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30 Swimsuits That Weirdly Look Even Better as Summer Tops

Lauren Eggertsen

Have you ever secretly wanted to wear your swimsuit as a top IRL, not just to the beach or pool? Same, which is why I'm writing this story. It wasn't too long ago now that our editor in chief, Kat Collings, flaunted a swim top as a "real" top underneath a blazer during fashion week, and to be honest, I never fully recovered. The styling was spot-on, it looked cool and fresh, and it was an easy way to give something that once had only one function, multiple.

Now, not every swimsuit or bikini top will transition as easily into your ready-to-wear wardrobe as others, so today, I'm here to break down the best swim top styles to wear as summer tops. Triangle bikinis and anything with a prominent barely there effect might feel a bit off among your regular clothes, but the six swim top styles ahead will look right at home with your jeans, blazers, and skirts—we promise.


The structure of a bustier-style swimsuit gives it a more ready-to-wear feel versus, let's say, a triangle bikini. Layer this underneath a blazer if your bra feels a bit too skimpy or with super-high-rise trousers for a fresh summer outfit. 

Shop the style:

Onia x WeWoreWhat Sorrento Top ($95)

H&M Bikini Top ($30)

Reina Olga Orange Bikini Top ($89)

Mango Bikini Top ($40)

Anemone Underwired Bikini Top ($145)

Short Sleeves

Thanks to the sleeves, people really will think these are tops until you tell them otherwise, which in turn will give you fashion street cred for being more innovative than most.

Shop the style:

Out From Under Betsy Gingham Ruffle Bikini Top ($49)

Beth Richards Daisy Bikini Top ($135)

Maiyo Margaux Top ($153)

Onia x WeWoreWhat Ravello Eyelet Ruffle Bikini Top ($120)

Rita Row Highwaisted Swim Set ($125)


Simple, bandeau-style swim tops remind us of a sleek sports bra moment. Wear them with jean shorts, high-rise slip skirts, and even with loose-fitting jeans for a fun '90s vibe. 

Shop the style:

Eres Skim Button-Detailed Bikini Top ($360)

Ookioh Oslo Top ($49)

Araks Quinn Bikini Top ($180)

Jade Swim Coast Bikini Top ($100)

Fella Quinn Textured Bikini Top ($125)

Statement One-Pieces

Wearing your cooler, more statement-making one-pieces as bodysuits is something you might have thought about doing but haven't had the courage to try yet. Well, try it. You'll be glad you did. 

Shop the style:

Three Graces London Cleo Ruched Swimsuit ($323)

Fisch Select Leopard-Print Swimsuit ($250)

Leslie Amon Amanda Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Seersucker Swimsuit ($255)

Ganni Striped Swimsuit ($160)

Topshop Black Straight Ring Swimsuit ($60)


Tankinis are finally back as a fun new swim trend this year, and they are the best style to test out as a top double. I mean, they basically look like a crop top, after all. 

Shop the style:

Lonely Label Joey Cami ($130)

Beach Riot Izzy Printed Bikini Top ($92)

Solid & Striped The Bianca Printed Bandeau Bikini Top ($79)

LPA Constance Top ($78)

Acacia Crop Bikini Top ($115)

One-Shoulder Tops

One-shoulder tops are currently trending in the ready-to-wear world, so we don't see why you can't wear one-shoulder swim tops as a going-out top 2.0… or something like that. 

Shop the style:

Zulu & Zephyr Float Bralette Bikini Set ($160)

Out From Under Tidal Wave Bikini Top ($39)

Myra Ford One-Shoulder Bikini Top ($100)

Gnash Swim Scallop Crop Bikini Top ($75)

Vitamin A Giada Top ($110)

Up next, shop the five swim trends fashion editors are rooting for this season

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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