Blake Lively’s cutout one-piece swimsuit is the perfect bikini alternative

Blake Lively’s Instagram is the only summer mood board you need. 

On April 8, Lively—who welcomed her fourth child with husband Ryan Reynolds earlier this year—showed off multiple covetable swimwear looks that would be perfect for any beachside getaway. In the first pic the 35-year-old actor embraced maximalist prints and jewelry, pairing a mod-inspired string bikini by Follow Suit with a light-wash denim cover-up and a bunch of dainty gold chains and chunky seashell necklaces. Gigi Hadid was a particular fan of this look, commenting, “She’s my favorite jewelry collector.”

For a bit of variety, Lively then switched out the overalls for Free People pants in another statement print, proving that more is sometimes more. “She sells seashells down by the seashore,” Lively captioned the set of photos on Instagram, which also included some rare candids of her husband and other family members enjoying the ocean breeze. 

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However, it’s Blake Lively’s one-piece bathing suit that really caught my eye. In a fifth pic in the carousel, she poses in a black swimsuit with a massive abs-cutout that has single-handedly cured my bikini anxiety. There are many reasons one might avoid two-piece bathing suits, including the ever-present fear that the top will come undone in the water. With this chic high-waist look, those fears can be put to rest without covering everything up. 


Looking at this photo, I can’t help but think of the LBD that Lively wore to the Gem Awards back in March 2022, which featured the same cutout placement. Clearly, this silhouette is an equally viable alternative to the crop top and tube top trends that are sure to continue their domination in summer 2023. 

Of course, you can always be like Blake Lively and rock each and every one of these looks. Who else is ready for summer?

This story originally appeared on GLAMOUR US.