A telltale sign that swimwear season has officially arrived is when our favorite celebrities start posting their most jaw-dropping, skin-bearing swimwear selfies to Instagram. Each summer, four or five new swim trends pop up (cutout one-pieces, strappy string bikinis, animal prints...anyone else getting whiplash trying to keep up?), and oftentimes, celebs are the first to rock said trends. That’s why we rounded up some of the sexiest swimwear recently seen on our favorite stars including trendsetters like Jennifer Lopez, Sofía Vergara, Kelly Ripa, Gabrielle Union and lots of others to help guide you on the way to your *hottest* summer yet.
11 Celebrity-Approved Swimsuits to Help You Channel Your Inner Star This Summer
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The Best Celebrity-Approved Swimwear at a Glance
- Best String Bikini: Frankies Bikinis Sky Ribbed Bikini
- Best Animal Print Swimsuit: Dolce & Gabbana Leopard-Print Swimsuit
- Best Black Swimsuit: La Blanca Island Goddess Swimsuit
- Best Triangle Bikini: ViX Swimwear Triangle Bikini
- Best Red Swimsuit: Andie Swim The Amalfi
- Best White Bikini: L*Space Tori Bikini
- Best Cut-Out One-Piece: Melissa Simone Zara One Piece
- Best Asymmetrical Swimsuit: Louisa Ballou Sex Wax Swimsuit
- Best Floral Bikini: Heavy Manners Miss December Triangle Bikini
- Best Striped Bikini: Tropic of C The C Bralette
- Best Strappy Bikini: Inamorata Las Olas Bikini
Best String Bikini
You'll be hard-pressed to find a celebrity who hasn't rocked a swimsuit from Frankies Bikinis (Kylie Jenner, Miley Cyrus and Halsey, to name a few, but the list goes on and on). However, we're giving a special shoutout to Jenny from the Block for this one. Jennifer Lopez showed off her unreal abs in a simple yet sexy white bikini from Frankies in a post that nearly broke Instagram. While the exact style is no longer available, Frankies has several other white string bikinis that are guaranteed to make your tan pop this summer. Also worth noting, Gigi Hadid recently collaborated with the brand to bring you soft, whimsical bikinis with ruffles and florals galore—cottagecore lovers rejoice!
Best Animal Print Swimsuit
Animal prints have been taking the swimwear-world by storm, and Sofía Vergara's recent Instagram selfie is a testament to that. This iconic one-piece features a deep scoop neckline and an infinitely sexy low back. If you want to match the star, her suit is available at Net-a-Porter. Now all you have to do is pair it with some oversized round sunnies and you're guaranteed to look like an A-Lister.
Best Black Swimsuit
If you're looking for classic and affordable swimwear, look no further than our queen Kelly Ripa. She recently shared a hilarious selfie with husband Mark Consuelos admiring her...black one-piece swimsuit, of course! It's got thin straps and a scooped neck, and if Consuelos’s face is any indication, it looks just as good from behind as it does from the front. A simple black one-piece is such a timeless swimwear staple that you can find lots of lookalikes online, like this one by La Blanca.
Best Triangle Bikini
Every summer, we look forward to seeing Gabrielle Union's bikini photos. Seeing as the always-gorgeous Ms. Union could throw on a paper bag and still make it look high fashion, it's no wonder that she completely shines in this ViX triangle bikini. This style comes in a few vibrant color options, and while Union favors the Mika, we can see her (and you) looking just as stunning in the hot pink Lotte print.
Best Red Swimsuit
Demi Moore has been a staunch supporter of Andie Swim for years, so it makes sense that she would have her very own fashion edit with the brand. The wholesome campaign, titled "TOGETHER," features Moore and her daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah posing poolside in their chic suits. Still not conviced? See the fiery selfie she posted to Instagram, aptly-captioned "Red hot summer," to promote one of her favorite pieces from the edit.
Best White Bikini
It seems that once one celebrity decides a brand is hot, the rest follow suit. That's certainly the case with L*Space. Its designs have been worn by countless icons like, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Cameron Diaz and Sydney Sweeney (we could go on). Our personal favorite celeb L*Space moment is Selena Gomez’s simple white bikini in this adorable Instagram post dedicated to her friend. The exact ribbed bralette bikini she's wearing is no longer available, but we pulled a similar textured bikini from the same brand that's guaranteed to make you shine like a star.
Best Cut-Out One-Piece
Bella Hadid is never afraid to take fashion risks, both on and off the runway. Lately, she's been turning out super unique street style looks, but the beach is where she truly ~dazzles~. Here she is posing in Melissa Simone's Zara One-Piece. This suit is rife with sexy cutouts and a modern one-shoulder design, but you can also wear it strapless, like Hadid did above.
Best Asymmetrical Swimsuit
If this style looks familiar, it's probably because virtually every celebrity was trying to get their hands on one of Louisa Ballou's resort-wear pieces last summer. SZA is just one of many celebrities who's made a statement in one of these unique designs. Louisa Ballou has such an innovative take on swimwear with retro references and fun patterns, so we're predicting it to be just as popular this summer. Similar to SZA’s dress, this similarly vibed one-piece has cutouts and golden rings in all the right places.
Best Floral Bikini
Dua Lipa frequently blesses our Instagram feed with bikini selfies, cementing the "New Rules" siren as quite the style icon. This simple floral bikini by Heavy Manners uniquely ties in the front and it comes in a vibrant floral print that'll make tans and eyes pop at the same time.
Best Striped Bikini
This suit is not only celeb-approved, it's celeb-founded, too. Tropic of C is supermodel Candice Swanepoel's sustainable swimwear brand. After years of owning the runway as a Victoria's Secret Angel, it's only fitting that Swanepoel would branch out into designing figure-flattering, form-fitting swimwear. She models the Surfer Stripe pattern above, but since we're seeing a surge in metallic-tinted swimwear, we can definitely see the Palm color making waves this summer as well.
Best Strappy Bikini
Emily Ratajkowski is another model who (very successfully) ventured into swimwear design. In this recent IG snap celebrating her birthday, she's seen on a white sand beach sipping on a cold beverage while wearing a crochet bucket hat and her very own Las Olas bikini in the giraffe pattern. This suit combines two super-hot swimwear trends: animal print and extra-long strappy ties. If you're not feeling the call of the wild, don't worry, there are also 15 other retro prints and eight solid colors for you to choose from.