These Movie-Star Inspired Swimsuits Are Amazing

Dress like Farrah Fawcett, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, or Marilyn Monroe for the beach.

On par with jean shopping, bathing suit shopping can be a pit of misery—no one wants to see that much of their untanned skin in a florescent-lit dressing room mirror. But when you’re slipping into a designer-made, movie-star-inspired suit, the process can be a bit more fun.

Everything But Water’s 30th Anniversary Collection paired big-name designers—Kate Spade, Mara Hoffman, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Trina Turk, among others—with iconic movie stars as inspiration.

Take a look at some of their designs, then head to Everything But Water (Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Blvd., 301-365-0954; Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, 703-748-1987) to shop.

The Farrah Fawcett poster that hung in every teenage boy’s bedroom for years is reincarnated in this suit designed by BECCA ($138).

Angelina Jolie’s role in “Tomb Raider” was the inspiration behind this athletic bikini, designed by Araks ($200 top, $125 bottom).

Jean Shrimpton, the English model and actress who embodied the 1960s fashion scene, is present in this demure blush pink strapless suit, designed by Kate Spade ($173).

J Lo’s dramatic green caftan red carpet look is re-envisioned in this beach-friendly cover up, designed by Lotta Stensson ($448).

An iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe in a polka dot bikini led to this yellow-dotted suit, designed by Luli Fama ($84 per piece).

Audrey Hepburn’s beach outfit in “Two for the Road” inspired this playful bikini, designed by Nanette Lepore ($78 top, $68 bottom).

Editor’s Note: The price for the Araks bikini was previously listed as $200. This post has been updated to reflect prices of both the top and bottoms of the suit.
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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.