While things are definitely looking up, there is still some uncertainty about what summer 2021 will look like. Will we be able to hit the beach or local pool? Will we be confined (yet again) to our backyards for the hottest months of the year? Will the ‘trikini’ (or ‘quintini’) still be a thing? Regardless, we plan to treat ourselves to a few new swimsuits, even if we only end up wearing them to leap through the sprinkler or lay out on the deck. Here, six trends that are sure to dominate, no matter what the future brings us.

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swimwear trends 2021 keyhole cutouts

Futuristic cutouts are a trend we can expect to see across many different categories, including knitwear, dresses and, you guessed it, swimwear. And while side cutouts and other more dramatic silhouettes definitely fit in with the trend, the easiest way to wear this skin-baring look is with a classic keyhole design (i.e., a cutout in between or just under your bust). They’re sexy without being too over the top, and won’t give you crazy tan lines by the end of the season.

Swimsuits for All

1. Swimsuits for All Cut-Out Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit

Take all the guess work out of mixing and matching your bikini separates with a one-piece that features multiple summer-ready prints.

BUY IT ($100)

Available in sizes 4 to 26

Revolve

2. Lovers + Friends Loren One Piece

If you’re really digging the cutout look, combine a small keyhole with more dramatic side exposure. (Plus a dainty bow helps keep things cute.)

BUY IT ($138)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Shopbop

3. Beach Riot Caitlin Top and Chelsea Bottoms

Retro prints are another smaller trend we expect to see cropping up on beaches across the nation, and this Pucci-inspired '70s-esque graphic will look gorgeous on just about every skin tone.

BUY IT ($118)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Buy it ($88)

Available in sizes S to XL

Cupshe

4. Cupshe Blue Floral Cutout High Waisted Plus Size Bikini

Yes, even if you have an ample bosom you can rock this trend without giving away the whole farm. Look for styles that have more coverage overall so the peek-a-boo hole remains subtly sexy.

Buy it ($30)

Available in sizes X to 4X

swimwear trends 2021 v front bottoms

We like to think we have Aerie and its best-selling Tik Tok famous cross-front leggings to thank for this trend, but realistically we think it’s a more universally flattering spin on last year’s high-cut bottoms. This time around, rather than going the '80s route by cutting fabric higher on the hipbone, brands are leaving more coverage at the sides (great for anyone who wasn’t crazy about showing off quite so much of their bikini line) and just going with a V-shaped waistband. That small-but-might detail creates the illusion of an itty-bitty waist and an hourglass shape, no matter what your natural figure may be.

Aerie

5. Aerie Crossover High Cut Cheeky Bikini Bottom

Inspired by the leggings that started it all (kind of), this high-waisted bottom currently comes in only black, but fingers crossed Aerie debuts more colors or patterns as we get closer to Memorial Day.

BUY IT ($30)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

PacSun

6. LA Hearts by PacSun Georgia Scrunch Top and High Cut Bottom

This textured two-piece offers less coverage on the sides than the others on this list, but the wide straps still offer enough width to prevent unflattering bumps or muffin tops for those who are wary.

BUY IT ($27)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

BUY IT ($25)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Shopbop

7. L*Space Vera top and Pratt Bikini Bottoms

This icy blue hue looks surprisingly great on just about every skin tone. Add a matching beaded necklace or bracelet for a fun summer camp-inspired touch.

BUY IT ($88)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Buy it ($79)

Available in sizes S to XL

Neiman Marcus

8. OYE Swimwear Lucette Off-the-Shoulder Top and Wrap-Front Bottoms

The Lucette is one of OYE’s signature styles and comes in a multitude of solid hues, fun color combos and a one-piece variation. You can also pull the top straps up further (on both the top and bottoms) for a trendy cut-out effect and to create an even deeper plunge.

BUY IT ($175)

Available in sizes XS to L

BUY IT ($175)

Available in sizes XS to L

swimwear trends 2021 textured materials

Perhaps derived from our renewed love of sweatsuit material and all things sporty and cozy, ribbed and smocked fabrics are popping up everywhere we look. Beyond their interesting look and texture, both are great for masking lumps, much like ruching or shirring in clothing. Embrace the athletic nature of these materials and stick to minimalist silhouettes rather than elaborate ties or cutouts.

Revolve

9. Frankies Bikinis Olivia Bikini Top and Grotto Bikini Bottoms

We love the slight sparkle and unexpected neckline of this gorgeous lilac two-piece. Just be sure to lather on the SPF to your collarbone or you’ll wind up with some pretty odd tan lines.

BUY IT ($90)

Available in sizes Xs to L

BUY IT ($90)

Available in sizes Xs to L

Shopbop

10. Vitamin A Sienna Tank Bikini Top and High Waist Bottoms

That creamsicle hue has us dreaming of delicious ice pops, tropical margaritas and mango icees...all enjoyed poolside and delivered on a silver tray, preferably.

BUY IT ($110)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Buy it ($105)

Available in sizes XS to XXL

Athleta

11. Athleta Rib Asym One Piece

What looks like a single strap from the front splits into two smaller adjustable straps at the back so you can better adjust the fit.

BUY IT ($108)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Net-a-Porter

12. Hunza G Nancy One Piece

Hunza G is perhaps best known for creating Vivian Ward’s iconic cut-out dress in Pretty Woman (you know the one). But its swimwear is just as fabulous (and a lot more wearable). The innovative fabric is meant to stretch and conform to your every curve, which is why the brand’s pieces all come in one size. “They’re not the most supportive suits,” says one PureWow editor, “but they are super comfortable, especially if you’re self-conscious about post-lunch bloat or a dreaded muffin top situation.”

BUY IT ($175)

Available in one size (fits sizes 2 through 10)

swimwear trends 2021 subtle glam

Glitter, patent finishes and lots of metallic shine will all be sparkling along the beachfront this summer. But rather than attention-grabbing maximalist styles, the 2021 version of glamorous swim features minimalist cuts, like a simple scoop-neck bikini top or a classic maillot one-piece, all in solid hues.

Free People

13. Mikoh Kano Square-Neck Top and Ofu Bottoms

This coral pink hue combined with tiny flecks of glitter will give you the illusion of an instant tan.

BUY IT ($140)

Available in sizes XS to XL

BUY IT ($140)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Andie Swim

14. Andie Swim The Ibiza in Luster

A sexy low cut back provides a nice balance the the full coverage front.

BUY IT ($115)

Available in sizes XS to XXXL

Solid & Striped

15. Solid & Striped Elsa Top and Bottoms in Sage

It’s that bralette-inspired seaming along the bust that really sold us on this shimmering moss green set.

BUY IT ($88)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Buy it ($88)

Available in sizes XS to L

Vitamin A

16. Vitamin A Jenna One Piece

All you need is a pair of high-waist jeans and some gold strappy sandals and you could rock this one piece out for dinner with the girls and cut back on your vacation packing list.

BUY IT ($200)

Available in sizes XS to XL

swummer swim trends 2021 midriff flossing

We’ve yet to come up with a name for this trend we can really get on board with (wrap string? corset ties?), but whatever you call it, torsos tied up with string are a big trend for this summer, both in and out of the pool. Christopher Esber’s designs are the ones that started it all, including his high-end bikinis. Some styles come with adjustable straps you can wrap and tie yourself, while others are fixed in place for those who don’t want to be futzing with their swimwear all afternoon.

Vix

17. Vix Black Lila One Piece

This sleek design is actually two separate pieces that can be linked together by looping the long straps from the top through two side hooks at the waist line. As such, you can style the criss-cross strings any way you’d like or even wear the pieces with other tops or bottoms in your collection, if you want.

BUY IT ($198)

Available in sizes S to L

Saks Fifth Avenue

18. Ramy Brook Hendrix Tie Bikini Top and Bottom

Not quite sure how to tie your extra long bikini straps? Simply wrapping them around your smallest point is always a cut option, or you can get funky with it and try crossing them over your chest and shoulders instead.

BUY IT ($118; $89)

Available in sizes XS to L

Buy it ($108; $81)

Available in sizes XS to L

Moda Operandi

19. Anemos Wrap Triangle Bikini Top and Bottoms

When in doubt, go simple with a suit that can be wrapped just once or twice around your middle.

BUY IT ($140)

Available in sizes XS to XL

BUY IT ($135)

Available in sizes XS to L

Monica Hansen

20. Monica Hansen Bond Girl Wrap Around Top and Scrunch Bottom

This flattering bikini comes in six luxe colors—marigold yellow, rust red, turmeric orange, warm brown, classic black and bright white—all of which will give your skin a natural glow.

BUY IT ($130)

Available in sizes XS to XL

BUY IT ($130)

Available in sizes XS to XL

swimwear trends 2021 little black swimsuits

Classic black bikinis with triangle tops, underwire cups or basic bandeaus and one-pieces with nothing in the way of embellishments or hardware are like the swimwear equivalent of plain black leggings or an LBD—they’re a foolproof option we can return to over and over again without fear of looking dated or overly trendy.

Swimsuits For All

21. Swimsuits for All MENTOR TIE FRONT HIGH WAIST BIKINI SET

A simple adjustable tie at the front is all this bikini needs to set it apart from the most basic of LBS (little black swimsuits).

BUY IT ($96)

Available in sizes 4 to 24

J.Crew

22. J.Crew Ruched femme one-piece swimsuit

Ruching along the bodice is more forgiving of bumps than a smooth stretch of fabric, while the underwire at the bust gives your gals a bonus lift to help them look their best for a day in the sun.

BUY IT ($98)

Available in sizes 0 to 24, also Long Torso

Madewell

23. Madewell Second Wave Underwire Bikini Top and Curved-Waist Bikini Bottom

We can’t help but get very “French woman on vacation in Capri” vibes from this minimalist underwire.

BUY IT ($75)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

BUY IT ($40)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

Abercrombie & Fitch

24. Abercrombie & Fitch One-Shoulder Bikini Top and High-Waist Cheeky Bikini Bottom

If you just can’t get on board with super classic designs, try a one-shoulder top and high-waist bottom with easy ties you can knot into bows or leave loose depending on your mood.

BUY IT ($29)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

BUY IT ($29)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

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