The Best Swimwear for a Hot Summer Weekend

Photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, Vogue, May 1998

Photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, Vogue, May 1998

Spending your Friday slumped over in your frigid cubicle, twiddling your thumbs, and longfully looking out the window at passersby? Perfect! Let’s use this time to plan your great escape: a weekend of basking in the sun’s rays with the beau, friends, or solo.

The first step? A swimsuit. Whether or not you’re jumping into the water, you can use it to create a look with some well-chosen additions. “A bathing suit is not just a bathing suit. Want to head from brunch to the beach? Wear it under overalls like a bodysuit,” says Vogue.com Market Editor Chelsea Zalopany. “Also, try an unorthodox coverup; instead of a caftan, wear a light sweater to go with bare legs, or a dress that could easily translate your look to nighttime.” As for the most important accessory of all? A great attitude to kick off your sand-strewn weekend. After all—it’s summer!

hotographed by Bruce Weber, Vogue, May 1998

hotographed by Bruce Weber, Vogue, May 1998

Eugenia Kim Delilah hat, $425; for information: marissacollections.com; Topshop Moto boyfriend dungarees, $90; us.topshop.com; Oscar de la Renta cutout floral jacquard-jersey swimsuit, $266; theoutnet.com Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of marissacollections.com; Courtesy of us.topshop.com; Courtesy of theoutnet.com

Eugenia Kim Delilah hat, $425; for information: marissacollections.com; Topshop Moto boyfriend dungarees, $90; us.topshop.com; Oscar de la Renta cutout floral jacquard-jersey swimsuit, $266; theoutnet.com
Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of marissacollections.com; Courtesy of us.topshop.com; Courtesy of theoutnet.com

Photo: Courtesy of @lonelylingerie

Photo: Courtesy of @lonelylingerie

LeSwim Formentera black, $250; shop.leswim.it; Madison Harding Raquel, $165; madisonharding.com Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of shop.leswin.it; Courtesy of madisonharding.com

LeSwim Formentera black, $250; shop.leswim.it; Madison Harding Raquel, $165; madisonharding.com
Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of shop.leswin.it; Courtesy of madisonharding.com

Photo: Courtesy of @mardsikes

Photo: Courtesy of @mardsikes

Monserat de Lucca Pomecita straw tote, $100; calypsostbarth.com; Literary Art Kindle Fire Case, $10; uncommongoods.com; Hermès yachting beach towel in turquoise, $230; usa.hermes.com Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of calypsostbarth.com; Courtesy of uncommongoods.com; Courtesy of usa.hermes.com

Monserat de Lucca Pomecita straw tote, $100; calypsostbarth.com; Literary Art Kindle Fire Case, $10; uncommongoods.com; Hermès yachting beach towel in turquoise, $230; usa.hermes.com
Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of calypsostbarth.com; Courtesy of uncommongoods.com; Courtesy of usa.hermes.com

Photographed by Mikael Jansson, Vogue, May 2009

Photographed by Mikael Jansson, Vogue, May 2009

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