Summer, despite the many definitions and images that it sparks for each individual, will never lose its connection to long days on the beach, lazy afternoons by the pool, and gorgeous swimsuits to accompany us throughout these endeavors. My personal summer plans always involve a pool or two, and along with that, a whole new range of swimsuits. With both exam week and my departure from Bombay (2 more weeks!) coming up, I am keeping my mind off these setbacks with the thought of summer – and all the gorgeous new swimwear I can don throughout those sunny days. This summer, the bulk of which I'll be traveling across Europe with the family, calls for two distinct types: the strapless bikini and the triangle bikini. Strapless swimsuits often provide logistical issues and honestly aren't the most convenient. But with the right options, you can find the perfect strapless piece to don throughout warm summer days. The swimsuits above (again, featuring a large amount of pieces from the covetable Triangl swimwear) are the perfect strapless options I discovered after scouring Polyvore for the swimwear of the season. From the lemon yellow bikini with a delicate twist detail created by renowned swimwear designer Melissa Odabash to the snake-skin-embellished bikini in a baby pink tone, strapless bikinis have never looked better. Going for monochromatic pieces, in single shades of summer hues such as a cool mint or a pastel pink, can be just as rewarding, especially when combined with a mix-and-match set.
The quintessential triangle bikini never fails to make a splash in the swimwear lines of designers everywhere. While the actual silhouette is standard for all these options, there are countless creative decisions that designers took to individualize each piece. Triangl Swimwear's sleek – and now iconic – two piece has a distinct shape to it which makes it flattering for all. The options in the second row all feature one shade designs; textures and details vary, from the ruffles on the midnight-blue piece to the string straps on two of them. My personal favorite, another Odabash piece in the perfect summer color – white – has subtle silver embellishments. For bolder pieces, without the subtle factor, turn to the vivacious and unapologetically vivid pieces in the top row. Missioni, the authority on all prints, has a elegant black-and-white ensemble while Matthew Williamson created one that is sure to liven up any beach trip you embark on. This summer, the options are limitless and swimwear has never been more fun.
+ Check out Elle's swimwear guide on fabulous one-pieces!