12 Swimsuits Separates That Are Perfect For Mixing and Matching

If you're in the mood for lounging beach-side or taking a dip in that luxurious rooftop pool you've been eyeing this summer, the key ingredient is a knockout bikini. Whether you love a vintage vibe with polka dots and ruched bottoms or adore a preppy stripe, now is the time to find your swimsuit soulmate. But what if, horror of horrors, you come across the most adorable bikini top you can imagine, but the matching bottoms are dull, drab, and altogether unflattering?

Enter in the bikini mix and match, which guarantees that no matter what top or bottom you find on the market, there's a mate out there which matches perfectly while providing you with a one-of-a-kind look. One of the best features of the trend is the utter freedom of pairing whatever designs you like; if you love an itsy-bitsy top but prefer more coverage below, try a triangle bikini paired with boy shorts. And for those who want to show off every curve, a string version on top and bottom will do the trick. And mixing patterns is not only accepted, it's expected. So if you're looking for the perfect bikini combination which isn't sold as a pair, try one of these six mismatched sets for your best beach look ever.

Images (Clockwise From Top Left): Billabong Bustier Bikini Top, $48, us.billabong.com; Maaji Bittersweet Gypsy Cheeky Bikini Bottom, $51, sundancebeach.com; Pret-a-Surf For J.Crew Star String Bikini, $88, jcrew.com; Patagonia Women's Solid Sunamee Side-Tie Bottoms, $39, patagonia.com; J.Crew Sailor-Stripe Lace-Up Bandeau Top, $58, jcrew.com; Airbrush Printed Twisted Bandeau Bikini Top, $8.99, charlotterusse.com; Bikini Lab Color Block Your Body Skimpy Hipster Bikini Bottom, $32, sundancebeach.com; Agent Provocateur Mazzy Metals Triangle Bikini Top, $200, net-a-porter.com; River Island Silver Metallic Bikini Bottoms, $12, us.riverisland.com; Orlebar Brown Ipanema Triangle Bikini Top, $184, boutique1.com; Lipsi Color Block Skirted Bottom, $130, toryburch.com