Without fail, French women manage to have that air of je ne sais quoi that somehow ensures that they always look effortlessly stylish, whether they’re wearing straight-leg jeans, a dress, or even a swimsuit. Morning, noon, and night, the French have that sartorial second sense; and come summer, when you’re ready to hit the beach, you’ll want in on that fashionable intuition, too. Luckily, for everyone, the Parisian summer look can be easily achieved by adding these beach-appropriate French bikini styles into your seasonal swim rotation.
Now, to the most important question: what exactly is a French bikini? What makes the style different from a one-piece swimsuit or that two-piece in your closet? It turns out the French bikini design is distinguished by the triangle-shaped cups and the straps that go over the shoulders (versus tying them around your neck the way you would with a regular halter neck bikini top). This versatile style is a great choice for large and small-chested gals alike, simultaneously supportive, comfortable — as there is no underwire involved — and elegant. Long story short: this cute bralette style is truly an investment worth making this season and beyond.
Just like a classic beret or a minimal French jewelry-inspired engagement ring, the French bikini is one of those timeless wardrobe items that will never go out of style. And without fail, will give any and all of your poolside looks that effortless yet elegant flair. Scroll on to shop some of the eye-catching pieces available on the market right now.
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When you’re not surfing the waves, this embroidered bikini top from Tach Clothing can easily replace your tanks. Pair it with high-waisted shorts and a lightweight short-sleeve button-down and you’re set.
Ease into the summer 2021 animal print trend with a bikini top. Bonus: this style from Swimsuits For All is available in sizes 4 to 24.
Floral bikinis will always be in style. This iteration from Tanya Taylor’s new swimwear line will get you endless compliments — guaranteed.
If your fashion taste is on the minimal side, choose a bikini in a solid hue. This punchy purple style from fashion girl-favorite label Gimaguas will pair well with denim cutoffs when you’re strolling the boardwalk.
If you’re looking to make a statement on the beach, this bright yellow printed bikini from Lemlem will do exactly that. Plus, the bow detail adds an adorable touch to the top.
A more revealing take on the French bikini (peep the ultra-thin straps), this piece is a great option for your next beach or rooftop tanning session. The style is incredibly versatile in its ability to fit a variety of body shapes thanks to the size offerings. Pair it with the matching Perfect Fit bikini bottom.
This French bikini top has a lace inset detail at the bottom band that adds an elegant, feminine touch. Pair it the brand’s side-tie, lace-trimmed Nellie bottom and you’re good to go.
This front-tie bikini comes in a variety of bright neon hues, perfect for those looking to lean into the whole Y2K aesthetic.
This floral-print, adjustable strap bikini is a great eye-catching piece that’s not too overwhelming for those who are not used to wearing a lot of color. Fun fact: this fashion-forward boho brand is Katie Holmes-approved.
Jade Swim is known for its minimal, understated silhouettes and color options — and this Perfect Match bikini top is no exception. Pair it with a flowy maxi dress and some chunky slides for a full beach bar-appropriate look.
This full-coverage option is one of the most creative takes on the French bikini style as it combines several statement prints together. Should you not be able to pick between an animal print or floral designed swimsuit, simply rock this top with the matching bottoms. Problem solved.
This bikini is fully leaning into the animal print trend. Plus, the matching set pairs well with a white oversized shirt and some platform sandals, if you want more of that poolside-glam vibe.
For a top that provides extra coverage, opt for this plunging neckline style. The wider straps offer more support while sizing goes up to 2X for those with more curves.
When you can’t decide what color stripes to go with — pink or green — why not wear both? This top from one of the most stylish bikini brands on the market, Solid & Striped, will allow you to do just that.
If you’re looking for a bikini top that can be styled in a variety of ways, this number is a true two-for-one deal. With the option to be worn as both a French bikini and as a halter neck style, this is a great entryway into swimwear à la française.
Featuring dainty scalloped lace details, this swimsuit embodies all those feminine and romantic vibes. In fact, Bridgerton fans will love the print as it’s a piece Daphne Bridgerton would wear — if she lived in the year 2021.
If you’re planning to swim laps in the ocean, opt for this durable, sporty bikini top from Nike. It comes in several bold and neutral colors including neon green and classic black.
This style features irresistibly cute ruffle straps and a very unique print pattern, making it a must-have romantic piece. Pair it with a straw fedora and some beige wedge sandals.
This top features smock detailing and a milky orange-colored checkerboard print on the triangle-shaped cups. Pair the top with a matching bikini bottom or any other solid-colored styles in the shades of white, pastel yellow, or creamy peach.
This stretchy, buttery soft, non-padded style is great for those who just want to enjoy their day at the beach without feeling constricted (you can also get the matching Fox bottom in the same fabric). Add on bonus points for the adjustable ties, which can be styled in a variety of ways.
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