The Swim Trend You Wore in Middle School Is Cool Again—Here Are the Best Ones

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@evemeetswest STYLING: Dos Swim top; Ookioh bottoms

Each summer, a slew of cool new swim trends is introduced—from tiny string styles perfect for tanning to retro floral prints that were basically made for Instagram. Celebrities usually introduce us to these trends, then a few cool girls on Instagram jump on board, and suddenly, said trend is everywhere. But there's one trend bubbling up that's not so new. In fact, it's the same one I wore in middle school (kind of). 

Yes, tankinis are making a big comeback, but the 2021 versions are a bit different than the ones we all loved in seventh grade. The current tankini trend involves a top style that's a bit longer on the torso, hitting right around the bottom of your ribs. These tops are also more fitted than those of yesteryear and, by default, much more modern. These pair well with high-waisted, high-cut bottoms as well as tiny string styles, so it's really a "choose your own adventure" situation when it comes to selecting a bottom. To show you what I mean, below are the best tankinis for summer '21 that will have you rethinking the whole category. 

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This contrast trim is so cute. 

The perfect black bottom does exist. 

This baby blue is so perfect for summer. 

Leave it to Ganni to make the coolest swim, too. 

The best tankinis for summer



The tankini you wore in middle school—but 10 times cooler. 

Who can resist a good white swimsuit? 

This burnt orange is stunning. 

This is giving me 2000s vibes in the best way. 

The netting detail really sets this one apart. 

Warning: These may cause unexpected tan lines. 

I've never loved a wrap top more. 

The perfect cherry red. 

These bottoms can be worn with so many tops. 

These neons will really bring out your tan. 

Smocking will always scream summer. 

Obsessed with the little ruffle detail. 

Talk about a swimsuit that pops. 

These colors were made for Instagram. 

This feels retro yet modern at the same time. 

This color-blocking is so good. 

The Attico is a fashion-editor favorite. 

This color pairing feels fresh. 

You'll wear this suit summer after summer. 

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