When it comes to bathing suit style, there are essentially three main categories: People who dread putting one on, those who feel meh about it and aim for function, and the ones who genuinely look forward to slipping into a sexy string bikini or bright, bold one-piece.
We don't like to assume, of course, but we're willing to bet Jennifer Lopez falls into that last category. The singer, actress, designer, and businesswoman goes viral almost any time she shares a swimwear selfie (which is fairly regularly) and her collection of designs happens to be extensive. She's worn it all, from cheeky bottoms to side cutouts, and just like how we've gathered shopping and styling tips from her everyday outfits, we've picked up a few tricks from her beach and poolside looks, too.
It's All in the Details
There's nothing wrong with simple and solid, but high-cut legs, a belt, or both will add a little bit of fun and ensure your beachside look is special, not boring.
Shop now: Heart of Sun Halo One-Piece; $180
Find Your Signature Shade
So many of Lopez's most memorable looks have included the color green (hello, 2000s Grammys dress). It makes a lot of sense that she'd stick to what she likes when it comes to swimwear. The star looked so powerful as she posed in a one-piece in a similar, super-flattering shade.
Shop similar: Norma Kamali Marissa One Piece; $150
Add a Few Key Accessories
Shop now: Triangl Macia Bikini in Grape Sparkle; $99
Play Around With Coverups
You could wear old, oversized tees and cotton shorts over your bikini. Or, you can get a little fancy and have fun, J.Lo style, choosing a long robe or satin duster, instead. And if it coordinates with your suit, like Lopez's red Melissa Odabash option, even better.
Shop now: Melissa Odabash Cancun Red Pique Bikini; $234
Stick With the Classics
Even Lopez can't resist a geometric-print halter-neck bikini. It's pieces like these that are good investments, since they never go out of style and are always eye-catching.
Shop similar: Emilio Pucci Conchiglie Print Triangle Bikini Top; $200 and Emilio Pucci Conchiglie Print Reversible Brazilian Bikini Briefs; $140
Don't Forget About Neutrals
Over-the-top prints and loud colors are fun, but they're not a necessity. There's something super-sleek, elevated, and relaxing about a light-brown or beige swimsuit. Lopez's one-piece could even double as a bodysuit in a pinch.
Shop now: Myra Swim Hunter One Piece; $190
Throw It Back
If you're wondering whether the '90s resurgence has hit the swimwear category, the answer is yes. Aside from high-waisted French bikinis trending for summer 2021, Lopez brought back the iconic, instantly-recognizable GUESS suit last summer, and we're itching to get our hands on one this season, too.
Shop now: GUESS One-Piece Logo Swimsuit; $69
Try Some Ties
There's a lot of potential to play around when your bathing suit features extra-long strings. You can knot those babies into bows, crisscross them at the neck or behind your back, and, if they're located on the sides of your bikini bottoms, you can wrap them around your waist for a sexy, strappy look.
Shop similar: Frankies Bikinis Foxy String Bandeau Bikini Top; $90
Put Together an 'Outfit'
Another trick we've learned from Lopez the Swimwear Queen? Treat your bikini or one-piece like the base of a full outfit. For example, style graphic bikini bottoms with a cute crop top and then work in statement shades and hoop earrings. Keep matching and coordination in mind to ensure your pairing always looks intentional and you'll come across as fashion-forward instead of too casual.
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