Nothing makes summer more exciting than planning for that vacation get-away, whether it is a weekend in the Hamptons or a full week in the Caribbean. Along with the planning comes shopping for the perfect beach ensembles, and we know that the maillot is a must-have. The one-piece swimsuit fits almost every body type and it transitions from the beach, to the pool, to the yacht, to a candlelight soiree seamlessly.
We found these show-stopping maillots in different shapes and color stories to match your own style and destination. Flower prints are impossible to avoid, as are the über sophisticated graphic samples. There is no need to show your complete belly to be sexy in the beach. In fact, keyhole, side, and back cutouts make for interesting silhouettes, whilst vintage and classic styles are revisited by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Bottega Venetta, and Australian brand Seafolly. Pair them with a statement necklace and wide-brim hat and you’ll be all set.
The print experts at Hermès wouldn’t leave swimsuits out of their ready-to-wear line. This strapless maillot in a tropical print is elegant enough to be a top in an evening look. $750. 691 Madison Avenue; 212-751-3181; hermes.com
Suno is another brand that knows how to make ethnic prints cool and romantic. With this classic swimmer silhouette, their pastel lily print, and stripped sides they make swimming all the more chic and fun. $265. Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street; 212-219-2688; openingceremony.us
If you have a thing for pastel and acid tones, this Zimmerman one-piece suit is all you need. This maillot fits like a glove thanks to the molded cups, keyhole detail and side rushing. $325. Anthropologie, 375 West Broadway; 212-343-7070; anthropologie.com
Michael Kors should be named king of American Sportswear. This one-piece has all the navy references in its color blocking, plus the zipper detail makes it oh so modern! $296. 101 Prince Street; 212-965-0401; michaelkors.com
MARC by Marc Jacobs knows how to make girls look wonderful and effortless in the same look. The Wooward tie-side maillot is a sexy option for all the minimalist gals out there. $151. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue (57th/58th Streets); 212-753-7300, 800-558-1855; bergdorfgoodman.com
If you are part of the group that likes to be confortable and keep everything in place, this luxuriously texturized maillot by Bottega Veneta with black side panels, back zipper and underwire cups is for you! $1250. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue; 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com
Wanna feel like a million bucks movie star traveling through the Cote d’Azur? This Zero + Maria Cornejo swimsuit is equal times flattering and elegant. With a bandeau top and open panel below the bust you only show the right amount of skin. $330. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue; 212- 826-8900; barneys.com
Challenge your inner 1950’s bombshell with this Seafolly polka-dotted navy blue maillot. Australians know to make beachwear chic! $148. Anthropologie, 375 West Broadway; 212-343-7070; anthropologie.com
Norma Kamali is an expert in the art of fashion-forward swimwear. This time she made the classic one-piece scoopneck swimsuit a graphic statement. Plus, the overlay hem subtly covers those hips. $380. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue; 212- 826-8900; barneys.com
Fashion-stylist-turned-designer Lisa Marie Fernandez used neoprene—the perfect material for high-end swimwear—inspired by diving and surf suits. This one-shoulder maillot with gloss finish might as well be worn by the next Bond girl. $315. Kirna Zabête, 96 Greene Street; 212.941.9656; kirnazabete.com