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3 Swimwear Trends to Make a Splash in This Summer

  |   By Estelle Puleston

June is here, and the sun is shining! It’s finally time to start getting excited about swimwear all over again. Some things never go out of style at the seaside, like a nautical stripe or a classic black one-piece. But what if you crave something a little more fashion-forward?

Below I’ve rounded up 24 stylish swimsuits and bikinis that show off three of this season’s hottest swimwear trends. From skyscraper leg lines to chunky ties, here’s what’s flooding the shoreline, and the pool, this summer.

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The Bardot Neckline

The classic bandeau has had a Bardot makeover. This season, it’s all about a strapless neckline trimmed with a fabulously, flouncy ruffle that wraps all the way around the body. Or a strapless look with short, cuff-style sleeves that drape around the upper arm.

It’s the perfect swim style if you want a line-free tan on your shoulders and décolletage. Worried about it slipping down when you go for a swim? Look for a piece that comes with detachable shoulder straps.

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Ruffle Off-the-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit by Topshop
Available in US sizes 2-8
via Nordstrom

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Smocked Bardot Bikini Top & Hipster Bottoms by Ted Baker London
Available in Ted Baker sizes 0-5
via Nordstrom

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Plus Jinny Ruffle Bardot Bikini
Available in US sizes 12-20
via Boohoo

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Tie-Sleeve Bikini Top & Bottoms by Kendall + Kylie
Available in sizes XS-L
via Revolve

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Femma Flora One-Piece Swimsuit by Becca
Available in sizes S-L
via Nordstrom

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Fantasy Lace Bardot Frill Bikini Set by South Beach
Available in US sizes 6-12
via Littlewoods

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Red V Wire Bardot Swimsuit
Available in US sizes 0-8
via Missguided

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Ruffle Bardot Bikini Top & Tie-Sided Bottoms
Available in US sizes 4-10
via Lavish Alice

The Ultra-High Legline

This 80s-inspired swimwear trend has been making a comeback for a couple of years now. This summer, however, brands are taking the iconic high-legline to the extreme. It’s not just a slightly-higher-than-usual cut. I’m talking a hipbone-baring shape that reaches practically to the waist.

Because they expose your upper thigh in full, high leg cuts will make your legs look extra-long. Though bear in mind that less coverage at the front means less coverage at the back too. Remember to check all the product images to know if you are buying a thong style or not!

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High-Leg Elastic Waist Swimsuit
Available in US sizes 0-14
via ASOS

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Pink Snake High-Neck Bikini Top & Bottoms
Available in US sizes 2-10
via Jaded London

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Flora Beat One-Piece Swimsuit by Billabong
Available in sizes S-XL
via Nordstrom

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Cut-Out High Leg Swimsuit by Bikini Lab
Available in sizes XS-L
via ASOS

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The Malibu Bikini Set by Bound by Bond-Eye
One Size
via Nordstrom

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Animal Print High-Leg Thong Swimsuit
Available in US sizes 2-14
via ASOS
 
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Tropical Floral Print One-Piece Swimsuit
Available in sizes S-XL
via Forever 21

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High On You High Leg Denim Bikini
Available in sizes XS-L
via Oh Polly

The Chunky Knot

Goodbye thin, strappy little bows. This season it’s being replaced by a much less dainty knot. Specifically, the on-trend feature is a short and chunky tie that joins together the cups. It’s a small detail that adds a wonderfully casual, effortless type of cool to your swim look.

A front knot fastening is also a great way to boost your cleavage on the beach without resorting to padding. Just tie it a little tighter to cinch things inwards! Assuming, of course, that the tie detail is functional and not just a decorative one that’s sewn on top.

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Black Floral Print Bikini Set by Sweet Treat Bikinis
Available in sizes XS-XL (top) and S-L (bottoms)
via Etsy

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Riviera Tie-Front Bandeau Bikini Top & Bottoms by Leith
Available in sizes XS-2XL
via Nordstrom

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Tie-Front Black Daisy Swimsuit by Lazy Oaf
Available in sizes M-L
via ASOS

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Goddess One-Piece Swimsuit by Alpine Butterfly
Available in sizes 1X-4X
via Nordstrom

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80s Style Two-Piece Retro Swimsuit by KTR Collection
Made to measure
via Etsy

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Vert Gingham Kim Top & High Rise Bottom Bikini Set
Available in sizes XS-L (top) and XS-XL (bottoms)
via Montce
 
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Aqualuxe Lotus Tie-Front One Piece
Available in sizes 2XS-XL
via Athleta

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Liberty Tie-Front Bikini Top & High-Waisted Bottom by Ephemera
Available in US sizes 4-8
via Moda Operandi

Which of these swimwear trends would you wear? Or perhaps you’re hoping to find a piece that combines two or even all three of them? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Estelle is a twenty-something mum who recently emigrated from the UK to sunny Spain. She launched her online boutique, Esty Lingerie, in 2009 while at university, and after adding a blog to the site realized that writing is really where her passion lies. She now spends her days waxing lyrical about bras and knickers for a living, as a full-time blogger and a freelance copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie industry.