Tracking down summer swimsuits can be a trying task. And not only because we desperately want to find ones that flaunt our assets while camouflaging our perceived flaws. Nowadays, swimsuits (both one-pieces and bikinis) seem more designed for the sand or pool-side rather than the water with all their frills: embellishments, appliqués and barely-there coverage practically begging for a wardrobe malfunction.
But Bella Hadid, aka supermodel and trendsetter, has a solution for rocking water-resistant swimwear: wear them as tops. In late April, Bella was spotted decked out in a black and white Chanel swimsuit poking out from her baggy jeans. Now, styling swimwear for après beach or pool is nothing new — that’s why there are cover-ups — but the model wasn’t even water-adjacent. No, she was just out and about in New York City, wearing swimwear as streetwear.
As Bella goes, so do the trends, so we’re expecting this styling trick to take off (like tiny shades and bike shorts). To get you ahead of the swell, we’ve rounded up 27 swimsuits that are prime candidates to wear as tops (some you can even swim in) along with helpful styling tips so you don’t look like a fish out of water as you’re pounding the pavement.