With spring / summer burgeoning for many a fashioniser, we’re all eager to hit the beach. But whether you’re soaking up the sun in Majorca or on the Venice Lido, the most important decision won’t be the SPF of your sun tan lotion, but which swimwear pieces you’ll be wearing.
While the availability of classic swimwear styles (and the fact that swimwear trends move relatively slowly) means it’s not a requirement, it’s still always worth knowing what styles will fit well with spring 2013′s fashion trends. Whether it’s making a bold statement or simply taking your style credentials to the waterside, an update to your bikini selection will make holidays and hot weekends all the more exciting and enjoyable.
Read on to find out what cuts and styles are in fashion this year, and don’t forget: if you’d like to keep up to date with all the latest fashion trends and how to style then, then subscribe to Fashionising.com’s newsletter or follow us on Facebook.
- Vintage-inspired swimwear
- Mismatched bikinis
- Digital print swimwear
- Grecian Goddess bikinis
- Cut-away bikinis
- Swimwear to flatter your figure
Swimwear trends don’t move in quite the same cycles as other fashion trends. That’s because it’s hard to reinvent the bikini or the monokini: in the need to balance functionality and sex appeal, designers are limited to what they can actually do. Despite this, one piece and bikini trends are certainly still influenced by other fashion trends.
So what swimsuit trends can we expect for 2013 and into 2014? You’d be right if you guessed swimsuit styles influenced by other key fashion trends for the year. So when it comes to choosing a bikini, these are the styles worth looking out for.
There’s a scene in 1956′s High Society where Grace Kelly kneels poolside and pushes a model boat, the True Love, across the still water. She’s wearing a white halterneck swimsuit that ends in a small, ruffled skirt; her chin-length hair is neatly curled, her feet are bare. Never has a swimsuit looked so elegant.
Of course it’s the bombshells, the pin-ups, of the same era we’re more inclined to think of when it comes to 1950s swimsuits in particular – the Marilyn Monroes and the Jayne Mansfields. They’re playful, curvaceous, steeped in sex appeal. And so the reason we refer to the former is to balance out the latter: vintage-style swimwear has a place amoungst 2013′s swimwear trends, but this summer it’s not necessarily about strawberry cheesecake cliches. Instead it’s a subtle infusion of vintage cuts and prints – so while the right piece of swimwear can be as bombshell as Monroe or as sophisticated as Kelly, it can also sit perfectly moderately in the middle. Most often this season it’s about high waisted bikini bottoms as a way to inject a slight vintage feel into otherwise modern swimwear.
Swimwear from Kooey, We Are Handsome, Hanna Bloch, and Wildfox.
Some features to look out for:
- one-pieces with cinched-in waists, sweetheart necklines and halters
- high-waist bottoms
- playful prints – gingham checks, hawaiian hibiscus florals – done in modern cuts to avoid vintage overkill
- conversely, vintage cuts executed with modern digital prints – a strong 2013 trend
- shirred sides that accentuate the waist and hips
- fuller-cupped tops
- boy-legged bottoms
Upon a vintage beach (3 May 2013)
The aura of nonchalance and effortlessness surrounding our clothing has seeped into our bikinis for 2013. A clash of colour and/or print between your bikini top and bikini bottoms not only creates an interesting look, but inherently oozes a kind of eclectic, fun summer vibe. It’s not that you don’t care about your swimsuit being all properly matched, it’s that you’re simply too cool to. Sometimes a bit of mismatching simply shows that you’re throwing yourself headfirst into summer and squeezing every last drop of adventure out of the sunny days, not caring about uniformity. It’s also a great way to get multiple and varied wears out of a few different bikinis.
Mismatched bikinis from Kooey, Hanna Bloch, and Zimmermann Swim.
Mismatched bikinis: a few pointers:
- If you don’t want to go for all-out clashes, pick up a great classic black bikini and mix in either the top or bottom with other bright colours and prints. You can’t go wrong.
- With mismatched prints, the bolder and more obvious the clash the better. You don’t want to look like you’ve tried to match two similar pieces and failed. Try picking any two of the following and mixing them fearlessly: animal print, checks or gingham, floral, stripes, digital patterned prints.
Digital prints are everywhere in spring / summer 2013. While printed swimsuits have always been popular, this season they take their cues from street wear trends and see the prints applied to swimwear that is functional as well as fashionable, often able to be worn as outerwear.
For 2013 digital prints take the form of anything and everything from soft florals to fierce animal prints to abstract patterns and cityscapes. There are no real rules here: go for whatever print takes your fancy, and if you want to get extra milage go for a one-piece that can double as a bodysuit.
Digital print swimwear from We Are Handsome, Suboo and Karla Spetic.
We Are Handsome swim campaign has no sign of water (9 Jun 2012)
Drapes and gathers are doubly good when it comes to swimwear, and 2013′s collections have clued into the fact. Firstly, they give off a sexy, sultry, Grecian Goddess vibe. And secondly, they can add volume in places you need it helping to shape your figure in flattering ways.
You don’t need to stick to the customary white in spring / summer 2013 when it comes to a draped and gathered Grecian inspired style. Deep reds, rich vibrant oranges, or soft pastels have all been popular. The one thing that’s a given when it comes to this style: you can’t go past some lashings of gold jewellery to really set it off.
Swimwear from Lisa Blue, Moeva, and Agua de Coco.
For a long time cutout swimwear, whether it was cutout detailing on bikinis or monokinis, was the style. That time has passed. Cutaway swimwear has instead become something of an ever-green, still fashionable something for the masses and a style definitely not on trend.
The reality is that when it comes to swimwear, not every cut is going to flatter every figure. But between all of the trending 2011/2012 styles there’s certainly something for everyone. It will certainly always come down to what you’re most comfortable with, but if you’re after a starting point here are some shape-based suggestions:
Embrace the vintage trend and use it to accentuate rather than try and hide your curves. Try halternecks or cupped styles, and anything that brings in the waist to play to an hourglass shape.
Pear shape / small bust
Use ruffles to your advantage by adding volume at the top half. Ruffles around the bust can make it seem visually larger. You can also use vintage cupped styles with padding to create curves.
Use ruffles to your advantage by conversely adding them to the bottom to balance your hips with your bust. Avoid unstructured crochets or string bikinis if they don’t offer any support; instead stick to strucutred styles and halternecks.
To lengthen the body pair a printed bikini top with a block-coloured bottom, drawing the attention upwards. Avoid boy-legs and go for high cut thighs instead so as to not shorten the legs further.
If you’re not big on the curves make the most of styles like statement strapping, backless styles and crochet that instead show off a toned physique.
Click on the gallery for more examples of 2013 swimwear and bikini trends; and if you’d like to read more about other fashion trends follow that link.