Summer doth approach-eth. And with it, as is now yearly tradition, comes a whole new slew of super-cute swimwear trends. Thing is, this year is sort of, kinda, most definitely the best one yet. Bc summer 2021 = a major retro mood, ppl! And who TF doesn’t love nostalgia?? Exactly.
Just like the recent fashion trends for regular, non-waterproof clothing, swimwear is leaning heavily on le past, particularly the ’70s, ’90s, and early ’00s eras. Think: poppin’ neon colors, groovy abstract prints, generally fabulous Versace-esque aesthetics, slinky styles, and totally extra add-ons.
Brights are having a major moment bc, hey, why not wear a blinding shade and command everyone’s attention when you’ve been wearing gray sweats for a year-plus? Quite literally light up the beach in highlighter yellow, electric blue, hot pink, orange, and purple. Even better if the shades combine with the ’90s silhouettes of square necklines, high-cut bikini bottoms, and athletic-leaning styles.
Jump into the ocean without getting your hair wet - aka just take selfies in crisp whites, soft blues, and general water vibes from the sand. These ocean-inspired cool shades and prints are - wait for it - refreshing and obviously will look right at home next to their natural habitat.
Trippy, repetitive-shape prints - think: cubist patterns, distorted checks, wavy linear designs, and more - are gonna be going hard this summer, and I love that for us. I mean, why opt for a solid color when you can be all funky with multiple tones in cool formations? You can wear go-go boots to the beach, right? Okay, fine. Anyway, these patterns scream cool without being, like, screamy so don’t be scared off if you’re usually an all-black-swimsuit kind of person. Don’t be surprised when you go for a snorkel wearing this style of suit and get interrupted by lots of fish trying to give you compliments on your groovy lewk.
My friend, this trend is alllll about the details. Details like lots of fringe, braiding, retro halter necklines, ruching, and neutral colors, which absolutely scream “free spirit” and “this would go great with a crochet cover-up.” More is more, and these suits have all of it.
BARB & STAR
Seagulls in the sand, can you hear my prayer? That everyone wears these loud, ’70s-inspired patterns and serves up a delicious Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar–themed hot-girl summer? Bonus points if your bikinis have starfish, seashells, or any other on-the-nose motifs. Trish definitely approves.
Okay, so if “jet-set” were a print, this would be it bc you’ll feel like a fahncy world traveler in some sepia-toned Hollywood classic while wearing these plant- and animal-inspired designs. Even if you’re just wearing ’em under your backyard sprinkler, these suits will have you fantasizing about all the places you want to visit as soon as it’s safe to do so - like a vision board but a bikini or one-piece. Yep, wearing this style of suit absolutely qualifies as manifesting, and no, I do not know how manifesting works.
Remember when tie-dye was your quarantine hobby until you stained your bathtub and lost your security deposit? Well, these swimsuits will make up for it, promise. Up until now, your summer-camp fave has been thriving on sweatsuits throughout le pandemic, but now it’s time for the famous dye job to enter a new season of life, by brightening up pools, lakes, and oceans everywhere with its rainbow color scheme. Something about these colors is just so damn flattering on everyone, you know? Well, not bathtubs.
I know what you’re thinking and no, these are nothing like the cute lil bb suits you had as a kid. These pastels are all grown-up, k? Yes, the classically delicate flower patterns are, well, classic, but these edgy shapes, cool fabric mashups, and unexpected accents pair perfectly with that v adult piña colada on the ’gram in 2021.
Now, go forth and have the most stylish, carefree warm-weather season possible, friends!