With Memorial Day only a weekend away (can you believe it?!), it’s prime swimsuit shopping time. Since finding the right suit to last you until Labor Day can be overwhelming, focus on the season’s hottest swim trends to zero-in on your signature shore look for this year. And don’t be afraid to choose favorites. If one of these doesn’t suit your style or body type, move on to the next one, says Melanie Pace, an Orlando-based stylist.
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It’s the same idea as the red-hot crop top trend: A little bit of skin goes a long way. Take the look to your swimwear with a sexy cutout suit. “The best way to wear this trend is making sure the cutouts are emphasizing your best assets,” Pace says. Go ahead, show off your tiny waist—you worked hard for it! ($30; hm.com)
“This trend makes a bathing suit go from boring to sexy,” Pace says. “But keep in mind it can just as easily look like lingerie.” To steer clear of underwear territory, stick to bright colors instead of skivvy-reminiscent neutrals. Women with smaller chests have free reign to choose a top with a bold pattern, while those more well-endowed should stick with solids, Pace suggests. ($122; splendid.com)
High-waisted jeans, skirts, and shorts have become a mainstay in our wardrobes, so it’s no wonder the trend has moved into swimwear too. “The high-waisted suit is stunning on a lot of different body types, whether you are a skinny Minnie and you want to rock a trendy piece or you’re trying to cover up that troubled tummy area,” Pace says. If you’re less than confident about a certain problem area, a dark solid does the best job to downplay it. ($216; lennyswimwear.com)
Take your favorite bandeau top from three years ago and pair it with new bikini bottoms to revitalize the old suit. “Summer is supposed to be exciting and bright, so mix up your old suits to save money while still being trendy,” Pace says. Mixing patterns and colors adds playfulness to your beach look and keeps old suits in the rotation. (top $100, bottom $85; fahertybrand.com)