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ESC, High Waist Swim

We like to consider ourselves fashion risk-takers on all fronts, but when it comes to the high-waisted bikini (or any body-exposing swimsuit for that matter), we find ourselves thinking twice about the statement we're making with our beach threads. If the crazy cutouts and one-piece suits that we're seeing at Miami Swim Week aren't quite your thing, we suggest giving the often overlooked high-waisted pinup bathing suit a try. 

With celebrity trendsetters of all shapes and sizes hitting the sand in the vintage trend, we are strongly in favor of swapping out predictable swimwear choices for the chic retro garment.

ESC, High Waist Swim

Consider the high-waisted bikini your LBD of summer. Besides being a departure from your usual swimwear rut, it's an easy-to-style base for your summer uniform.

For out-of-the-water activities, do like Rihanna and take your barefoot look to the next level with all the trimmings. Add layered body jewelry, an oversized denim cover-up and mirrored sunnies for a touch of personal style.

Ashley Greene also has the right idea with a less accessorized take. Simply cover up in a classic collared shirt to instantly pull your look together. Stylish mom of three Kourtney Kardashian got the memo, pairing her daring black cutout version with a straw hat and cat-eye sunglasses.

Even if your summer plan includes less sunbathing and more in-the-water action, this stay-put style also looks stunning on its own. Paddleboard enthusiast Taylor Swift, fit mom Keri Russell and supermodel Gigi Hadid brave the waves, keeping it simple and classic, opting for bold patterns that are statement-making enough for active beach babes.

Topshop Poppy Print Long Line Bikini Top, $35; Topshop Poppy Print High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms, $26; River Island Black Mixed-Print High Waisted Bikini Bottoms, $28; River Island Mixed-Print Bustier Bikini, $36; Rachel Comey Keena Bikini Bottom, $125; Rachel Comey Coup Swim Top, $125; Flagpole Swim Perry Color-Block Bikini, $400; Dolce & Gabbana Printed Bikini, $770; Agua De Coco Reversible Bikini Bottoms, $145; Agua De Coco Bandeau Top, $130