leftonfriday.com


Left on Friday swimsuits are silky smooth and made with a snag resistant fabric (for all you active ladies). The solid styles are suited for those who are looking for simple, well-made bikinis that become staples season after season. One thing to note is that the top isn't padded, so if you're not ready to free the nips, invest in some waterproof nip covers.

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Best for the 'Gram
Limoncello Bikini
Palmacea shopbop.com


I want to plan a trip back to the Amalfi Coast just so I can wear this one-shoulder bikini (Italy and lemons go hand in hand). The yellow-and-green hues of this fun print gives off the perfect seaside summer vibes. Bonus: the two piece is relatively affordable, so you can spend the rest of your money on a nice hotel (with a rooftop infinity pool).

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Best for Showing off Your Tan
Lina Optic White Bikini
Triangl triangl.com

Highlight that sun-kissed glow with a crisp white bikini. The top has a supportive underwire while the bottoms feature a high-cut fit to elongate those legs. Textured rib and french floral jacquard add a soft, subtle print to the otherwise plain swimsuit. This bikini set will also come with a matching color neoprene pouch to hold all your beach necessities.

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Best for Busty Gals
Balconette Bikini
H&M hm.com


This lined bikini top has light padding and underwire cups to support your boobs as you run across the scorching sand to embrace the ocean waves. Once you're tired of the water, unhook the straps of your bikini top (to avoid tan lines, although you're definitely wearing sunscreen, right?!) as you lay out to dry. You get two styles for the price of one swimsuit. 

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Best for Athletic Gals
Lira Striped Jacquard Bikini
Mara Hoffman net-a-porter.com


For my sporty swim babes out there, Mara Hoffman offers this recycled jacquard-knit bikini set. The top resembles a comfortable workout bra and looks super stylish with the full-coverage "Jay" briefs, which has a knotted tie design. FYI: this season's swim collection were made with sustainably-sourced fabrics.

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Best for Romantic Getaways
Off-the-Shoulder Metallic Bikini
PatBO net-a-porter.com


This metallic swimsuit will add a bit of sparkle as you come out of the waves. Though the top is cute, the winning design in this bikini is definitely the hand-stitched beaded palm trees on the swim bottoms. Pack this set for your destination bachelorette party because it's the stand-out bikini no one else will have. 

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Best for Fourth of July
Red White and Blue Stripe Bikini
L*space lspace.com


When you start planning Fourth of July celebrations, make sure the plans involve you spending all day in this bikini. The red, white, and blue stripes are patriotic in a non-cheesy way and comfortable to wear too. Catch me in this with a Corona in one hand and a hot dog in the other.

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Best for Making a Statement
Grenadins Leopard Print Bikini
Fisch net-a-porter.com


Swim label Fisch uses recycled yarns made from fishing nets and other nylon waste found in the sea to create their pieces. (You would have never known just by looking at this leopard print bikini.) The underwire cups and sturdy straps will provide ample support for your chest and look fierce when paired with the "Gouverneur" briefs. Complete the outfit with this beach cover up.

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Best for Embracing Summer
Yellow Gingham Bikini
Caroline Constas net-a-porter.com

This off-the-shoulder gingham print bikini is for the gal who loves to sit out by the pool while sipping an aperol spritz. Physical exertion is out the picture because she's on vacation and all she wants to do is lay out and tan. Oh, and she'll obviously want her SO or BFF to take a photo of her in this adorable bikini for the 'gram.

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Best for Looking Unique
Wainscott Scalloped Lace Gingham Bikini
Marysia net-a-porter.com


Bathing suits with scallop edging are great for ladies with smaller busts. The wavy designs give the illusion of depth in your chest and draw the eyes to the details—rather than your boobs. This swimsuit, while being very now is also a feminine cut that never goes out of style, so you can wear this season after season.

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Best for Those Who Love Classics
V-Cut Bikini
& Other Stories stories.com


If you're in the market for a new black bikini, opt for thicker-banded style. The top's straps are supportive, which minimizes the chance of a wardrobe malfunction as you splash around the pool with friends. To add some color to this monochrome look, style with a pair of retro red sunglasses.

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Best for Those Who Love Color
Seersucker Bandeau Bikini
Hunza G net-a-porter.com

Both Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Bella Hadid love Hunza G's seersucker swimsuits and I know why. The stretchy material is full of give and so soft against your skin. This two-piece comes in a sweet pale pink color that will highlight your bronzed skin.


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