Memorial Day weekend kicks off the official start of summer, and that means the season of pool parties and sexy bathing suits has begun!
We’re fulfilling our patriotic duty with a salute to the hottest styles in red, white and blue swimwear, from American flag string bikinis to star-spangled Speedos.
#1 The Itsy Bitsy Bikini
Nothing says “welcome to summer” quite like an itsy bitsy American flag bikini. Sure, the requisite number of stars and stripes may not have room to be displayed, considering the tiny bit of fabric involved, but the wearer still gets credit for an enthusiastic show of patriotism. We vote for examples like this, worn by Kate Upton–she can lick our popsicles any day of the year! Or, for those who prefer the more classic look, we can’t help but pledge our allegiance to sexy Cindy Crawford.
#2 The Next-to-Nothing Speedo
It takes some serious balls for a dude to show up to Memorial Day festivities in a teeny little Speedo, but if you’ve got the bod for it, please do! You’ll make all the girls stare. If anyone can pull off wearing a red, white and blue suit that small and tight, it’s Michael Phelps. Those Olympic rings peeking out are such a tease!
#3 The Sexy Sailor
Nothing says sexy like a scantily clad woman in a nautical-themed bikini. Set sail in one of these patriotic suits and the trade winds may just blow you all the way to Pleasure Island. We salute you, Rachel Bilson, for modeling this sexy sailor-inspired patriotic bikini—we’re all aboard for whatever you want to do.
#4 The DILF Trunks
Dadbod is all the rage this summer, but we’re not totally sold. A real man takes care of his family, and you need big strong muscles to do that, right? But, no matter how flab or fab your abs are, any dad who wears red, white and blue swim trunks this Memorial Day weekend is a DILF. This sexy Jon Hamm look-alike really knows how to rock the classic American flag swim trunks. Those arms? Oh, yes please!
Honorable Mention: The Seductive Cover Up
Okay, so this one isn’t really a swimsuit, but we just had to include it—sometimes the tease of a sexy cover up can turn up the heat more than any bikini can! You know, show just enough, but leave the rest up to the imagination. Take a cue from the always-seductive Marilyn Monroe, looking so provocative all wrapped up in those stars and stripes.
Disclaimer: Don’t get too attached to your patriotic swimsuit because if you show up to your Memorial Day festivities in any of these, you might just lose it… if you’re lucky!