Taking a look at upcoming trends in swimwear
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
As the summer slowly trickles its way in, and the weather turns to clear blue skies and blistering heat, sooner or later everyone’s thoughts wander to the beach. But how can you expect to ring in the new season without a much needed wardrobe update? To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of swimwear trends you’ll be seeing popping up everywhere sand meets surf.
First off, let’s address shape. Two pieces are seeing a comeback after last year’s total monokini domination. Instead of the traditional bikini top, expect to see a lot of high neck halter styles, and bandeaus. This is perhaps not the friendliest option for bustier women, but fret not—more athletic cropped cuts, with wide shoulder straps or even capped sleeves will also be very prevalent. Bottom-wise, you should expect to see a lot of traditional bikini cuts. The high-waisted retro look will be on the decline, instead being replaced by a sleeker, more modernized pairing of athletic tops with high-waisted bottoms. Expect to see these various styles accented with provocative cut-outs, and/or knotted or braided details, or even some lacing going up the side seams.
Trendy patterns and colours are a bit more limited than they have been in the past. Monotone shades of peach, teal, and black will be prevalent; featuring limited accent colours of either contrasting shades (white to black, orange to blue, etc.) or neon. The only patterns you should expect are a plethora of mixed florals that will be used to emphasize fit and cut. These florals will generally either be in the same colour family—various shades of peach, for example—or they will share a predominant feature colour.
More relaxed fit beach cover-ups will be a mainstay. This will rely heavily on oversized, knitted sweaters, and oversized shirts—as opposed to last year’s dependence on the maxi dress. If you absolutely need more coverage, pair these options with loose fit shorts or joggers to become the epitome of casual chic.
As fun as trends are, don’t be too glum if this season’s line-up just isn’t your thing. Always remember, style should be a reflection of your personal aesthetic, and what you feel confident in plays a big role in what will look the best on you.