Suits of all styles for lounging, surfing, and playing. 


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Roxy Boheme Life Crop Top (Courtesy Roxy)

Roxy Boheme Life Crop Top ($48) and Drop Diamond Mini Bottom ($40)

We liked the extra coverage of this halter racerback, which stayed on no matter what we put it through. The knit fabric is comfortable and the style is on-trend, whether you’re bodysurfing or chilling in the hot tub.

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Cynthia Rowley Blue China Print Wetsuit (Courtesy Cynthia Rowley)

Cynthia Rowley Blue China Print Wetsuit ($295)

It can get nippy in the water, even on hot summer days. Fashion designer and surfer Cynthia Rowley has the fix, combining style with extreme utility in this two-millimeter neoprene wetsuit. It pulls on easily, hugs like a second skin, blocks the sun, and has a zip pocket in the back for a car key or ID. It also comes in a number of retro-cool prints.

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J.Crew Scalloped French Top and Scalloped Bottom (Courtesy J.Crew)

J.Crew Scalloped French Top ($68) and Scalloped Bottom ($136)

J.Crew is our go-to for solid-color two-­pieces. Designed by swimsuit company Marysia for J.Crew, this bright red scalloped boy-cut bottom is made from a lightweight, stretchy nylon-spandex fabric that moves with you as you paddle out. The top has adjustable straps and UPF 50 sun protection. 

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Patagonia Solid Kupala Cross Back Top and R1 Lite Yulex Surf Shorts (Courtesy Patagonia)

Patagonia Solid Kupala Cross Back Top ($49) and R1 Lite Yulex Surf Shorts ($65)

For days when you need a bit of added warmth and attitude, this Patagonia combo is your ticket. The sticky, adjustable crossback top and 1.5-millimeter camo surf shorts—made almost entirely from eco-friendly rubber—face down big surf or whitewater rapids with aplomb. 

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Seea Anglet One-Piece (Courtesy Seea Swimwear)

Seea Anglet One-Piece ($120)

Everyone should have a one-piece in their kit, especially when poolside glamour is called for—say, on a swanky weekend getaway in Baja. With a tie belt and an interlaced strappy back, the Anglet pairs old-school looks with high-coverage comfort.

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L Space Haley Blocked Top (Courtesy L Space)

L Space Haley Blocked Top ($88) and Mia Bottom ($79)

An athlete’s best friend, this chic color-block bikini offers ample support for hard play, is totally adjustable, and transitions easily from a SUP yoga session to an impromptu beach Frisbee match. Bonus: the soft nylon fabric is seamless and reverses to solid aqua if you’re going for a more understated look. 

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