While the thought of putting on a bikini may seem a bit…daunting after a long winter, all of the swimwear showing up in stores is making us crave a tropical vacation. So in the interests of planning ahead for summertime fun, here is a rundown of this year’s hottest swimwear trends.
Color-blocking. Yes, the eighties are back. While it may be cringe-worthy to those who remember wearing it back in the day, in small doses it can be quite fabulously figure-flattering, which is always a major plus in a swimsuit. This hot pink and black bikini by Michael Kors is a classic homage to the look, and this turquoise and brown one-piece by Tory Burch is also a good option for those of us who just can’t go there again.
Ruffles. Despite the fact that ruffles can veer into dangerously girly territory, when they are done right they are an excellent way to add texture and dimension to something as fitted as a swimsuit. And besides, the vibrant cobalt shade of this Kenneth Cole tankini would look great on virtually any skin tone.
Cut-Outs. Styles like monokinis or with other unusual cut-outs can also veer into dangerous territory (although in this case it is of the exotic dancer variety), but this peacock print Nannette Lepore is both sweet and sexy. Just watch the tan lines – but you should be wearing SPF anyways, after all.
Digital Prints. The unique prints that were popular this fall and winter are still going strong, and they’ve made the transition to swimwear. This purple galaxy print done in a classic tank style by Black Milk Clothing was one of the first versions of this trend to appear, but we’re sure to see more variations in the coming months.
1. Michael Kors Color-Block Triangle Bikini, $235
2. Tory Burch Block Plunge V-Neck One Piece Swimsuit, $175
3. Kenneth Cole Reaction Swimsuit, Over The Shoulder Ruffled Tankini Top Women’s Swimsuit, $56
4. Nanette Lepore Seductress Peacock Print Monokini, $174
5. Black Milk Galaxy Purple Swimsuit, $90
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