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In the Mood For…A Swim

Swim

Memorial Day means one thing first and foremost: Beaches are open for business. But swimwear doesn’t need to be limited to the seafront or poolside; here, we offer a few swim styling inspirations straight from W’s archives over the years.

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Keep cool with a few strategically placed cutouts.

“Paolo Roversi: Swim,” photographed by Paolo Roversi, styled by Alex White; W magazine April 2008.

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A classic halter is very Monroe by the beach.

“A Brighter Shade of Pale,” photographed by Willie Vanderperre, styled by Olivier Rizzo; W magazine June 2011.

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Model Elizabeth Bennett is most at home on the beach — right down to her bed-as-surfboard.

“The Montauk Moment,” photographed by Benedict Brink, styled by Caroline Grosso.

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Brigitte Bardot was the consummate chic French girl, which explains why she fits in so well in the south of France.

“This Side of Paradise”; W magazine November 2012.

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Cara Delevingne proves that you don’t need a swim suit to hit the beach (though a cute, beach-ready dress doesn’t hurt).

“Heavenly Creature,” photographed by Mikael Jansson, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine February 2013.

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Don’t forget to buckle up.

“Gold Digger,” photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine April 2012.

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A lace shift can double as a beach coverup — or a swimsuit on its own, if you’re daring enough like Kate Moss.

“Summer Camp,” photographed by Bruce Weber, styled by Alex White; W magazine July 2008.

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Leotards look an awful lot like swim suits in the right (beachy) light.

“First Ladies,” photographed by Bruce Weber, styled by Camilla Nickerson; W magazine May 2010.

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… And a swim suit doesn’t have to be limited to the beach.

“Chic Mystique,” photographed by Mario Sorrenti, styled by Camilla Nickerson; W magazine March 2010.

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Though one-pieces are all the rage this season, we’ll never say no to a good bikini like Joan Smalls.

“Survival of the Chicest,” photographed by Mikael Jansson, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine June 2013.

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Leave it to the men to bare it all.

“Blame it on Rio,” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Arianne Phillips; W magazine March 2009.