No matter how many bathing suits I treat myself to the year prior, I can always justify picking up a few new styles every summer. The trends are completely different from one year to the next, after all, and I always want to look my best on the beach. That said, I’ve taken the liberty of jotting down the summer 2019 swimsuit trends worth noting this season, so you can spend wisely on the right suits, too. If I’m adding to my collection, I’m looking for the most head-turning, compliment-garnering pieces possible, so not just any old bikini will do.
So, what looks are in this season? Glad you asked. Up top, it’s all about the shape. Think tie-front bikinis, one-shoulder necklines, and button-up centers. Down low, the sides are on the rise, and you won’t catch me at the beach or pool without a high-rise bottom elongating the look of my legs. As far as overall silhouettes, the bolder the better, from long sleeves to suspenders to bow-shaped cutouts. Last but not least, it’s all in the details, from built-in jewelry to puka shell accents and more.
A little overwhelming, but it all sounds great, doesn’t it? Read on for my top recs, and then book yourself a beachside vacay. You deserve it.
If Selena Gomez says belting your swimsuit is cool, then I’ll be damned if it isn’t. A belt buckle detail on a one-piece can help cinch in and showcase your waist, but I love the black hardware on this otherwise all-red two-piece, too, as it gives it a little bit of edge. Gomez designed the Selena set in collaboration with her BFF and Krahs founder, Theresa Marie Mingus.
Tie-fronts are all the rage right now, and I couldn’t be happier about it. This style a great way to show off ample cleavage — or to fake some, if you happen to be lacking in that department. Saint Somebody is a brand that caters to sizes 8-16, and their chic suits are major head-turners. After all, who doesn’t love a good leopard print moment?
A long-sleeved suit might seem strange at first, but really, isn’t it just a chic rashguard moment? I say yes, and if you’re still unsure, let the sleeved suits by One Piece serve as Exhibit A. The half-zip front, slight mock-neck collar, and lengthy sleeves make their swimwear really stand out in a sea of simple suits. Plus, white makes a tan really pop.
Shop Now: Une Piece Original Sexie Rashie, $138
Basic bikinis seem boring to you? Jazz them up with a different shape up top. In particular, one-shoulder necklines are all the rage right now, and the sunny yellow hue and beachy palm tree print on this Onia set couldn’t be cuter. The wrap-around strap still provides support for the girls, and the cinched detail really draws attention to the asymmetrical neckline. So cool.
If you told childhood me that tankinis would ever come back in style, she would’ve called you a liar. Joke’s on me! Suits that channel crop top vibes are taking over right now, and this fitted Vitamin A tankini is a perfect example as to why. This one in particular is especially great for girls who doesn’t want to let it all hang out — the balconette top lifts and shapes, and the sculpt microfiber fabric gently compresses.
Gigi C Bikinis is the definitive go-to brand when it comes to this trend. They’ve been serving up laser-cut fantasies from the start. Their newest drop features this look-at-me pink one-piece, with geometric cutouts across the stomach and up at the shoulders. If you aren’t into the idea of a full-on bikini, these sneak peeks of skin are a less-revealing, still super sexy option.
Shop Now: Gigi C Bikinis Gianna One Piece, $215
More bikinis that look like crop tops! Consider button-up tops this year’s lace-up tops, AKA, expect to see them everywhere. Who does it best, though? Heart of Sun, of course. The brand’s Knockout set features a four-button front and a sweet lettuce-leaf hem, and you can throw on a pair of denim shorts and wear your suit straight to the beachside bar without a second thought.
Puka Shell Accents
The seashell trend is pretty much everywhere else right now, and since puka shells are inherently beachy, they just feel right on a swimsuit. Don’t you think? I’m a huge fan of the GAL Floripa suits and their unique, detailed silhouettes. My favorite, the Vênus One Piece, boasts a deep V-neck front and a straight, cinched neckline, made even better by the shells dangling from the tie.
Shop Now: GAL Floripa Vênus One Piece, $220
This is definitely the number one trend I didn’t see coming, but I’m actually so here for it. Imagine how comfortable a bikini with suspenders must be for running around in the sand — plus, if you like a good swim in the ocean, it ensures a rogue wave can’t wash away your top. Go with a fun hue and a bold texture, as seen on this Cupshe peach pick, to ensure your suspenders look stylish, not elderly,
If you haven’t tried a swimsuit with super high-rise sides yet, I’m going to kindly ask that you stop reading this article and go immediately to the nearest mall to buy one. It’s life-changing, I’m telling you! A high side creates the illusion of longer legs, which is why short girls like me can’t get enough of this style. ICYMI, snakeskin is also on the rise, so this Nasty Gal one-piece, available in sizes 0-20, is a fab find.
I’ve always wanted to be the type of girl who could effortlessly rock layered gold necklaces while lounging poolside. Anybody else? TBH, though, I always get too annoyed with my tangled chains to last more than an hour accessorized. Bahimi has tons of suits with jewelry basically built into the garment, which takes the guesswork out of it and makes pulling this look off a breeze.
Shop Now: Bahimi Kabaya Papaya Bikini, $45
Finally, the last of the summer 2019 swimsuit trends! I’ve been seeing this look just about everywhere lately — the one-piece with a bevy of “bows” down the front, to show some skin and still look cute. I couldn’t love it more! It’s the definition of sexy but sweet, and the pattern on this SOAH swimsuit makes it a total work of art. Bonus points for the bowtie straps that are not only easily adjustable, but removable, too.
Shop Now: SOAH Magdalena Guapa One Piece, $177
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