Swimwear: Stay Comfy and Stylish at the Beach or in the Pool

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Swimwear: Stay Comfy and Stylish at the Beach or in the Pool

About Swimwear

Whether you're visiting a far-flung island or just hanging out at your local pool, you will need some stylish and flattering swimwear for the summertime. Regardless of your style or body type, there are swimwear options out there that will make you feel confident at the beach. No longer is there pressure to achieve a 'bikini body' - there are swimsuits that fit and flatter the beauty of every body type from one-pieces to string bikinis and everything in between. Whether you like a girly, frilly look or want to go for something more streamlined and edgy, there are so many chic pieces to choose from at all price points.
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Whether you're visiting a far-flung island or just hanging out at your local pool, you will need some stylish and flattering swimwear for the summertime. Regardless of your style or body type, there are swimwear options out there that will make you feel confident at the beach. No longer is there pressure to achieve a 'bikini body' - there are swimsuits that fit and flatter the beauty of every body type from one-pieces to string bikinis and everything in between. Whether you like a girly, frilly look or want to go for something more streamlined and edgy, there are so many chic pieces to choose from at all price points.

History

It's only in the last century or so that swimwear has evolved to look like what we know it to be today. While nude bathing was acceptable in early cultures, it was strongly advised against starting in the Middle Ages. Eventually swimming started to become popular again, but modesty was extremely important, and women would swim in long, cumbersome dresses throughout the 19th century.

Bathing suits became less restrictive in the early 20th century, when women would wear tight one piece tank suits, which covered them from the mid-thigh to the neck, but kept the arms and lower legs exposed. This made it much easier for women to swim, and these outfits were worn for the swimming events in the early Olympics. Women would also sometimes wear tunics, which were of a similar length but were much more voluminous. 

Swimwear as we know it started to become popular in the 1920's and 30's, as women started to wear two piece bathing suits, and one piece bathing suits became smaller and tighter. These new bathing suits gave women a much broader range of movement and comfort while they were at the beach. Bikinis became popular in the '50s and '60s as society became more comfortable with nudity and expression. Today, there are many different types of swimwear styles in fashion - it's just as acceptable to wear a modest one-piece as it is to wear a revealing, strappy bikini. 

Type

Bikini Top

Classic bikini tops are an essential piece of swimwear to mix and match. A traditional bikini top consists of two triangle-cut pieces of fabric with adjustable strings that tie behind the neck. However, there are now many bikini tops available in other cuts to provide more support. A bikini top is a flattering way to make your top half look more voluptuous.

Bikini Bottom

Bikini bottoms are another important staple - you can pair them with a matching bikini top or go for two totally different prints. Traditional bikini bottoms have strings on the sides and a triangle cut in the front and back. However, you can now find high waisted bikini bottoms or brief-cut bikini bottoms for more coverage. Look for a bottom with some ruching if you want to accentuate your curves.

Bikini Set

If you want to go for a matching look, you can buy a bikini set. Many bikini sets feature a printed top and a solid-colored bottom, while others go for a bolder look with prints on both pieces. The most important thing when choosing a bikini set is that you feel comfortable and can move around in it.

One Piece

A one piece swimsuit is a sleek and flattering choice that gives you a bit more coverage and support while you are having fun in the water. However, one pieces can still be some of the sexiest swimwear options out there, particularly with the wave of vintage inspired one pieces that designers are releasing. Look for a high cut to show off your legs, or opt for a deep V with a halter neck if you prefer to show off your decollete.

Swimwear: Stay Comfy and Stylish at the Beach or in the Pool

Tankini

A tankini provides the coverage of a one piece with the mobility of a bikini. They came into fashion in the '90s and 2000's as a new swimwear option. For a stylish, feminine take on this type of swimsuit, opt for a peplum top with high waisted bottoms, which make your waist look ultra-thin.

Cover Up

Cover up pieces are always great to have on hand when you are transitioning from the beach to other social events. These are typically dresses or kimonos that you can throw over your swimsuit to transition out of a beach setting, and they are often somewhat sheer to show off the suit underneath. They are also typically designed to get wet, unlike a normal dress. When choosing a cover up, you want to make sure it doesn't clash with the color of your suit, and that it doesn't add too much bulk to the look overall.

Swim Shorts

If you like to get athletic in the water, or just would feel more comfortable with a little more coverage, you can opt for swim shorts. These are cut like bike shorts or running shorts, but function like a swimsuit. They look great with a sporty bikini top and can easily transition to a day out with your favorite low-top sneakers.

Board Shorts

Board shorts are a type of shorts that are typically associated with surfing, but can be worn for all sorts of water activities. They typically have a loose cut and come in bright colors and prints. When you aren't in the water, you can rock them with a matching graphic tee for a super low-key day off look.

Top Style

Halter

Halters are a classic bathing suit style that flatters many body types by making the neck look extra long. Halter tops have a tie or clasp at the back of the neck, and they pair particularly well with high-waisted bottoms, although they are very versatile. Since they typically have thicker straps, they are great if you need a little bit of extra chest support.

Bandeau

Bandeau tops are tight, strapless tops that wrap around the bust. They come with and without wiring, and are available in many different designs. This cut is very simple and flattering, and looks particularly great if you wear a version with a bright pattern. This not only is a fun look for summer, but also enhances your curves.

Triangle

The triangle bikini is a classic for a reason - it's sultry and comfortable, and it never goes out of style. You can also adjust the ties so that it sits perfectly on your body. Show off your unique style with a fun print or unique detailing, like ruffles or crochet.

Underwire

Underwire swimwear tops are often inspired by high fashion lingerie, but they also give you the support you need while you are running around on the beach. The underwire ensures that your chest looks nice and lifted, and the cut also looks classic and feminine.

High Neck

High neck swimsuits have been a cute trend over the past several years, and they are a great way to add some interest to an otherwise basic bikini top. High neck swimsuits typically tie around the neck, like a halter, but the fabric comes up past the collarbone. Since a high neck keeps you more covered up, this is a great opportunity to show off your legs with high-cut bottoms.

Twist Front

Twist front tops are another big trend in swimwear, and they are flattering for both big and small busts. Twist front tops give you some extra support where you need it, but they also fill you out to make you look very voluptuous. They are a very modern, sleek look that brings runway style to the beach.

Front Tie

Front tie tops are exactly what they sound like - they have a cute bow that ties in the middle of the chest, and they look feminine without being too over-the-top girly. Many of these designs also have a cutout under the tie, which adds a little bit of interest and sex appeal to the look. There are alos many one-pieces that have this feature.

Swimdress

Swimdresses are a fun, vintage-inspired piece that are great if you want a modest yet stylish option. They come in many cute prints and cuts, and you can still show off your figure while hiding any problem areas. They can also easily transition to some boardwalk shopping with a stylish pair of sandals.

Bottom Style

High Waist

High waist bottoms are ultra trendy right now, and for good reason - they make your legs look miles long while sucking in your tummy. While they are often paired with vintage inspired tops, they don't have to be - they are actually incredibly versatile. Since these bottoms are so streamlined, they tend to look best with a top that is a bit more on the voluminous side.

Hipster

Hipster bottoms sit low on the waist, but provide a bit more coverage for your backside than a thong or side-tie cut. This style tends to the best for women who like to be active in the water, and they also look very sleek and stylish. If you want to look curvier, opt for a hipster cut in a bold print or with some ruching on the backside.

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Thong

If you're feeling confident at the beach, go for a daring thong bikini bottom. Although it may seem counterintuitive, these are actually some of the most flattering swimwear pieces available, regardless of what size you are. This is because they tend to be very high cut around the hips, making your legs look longer. You might be surprised by how sexy you feel in thong bottoms.

Side Tie

Side tie bottoms are typically paired with triangle bikinis, although you can wear them with any swimwear top. These are also great for making your legs look super long, and they have the added bonus of being adjustable.

Details

Scalloped

Scallop-cut bathing suits are a fun, trendy look right now, and they are a great way to add a bit of interest to an otherwise plain suit. This is when the suit has a wave-like cut on the hem instead of being cut straight. Scalloped detailing is also very versatile, so whether your style is girly, edgy, or sporty, it can fit in with the rest of your beach wardrobe.

Front Tie

Front tie bathing suits are a major trend right now, both for bikinis and one pieces. The ties in the front are reminiscent of a bohemian wrap dress and look very elegant. However, they are also typically paired with cutouts, which are ultra-sexy.

Ruffle

Ruffles are a very flirty, girly detail that makes for a fun and summery swim outfit. Ruffles are great if you want to look a bit more curvaceous at the beach, since they do add volume to the look.

Pattern

Solid

Solid colored bathing suits are a must have in everyone's wardrobe. They are so versatile for the summer and will go with any cover up for a night out. In particular, solid neon suits have been very stylish lately. They will make you stand out in a crowd and the bright color is an excellent complement to a tan.

Print

A quirky or unique print is a great way to add a little style and sophistication to your beach look. There are so many different types of patterned suits out there, so you can opt for one that really fits your personal style. A common way to style prints for the beach is to wear a patterned top with a solid colored bottom. However, one pieces with smaller patterns are also very popular.

Floral

Floral patterns are a sweet and feminine look for the spring and summer. You can go for a classic, almost dainty look with pastel flowers, but you can also go bold with tropical flowers that are large and bright. Floral print suits also look great with denim shorts when you hit the local beach bar.

Metallic

If your style is more on the edgy side, why not try a metallic swimsuit? They look very sleek and modern, but they also show that you have a quirky sense of fashion. Since metallic suits are such a showstopper, keep the rest of your look neutral.

Striped

A striped swimsuit is an elegant yet preppy classic, and it's simple yet flattering. Opt for red or blue stripes for a nautical look, or go bold with brighter colors. Keep in mind that vertical stripes are going to be more elongating, while horizontal stripes can add volume.

Leopard

Animal print suits are a very bold look, and leopard print is one of the most popular. A leopard print suit shows that you have a daring sense of style and aren't afraid to be fashionable at the beach. If you aren't going all the way in the water, glam this look up with your favorite pair of earrings.

Polka Dot

Polka dots have a girly, retro vibe that's perfect for swimwear. They look effortlessly elegant and are a great print for any cut of swimsuit. For a true retro look, rock your polka dot suit with a (waterproof) red lip.

Tropical

Bold tropical prints, like palm trees, flamingos, and pineapples are ultra trendy right now. They show that you have a sense of style without taking yourself too seriously, and give off a quirky Californian vibe. Let these suits take center stage - they are too bold to style with a cover up.

Color

Black

A black swimsuit is a classic - it's flattering and streamlined, and works well in all situations. Wear it with a trendy pair of shades to show off your sophistication.

Light Blue

Light blue suits are sweet without being too girly, and they are flattering on a variety of different skin tones. This cute color reflects the serenity of the ocean.

White

A white suit is a classic for a hot summer day, and it's one of the best ways to make tan skin really pop. Add some interest to a white suit by looking for an option that has lace, ruffles, or eyelet detailing.

Purple

A purple swimsuit is sophisticated and feminine. Purple is the color of royalty, and you'll look like a queen at the beach. However, purple is also surprisingly versatile - it goes with a huge range of other colors.

Dark Blue

A navy swimsuit has a classically nautical look, but it doesn't necessarily have to look retro. It has all the flattering effects of a black swimsuit, but looks just a little bit softer.

Beige

Beige has been surprisingly on-trend for the past few seasons, and it is a great alternative to a white suit. Beige suits look very modern, and they also make a great backdrop for some neon accessories.

Red

A red suit is a bold look that never goes out of style. A red suit shows that you are totally in control, and that you're mature and sophisticated, but never boring.

Pink

Whether you're going for a deep magenta or a neon pink, this swimsuit look is ultra-flirty. Make it the centerpiece of your beach look and you'll turn heads.

Orange

Orange suits are also very fun and chic for the summer. Reminiscent of a delicious creamsicle, this color is very carefree and energetic.

Light Pink

A light, pastel pink is more demure than the brighter shades of pink out there. This shade of pink is very elegant, but it can also work as a nice contrast to darker neutrals like black, grey, and navy.

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Brands

Luxury - Tory Burch

Tory Burch is known for her preppy yet elegant designs, and her swimwear pieces are no exception. Each swimsuit is classy and figure flattering, and the elegantly simple cuts are ultra-comfortable. In particular, you will notice many underwire and tie-front tops for extra support.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney swimsuits are fun and bohemian, with bold animal prints, lace-up details, and one-shoulder pieces. Her designs are light and carefree, and will perfectly reflect your vacation mindset.

Vince Camuto

The Vince Camuto line of swimsuits is chic, feminine, and sexy, but with a sporty edge that will have you fitting in with the surfers at the beach. Camuto offers comfy and flattering hipster bottoms as well as form-flattering one pieces, and there are plenty of bright colors and watercolor prints to choose from.

Affordable - SheIn

SheIn is known for taking some of the top runway trends and making them affordable, and this applies to their swimwear line as well. You'll find cute bikinis in every color of the rainbow, in styles ranging from simple and sporty to feminine, lingerie inspired pieces.

Zaful

Zaful is another great destination for stylish and affordable swimwear. They are known for their bright, poppy prints, which are fun to mix and match and will definitely have you turning heads at the beach.

DressLily

DressLily is a great brand for quirky yet trendy swimsuits - think cats, dinosaurs, and watermelons on your bikini tops, as well as plenty of neons and fun tropical prints. Many of their swimsuits also feature unique details, like cutouts, off-the-shoulder tops, zippers, and more.

PrettyLittleThing

PrettyLittleThing offers a line of swimwear that's bold and sporty, and can easily work as part of a streetwear outfit when you aren't swimming. Most of their bottoms are very high-cut, and you'll find plenty of animal print and neon colors as well.

You Should Know - Seafolly

Seafolly is a reliable brand for versatile swimwear pieces in many different cuts and colors. They have an excellent range of pieces to choose from - girly girls will love their floral prints, but there's also plenty of solid colors and other prints if you're feeling a little more androgynous.

Tommy Bahama

Each of Tommy Bahama's swimwear pieces immediately bring to mind an island vacation, with lots of palm trees, nautical stripes, and bright colors. However, despite their bright, poppy style, they're not too daring, so they make a great entry into fashion-forward swimwear.

Onia

Looking for one pieces that are flattering without being boring? Onia should be your go to. Their designs have simple cuts, but are made using fun and stylish prints.

Trends

Swimwear used to more about function than fashion, but now the beach has become just as much of a place to express your style as the club. We're seeing a huge range of trends in swimwear, many of which can easily be worn outside in non-swim situations. In particular, we've seen lots of bold neon colors and sporty silhouettes, taking inspiration from the athleisure trend. On the more feminine side of things, we are seeing styles that have lots of bows and ties for a sweet touch.

Pop Culture

Animal print is definitely having a moment right now, as has been evidenced by looks on Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Instagrams, among others. We're seeing leopard print, snakeskin, cowhide, zebra, and so much more. We've also seen plenty of revealing, high-cut bottoms on social media - celebs and social media stars really aren't afraid to flaunt what they've got. 

With so many different types of swimwear to choose from, it's easy for anyone to feel sexy and comfortable at the beach, whether you want to keep it modest or show off your body. We can expect to see even more creative and accepting swimwear trends in the future, with plenty of bold new details, colors, and prints. 

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