11 Swimsuit Trends Taking Over Instagram

Photo: Patrick John Horne via @sidwayswim.
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.
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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.
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Polka Dots
Long live polka dots! Seriously. The trend that only grows with each passing year is now in swimsuit form.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Plunging Scoopbacks
Forget plunging necklines — the new trend is happening around the corner. Show off your backside assets with a large scoopback one-piece.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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