Bathing Beauties: This Season’s Best Swimsuits

You’ve waited all winter to trade in that snow shovel for a sand shovel. Now it’s time to stand out in a sea of beachgoers with swimsuits that fit every occasion. Here are a few trends to warm up to:

Checks, Please!

“The retro look is very trendy for spring and summer,” says Carrie Londe, owner of Winnetka’s new boutique Londo Mondo. “Think Marilyn Monroe or Brigitte Bardot.” Modern hipster meets old school in this retro favorite from J.Crew.

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Gingham Seersucker French Bikini Top, $52, J.Crew; Gingham Seersucker Bikini Bottom, $44, J.Crew

Game On!

This suit is a game-changer, allowing you to give it your all on the tennis and beach volleyball courts as well as in the pool. You’ll score big with this affordable racer-back tank and skort set available at JCPenney, Kohl’s and online at Free Country. Top $44; bottom $44

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Mosaic Wave Racerback Tankini Top, $31, Free Country

Kidding Around

So your days of wearing an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny polka dot bikini are over. You need something that lets you bounce between toting your toddler, lifeguarding kids at the pool and tackling waves while still feeling stylish. This suit lets you hang out with your kids without worrying you’re hanging out in all the wrong places. Spot on!

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Empire Swimwear Swim Dress Print, $90, L.L. Bean

Romantic Getaway

Everyone has a dark side. “One-piece suits can be downright sexy,” says Londe. “We’re seeing a lot of plunging necklines, drawing attention to the bust and décolleté. Ruching down the torso is a stylish look while also slimming and extremely flattering.” This elegant maillot’s lightweight drape makes you look like a movie star, especially when you add another twist like this sheer wraparound sarong!

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Knee Length Sarong Black, $27, Londo Mondo

Got You Covered

Tackle our Great Lake or relax poolside in L.L. Bean’s perfect-fitting geometric print suit. Then cozy up with this cover-up that takes you from the beach to lunch to errands on your way home. Wear it in the water and discover it doesn’t hang right or support you in the right places? No sweat! L.L. Bean has an astonishingly lenient return policy.

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Jewell Island Halter Tanksuit, $70, L.L. Bean

Made in the Shade

Looking for the best protection under the sun, but don’t want to reapply sunscreen throughout the day? Swimshirts are a great choice. Slap on a sun-protective hat and go boldly to the pool, lake, or backyard sprinkler with your kids.

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$90, Coolibar

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