spring break has arrived for many college students around this great nation, but unfortunately those of us who have already been whisked off into the real world are stuck in our stuffy office jobs where our killer pedicures, spray tans, and trainer sculpted bodies feel under appreciated. (i actually only have a stuffy office job—details!!! in my defense, i’m totally on the mani/pedi/tan trio, but i’m going to have to pay the trainer double ­čÖé ) it looks like i have some time to get myself together because i don’t have a tropical vacation booked quite yet. but in order to inspire myself to get things moving i’ve put together a swim apparel shopping guide to make things easy for those of you lucky ducks who will be sittin’ poolside:

shopbop has some fantastic options, with fun prints & stand out styles:

top: SYLA by Sylvie Cachay The Federica Bikini $294; Lauren Moffatt Crisscross Cutout Bandeau Bikini $190; Diane von Furstenberg Beach Small Dream Scape String Bikini $160; Brette Sandler Swimwear Charlotte Bikini $159; SYLA by Sylvie Cachay The Ava Bikini $253; all @ shopbop;
bottom: Diane von Furstenberg Beach String Bikini with Tortoise Love Knot $160; Alice + Olivia Red Floral One Piece Swimsuit $187; Alice + OliviaYellow Floral Bikini $198; Ella Moss Floral String Bikini $108; Lisa Curran Retro Pink Dot Halter Top & Scoop… $140; all @ shopbop;

more from shopbop:

top: Lisa Curran Ring Bandeau Tie Bikini with rings $140; Alice + Olivia Red Floral Bikini $198; Marc by Marc Jacobs Grace Paisley Swimsuit $158; Jocomomola de Sybilla LechuguitasBandeau Bikini $129; Jocomomola de Sybilla Cuadernos Halter Bikini $120; all @ shopbop;

bottom: Ella Moss Waldo Halter Bikini $106; Marc by Marc Jacobs Camille Swimsuit $158; Jocomomola de Sybilla Lechuguitas Bandeau Bikini $129; Fabucci Reversible Bandeau $184; Diane von Furstenberg Beach Burano Rose Drawstring Triangle Bikini $160; all @ shopbop

from urban outfitters:

top: Lisa Curran Floral Surplice Top Online Only!$60.00 & Lisa Curran Floral Bikini Bottom Online Only! $60.00; Damsel Polka Dot HalterOnline Only!$55.00 & Damsel Polka Dot Side Tie BottomOnline Only! $55.00; all @ urban outfitters;

bottom: Lucky Brand Braided Halter Top $54.00 & Lucky Brand Braided Bottom $44.00; Salinas Retro Floral Halter Top $55.00 & Salinas Retro Floral Bottom $55.00; all @ urban outfitters;

more from urban outfitters:

top: Salinas Reversible Tattoo Print Halter Online Only! $60.00 & Salinas Reversible Tattoo Print Bottom Online Only! $60.00; Diesel Halter Tie Triangle Top Online Only!$35.00 & Diesel Logo Banded Boyshort Online Only!$30.00; all @ urban outfitters;

bottom: OP Scarf Print Slider Halter $44.00 & OP Scarf Bikini Bottom $44.00; Damsel Polka Dot Cinch Top Online Only! $55.00 & Damsel Polka Dot Hipster Online Only!$55.00; all @ urban outfitters;

@ nordstrom:

top: Juicy Couture Beach ‘Turn Up the Juicy’ Triangle Bikini Top $70.00 & Juicy Couture Beach ‘Turn Up the Juicy’ Side Tie Bikini Bottoms $70.00; Vix Swimwear ‘Alison’ Halter Top$68.00 & Vix Swimwear ‘Alison’ Ring Bottoms $68.00; all @ nordstrom

bottom: Vix Swimwear ‘Jen’ Halter Bikini Top$52.00 & Vix Swimwear ‘Jen’ Bikini Bottoms$76.00; Vix Swimwear ‘Amber’ Embroidered Halter Bikini Top$84.00 & Vix Swimwear ‘Amber’ Embroidered Side Tie Bikini Bottoms$72.00; all @ nordstrom

more from nordstrom:

top: Milly Cabana ‘Maui’ Halter Bikini Top $103.00 & Milly Cabana ‘Maui’ Halter Bikini Bottoms $103.00; Vix Swimwear ‘Kelly’ Ring Halter Top$59.00 & Vix Swimwear ‘Kelly’ Ring Bottoms $63.00; all @ nordstrom;

bottom: MICHAEL Michael Kors Adjustable Triangle Tankini Top$76.00 & MICHAEL Michael Kors Signature Midster Bottoms$52.00; BCBG Max Azria ‘Cabaret’ Halter Bikini Top $74.00 & BCBG Max Azria ‘Cabaret’ Belted Bikini Bottoms $58.00;

@ bergdorf goodman + my favorite from trina turk:

top: Juicy Couture Striped Bikini $66-70; Diane vonFurstenberg Eyelet Lace Bikini & Caftan $160; Jean Paul Gaultier Daisy Triangle Bikini $270; all @ bergdorf goodman;

bottom: LeTarte Halter Bikini & Eyelet Dress $156; Trina Turk Tall Triangle Bikini Top & Loop Hipster Bottom $54-58 @ trina turk; St. John Dotted Stripe Bandini $85-95;

@ target:

row 1: Xhilaration┬« Bold Stripe Swimwear – Green/Pink $14.99; Xhilaration┬« Polka Dot Swimwear – Yellow $14.99; Xhilaration┬« Black/White Stripe Swimwear with Owl $14.99; all @ target

row 2: Xhilaration┬« Hearts Swimwear with Beads $14.99; Xhilaration┬« Tiny Flowers Swimwear $14.99; Xhilaration┬« Bold Stripe Swimwear – Green/Pink $14.99; all @ target

stylin’ one pieces:

top: VITAMIN A®Maillot one-piece $185 (similar to pictured) @ victoria secret; MICHAEL Michael Kors Double Strap Cutaway One Piece$98.00 (back & front views) @ nordstrom;

bottom: ella moss – floral 1-pc swim suit $114 @ lisa kline; Stephanie Hoos Swim Full Body Cut Out One Piece $170 Sale $85 @ girlshop; Juicy Couture Beach Metallic Stripe Skirted One Piece $163 @ nordstrom;

fashionable beach towels:

Diane von Furstenberg BeachTowel $150 @ shopbop; Diane von Furstenberg Beach Towel $150 Large Eyelet Lace (available in additional colors) both @ shopbop

affordable beach bags with style ( you worry about the chlorine or salt water/sand combination that beach bags often endure & you don’t have to skimp on style):

{l to r, top to bottom}: Merona┬« Large Straw Tote – Natural/ White $21.99; Canvas Tote with Double Handles – Natural with Yellow Trim $14.99; Merona┬« Large Straw Tote – Natural/ Gold $21.99; Market Tote – Natural with Rope Handle $14.99; all @ target

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