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It wasn’t so long ago that we were comparing women’s curves to fruits and assigning swimsuit cuts to specific body types. Skimpier bottoms allegedly looked best on petite frames, while full-coverage briefs were recommended for those of us with hips. Less fabric was considered sexier as a rule, while covered-up one-pieces were reserved for mom. Well, enough with all of that! It’s 2019, and anything goes, and we’ve more or less scrapped the rule book. High-rise bikini bottoms and maillots are now considered chic and sophisticated, not frumpy, and on the opposite token, V-cut ’80s bottoms have become a fast favorite for women of every shape and size. Who says you have to choose, though? Plenty of us have a drawer stuffed with every silhouette and trend, from barely there to full coverage.

Grace Kelly (left); Lauren Bacall (right)

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As summer draws to a close, we have a new wild card to consider: the swim skirt—i.e., an itty-bitty miniskirt in lieu of a cheeky hipster or bikini bottom. It feels a little ’50s-ish, with the added bonus of being seriously practical. (Who needs a cover-up when your swimsuit has a built-in skirt?) We’ve seen a few one-pieces with skirts, too, like Norma Kamali’s peony pink version, which is essentially just a waterproof dress. As with any swimsuit trend, today’s swim skirts come in virtually every color and print under the sun, from Lisa Marie Fernandez’s shimmery gold set to Solid & Striped’s denim bikini.

Let Grace Kelly and Lauren Bacall be your inspiration and try something a little retro before summer draws to a close; shop our 13 favorite swim skirts below.

Solid & Striped Mazie top and bottom

SOLID & STRIPED
$178
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Dodo Bar Or Lippa floral-print swimsuit

MATCHESFASHION.COM
$367
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Lisa Marie Fernandez Alexia ruched metallic bikini and swim skirt

NET-A-PORTER
$490
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Norma Kamali strapless swim-dress

NET-A-PORTER
$165
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J.Crew shoulder-tie French bikini top and ruffle cover-up wrap skirt in classic gingham

J.CREW
$120
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Tory Burch solid ruffle top and skirted bottom

TORY BURCH
$198
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Marysia French Gramercy top and bottom in coconut

MARYSIA
$425
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LoveShackFancy Cassandra cotton sunsuit

MODA OPERANDI
$265
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Karla Colletto Grace contrast cutout-tie bandeau swim-dress

NEIMAN MARCUS
$299
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For Love & Lemons Elle underwire top and lace skirt

FOR LOVE & LEMONS
$261
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Zimmermann Honour ruffled floral-print swimsuit

FARFETCH
$425
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Robin Piccone Malia ruffle V-neck bikini top and skirted bikini bottom

ROBIN PICCONE
$226
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Rochelle Sara The Jessica top and Noha bottom

ROCHELLE SARA
$238
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