Swimsuit Trends That Really Make a Splash

by Susannah Cahn

Swimsuit Trends That Really Make a Splash
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Gearing up for a warm-weather getaway? Then the swimwear scramble is probably in full swing. Before you go off the deep end trying to find the perfect bathing suit, check out the hottest swimsuit trends for 2019, including high-waisted bikini bottoms, knotted and belted styles, and surprisingly chic rash guards. And don’t forget the one thing that never goes out of style: SPF.



1 of 10 Image Credits: J. Crew

High-Waisted Bikini


High-waisted bikini bottoms not only offer a bit more coverage, they also lend a pinup girl aesthetic to your swim style. Done in classic navy-and-white gingham, this retro-inspired J.Crew bathing suit avoids looking costumey. Bonus: The underwire top is available in A–D cups, offering support to a variety of bust sizes. We have to say, this two-piece really checks all the boxes.

2 of 10 Image Credits: Bloomingdales

Knotted Swimsuits


Knots are popping up on everything from teeny bikinis to one-pieces, like this red-hot Carmen Marc Valvo swimsuit. The strapless style features a bandeau top with optional halter strap, front cutout and ultra-flattering ruching. Now, that’s what we call a triple threat! All you have to worry about is finding an empty beach chair.

3 of 10 Image Credits: Old Navy

Wrap-Top Swimsuits


Crisscross bikini tops are having a major moment for 2019. While many strappy swim styles read seductive, we like the ballet-esque cut of Old Navy’s take on the trend. Featuring cap sleeves (goodbye, shoulder burns), an open back and wrap-around tie, this suit also offers built-in UPF 40+ sun protection. That’s reason enough to do pirouettes on the sand. Or, at least, attempt to.

4 of 10 Image Credits: Shopbop

Belted Swimsuits


Don’t, er, waste any time jumping on 2019’s belted swimwear trend. With cinchers landing anywhere from just under the bust to below the waist — and everywhere in between — expect to see a lot of accessorized abs this season. Onia x We Wore What’s bikini features a removable western belt on its high-cut bottoms for an of-the-moment beach look. Yee-haw!

5 of 10 Image Credits: Roxy

One-Piece Swimsuits


Don’t let the fact that it’s a one-piece fool you. This Roxy swimsuit is anything but covered up. With a high-leg bottom (a big look for 2019) and front and back cutouts, it's quite revealing. In fact, some bikinis show less skin. But don’t be intimidated: Mix and match prints and tie-accented sides keep this bathing suit looking trendy, not trashy.

6 of 10 Image Credits: Bloomingdales

Yellow Swimsuits


Two of Spring 2019’s biggest trends — yellow and utilitarian — come together in this fashion-forward Mei L’ange bikini. Wide, buckle straps add a tough-chic edge to the bathing suit’s bandeau-style top, while an understated low-rise bottom keeps things from going overboard.

7 of 10 Image Credits: Topshop

Leopard-Print Swimsuits


While classic leopard-print swimwear will be running wild for 2019, there’s something undeniably chic about those ubiquitous spots against the blush backdrop of Topshop’s one-piece. Tortoise O-rings add a modern touch to the thin straps of this swimsuit, which features an open back and sheen-free finish. Talk about animal instincts!

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Metallic Swimsuits


Metallic is a huge 2019 swimwear trend and we’re here for it. From classic shiny shades to more unexpected glistening colors, the options are endless. Topshop’s shimmery black-and-silver string bikini has a glitter effect and an undeniable ‘70s feel. Oversize shades with tinted lenses will complete the look.

9 of 10 Image Credits: Shopbop

Chic Rash Guards


Protecting your skin is not only sensible but also stylish. Enter one of 2019’s biggest swimwear trends: rash guards. Originally reserved for surfers battling waves, fashionable interpretations are making the sun shirt just as popular on dry land. Note the cool, colorblock sleeves with contrast cuffs on this Seea top. Whether you hang 10 or hang by the pool, we’ve got you covered.

10 of 10 Image Credits: ASOS

Ruffle Swimsuits


Ruffles are washing up on swimsuits everywhere for 2019, and we’re loving the fluttery top and bottom detailing on this otherwise simple top. The style matches a bold, lifeguard red color with sweet detailing for a perfect juxtaposition. Get this ASOS bikini oceanside, stat.