busting out

why the bustier is the swimsuit style you need now.

by steff yotka

Don't call this a comeback: Though the bustier swimsuit may have gone out of style in the late '90s, but its resurgence is anything but trendy. Summer after summer we've been stuck with string bikinis, cut-out one pieces, and the ever-awkward bandeau (seriously, how do people keep those on?), leaving a gaping hole in the bathing suit market for a shape that is flattering, functional, and fun to wear.

Enter the bustier, this summer's swimwear savior. Here are the pros: The corset-like shape will make your body look banging, the underwire cups mean your "friends" are secured in place, and the suit has infinite accessorizing possibilities. You can dress it up to channel a 1950s pin-up with red lips, a sunhat, and cat-eye sunnies, or keep it fresh with some baggy pants and a baseball hat like TLC. The bustier isn't tied to one specific fashion movement or era, meaning you can wear your suit any way you like without getting stares. And aren't you tired of having to rock a bathing suit that feels like the opposite of your street wear style? We say bust into a bustier and never look back.

Stussy – $39

Billabong – $29.99

American Apparel – $68

Chromat – $265

Asos – $47.52

Nasty Gal – $105

Topshop – $68

We Are Handsome – $207.90