This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
If you’ve been seeing flossy, string bikinis tied upside-down, sideways, and crisscrossed all over TikTok and Instagram, you’re not alone. They’re everywhere — on the likes of reality TV stars (see: Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian), runway models (Kendall Jenner), and your favorite swimsuit websites (Frankies Bikinis, Riot, and Sommer Swim). And when a swimsuit trend becomes as inescapable as this one, especially right at the beginning of summer, it’s natural to want to try it IRL. Warning: This trend isn’t safe for the water.
For those undeterred by a swimsuit hack made only for dry land or a leisurely swim in the pool, you really only need an adjustable string bikini top. From there, flip your suit upside down and tie the chest straps around your neck, and the neck straps around your chest. Adjust accordingly. Take it a step further by crisscrossing the straps that go around your neck before tying them in the back, or even further, by making the top strapless. For the latter, take the crisscrossed straps from the last step, loop them around your chest (under your arms), and tie them in the back. Goodbye pesky tan lines, hello Instagram fame.
If you’ve been circulating between bandeaus and undercup bikinis for the last few years like many of us have, it’s unlikely that you have a standard string bikini top lying around. Because of that, we rounded up 16 styles that are perfect to get in on the upside-down bikini trend, ahead.
Sommer Swim Kaia Plumage Triangle Bikini Top, $, available at Sommer Swim
Sommer Swim Naomi Plumage Tie Side Bikini Bottoms, $, available at Sommer Swim
We Are We Wear Reversible Melissa Tie Side Bikini Top, $, available at We Are We Wear
We Are We Wear Reversible Melissa Tie Side Bikini Pant, $, available at We Are We Wear
Princess Polly Recycled Nylon Isabella Bikini Top, $, available at Princess Polly
Princess Polly Recycled Nylon Isabella Bikini Bottoms, $, available at Princess Polly
Frankies Bikinis Malibu Halter String Bikini Top, $, available at Frankies Bikinis
Frankies Bikinis Katarina Cheeky Satin Bikini Bottom, $, available at Frankies Bikinis
Good American Matte Tiny Ties Triangle, $, available at Good American
Good American Matte Tiny Ties Bottom, $, available at Good American
Team Studio Gabriella Top, $, available at Team Studio
Team Studio Emma Bottom, $, available at Team Studio
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