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When shopping for swimwear, our motto is quality over quantity — you want something well-made that’s going to make you feel confident when you’re basically naked in public.
That’s why the reversible swimsuit is our secret weapon: The two-in-one piece (four-in-one if you opt for a bikini) not only gives you more options when mixing and matching, but cuts down on your summer spending and saves you room in your drawer (and suitcase).
Because swimwear preferences can be such a personal thing — one woman’s go-to is another’s worst nightmare — we’ve rounded up the best brands making reversible swimwear in lots of different styles. So whether you live in a string bikini from June through August or wouldn't be caught dead in anything other than a one-piece, you’ll definitely find the reversible suit of your dreams.
This New York-based swim brand makes all kinds of cute reversible one-pieces and bikinis, with options from bralette-style tops to sportier cuts. Cute prints often flip to bright, solid colors, and many suits feature contrasting ties. Pictured: Raglan reversible strong bikini top, $98; and bottom, $98; Popoyo bungee high neck bikini top, $118; and retro bottom, $114
Every single piece made by this California-based brand is reversible, so the combinations are endless — and you’re bound to find the cut you want, from strappy to sporty to everything in between. Pictured: Elizabeth crochet back bikini top, $88; and bottom, $78
SoCal-based Kovey has mastered girly swimwear, with lots of bright pieces in fun prints and flirty cuts. Unfortunately the brand doesn’t have reversible one-pieces at the moment, but the bikini selection is top-notch. Pictured: Wayfare top, $80; Bonzer bottom, $60; Peaks top, $56
Mara Hoffman is known for flattering, funky cuts and bright, kaleidoscopic patterns — which are great, but memorable enough that you can’t wear the same suit for every beach trip. Good thing the brand has so many reversible options — 30 pieces, at our last count. Pictured: Basket weave bikini top, $86 (marked down from $122); and bottom, $86 (from $122)
All of the reversible suits made by Ward Whillas are bonded and stitch-free for a sleeker look; contrasting panels and deep colors jazz up the otherwise simple pieces. The selection is great for modest types, with lots of one-pieces and even some matching (though not reversible) rash guards in the mix. Pictured: Palmer one-piece, $325; Clermont top, $175; and Kiki bottom, $175
Red Carter is another great option for technicolor boho-lovers. Like Mara Hoffman, the brand’s prints may be bold, but bright color prints usually reverse to black-and-white, which is especially fun for mixing and matching (as in, reversing your top but not your bottom). Pictured: Reversible triangle bikini top, $98; and bottom, $68
With over 150 reversible pieces to choose from, Koa tops the list for the most options. The brand makes a number of unique cuts we’ve never seen before — and if you’re into the bandage suit thing, this is the shop is for you. Pictured: Day Dreamer One-Piece, $118
L Space is the runner-up for most reversible options, including a number of non-frumpy high-waisted, as well as tastefully cheeky, bottoms. One of our favorite reversible pieces is the wrap-top shown here, which comes in three different two-tone color options. Pictured: Chloe blocked top, $79; and Barracuda bottom, $79
The designers behind this swim brand split their time between Oahu and California, so you know they understand practical swimwear. But practical doesn’t mean plain: Most of their reversible pieces feature fun details like mesh, mixed prints, and cut-outs. Pictured: Zoe one-piece, $168