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Summer Style Watch: 10 Sexy, Sassy Swimwear Trends

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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.

Pool Party Princess: 5 Ways to Awesomely Accessorize Swimwear

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it in a cool new swimsuit – and if you’re going to show off your new swimwear, you’ll want to accessorize it perfectly. But there’s a fine line between accessorizing with class, and taking it too far. You want to enhance your fashionable look, not weigh it down with too many additions or tacky choices.

So how do you choose the accessories that will complement your swimwear and give you that perfectly polished look you’re seeking? Never fear; we’ve got some great tips below to help you find the accoutrements to take your look from “Nice,” to “Wow! She looks amazing!”

 

5 Ways to Select the Best Swimwear Accessories: 

 

1. Some Super Shoes—

Most women agree that high heels have the opposite effect the wearer is hoping for when combined with a bikini, turning what should be a cute, casual look into: “I got lost on my way to the beauty pageant.”

In other words, don’t try too hard. Confident girls don’t have to try, they simply are. So find a flattering pair of sandals or flip-flops instead, and save the pumps for your formal wear.

You can also use beading, ties, glitter, sequins and other details to dress up sandals if you’re trying to make your outfit more interesting.

If you must add height to your swim ensemble, stick with wedges in natural materials with subtle, low heels so you don’t overdo it.

 

2. A Hot Hat—

In addition to protecting your face from the damaging effects of the sun, a hat is a great way to dress up your beach wear. Pair it with some sunglasses to add even more stylish sunscreen.

A big floppy hat will offer the most shade, obviously, but even a smaller version can help you stay cool and looking fashionable.

Baseball hats are sporty, but if you’re seeking an alternative to the classic wide-brimmed movie star hat, consider a fedora, boater, derby or cowboy hat to keep it feminine and flirty.

 

3. A Cool Cover-Up—

Sarongs are a popular swimwear cover-up choice because of their breezy versatility and sexy style, generally wrapped around the hips to serve as a skirt.

If you’re getting too much sun on your shoulders, a sarong can also be layered over the upper body like a pashmina to offer protection with beauty.

Loose-fitting dress-style cover-ups are an excellent choice because they can be worn into the evening if needed. Kaftans are another elegant version of this public-ready look that every woman can wear.

 

4. The Right Jewelry—

All jewelry doesn’t work with every style, and each swimsuit calls for a different look. To figure out what rings, bracelets or necklaces you should choose, you’ll need to first figure out your swimsuit style.

Sporty swimsuits are popular this year, and with athletic swimwear it’s best to think simple when adding rings or bracelets. In general, skip the necklaces, as they tend to overly formalize this style.

Retro swimwear is also big right now, and allows for funky jewelry of all types, with flowers, cherries, bows, polka dots and anything that adds kitschy charm, as long as isn’t too busy.

When accessorizing with the bohemian or geometric prints we’ve seen on the runways lately, dangly, exotic earrings and bracelets look amazing, especially in shells, beads and other intricate designs.

As always, if your suit is modern and clean, keep all accessorizing contemporary and basic, with one big statement piece such as a metal cuff bracelet or a larger pendant necklace, rather than detailed additions.

 

5. The Best Bag—

Beach bags and totes come in a vast array of styles and colors, from natural materials that match everything, like straw or macramé, to wild and bold patterns that add pop to any outfit.

As with jewelry, the bag you carry should match your suit style, but because sporty and modern suits are often simple, you can get away with a bright burst of color via your bag or tote if you’d like.

In general, your bag is where you store towels, lotions, magazines and other poolside or beach necessities, and not something you carry around with you, so have fun and pick the bag you love.

 

Accessorizing your swimwear can be just the thing to make the same suit you may see on someone else all your own. By adding hats, jewelry, bags, cover-ups and cute shoes, you can completely personalize every look to stand out with your special brand of summer style. Use the tips above to add awesome accessories to your swimwear and be the princess of every pool party.