Sure, we know they’re only lines, but stripes really do convey so much! Think about how pinstripes mean business or how sailor stripes evoke the seafaring chic of French naval officers. (Mais non?) Lucky for everyone, Sixoneosix has plenty of striped swimsuits to go around, whatever your style may be. Check out our handy guide to find one that reflects your personality and taste the best.
Stripes and swimsuits have been a thing ever since Queen Victoria ruled England and bathing suits were made of wool. Thankfully, there’s no need to return to the (probably very itchy) days of yore, and striped swimsuits have certainly come a long way since then. Trendsetters looking for the most modern way to wear this pattern should opt for a monokini like the Blue Stripe Twist One-Piece Swimsuit. There’s so much to love here: cutouts in front and back, a twist front at the center of the bust, skinny straps, adjustable lace up back for a customized fit...we could go on and on. What makes this bathing suit really stand out, however, are the stripes, which are gently “erased” in places for an unexpected take on this classic motif.
The Proud Mom
There’s a time and a place for matching mommy-and-me swimsuits...and this is it! You won’t have forever to dictate what bathing suit your little lady wears during family trips to the beach, so take full advantage of it while you can. The Navy Striped Bikini For Toddlers (also available in girls’ sizes) is simply too cute. This itsy-bitsy children’s bikini is a near-exact match for the women’s Navy Stripe And Ties Bikini, with mariner-inspired stripes interspersed with solid blue self-tying straps below the bustline and at the side of the hip. You and your mini-me will surely be the best-dressed babes on the beach, so make sure to take plenty of pictures for posterity. Word to the wise: grandparents will appreciate a framed print of this matching moment come holiday time, too!
Maybe a bathing suit that’s printed with stark, graphic lines only leaves you a bit cold—after all, plain stripes don’t offer a ton of romance. But that doesn’t mean you should nix a striped swimsuit altogether! Swoon-worthy mixed-pattern styles like the Bold Floral And Stripe Halter One-Piece Swimsuit are where it’s at. Flattering ruched details, a supportive (and adjustable) halter neckline, plus a healthy dose of blooming flowers make this the right choice for the girly-girls among us. For curvy ladies, the same style is available in extended sizes as the Bold Floral And Stripe Plus Size Halter One Piece Swimsuit, so anyone who fancies it can pull off this feminine look.
The Vintage Lover
We see you, thrift-store goddesses. You get a kick out of rummaging around in your local vintage emporium and searching for stuff that was popular during decades past. But it’s actually quite hard to find vintage swimwear that’s in good condition—and doesn’t look like a costume. Instead, opt for a new swimsuit with retro styling, like the Floral and Stripe Knotted High Waisted Bikini. This two-piece bathing suit pairs a high-waisted bikini bottom with a wide-strap bralette bikini top for a double dose of vintage vibes. The sunny hue and broad white stripes also lend added throwback appeal without the kitsch factor of an actual vintage swimsuit. Remember, bullet bras went out of fashion for a reason!
Why mess with a good thing? Sure, there are lots of ways to wear stripes at the beach—so many colors, so many designs—but sometimes you’d prefer an elegant maillot that’s going to look as good today as it will in the decades to follow. (No one wants to swipe through old photos only to cringe at their dated-looking choices.) The Blue And Stripe One-Piece Swimsuit is simply classic. The flattering crossover design at the bust features chic stripes, while the bottom half is a solid royal blue. This understated combination is finished with skinny over-the-shoulder straps that can be adjusted to suit your exact proportions. That’s what looking great in a bathing suit is all about anyway: the right fit.
The Would-Be European
It’s summertime, which means you’d usually be jetting off the French Riviera, Capri, or the Costa del Sol...at least in your dreams. While this year will almost certainly not include a trip to a sun-soaked European destination, you can still get in a continental frame of mind with the Lasting Appeal Stripe One-Piece Swimsuit. This sleek one-piece features Marinière-inspired black stripes against a white background (so French!), along with a plunging neckline. This is a maillot that’s worthy of your most glamourous wide-brimmed beach hat, cat-eye sunglasses, and a chilled glass of rosé.
Too cool for the beach? Never! You can transpose rocker style to your seaside look with a little imagination. There’s always the all-black-everything route, but stripes can work, too. This pattern’s hard-rocking heritage—think Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe’s striped leggings or David Bowie’s striped jumpsuit from his Ziggy Stardust phase—subverts all expectations. The Red And White One Shoulder Striped U-ring Bikini is a blisteringly hot choice. The one-shouldered bandeau top features a metal U-ring that’s reminiscent of a piercing, while the cheeky bikini bottom puts more than just your confidence on display. We won’t even bother with the “dangerous curves” comment—it’s totally rock ‘n’ roll to know what you’re working with and then flaunt it fearlessly.
No one said that a stripe needs to be any particular color. There’s certainly no rule that prohibits you from mixing them with other design elements, either. Feel free to escape fashion boundaries in a two-piece swimsuit like the Laced Up Stripes High-Waisted Bikini. There are thin stripes here, but the unique cut (check out that high-waisted bikini bottom) and white background (a color that demands self-confidence) put it in less-conventional territory. The sexy corset-laced details also move this swimsuit deeper into uncharted waters. Choosing a bikini like this one serves as a personal style statement whenever and wherever you wear it.
Everyone loves a surefire winner and that applies to swimwear, too. If only bathing suits that ticked all the boxes were easier to find. Guess what? The Blue Watercolor Stripe One-Piece Swimsuit is one of those unicorns. Stripes elongate the figure, adjustable shoulder straps, and a fun front criss cross detailing for a flirty finishing touch. This is the striped swimsuit that you can wear anytime, knowing it will be flattering and appropriate in every situation (Girls’ weekend? Check. Romantic vacation? Check. Family excursion? Check.) with enough oomph to feel special. A one-piece suit like this stands out in a sea of meh swimwear—and stands out in the actual sea as well!
If you’re looking for more striped swimsuits, check out our shortlist here. For heading to and from the beach in style, browse cover ups that work perfectly with your new bathing suit. If stripes aren’t your thing, Sixoneosix’s new arrivals and customer-favorite styles might be just what you’re after!