Forget everything you knew about swimwear and feast your eyes on these eight waterproof essentials. Yes, that is an actual dress you’re seeing (on our future-BFF Allison Willams, no less), and yes, it is actually water-friendly. And it doesn’t stop there. From a romper straight out of our surfer-girl dreams to high waisted bottoms out of a vintage flick, to rashguards that do way more than just “guard,” here are eight on-point summer style picks we honestly cannot believe are swimwear:
Kassia Surf 2mm La Spring Wetsuit
Mermaids at heart, listen up. This is a wetsuit. Kassia Surf’s 2mm La Spring ‘suit has us scrambling to book a summer surf/snorkel/scuba getaway asap, because this is just too unique not to show off somewhere special.
Pret-a-Surf Tank Dress
It was love at first sight with this swim dress, which we first spotted on the ever-fabulous Allison Willams’ Instagram. The retro-inspired, body-hugging polka dots, exposed back zip, and fully waterproof material give a whole new meaning to “body con.”
Seea Luna Leucadia Bikini
Only style-conscious swimwear brand Seea could make the skort cool again. This swim gear is for the girly-girl who takes her surfing seriously: it’s got both high performance material and up to UPF 50+ for ultimate sun protection. It’s also manufactured locally in SoCal – an added bonus.
Blue Life Mirage Halter One-Piece
Who says statement pieces are confined to land-bound activities? This swimsuit from Blue Life has a super-low plunging neckline trimmed with crochet detailing , high cuts at the leg, and an open back for max va-va-voom potential.
Zinke Cropped Rashguard
This mod, colorblock rashguard is way too chic to confine to the surf. This crop top is essential to your summer well-being – just trust us. Bonus: it wraps in the back, making it totally adjustable and super flattering.
Beach Riot Halter One-Piece
The one piece is making a comeback, folks – and it’s got a whole new look. Part romper, part swimwear essential, this sleek one-piece is perfect for an active day on land or at sea. The little cut-out just below the neck seals the deal for extra style points.
Beach Riot x Free People High Waist Bottoms
We can’t even with these high-waisted swim bottoms. The sporty style, the vintage shape, the tropical print…these are what our swimwear dreams are made of. We’d like one pair for each day of the summer season, please.
Beach Riot x Free People Strappy Back Rashguard
…And just when you thought it couldn’t get cuter than those tropical high-waisted bottoms, in comes this rashguard. The front coverage + criss-cross ties add extra sass for a business-in-front (okay, as “business” as Hawaiian print can get), party-in-back kind of surf sesh. Or garden BBQ. Because we are so not confining this baby to the waves.