26 Minimalist Swimwear Options From Bikinis to One-Pieces

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Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, April 2000

Just like the rest of our wardrobe, swimwear trends also come and go. There’s no shortage of embellished swimsuits that make for some interesting tan-lines. Instead, consider taking the minimalist swimwear approach when it comes to the summer essential. As each summer returns, it’s likely you’ll be drawn to your more timeless and minimal swim over the statement styles that might feel outdated or too overtly trendy. When shopping for any wardrobe essential (swimsuits included!), it’s important to find one you’ll love as much this season as you will for seasons to come.

There are plenty of elegant and unfussy swim silhouettes that don’t feel basic. A sophisticated one-piece with modern details, like barely-there straps and monochrome belts becomes as much of a classic as the perfect t-shirt. For those who wish to show a bit more skin, you can’t forget about the power of the tried and true triangle bikini: the original, minimalist swimsuit. No matter the exact style, these swimsuits draw their appeal from subdued color palettes, clean and seamless cuts, and subtle textured fabrics like fine ribbing and soft scrunching. Just look to Liisa Winkler above, shot by Arthur Elgort for the April 2000 issue for proof of the suit’s staying power — 20 years later and her simple headband, strappy flat sandals, and black two piece looks just as good now as it did then.

Here, 26 chic swimsuit options to satisfy your inner minimalist.

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