Grandma-Meets–Gen Z Swimsuits Are Trending—Let Me Explain

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There are some gorgeous swimsuit trends to try this summer (think retro floral prints, cool cutouts, and shimmery suits), but there’s one fresh, vintage-inspired swimwear trend that draws my attention more than any other: crochet swimsuits. While in recent years, crochet has become increasingly synonymous with a certain granny aesthetic (and I love me a grandma trend), these days, Gen Zers are also all over the handicraft, with cool girls posting videos on TikTok of their handmade crochet wears, including everything from bags to hats to swimwear.

So with the grandma-meets–Gen Z trend having a major moment right now, it’s time to jump on board and sport a crochet bikini or one-piece on your next outing to the beach or the pool or on vacation. Luckily, plenty of designers such as Zimmermann and Frankies Bikinis have jumped on the trend, giving crochet a cool-girl touch. Below, I’m sharing some of my favorites that are worth adding to your cart—because there’s no better time to wear crochet than summer.

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Up next, the cool grandma trend I can't wait to wear all summer.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.