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The Best Bikinis to Rock this Summer

Tanning oil not included.

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

The bikini first came about in 1946 when French designer, Louis Reard, showcased the daring suit at a swimming pool in Paris. The timing could not have been more opportune- World War II had just ended about a year earlier, and before that time, women were restricted to one-pieces. When the bikini came about, women found freedom in this new two-piece swim, and as we all know, the bikini, is nothing, if not liberating.

Fun fact: Micheline Bernardini, the Parisian showgirl who was the lucky lady to model that first suit, received about 50,000 pieces of fan mail after donning the two-piece. Even more interesting, but not surprising, is that the majority of those letters were from men.

And while my 50,000+ letters from eligible bachelors must have gotten lost in the mail, I continue to rock a bikini throughout the balmy summer months. Below, we round up the coolest and most flattering bikinis that you need for Summer 2020.

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1 Martina Reversible Bikini Set
Capittana shopbop.com
$132.30

The cap-sleeve bikini is a new shape for swim.   Not only does it highlight your cleavage, but the puffy sleeves will enhance your shoulders, making your waist and hips look smaller. 

2 Apex One Shoulder Bikini Top
JADE Swim shopbop.com
$180.00

Marie Claire Alum, Brittany Kozesrski, created a swim line that's widely known for its minimal silhouettes that come in a wide array of colors.  This one in the color "punch" doesn't disappoint.

Top $90, Bottoms $90 

3 Wave Back Leopard Triangle Bikini Set
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Nasty Gal nastygal.com
$19.00

Animal print is the perfect way to add some spice to your pool day.  Not to mention this set comes at a great price.  Throw on a pair of hoops and you're good to go.

4 Ginny Scrunch Bikini Set
Reina Olga reinaolga.com
€140.00

Arguably the most flattering bikini on earth! The scrunched fabric doesn't tug too tightly on your curves (particularly in that pesky muffin-top region), and the high cut of the bottoms will make your legs look miles long. 

5 Lumiere two-tone metallic bikini
Oséree farfetch.com
$224.00

This two-tone swim set is a standout. Equal parts sporty as it is glam, the sunlight will reflect nicely off of the metallic fabric - talk about a beachy glow. 

6 Feline Top Cherry
Kit10 kit10swim.com
$40.00

Stand out from the crowd in this bright cherry bikini. 

Top $20, Bottoms $20

7 Black Crinkle Bikini Set
Topshop Topshop
$26.00

A simple black bikini is the perfect canvas for a major jewelry moment.  Pile on some turquoise and coral beaded necklaces for an effortless yet glossy beach look.  

8 Luna Rib Top + Chiara Rib Bottom
Onia onia.com
$190.00

No tan lines here!  This black bandaeu bikini is perfect for a day of margaritas and soaking up the sun.  Pair with a wide brim straw hat to take this look to the next level. 

Top $95, Bottom $95

9 Metallic Bikini Set by Marie France Van Damme
Marie France Van Damme modaoperandi.com
$174.00

This bronzed metallic set will add a whole lot of glam to your beach day.  We're surprised we haven't seen our girl Riri in this yet.

10 Bonita ruffled floral-print bikini
Zimmermann matchesfashion.com
$189.00

Biggest flirt.  Romantic florals will never go out of style and the ruffled-trim will play to your curves. 

11 Seersucker Bandeau Bikini
Hunza G net-a-porter.com
$180.00

Finishing off the with another iteration of that super flattering seer-sucker style.  This woven fabric will hug you in all the right places.  Trust us when we say this is the most complimentary style, possibly ever. 

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