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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at CMU chapter.

The weather’s finally getting warmer, which means it’s finally spring and summer is just around the corner! Summer is definitely the best time of the year with the beautiful sun in our eyes and the return of booty shorts and tank tops. It’s also the season of beaches, tanning, ice tea and some hot bikinis. Some are already running and working to tone up their bodies in shape to get ready to wear their new bikinis and show off their amazing abs.

Here are some tips on swimsuit styles we all should try for this coming summer!

1. One Piece

 I know we all think one-piece swimsuits are totally not a thing anymore and only old ladies wear these. However, nowadays, one-piece bathing suits come in millions of different styles, patterns and colors. They’re sexy, fun and super cute! You don’t have to wear those plain one-piece bathing suits that you’d only wear at swim meets. There are lots of other options that are fashionable and practical. You never have to worry about being self-conscious about your body or losing or readjusting your bikini top/bottom in the water.

2. Tankini

Tankinis are the perfect middle ground between one piece bathing suits and bikinis. Tankinis are long enough to cover your stomach but short enough to be separated from your bottom. If you want the security of a one-piece swimsuit but you want to still leave some room for skin exposure, tankinis are perfect for you! They’re very comfortable but sexy and stylish.

3. Bandeau

Bandeaus or strapless bikinis are so in nowadays! They’re cute, sexy and fun! With bandeaus, you don’t get those awkward bikini strap tan lines, and they look great on everyone whether you have big or small busts. Since they are a little hard to swim in, they’re perfect for when you just want to lay down on a beach and relax and tan.

4. Bikinis

Yup, bikinis. They have been and they are still the most popular swimsuit styles you can find in any stores. Bikinis are fun, hot and popular so what’s not to like about them? Bikinis now come in all sorts of styles, colors and patterns. You can find just about any type of color and style of bikini in stores nowadays. If you’re feeling sexy and risky, you can go for the strappy, triangle bikini tops or if you’re feeling sporty and active, you can go for the halter-tops or the sport tops that look like sports bras. Bikinis have been around for so long because they are accessible and easy to try on and wear. Plus, they’re really cute and they can really accentuate your body.

5. Beach Cover Ups and Skirts

Beach cover-ups have been in and out of style for a long time. Well this summer, they’re so in! There are some really cute cover-ups with pretty patterns and distinct designs. Unlike a few years ago when they first became popular for their utility as cover-ups at beaches and pools, now they’re much more fashionable and noted for their stylish designs. Some are made out of waterproof materials so it’s not at all a biggie if you get wet. They also make skirts that are wearable in water. Sometimes, the skirts are attached to the bikini bottom so you don’t have to worry about one of them falling off in the water.

I am a junior Materials Science and Engineering mjaor at Carnegie Mellon University, and I am also minoring in Professional Writing and Business. I am a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  I love TV and trying out new beauty products.  I follow E! on Twitter so that I can stay up-to-date on celebrity news.  I'm royal-obsessed, and I love Kate Middleton's style.  I'm kind of a Sephora addict, and I could easily spend hours there.  I also spend way too much time on Pinterest.  Finally, I love hockey and all Pittsburgh sports.