During the summers as a kid, I would spend most of my time in a bathing suit. I lived up the street from the community pool so I would get in my suit for swim practice in the morning and then change into my two piece bikini to play around in all afternoon. Then when I turned 16, my first job was a lifeguard at the waterpark nearby. I literally lived in that bright red one-piece bathing suit all day and only take it off to shower and sleep. My lifeguard days are now over but I still enjoy spending my summer days laying out next to the pool and then getting in the water when it gets too hot out.
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to talk about what swimsuit styles will be the most popular this season. A lot of stores are selling all different kinds and fun new styles of bathing suits. You don’t have to just buy a two-piece triangle bikini anymore, there are one-pieces, tankini’s, sporty styles and other types of bathing suits that are trendy and totally ADORABLE!
One-piece bathing suits have been around since practically the beginning of bathing suits. They have generally been marketed towards older women who want to be more modest and show less skin. But over the last couple of years, one-piece suits have been getting sexier with cutout designs and very low backs. You can tell that one-pieces are trendy again because as soon as you walk into Target there’s a big display of them in every color and design. This summer will be all about yellow and orange solid color suits or the crazy printed ones with fruit or animals on them. Other styles of one-piece suits that I have been seeing in stores are ones that have a belt around the waist or knotted ones with ties on the shoulders for a cutsie look.
Now instead of the usual triangle bikini style that we see every summer, a new style – the sports bra – has emerged. If you are trying to visualize the suit in your head, think about when you are watching beach volleyball and it’s that style of bikini that the women are wearing. It’s exactly what it sounds like too, it’s a sports bra that is just as supportive and will hold everything into place, but it’s made of bathing suit material! Another sport look that is popular this summer is basically a crop top rashguard top. A rashguard is a swim shirt surfers or little kids wear so that their skin is protected from the sun. In women’s, we are seeing a crop top version of that. So you’ll still have to put sunscreen on your stomach but your chest and shoulders will be safe. You will also have very interesting tan lines…
HIGH CUT LEGS
One type of swimsuit that I have been seeing everywhere, in stores and on Instagram, is the high cut legs style. The suits are super flattering and make your legs look like they are a mile long, but I hate them. I bought the two pictured below and haven’t even taken the tags off because I need to return them. Some may like them because of how thin and tall they make you look but I am just super uncomfortable in it. I feel like too much of my hips are showing and I have a constant wedgie lol. I will be sticking to the standard style swimsuits that fully cover your front and back sides.
Animal prints, more specifically leopard print has been popular all year in clothing, shoes, and accessories, so it only makes sense that our swimsuits have the print on it too! I have been seeing a lot of people showing off the leopard spring sport bikini from Target and I didn’t get why until I tried it on! It’s so cute and flattering! Another favorite pattern of mine this season is stripes. Specifically vertical stripe bathing suits because vertical stripes make you look taller. Below are some of my favorite styles that you can shop just by clicking on them!
You also don’t have to spend a lot of money to find a cute and trendy swimsuit. I have found a lot of bathing suits – both one and two-piece suits for under $40. My favorite place to go is Target! They always have reasonably priced suits that are cute and will actually last a long time.
What swimsuit style will you be wearing this summer?