The Top 7 Swimwear Trends to Know for Summer 2018

Your classic black one-piece will never go out of style, but sometimes you want a little upgrade anyway. We waded through all the season's best swimsuits to see which trends stood out from the pack. So if your goal is to look like the most stylish babe on the beach, we suggest sporting one of these seven cool styles.

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marysia lace up one piece swimsuit

Lace-up Detailing

Whether or not the ties are actually adjustable, a lattice of string adds just the right amount of sass.

Get the look: RACHEL Rachel Roy top ($23) and bottom ($24); Seafolly top ($112) and bottom ($72); ModCloth one-piece ($125); Marysia one-piece ($367); Emma Pake top and bottom ($380)

alpine butterfly plus size knot detail one piece swimsuit


At the shoulders or square down the middle, thick ties look great no matter where they lie. Plus, they're way more practical than the sting bikini ties of yore.

Get the look: J.Crew top ($33) and bottom ($23); Beth Richards top ($138) and bottom ($100); Solid & Striped one-piece ($158); Alpine Butterfly one-piece ($159)

mara hoffman earth tone bikini
Mara Hoffman

Solid Earth Tones

Rusty red, shimmering bronze and burnt orange will make you look like a desert sunset come to life. Bonus: These shades are great for making your skin look tanner than it really is.

Get the look: Somerfield Swim top ($60) and bottom ($44); Billabong one-piece ($80); Amuse Society one-piece ($128); Mara Hoffman top ($150) and bottom ($135)

asos velvet bikini


Velvet? In the water? We know, we were skeptical at first, too. But these impressive designers figured out a way to make our favorite cold-weather fabric beach-appropriate.

Get the look: ASOS top ($26) and bottom ($29); White Fox one-piece ($55); Triangl top and bottom ($89); Red Carter one-piece ($150)

magicsuit sporty 80s inspired swimsuit

Sporty And '80s-inspired

The brighter the colors the better. Thick color-blocking, zippers and racer-back cuts will help you channel your inner Baywatch babe. 

Get the look: ASOS one-piece ($26); Aqua Blu top ($85) and bottom ($57); Body Glove one-piece ($77); Magicsuit one-piece ($166)

high cut leg lspace free people bikini
Free People

High-cut Legs

So what if you weren't born with stems like Gisele? These high-cut styles are miracle-workers for creating the illusion of mile-long legs (and slimming hips,

Get the look: Forever 21 one-piece ($23); Sunn Lab top ($30) and bottom ($25); Leith one-piece ($89); L*Space top ($92) and bottom ($99)

suboo striped high waisted bikini bottom

High-waisted Bottoms

The universally-flattering cut made its way over from last summer and is still going strong in 2018. And honestly, we not-so-secretly hope it stays trending for the foreseeable future.

Get the look: Old Navy top ($25) and bottom ($25); J.Crew top ($56) and bottom (56$); Mei L’Ange top ($65) and bottom ($65); Suboo top ($100) and bottom ($100)

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