Although the official start of summer was just days ago, most of us have already put in some long hours under the sun. I never step on the beach without SPF 50 or a straw hat, but try as I might, tan lines are an inevitable part of swimsuit season. Nothing kills a dramatic neckline like mismatched tan lines. If you’re wearing a strapless gown this summer or later this fall, don’t even dream of walking on the beach in anything but a bandeau. Meanwhile, gowns with deep v-necks or scoop backs require swimsuits with a similar shape. Take a cue from this season’s most flattering styles and pick a suit that matches your gown’s every curve.
Laura Urbinati Bikini Mint Polymide Bathing Suit, $245, available at farfetch.com. Mali Animale Underwire One Piece, $230, available at Sirene. Emilio Pucci Printed Swimsuit, $475 , available at Net-A-Porter.
La Perla Teja One-Shouldered Bikini, $550, available at Net-A-Porter. Mouille Naomi One Shoulder Ruffle Swimsuit, $127, available at ASOS. Black/Gold One Shoulder Swimsuit, $27, available at Dorothy Perkins.
Betsey Johnson Lollipop Underwire Top, $108 and Skirted Hipster Bottom, $104, available at Everything But Water. Zimmermann Strapless Orchid Twist Swimsuit, $245, available at Net-A-Porter. Ring Convertable Bandea, $25, and Button Girl Short Bikini, $20, available at GAP.