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Retro Striped Bikini Faceoff: Who Wore Hers Better, Taylor Swift ... or Snooki?

08/01/2013 at 11:30 AM ET

Taylor Swift Snooki bikiniMichael Simon/Startraks

On the surface, it may not seem like Taylor Swift and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi have a ton in common. Sure, they both became famous with a little help from MTV, and both are prolific Instagrammers, but we wouldn’t say there’s a ton of style overlap between the two.

So we were more than a little surprised to see both stars hitting the beach in very similar swimsuits. They each chose a pinup-style high-waisted bikini with striped halter tops. Swift’s Topshop number had matching briefs and a ruched bikini top, while Polizzi’s had black bottoms and a top that tied in the center.

RELATED PHOTOS: See more stars in swimwear from sweet to sexy!

The retro style is coming back into favor with ladies because it’s flattering (that tummy-tucking front panel covers a multitude of guacamole-related sins) — and both Swift and Polizzi show that it works on a range of body types, from tall and slender to petite and curvy.

But proceed with caution: This is not a style most guys appreciate (in an informal poll, five out of five men surveyed said “Ugh, horrible”), so maybe save this one for a girls’ beach trip and not, say, your honeymoon. But if you are going to try it, whose style would you emulate: Swift’s or Snooki’s?

–Alex Apatoff

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May on

I actually think Snooki wore it better…

shirley tims on

taylor looks so beautiful reminds me of a pin up girl back in forties snook looks ok its ok for short girls too

debbie on

I think it looks better on Snooki!

Lisa on

Snooki looks amazing! She’s improved herself so much, what an awesome mommy swimsuit! xx

Amber on

Snooki looks smoking!!!!!

jean on

Actually People, we should be encouraging girls to dress for themselves and not dress for guys. Ladies, wear what you want to. Not what you think a man wants you to. We need to stop feeding the patriarchy.

KJM on

They both look beautiful.

me on

I think it looks better on Snooki because she’s more curvy:)

debbiett on

Snooki by a landslide. This is also not a bikini. It’s a 2 piece, plain and simple.

Kim F. on

I personally like the pinup girl style bikini. It looks great on Taylor and Snooki.

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