We’ve been waiting for this Hot Girl Summer for what feels like an eternity, so we’re definitely not gonna waste our opportunity to flaunt some curves in the coolest swimsuits of the season. If you haven’t restocked your swimsuit wardrobe yet (or you just want to spice it up with some new styles), check out our list of the hottest bathing suit trends for summer 2021 below.
Midriff-Baring One-Piece Swimsuits: Styles like these began appearing on the scene earlier this year, spotlighting seductive hints of skin with exposure around the neckline and décolletage. Now that we’re heading into summer, these peek-a-boo cutouts have drifted down the torso towards the mid-section, directing attention on the midriff for a statement-making look.
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It’s official: it’s totally the Black Knotted Scalloped One Piece Swimsuit’s moment. Everyone should have a black one-piece swimsuit in their beach wardrobe, and this one’s beyond-the-norm details have us seriously shook. The cutout at the torso takes center stage, but there’s plenty of texture to add interest (thanks to the jacquard fabric) and sweet scalloped details. Adjustable spaghetti straps and gathering at the bustline help to enhance “the girls” while ensuring a flattering fit.
We love the idea of a tummy-baring one-piece swimsuit for plus size figures, especially one that makes the most of a mix of prints. The Floral And Striped Cutout Knotted Plus Size One Piece Swimsuit is a winner that you should “add to cart” ASAP. This plus size swimsuit smooths the figure with its simple over-shoulder straps and straightforward maillot silhouette, to be sure, but the main draw is the oh-so-cute cutout at the front. Adjust the ties at the bust for a more supportive fit.
The Blue Off-The-Shoulder Striped One Piece Swimsuit transports you to Capri or the French Riviera with a wide awning stripe pattern and its regal lapis hue. We’re here for that off-the-shoulder neckline––check out those cute little sleeves, too. The keyholes in the front and back are as demure as you would expect from a bathing suit this sophisticated and soignée.
80’s-Style High-Cut Legs: It doesn’t matter if you weren’t there to witness the 1980s; just be glad that you’ve skipped the cringe-worthy style moments (teased bangs, power suits with sneakers) and gone right to the good stuff, like ultra-high cut swimsuits. This leggy look is back for summer 2021, but with fresh tweaks to this retro-inspired swimsuit style.
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The O-Ring Contrast Waist High Waisted Bikini is giving us major Elle McPherson on the cover of Sport Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition vibes. This two-piece swimsuit feels of-the-moment thanks to its combination of sporty elements like colorblocking and neon, teamed with a vixenish cut. The bikini top goes all strappy in the back and converges upon an oversized ring, so the hardware acts like water-friendly jewelry here. You might need to warn onlookers, though––one peep at the steep angle of this bikini bottom and they might develop vertigo!
We’re feeling the Eighties-inspired high-cut legs on the Lauren Belted Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit, but there’s so much more to love about it. This seemingly simple black maillot actually has a lot going on: minimalist apron neckline, tonal lace-textured jacquard swim fabric, a removable sash at the waist, and a cheeky derrière to boot. It’s sleek but not cold, revealing but not overexposed, on-trend but also timeless. Something to note: be prepared to develop a close and trusting relationship with your waxing aesthetician if you’re going to rock a look like this.
Asymmetrical Necklines: It’s true that traditionally, swimwear with asymmetrical necklines have not always made the most practical options for active beach days or an exuberant round of Marco Polo in the pool. But hear us out: the one-shoulder swimsuit should not be overlooked. Why? It’s a dramatic cut that punches up any poolside party cabana and happens to look particularly good with wet hair. We’re all for giving this trend a try again, especially since this summer’s versions feature cool details and eye-catching prints.
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A solid black bathing suit is a proven formula for figure-flattering success. This summer, bring the heat in a black swimsuit with heightened style impact. The Amari One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit pairs its flattering black bodice with alluring lace-up details. The asymmetrical neckline and open side create an effect that’s bare and striking––the polar opposite of a boring black swimsuit.
Modern art or bikini? Get you a swimsuit that can do both! An asymmetrical neckline is only one among the many creative elements defining the Dana Abstract Print One Shoulder Bikini. An abstract geometric print, an inspired mix of colors, oversized ring hardware on the hip...all of it adds up to a spirited swim look that will make waves at the pool and/or the beach.
Worn together, the Leafy One Shoulder Bandeau Bikini Top & Leafy Reversible High Cut Bikini Bottom present a sophisticated upgrade to the usual tropical-print two-piece suit. While the banana-leaf print looks far more refined than the usual floral pattern, it really comes down to the silhouette here. These bikini separates’ high-cut leg and single-shoulder styling offer a contemporary alternative to basic triangle bikini or endless straps, ties, and other distractions. Oh, and did we mention that the bikini bottom reverses to solid green for a whole new look?
Solid-Color Mix & Match Bikini Separates: You didn’t like rules in kindergarten and you’re not too gung-ho about them now. (Sidenote: could someone please explain why chewing gum is such an unpardonable offense at school?) Settling for swimwear that doesn’t allow for experimentation is a no-no. Instead, whip up your own colorful creation with swim separates. Mix-and-match pieces empower you to make a wholly unique bikini by combining unexpected hues with the proportions that fit you best. You can buy different sizes on top and bottom!
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Surfer girl style is predicated on never trying too hard. Everything’s thrown together, seemingly without any forethought––and it all somehow works. The Mavis Ruched Bikini Top & Low Waisted Bikini Bottom, two swim separates, give off that carefree vibe. The peach and turquoise hues complement each other, but could easily be swapped out for other pieces like the Classic Black Low Waisted Bikini Bottom or the Textured Yellow Strappy Bikini Top to make four distinct options, thereby maximizing suitcase space and giving you a chance to flex on your originality and beach chic.
Multi-Purpose Bikini Tops: We’re all about making our travel bags work harder, and that extends to swimwear, too. Versatile silhouettes that can be worn post-beach with jean shorts or layered under a sleeveless romper give you more options––and more free space to include that extra pair of sandals you previously didn’t think you could squeeze in. Bikini tops with sleeves are key, since they naturally bridge the gap between the sand and the sidewalk.
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Don’t relegate a statement-making swimsuit like the Retro Polka Dot V-Neck Bikini to the pool alone when its appeal can easily be applied beyond the patio. Break out your best “y’all” and pour on the charm with this country-cute two-piece swimsuit. Equal parts sweet and spicy, this bikini combines the vintage-y appeal of polka dots with puffed sleeves, meaning you’ll repurpose it with your denim cutoffs for a post-pool hangout or style it with a flowing, tiered white skirt for a picnic-perfect afternoon look.
Years of pliés at the barre? No, it’s just the Nina V-Neck Cap Sleeves Bikini. This swimsuit is serving us ballerina-in-rehearsal vibes for days thanks to its subtly ribbed navy blue fabric and delicate ties around the back. Style your hair in a messy bun and you’re ready to claim the spotlight in the open-air theater of the shoreline. Of course, you’ll be wearing it to the beach, but this bikini top would make an easy complement to a pair of high-waisted bike shorts once you’ve departed the boardwalk, too.