Sporty, Black and White Swimsuits for Summer

Six our favorite functional one-pieces, made for splashing around in the surf

While recent swimwear collections have delighted us with plenty of loud graphics, neon hues and everything from cut-outs to tassels and more, sometimes less really is more. For this beach season, we’ve rounded up six swimsuits that are actually made for splashing around in the waves and jumping into pools. These sporty, black and white one-pieces don’t sacrifice aesthetics while letting you enjoy all your summer adventures.


T by Alexander Wang

Leave it to Alexander Wang to make something simple really special. This mesh combo one-piece is functional, but hardly basic. From the back, it looks like a bikini with an exposed zip, but the front offers a different take. With a black fabric panel across the bust and a high-neck mesh top, this is one sophisticatedly sporty swimsuit. ($365)

Giejo + Madewell

Perhaps the most ladylike of our choices, the Made in USA Giejo V-neck swimsuit was crafted from reclaimed fabric found in NYC by designer Gabby Sabharwal—keeping it as sustainable as it is stylish. The open back and hints of transparent panels also offer this subtle one-piece a little edge. ($185)



This black swimsuit—made by Sydney-based Suboo—is accented by white geometric mesh panels, but it isn’t just about looks. While the sheer sections certainly add to the appeal, the halter-neck (free of flimsy clasps or string) means that it’s highly functional and won’t leave you topless after catching a major wave. ($200)

Skye + Staghorn

This Western Australian-based label has created a classic one-piece, but with some current touches. With a low neckline, the Izar swimsuit also boats plunging side details, making it a piece that can easily be worn with shorts to a post-beach BBQ. ($210)


Zoe Karssen

Staying true to the fashion house’s love of bold, outspoken statements, Amsterdam-based Zoe Karssen’s Champ swimsuit sports a low back and a playful but positive logo that’s just right for pool toy battles and Slip-n-Slide races. (€160)


Another classic one-piece, Nookie’s Sugar Baby swimsuit is anything but dull. Though void of any patterns or graphics, this piece is fully smocked—offering aesthetics by way of texture. The thick straps and lack of embellishment makes this one-piece perfect for all kinds of summer activities and adventures. ($169)

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