I Broke Up With This Swimsuit Trend

I don’t know how you store your swimsuits, but mine are crammed into a tote bag and stuffed under my bed. It’s not a perfect system (by a long shot), but in my teeny-tiny New York apartment, it works well enough. But as a result, my bikinis tend to twist together into one stringy, twisted mess making it generally way easier to grab a random top and bottom rather than finding a matching pair. For a long time, I liked the unfussiness of mismatched tops and bottoms, as it seemed easy (and cool) to throw together whatever top and bottom I pleased.

But I’ve learned something: My supposed laziness was working against me. The truth: I felt more relaxed in a matching top and bottom. While theoretically, I shouldn’t care about how mismatched pieces go together, the reality is that I found myself often contemplating (and later regretting) my individual top and bottom choices. I would try mixing prints and cuts that seemed cute in theory only to put them on and feel self-conscious (which isn’t exactly how you want to feel in a swimsuit). And while I had assumed that a matching suit was a bit blah, there are plenty of coordinated suits that don’t feel too matchy-matchy. Below I’m highlighting my four key rules for bikini shopping and sharing a few of my favorite matching sets too.

Find a suit with cool details like extra straps or a wild print to take things up a notch. 
Top and Bottoms ($60) available in sizes S to L. 
Available in sizes 38 to 46. 
Available in sizes 1 to 4. 
Top and Papaya Bottoms ($68) available in sizes XS to XL.
With a matchy-matchy suit, keep an eye out for a color that suits your skin tone (or stick to black or white, which look great on everyone).
Available in sizes 4 to 24. 
Available in sizes S to L.
Available in sizes XS to L. 
Top and String Briefs ($115) available in sizes 1 to 5. 
If you’re worried about looking too coordinated, opt for pieces that go together but aren’t exactly identical. 
Top and Enel Bottoms ($110) available in sizes S to L. 
Top and Side Ruffle Bottoms ($115) available in sizes S to L.
Top and Banded Bottom ($88) available in sizes 1X to 3X.
Top and Low Rise Briefs ($115) available in sizes XS to L. 
With a bikini, cut is key. Find what works for you, whether it’s a full-coverage top, high-thigh bottom, or something sporty.
Top and Bikini Bottoms ($19) available in sizes 12 to 26. 
Available in sizes S to L.
Available in sizes DK 34 to 42. 
Available in sizes 34 to 40.
Available in sizes S to L. Now it’s time to head to the beach!