30 Swimsuits That Weirdly Look Even Better as Summer Tops

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:

Weworewhat Claudia Bikini Top ($67)

H&M Bikini Top ($30)

Veronica Beard Dyer Plaid Bikini Top ($112.8)

Charlie Holiday Lula Bra ($49)

Juillet Izzy Bikini Top ($65)

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:

Jonathan Simkhai Chloe Floral Smocked Bikini Top ($175)

Capittana Martina Reversible Bikini Set ($132)

Capittana Almudena Bikini Set ($125)

Leslie Amon Maryline Bikini Set ($170)

Robin Piccone Ava Knot Front Tee Bikini Top ($74)


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:

Camila Coelho Camila Coelho Catarina Top in Black ($75)

H&M Padded Bandeau Bikini Top ($13)

Hunza G Tracey Frill Bikini Set ($108)

ASOS Bandeau Bikini Top ($16)

Suboo Kaia Ruffle Bandeau Top ($110)

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:

H&M High Leg Swimsuit ($29.99)

Leslie Amon Rita One Piece Swimsuit ($177)

Leslie Amon Asos Design Curve Broderie Off Shoulder Swimsuit in White ($0)

Norma Kamali Slinky Marissa One Piece Swimsuit ($99)

Oseree Lumiere One Piece ($156)


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:

Beth Richards Kim Top ($110)

Seea Georgia Bikini Top ($80)

H&M Bikini Top ($25)

L*Space Rebel Bikini Top ($52.8)

Agua Bendita Susan Bikini Top ($80)

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:

Vitamin a Claire Bikini Top ($71.4)

Norma Kamali Snake Mesh Bikini Top ($135)

Peixoto Zoni Top ($77)

H&M One-Shoulder Bikini Top ($18)

Vix Swimwear One-Shoulder Bandeau Bikini Top ($98)

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

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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