You test out new trends every season, but year after year, across any number of beaches or pools, one thing remains constant. Classic black swimsuits — whether they're a simple bikini style or an all out statement suit — are warm-weather staples that hold their own while other styles come and go. Like a sleek bodysuit or a tailored blazer, if you're working on a forever wardrobe, a black one-piece or bikini should be in there.
While playful trends like sparkly lurex detailing, underwires, and sporty cutouts abound this summer, don't underestimate the power of a tried-and-true classic every now and again. What’s more, myriad under-the-radar brands are stocked with cool noir styles in a range of fits — a fail-safe way to scoop up a suit no one else will have in your friend group.
So, whether you’re looking for an under-$100 find or don’t mind splurging on luxe Italian fabric (in basic black, you’ll have it forever), ahead, you'll find an edit of super-stylish black bathing suits to set your sights on. Go on, add to cart.
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Black Crop Top Swimsuits
These bikinis are the perfect solution to those days where you have some errands to run before you stop by the pool. You'll feel fully confident doing all your necessary tasks in a crop top bikini that can double as part of a put-together outfit with some denim shorts or a skirt and then peel those bottoms off to be poolside ready in an instant.
Black Cut-Out Swimsuits
For the days when you're feeling bold and wanting to let out your inner Bond girl, be sure to grab one of these cut out suits. The one factor worth noting with these suits: make sure you have sun screen handy and are reapplying through the day.
Black Bandeau Two-Piece Swimsuits
A strapless bikini is a swim wardrobe essential (especially for those days when you're hoping to avoid tan lines) and you can't go wrong with any of these simple styles. From a classic bandeau to something with a fashion-forward twist, any of these would be a great addition to your forever collection.
Black "Not-So-Basic" Swimsuits
Add some flair to your standard one-piece this summer. While a sleek black suit is a staple, consider opting for ones with slightly modern details. Small ruffles, a contrasting belt, or cool cutouts all put a new spin on the most straightforward of options.