While one-piece swimsuits have experienced a renaissance as of late, nothing will usurp the iconic bikini. First popularized by the likes of Bridgette Bardot, Rita Hayworth, and Ava Gardner, this timeless French style has been around since the 1940s.
But the humble two-piece has come a long way since its inception. You can now buy a bikini in every color, cut, and pattern imaginable. Designers are also embracing mix-and-match pieces, making this once-revealing style more wearable than ever. Pair a triangle bikini top with high-waisted bottoms, cheeky string bottoms with a full-coverage top, or even mix and match patterns and fabrics. The sky's the limit.
Read up on our favorite two-piece trends for 2020, and then shop the best bikinis for the upcoming beach season below.
Unsurprisingly, the fashion world's fixation on all things 1970s has seeped into swimwear design. Go for retro floral prints and embrace unexpected color combinations, like brown, orange, and yellow.
The animal-print trend shows no signs of stopping, especially in the swimsuit world. Leopard-, zebra-, and snakeskin-print bikinis are already all over Instagram.
All About Texture
Gone are the days of basic polyester. Bathing suit brands like Hunza G and Solid & Striped are embracing texture-rich fabrics like crinkled seersucker and ribbed polyamide.
Beachwear brands like Calarena and Fella Swim have embraced swimsuit belts and acetate hoop detailing, and we're here for the retro look.