There’s still plenty of uncertainty around summer 2020. Will we be able to hit the beach? Will we be confined to the back yard for the hottest months of the year? How does one rock a face mask in 95-degree weather anyway? Regardless, if you’re anything like us, you’re stocking up on swimsuits to wear for leaps through the sprinkler, dips in the pool (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or even just tanning (with ample SPF, of course) on your sixty-inch balcony. Here, six trends that are sure to dominate, no matter what the future brings us.
Borrowed From the (Little) Girls
It might look like you dove into your daughter’s swimwear collection...and that’s just the idea. This summer, look to suits with ruffles, sweet bows or other youthful accoutrements—ideally in bright, cheerful floral prints.
1. Dodo Bar Or Devon Ruffled Swimsuit
A ‘70s inspired floral print and hip ruffles make a sweet statement.
2. Faithfull the Brand Hilda One Piece
This pale color scheme will look great at any beach (or by the pool).
3. Zimmermann Super Eight Ruffled Scalloped Floral-Print Swimsuit
Yeah, your niece will be jealous of this ruffled Zimmermann number. BTW, it also has a halter neck and a totally open back, to balance out all the juvenile details.
4. LoveShackFancy Edna One Piece
All together now: Awwww.
While swimwear is often synonymous with bare skin, that doesn’t mean you have to show it all off. This season, more is more. As in, if you want to cover your shoulders, your arms or even your entire chest, there’s a style for you. Bonus points for an additional layer of SPF protection.
5. Andie The Malibu
A Henley style one piece means you can choose your own adventure when it comes to your beach look. Button it all the way up for the most coverage, or show off some cleavage by leaving all the snaps open.
6. H&M Patterned Swim Top and Bikini Bottoms High Waist
We can’t tell what we love more: The highlighter yellow hue or the pseudo-zebra stripes.
7. Norma Kamali Leopard-Print Swimsuit
This leopard print number from the queen of statement-making swim, Norma Kamali, is downright ferocious.
8. L Space Parker Bikini Top and Portia High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms
The thick straps add additional support, but also protect shoulders from harmful rays.
9. Magicsuit Bianca One-Piece Romper Swimsuit
It’s a swimsuit. It’s a romper. It’s...the most brilliant waterproof invention we’ve ever seen.
Get your iPhone ready: These glitzy suits were made to be ‘grammed. Truly any cut or style will work for this particular trend, so long as the glitter is on full display.
10. Oseree Voila Metallic Lamé Swimsuit
From the flattering ruffle at the waist to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spaghetti straps, this Oseree number makes a major statement.
11. Beach Riot Kenzi Bikini Top and Zurie Bikini Bottoms
A double knot detail adds texture to this silver lurex bikini from Beach Riot. Hot tip: Accessorize with silver hoop earrings.
12. Hunza G Nancy One Piece
This particular shade of bronze will make you look more tan than you are, so you can lay off the sunless tanner (at least for now).
13. Lonely Label Connie Bikini Port and Connie Brief Port
It might look thoroughly modern, but this bikini from Lonely Label was actually inspired by French linen undergarments from the early 1900's.
14. Mikoh Ahuna Bikini Top and Ofu Bikini Bottom
Tank style tops are another a huge trend this season. So yeah, this is one au courant bikini.
Don’t worry, you won’t be stepping on the beach in something that looks like your bra. But it will give you added lift and comfort…and a sexy detail that’s still plenty sophisticated.
15. Monica Hansen Beachwear Retro Girl Bikini Top and Retro Girl Bikini Bottom
A straight neckline meets curved underwire. BRB, we’re buying this Monica Hansen two-piece in every color.
16. Chromat X Bustier Suit
Chromat designer Becca McCharen has a background in architecture. So, it’s no surprise that this sculptural one-piece will flatter your curves. Just add a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and you’re ready for your closeup.
17. Raq Multi-Way Top and 90’s Brief
This one’s for the ladies who can never find a suit that actually fits their bust. Raq has developed this underwire top for sizes 30D to 36I and it can be worn a multitude of ways—all for less than $100 for the whole set.
18. Monday Swimwear Clovelly Top and Byron Bottoms
Similarly, Monday Swimwear features sizing for the bustier babes among us. The Clovelly style is a signature of the brand and the two-tone monochrome coloring makes it feel oh-so-dressed up. Almost like the tuxedo of bikinis.
19. WeWoreWhat Danielle One Piece
Danielle Bernstein is a blogger-turned-swimwear genius. Combining underwire and a waist belt, this just onyx-printed one-piece just might be the most flattering suit you’ll slip into this summer. Who knows? You may even want to wear it with a pair of jean shorts or linen trousers.
Why rock one print when you can show off multiple? This year, the more the merrier. So layer on the patterns and accessorize accordingly. (As in, don’t forget to add a straw hat, a huge lucite necklace, a flashy pair of earrings and yes, oversize sunglasses).
20. Summersalt x Tanya Taylor The Perfect Wrap One Piece
Designer Tanya Taylor teamed up with Summersalt on one vibrant collection. And this cheerful one-piece with a side-tie is our absolute favorite.
21. Alja Horvat Zaliv Bikini Top and Zaliv Bikini Bottoms
If you’re new to the mix-and-match print game, start small. This Alja Horvat bikini combines a stripe trim with an abstract pattern, for a subtle clash. Horvat is actually an illustrator (not a swimwear designer!) and you have to check out the rest of her work.
22. LoveShackFancy Millicent Floral Plunge One-Piece Swimsuit
Four floral prints are better than one. Especially when they’re adorned with a bow, like this LoveShackFancy plunge one-piece.
23. Maaji Festival Juggler Bandeau Top and Festival Split Strap Bikini Bottoms
As if the multitude of pretty prints wasn’t enough, both parts of this Maaji suit are reversible and the bandeau top can be worn a number of different ways. (It even has removable straps!)
24. Cynthia Rowley Kalleigh Floral One Piece
This suit is good for you and the earth; Cynthia Rowley designed it with SPF 50+ sun protection, using only green technology.
Prepare to show off those hip bones, because the high-cut bottoms that made Baywatch the show to watch in the '80s are back. And they're much easier to wear this time around.
25. ASOS DESIGN Curve Deep Band Halter Bikini Top and High Leg Bikini Bottom
Balance out a sultry cut with a sweet pattern, like these florals in shades of blue.
26. Ookioh Costa One Piece
Yes, this looks like a suit that would be worn by a Kardashian. But the relatively modest neckline and cool creamsicle color make it wearable for us mere plebeians.
27. ASOS Design Crinkle Crop Bikini Top and Crinkle Hipster Bikini Bottom
If you’re wary about this trend, try it with a high-waisted bottom. The excess fabric will make the high-cut leg holes look more proportionate.
29. Iovewave The Angie One Piece
An asymmetrical shoulder strap and ribbed wine-colored fabric make the high-cut legs feel classy—never trashy.
30. Haight Vintage Crepe Bikini Top and High Cut Crepe Bikini Bottom
Don’t already own a simple white bikini? Start with this one (just be sure to soak it after each wear, to keep it pristine and white through August).