Swimsuits for summer? Groundbreaking. Of all the seasonal essentials we're adding to our wardrobes, though, the womens bathing suits are probably our favorite: It'll be our constant companion through trips to the coast, lazy afternoons by the pool, and hopefully that vacation we've been talking about for months, but haven't actually booked... yet.
"Cutouts are the biggest trend I've noticed this year," says Gregg, who is a swimwear designer herself. The caged look of this bandeau-style, halter-top bikini gives a cool cutout effect, while the mesh paneling gives the bottom a similar, but more discreet look.
Boohoo Plus Plus Nancy Caged Detail Cheap Binikis, $44, available at Boohoo.
The adjustable halter neckline gives added support to the bandeau silhouette. You can buy the top and bottom separately, and in any color of the rainbow, to mix and match to your heart's desire.
Forever 21+ Bandeau Halter Bikini Top, $12.90, available at Forever 21; Forever 21+ Ruched High-Waisted Bikini Bottom, $11.90, available at Forever 21.
This may look like your average retro-style, old-glamour, green-with-envy bikini. But the construction on this suit has all the fixings: padded, underwire cups, detachable shoulders straps, and a fully lined bottom.
H&M Plus Bikini Top, $29.95, available at H&M; H&M Plus Bikini Bottoms High Waist, $17.95, available at H&M.
Mitzner calls out zippers as one of the biggest design features for swimsuits across the board — one-pieces, halters, and bandeaus. This swimsuitsforall style incorporates zippers into the latter silhouette, which Mitzner recommends. She likes it for the reduced chance of tan lines, easy shape, and surprising support granted by adjustable straps, as well as other features in the construction.
Swim Sexy Black Zip Front Twist Back Bikini, $54.60, available at swimsuitsforall.
"Jewel prints are something else that we’re really seeing," notes Mitzner. "Not many people are wearing jewelry at the beach — it’s not comfortable, convenient, or really necessary. So having a fun jewel print can dress up a suit." Another takeaway from this style: how photo-real can be surprisingly flattering on the figure. Depending on how a graphic is laid out on a suit, it can "create a certain shape or draw your eye to the most interesting part of the picture," Mitzner explains.
Tropiculture Diamonds Cheap One Piece Swimsuits, $34.98, available at swimsuitsforall.
Gregg and Cheshire agree that palm prints — and other tropical fauna — are the pattern du jour in swimwear. They also conveniently help us fantasize that we're lounging on a faraway, exotic beach (as opposed to just our rooftop).
Elomi Black Tropical Kariba Swimsuit, $130, available at Evans.