11 Swimsuit Trends Taking Over Instagram

Here comes the sun (kind of), and with it our favorite clothing season: swim season. Though we're planning on spending as much of May through September relaxin' and maxin' by the pool, we're first taking a careful look at our current bathing suit inventory. If you're wearing the same two-piece you've had since that family beach trip 10 years ago, you might want to consider an upgrade. And whether there's an upcoming getaway on your calendar or your just looking for some quality lounge chair time, the approaching warm weather months are reason enough to give those suits a refresh.

Ahead, we're giving you a breakdown of the swimsuit trends you can expect to be big in summer 2018. Here you'll find a little something for everyone, from revamps on classic silhouettes to on-trend items that'll have you standing out from the crowd. Click on and feel free to dive head-first into a purchase or two, because it's only swim season for so long, y'all.

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Smocking
This simple embroidery technique often seen in the form of sundresses and spaghetti strap tops is breaking into swimwear. As an added plus, the elastic in the gathered fabric means it's stretchy for days.
Lisa Marie Fernandez Selena Tomato Polka Dot Bikini, $495.00 Buy
Tory Burch Costa Bandeau Bikini Top, $118.00 Buy
Salinas Isa Floral One Piece Swimsuit, $255.00 Buy
The Reformation Heidi Bikini Top, $78.00 Buy
The Reformation Greta Bikini Bottom, $68.00 Buy
Ganni Ipanema Shirred Floral-print Bikini, $190.00 Buy
Polka Dots
Long live polka dots! Seriously. The trend that only grows with each passing year is now in swimsuit form.
Eloquii Colorblock One-Piece Swimsuit with Tie, $119.90 Buy
SIDWAY Beverly Bandeau, $98.00 Buy
SIDWAY Karen Hi Rise Bottom, $108.00 Buy
Onia x We Wore What Lydia Polka-Dot Bikini Top, $95.00 Buy
Onia x We Wore What Emily Belted Polka-Dot Bikini Briefs, $95.00 Buy
Zara Polka Dot Swimsuit, $45.90 Buy
High-Cut Bottoms
While we're still seeing the prominence of bum=bearing bottoms everywhere, this season's cuts are taking a more retro turn. Channeling the well-recognized red Baywatch suit and workout gear from the '80s, the high-cut bottom hikes things way up to your hips to bare it all.
KoreSwim Nyx Maillot, $244.00 Buy
Mango Bicolor Bow Swimsuit, $69.98 Buy
Norma Kamali Sunglass Bra, $85.00 Buy
Norma Kamali Luca Bottom, $75.00 Buy
Triangl Fantail, $99.00 Buy
Spring's Breakout Color: Chocolate
If this color looks familiar, that's because you're seeing it everywhere. Brown hues are making waves this spring and summer, and the chocolate-colored swim counterparts look just as delectable.
Minimale Animale Daquiri Ribbed 1 Piece Swimsuit, $225.00 Buy
Haight Swimwear High-Rise Triangle Bikini, $260.00 Buy
Reformation Tofino Bikini Top, $78.00 Buy
Reformation Mandalay Bikini Bottoms, $68.00 Buy
Matteau Crop Top, $93.06 Buy
Matteau Classic Brief, $93.06 Buy
One-Shoulder Strap
So often we find ourselves at a crossroads where we have to ask, "Are the tan lines worth it?" It's the reason we fawn over criss-cross six-piece swimsuits but only purchase the bandeau bikini. The one strap trend, however, is something we'll definitely be splurging on.
Marysia French Santa Barbara Maillot, $341.00 Buy
Solid & Striped The Isabeli Top + Bottom, $176.00 Buy
J.Crew Playa Tilden Colorblock One-Piece Swimsuit, $49.50 Buy
Alix Seville Swimsuit, $225.00 Buy
Alexandra Miro Grace, £190.00 Buy
Ruffle Detailing
A little extra detailing can go a long way when investing in swimwear. This year, we're eyeing the sweet balance of minimal ruffle detailing.
Morgan Lane Lusiana Bikini Top, $135.00 Buy
Morgan Lane Lusiana Bikini Bottom, $135.00 Buy
Made By Dawn Traveler Top, $119.00 Buy
Made By Dawn Traveler Bottom, $139.00 $99.00, Buy
Roxana Salehoun Ruffle Strap One Piece, $220.00 $143.00, Buy
Zimmermann Painted Heart Cascade Bikini, $740.00 Buy
Plunging Scoopbacks
Forget plunging necklines — the new trend is happening around the corner. Show off your backside assets with a large scoopback one-piece.
Forever 21 Plus Size Kulani Kinis Striped One-Piece Swimsuit, $58.00 Buy
Lenny Niemeyer Bel Maillot One Piece Swimsuit, $195.00 $84.00, Buy
Static Swimwear Robertson One Piece, $128.00 Buy
Aerie Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit, $54.95 $35.00, Buy
Belted Mid-Sections
Every summer, it feels like swim trends inch in closer to mimicking to real-life ones. In 2016, we loved the halter and sports bra-style tops, in 2017, it was all about the mini tee, and now, 2018 is bringing in belts. Whether it's a belted bikini or an O-ring sash around the waist of a monokini, get ready to feel a little more dressed up. It definitely makes throwing together an après-swim look that much easier.
Hunza G Solitaire Swim, £135.00 Buy
Summersalt The Babba, $95.00 Buy
Maiyo Luna, $126.03 Buy
Les Girls Les Boys Track Swimsuit, $145.00 Buy
Leopard Print
Another runway trend rolling into the swimwear space. Animal prints, but specifically, leopard, hit big at the fall '18 shows. Tap into your wild side with these tastefully done (i.e. not cheesy) iterations of the print.
Motel Vanna Bikini Top, $36.00 Buy
Motel Vanna Bikini Bottom, $30.00 Buy
H&M Patterned Swimsuit, $24.99 Buy
Cynthia Rowley Cheetah Print Gemma Surf Suit, $165.00 Buy
Same Swim The Foxy Top, $160.00 Buy
Same Swim The Lola Low Rise, $120.00 Buy
Live In Living Color
We're going to openly dub Mara Hoffman as the queen bee responsible for the explosion of rainbow bright prints in modern swim designs. And this year, the trend is stronger than ever.
Bershka Multicolored Striped Bikini Top, $25.90 Buy
Bershka Multicolored Striped High-rise Bikini Bottoms, $19.89 Buy
Mara Hoffman Olympia One Piece, $325.00 Buy
Solid & Striped Elle Malibu Stripe Bikini Top, $88.00 Buy
Solid & Striped Elle Malibu Stripe Bikini Bottom, $88.00 Buy
SKYE & staghorn Bandeau Top, $76.77 Buy
SKYE & staghorn High Cut V Pant, $96.94 Buy
Tie-Front Tops
Bralettes aren't going away anytime soon. They've broken down the walls between bras being a confidentially hidden item and being considered casual wear to expose. While not new to swimwear, their little tie-front tops are. Whether you find it in a cut-out one piece, a standard bikini, or the new wide-busted tops, keep an eye out for this playful trend.
Billabong Striped Cropped Tank Bikini Top, $50.00 Buy
Billabong Striped High-Waisted Bikini Bottom, $50.00 Buy
Flagpole Nora, $400.00 Buy
Ephemera Tie-Front Bandeau Bikini Top, $130.00 Buy
Ephemera High-Rise Bikini Briefs, $75.00 Buy
Topshop Daisy Crop Top and Bikini Set, $61.00 Buy
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