New swimsuit trends are coming out that are awesome for every body.
Yes, really! It’s so empowering to know that swim suit designers are finally getting it. And better yet, even everyday stores like Target are offering these fun, wearable suits.
Check out all these swimsuit trends that look and fit better, so you’re free to do all your favorite summer activities.
High Waist and Bustier
Like the pin-ups from the 50’s, this trend proves that every body is smoking hot. Whether you are athletic or curvy, you’ll look like a bombshell with one of these suits. High waists with supportive bustier-style tops fit all curves and body types with confidence.
High Neck Tops
For those of us who love to run or play on the beach, high neck tops are a must-have. The triangle cut makes your shoulders look amazonian: broader and more athletic. Cropped high neck tops let you attack that ball and win knowing nothing will fall out.
Side Cut Monokini
This is such a smart bikini cheat. The side cuts draw in your waist for a pretty hour-glass shape. And the mono- part of this bikini affords some extra coverage on your mid-section. This cut also means you don’t have to fuss with the waistband every time you’re on the move.
Bootie, boy shorts and swim shorts (long and short) are huge this year. Many swim pieces are including a coordinated swim short made of fast-drying material that can be worn by themselves or layered over a smaller bottom. Perfect for yoga by the beach or on your paddle board, especially when paired with a high neck top. Go ahead– strike that pose!
Rash guards are stretchy tees that surfers wear, and they are all the rage this season. They are meant to protect you from sunburn and rashes from salt water and sand. If you are forgetful about sunscreen or just want a little more coverage, these quick-drying, sporty shirts are a stylish answer. They look great with jean shorts, too!
Ahoy matey! Nautical is always spiffy, and pairs perfectly with a flowing high-waisted swim shorts or a flirty skirt. Wear this swimsuit trend at parties like the 4th of July or Memorial Day weekend. Top your look off with a denim blazer or white military jacket with rolled sleeves for a cool on-trend cover up.
Red Carpet Sensation
Go Hollywood glam with suits that borrow inspiration from evening gowns. Look for drapey fabrics, luxurious details, and plunging necklines. These suits are so easy and comfortable to wear! Just add a sheer sarong and a dab of red lipstick to accept your beach Oscar.
Crochet makes a statement without going overboard, especially with strategic linings that suit any modesty level. Today’s new crochet suits are super comfortable. They’re made of softer, more durable materials so they aren’t as prone to catch, chafe or rub. (But you’ll still want to avoid grippy surfaces like your surf-board.)
Remember Liz Hurley’s infamous Versace dress with the safety pins up the side? That’s the idea behind this trend, but with laces rather than safety pins. The use of laces in surprising places is giving rise to even more novel suit shapes and cuts that will highlight your body in beautiful new ways.
Big, Bold, Bodacious Prints
Stripes, chevrons, polka dots, big florals, and animal prints are IN! The bolder, the better– and you won’t look like a curtain. Designers are brilliantly aligning the patterns so they flow with the lines of your body to accentuate your best you.
Off One Shoulder
It’s all about cold shoulders this year, and the poolside is no exception. But exposing only one shoulder is unexpected– you can’t stop looking at it! That makes these suits sexier than going totally strapless. This swimsuit trend is also more supportive than strapless tops if you wanted to dive in and cool off.
Get White Hot
If bold colors or patterns aren’t your thing, white needs to be your new black. It’s super hot right now.** Bonus: no matter if you are pale or dark, white makes you look a shade more sun-kissed than boring black. **Ken doll optional.
Buying the Right Suit for You
When you go shopping, there is only one rule: the perfect suit respects your unique proportions. Are you on the short side? Busty? Athletic? Pear-shape? That should guide you in finding a suit you feel comfortable in.
From there, choose suits that achieve the silhouette you want. Remember that just because you are a certain shape doesn’t mean you are stuck with only one type of suit. Play with YOUR gorgeous silhouette!
Here are some tips that will help you get the look you want…
Longer Legs for Shawty
Select a suit with a cut to goes up to your hip bone at least. This season is pushing the cut even higher, right up to the lower rib. The higher you go, the more your legs will grow. Try it and see!
When You’re Working With a Lot Up Top
If you’re on the busty side, string bikinis can be fussy and limiting. Jump in on the high neck top trend! First, you’re more likely to find a top that fits. And second, mesh panels and cut outs can give you all the sexiness of a triangle top without the risk of exposure. For more structured support, the customized sizing of the high-waist and bustier suit is a great option too.
Adding Extra Oompf to Your Bust
Try a top with a ruffle, fluffy eyelet lace, or trimmed in fringe. These details will give you instant volume up front. Don’t be shy! Opt for a bright pop of color. Contrast the top with a more subdued bottom to create even more visual balance.
Play Up a Lovely Pear Shape
Work it with a playful pattern like Christina Hendricks would. Think animal or steamy jungle prints here. Boy shorts in a solid color are a great choice to give you fuller coverage on the bottom. Add a contrasting belt for va-va-voom!
Amped Up Curves On Any Body
If you are naturally lean all over or you want an even more bodacious look, try suits with contours designed into the cut. This gives you the power to put curves exactly where you want them. Notice the contours in the bikini below: the bust-enhancing ones in the top and the subtle ones giving curve to the hips on the bottom.
Extra Bounce for Your Booty
To rev up your booty department, choose a bold pattern for the bottom. Look for suits with tassels, fringes, or side-ties. The bounce of these embellishments draws attention to your rear, making it look fuller. Get daring with a smaller, ‘cheekier’ cut for a rounder silhouette.
This Season: Accessorize to Emphasize
Use accessories to highlight all the things you love about your body. Accent your neckline with a bold necklace and earrings. Glorify your arms with chunky bangles and cuffs. Celebrate your feet with ankle bracelets and toe rings. Use belts and sashes to show off your waist. Add mystery and extra sun protection with big hats and sunglasses.
Important Tip: Wearing These Swimsuit Trends In the Sun
It’s a fact– unless you are under a beach umbrella covered in SPF one million the whole time you’re at the beach or lounging by the pool, you’re going to get some sun.
Hey you– in that pic below, listen up!
All these swimsuit trends of cut outs, laces, and crisscrossing straps make it hard to apply sunscreen evenly. So make sure you slather it on before donning your suit. And have a little cover up handy, just in case.
This will help you avoid having awkward tan lines and strange sunburn patterns on your skin.
Confidence Is for Everybody
How can you not be totally in LOVE with these body-positive swimsuit trends? They’re letting all of us feel confident in our skin. As it should be.
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