As new swimsuit styles strut up and down the runways, many of us are still trying to decide which look to rock this summer – but many celebrities have already been photographed on warm climate beaches, giving us early previews of the latest and greatest designs.
This summer will feature some classic versions of swimwear, but many will be bolder and brighter than ever before. “Fun in the sun” seems to be the common theme, with nods to vintage chic, and plenty of contrast.
Monochromatic swimsuits are always elegant, of course, but if you’ve been waiting for something more playful to wear poolside, go ahead and get excited, because this is going to be your year.
Below are 10 top swimwear trends you’ll see this summer:
1. Fabulous Fringes—
This is a sweetly sexy look featuring fabric frilled from the bikini top for a ruffled and demure design, or fringe on the bottom for a fun and flirty feel.
Extra material can either hide an aspect of the body or draw attention to it, depending on the length and texture, so choose wisely if you decide to wear this fluttery, carefree trend.
2. Geometric Girls—
The shape of the swimsuit is completely out of control this season, and there are no rules. Gone are the boring, traditional cuts of bikinis tops and bottoms, and in their place we’re seeing swimsuits in an amazing variety of shapes.
Cut-outs and creatively-placed straps and strings will be featured, as well as geometrically-inspired designs. Expect to see intricate, detailed and bold geometric shapes in bright, boisterous colors along with the unique and unconventional contours.
3. The Vintage Advantage—
Vintage is back in a big way, and nearly every designer is featuring something inspired by this sassy, playful pin-up style, with bows, polka dots and short swim skirts being utilized to the max.
Bustier tops and high-waisted bottoms have been spotted on celebrities like Rihanna and Ashley Greene; plus the retro look offers more support than many smaller swim styles, which can be a flattering blend of fashion and comfort.
4. Sexy Shorts—
Shorts, especially paired with string bikini tops, are already a popular trend on beaches, and have been seen on celebrities like Jeanette McCurdy and Selena Gomez.
In addition to looking great in neon colors either mixed or matched with a vibrant bikini top, swim shorts provide extra coverage and are great for active beachgoers who surf, ride jet skis, and other such activities.
5. Crocheted Creations—
Crochet and macramé suits are another way the retro vibe has reentered the swimsuit fashion scene, adding beautiful bohemian texture to what would usually be basic beachwear.
With braided details and interesting patterns, suits featuring crochet and macramé are a great way to stand out and get noticed this summer for your strong and sexy ‘70s style.
6. The Magnificent Monokini—
Made popular by gorgeous stars like Adriana Lima, Eva Longoria and Christina Milian, the monokini is all about the glam, and can be worn by nearly every body type. Choose one in an on-trend animal print or geometric style to add confidence to this look.
The best thing about the monokini is that it gives the illusion of a bikini with the support of a one-piece swimsuit, with figure-flattering cut-outs and sparkling rings, buckles and other hardware to dazzle everyone at any pool party.
6. Beautiful Bandeaus—
Because the bandeau top is strapless, this makes it great for full-chested girls with enough on top to hold it up – but when a strap is added, this style can be worn by everyone.
Katy Perry has recently been seen in an eclectic tie-dyed bandeau, because the simple design of this bikini top can handle funky prints and bright colors without looking too busy.
7. Sporty Suits—
Swimwear with a sporty edge has been seen on runways this year, with bottoms that offer full coverage and crop tops that might also double as athletic wear with a pair of stretchy shorts.
This is an excellent choice for the more conservative or body-conscious, and especially great for active ladies who play volleyball and enjoy wakeboarding when they go to the beach.
8. Hello, Sailor—
Nautical prints, colors and shapes are showing up in the swimwear lines of many designers, with navy blue, white stripes, and even ropes being featured.
Some sea-inspired swimsuits have pops of cherry red added to give the classic nautical look a modern vibe, and bright accessories can also achieve this fresh effect.
9. Delightfully Deep Necklines—
The extremely low-cut one piece swimsuit has been popular for years, and remains a favorite for many, modernizing a somewhat old-fashioned style with striking results.
Expect to see cut-outs paying homage to the geometric movement, and plunging backs to match the deeply dropped fronts this year.
10. Sassy String Bikinis—
String bikinis may change in shape and color, but they are a swimsuit collection staple that never seems to go out of style.
Available in structured forms, such as halter tops with underwire for those who need more support, or as simple triangles of fabric, the great thing about strings is that they adjust to fit everyone perfectly.
With a mixture of timeless favorites and innovative new designs, there is a swimsuit for every body type, style preference and personality. No matter which beachside look you choose from the above trends, you will look beautiful and fashion-forward all summer long.