The summer countdown has officially begun — and that means it’s time for a new swimsuit or ten. But, shopping for swim is notoriously tricky: You’ll need different styles for different occasions, activities, and destinations. Your lounge-by-the-pool suit is not the same as your water-sports suit, nor is your sandy beach suit the same as your out-and-about suit. And a trip to Nantucket would call for a different look than say a trip to Florida or Santorini. The standout swimsuit trends for summer 2019 are sure to have all your bases covered, whether you’re catching some waves, sunbathing by the shore, or snapping bikini pics that will look great on your Instagram.
You’ll notice that for swim, there is some trickle down from the larger ready-to-wear themes for Spring/Summer 2019. Animal print and ruffles make an appearance, just as they did on the runways. The ‘80s influence continues as well, with vintage-inspired silhouettes (think high-cut legs and underwire bra tops) taking the spotlight. This season has also seeing a rise in popularity of smocked textures, as well as swimsuits linked with metal ring details or belted at the waist, plus shimmering metallic fabrics that will rival the sun with their shine. Surfer-inspired rash guards and wetsuits, athletic zipper-front suits, and sleeved tops are not just stylish options for an active summer, but the extra coverage offers the added benefit of SPF protection. Phew, now that you've made it through all that, kickstart your swimsuit shopping with these nine trends. Clearly, Summer can’t come soon enough.
Last year was all about sports bra-esque tank tops. This season, it’s about structured underwire tops. It’s a great style for bigger-busted women especially, who appreciate a little extra support in their swim tops.
1993 Underwire Top
Cherry Pie Camilla Bikini Top
Cobalt Siegel Top and Riccardo Bottoms
Embrace the ‘80s with an ultra-leggy look. French-cut bikini briefs and high-cut one-pieces have that sexy vintage vibe and will give you legs for days.
Helene Cut-Out Colorblock Swimsuit
Side Ruffle Bottom
Add an exotic edge to your summer style in this season’s wild range of animal prints.
Kate Rajah One-Piece
Leopard Print Bikini
Violeta by Mango
Snake Jacquard Sia Top and Lydia Bottoms
Rings & Hoops
For some added sartorial appeal, ring details reveal a little extra skin without going over the top. Metal hoops have a more modern feel, while plastic or tortoise connecters lend a subtle retro charm.
Rose Print Charlie Bikini
Julia Cut-Out Swimsuit
Wayfarer Ring Bandeau Bikini
Take your cues from the ultimate beach babes in a surfer girl-worthy suit. Zippers, rash guards, mesh panels, and wetsuit-like details will have you feeling straight out of Blue Crush, no matter how athletically inclined you may be.
The Christie Top and Bottoms
Solid & Striped
Zip-Front Rash Guard
For a sweet and thoroughly summery look, opt for bikinis and maillots that feature puckered fabrics, smocking and ruched textures. Bonus points for some delicate embroidery stitching.
Costa Smocked Bandeau Bikini
Pucker Temptress Top & Calendar Girl Bottoms
The latest crop of sparkly, shiny suits are surprisingly subtle. Instead of full-on sequins, try a version with lurex for a low-key glittery effect, or something with a shimmery sheen fabric in a simple silhouette.
Blush Mica Lurex Bikini
Shimmering Copper One-Piece
High-Waisted Lumière Bikini
Ruffles & Frills
With ruffle necklines and puffy sleeves so popular for spring and summer, it’s no surprise swimwear is getting the girly-girl treatment too. Fluttery sleeves and ruffled trim are made for your inner romantic.
Cindy Ruched Floral Bikini
For Love & Lemons
Ruffle Bikini Separates
Pale Sunflower Bikini
A cinched waist has ample vintage appeal. Whether it’s a high-waisted bikini or a retro maillot, it’s better when it’s belted.
Ace Bikini Top and Emily Bottom
Onia x WeWoreWhat
Belted Plaid One-Piece
High-Waist Belted Bikini Bottoms