I love summer for so many reasons, the warm sun, all the fresh produce, not having to wear makeup, no school, hanging out with friends, s’mores, surfing, spending the whole day at the beach, etc…. But I also love seeing what swimsuit trends are hot on the runway. Summer 2013 is full of adorable trends that are practical, yet super fashionable. I have chosen nine trends that I predict are going to be very popular for the remainder of summer.
Swimsuit Trend: Color-blocking
Color-blocking clothes have been runway mainstays the past few seasons, so it makes sense that the trend would work its way into swimwear.
DO embrace structure. Color-blocked suits, tend to be a little sportier and offer more support than triangle bikinis. Plus, darker bands of color can be slimming, making this a super-flattering pick.
DON’T be afraid to mix prints. Color-blocking doesn’t have to be all about solid blocks of color. A mixed-print swimsuit is just as chic.
Swimsuit Trend: Crochet Accents
Crochet accents lend a relaxed boho vibe to your beach look.
DO remember to water-test your swimsuit before jumping in the ocean. Some crochet suits might be a bit more revealing than you’d like when wet.
DON’T forget this is 2013. Keep your look modern with minimal accessories and sporty extras. The flower-child feel is cool—but only in moderation.
Swimsuit Trend: Cutouts
Cutouts are another huge trend to come poolside for summer 2013. A cutout one-piece is a great mix of sexy and edgy, especially if you’re not ready to bare it all in a bikini.
DON’T think you need to stick to solid black. Try something bold like this Mara Hoffman one-piece.
DO wear your cutout swimsuit with flat sandals. Anything with height could push the look over the edge.
DON’T forget sunscreen. If you’re going to be in the sun, slather on the sunblock because a suit like this could create some wacky tan lines.
Swimsuit Trend: Fringe
Fringe isn’t just for Western boots and suede jackets. It can give a bright-color swimsuit, a flirty feel.
DO use fringe to create the illusion of curves. If you’re boyish, opt for a suit with fringe around the hips or bustline.
DON’T wear fringe around your problem areas. If you’re self-conscious about your hips or thighs, stick with fringe on the top.
Swimsuit Trend: Graphic One-Pieces
DO look for a suit with a photo-real print. A realistic print of an animal, landscape, or outer space is on-trend and really, really cool.
DON’T worry about looking nuts. A bold suit like this must be worn with confidence!
Swimsuit Trend: High-Waisted Bikinis
High-waisted bikinis are having a major moment. The cut is both feminine and flattering, and it’s a welcome alternative to side-tie bikini bottoms.
DO look for a style with a boy-cut around the legs. You want to avoid a high waist and high leg-cutouts, which can look ’80s.
DON’T forget big, round sunglasses and a wide-brim sun hat. Go full-on retro at the beach.
DO try this shape if you’re worried about your stomach. The high waist is slimming.
Swimsuit Trend: Sporty Pieces
Sportswear-inspired suits look sleek and tomboy-chic, especially in a sea of feminine prints and cuts.
DON’T hold back from diving into the pool or taking a surfing lesson from that cute dude. These suits are made for swimming, not just lounging.
DO look for styles with accents. Zippers, reinforced seams, and contrast stitching all add to the look.
Swimsuit Trend: Retro One-Pieces
With boyish leg-holes and a bustier top, modest, the new retro-inspired one-pieces make channeling Esther Williams easier than ever.
DO pay attention to print. Look for a suit in a cute gingham print, ditsy floral, or other retro inspired prints.
DON’T think that retro + one-piece = frumpy! With a low-cut back and push-up bustier top, a one-piece can be just as alluring as a skimpy bikini.
Swimsuit Trend: Ruffles
Flirty ruffles were all over the runway and are a godsend for girly girls who want to add a little oomph up top.
DO layer on gold bangles. Bandeau bikinis look great with a stack of glam bracelets.
DON’T overdo the frills with a peasant-style cover-up. Stick with sleek, simple shorts.
Swimsuit Trend: All White
Head-to-Toe white isn’t just a huge ready-to-wear trend, it looks great on the beach too.
DO look for a solid white suit or a white suit with gold accents. A mix of white and gold is a one-way ticket to goddess-ville.
DON’T forget to water-test. Like the crochet trend, you want to make sure your swimsuit doesn’t become too see-through when wet.
DO spray-tan. White really pops against tan skin—but not against damaged skin.
I would love to know which trends you are trying this summer! Feel free to tell me in the comment section!