After a very long and painful winter in Paris, spring has finally sprung, and with the warmer days come new wonderings: Which swimwear trend should I adopt this summer? Personally, I’ve been addicted to swimwear trends basically my whole life, with a tendency (which is not super French, I have to admit) to follow them a little blindly and carelessly. But years passing and my body changing brought me to ask myself the following question: Is it really reasonable to give in to every single Instagram trend when it comes to swimwear? Here are some thoughts and my swimsuit picks for summer.
Stick to the classics
It’s true there are some very cool brands that came through thanks to Instagram (and I’m the first to wear them), but I believe that when it comes to swimwear, it’s good to always have a classic or two in your luggage. For instance, in France, Eres is the classic brand that women have been wearing for generations. Now, I know the pieces are pricey, but at the same time, they are totally worth it and are the quintessence of classic French chic. Of course, no one has to rob a bank to get a suit, and there are affordable alternatives that we could also consider classic and timeless. Here are some examples.
You'll never get tired of this deep V-neck swimsuit.
Sport the lime green trend into summer in the form of this bikini.
Who doesn't love a chic halterneck swimsuit?
The paneled waist makes this swimsuit so flattering.
Stand out in this bright white bikini.
Basics are good, too
Another brand that I’ve been in love with is Matteau Swim. I’ve been following it since the very beginning, and what I love is that it provides good options for a lot of body types. In my case, I lost quite a few pounds between last summer and this year, yet the suits still fit me like a glove. Which brings me to my next point: Crochet bikinis and other Instagram-friendly trends are cool, but nothing beats dressing for your body type. Also, what’s more French-chic than that?
Simple, chic and absolutely timeless.
A minimalist bikini like this will never go out of style.
This lilac color is perfect for summer.
The square neckline is so unexpected.
A high-waist bikini will make your legs look miles long.
Prints and vintage shapes never hurt anyone
I could not address this topic without including a bit of cliché in it, right? Whenever I’m bored by basics and classics, I like to try to copy Bardot (groundbreaking) and wear some printed suits. And not just any prints: Polka dots (duh), pink gingham, and vintage flowery prints are my go-tos.
Nothing says summer quite like gingham.
Polka dots and a vintage-inspired style? Undeniably chic.
Play it like Macpherson
AKA The Body. There’s no better time than the summer to have a little fun. To me, Hunza G (another cool “Insta brand”) embodies this perfectly, and whenever I come across one of their beautifully art directed photos, I think of Elle Macpherson, of course, but also of Stephanie de Monaco (for those who don’t know her, I encourage you to google her). The whole vibe just reminds me of the ’80s, a time when showing a curvier figure was the norm.
The tortoiseshell details give this swimsuit a cool retro feel.
This seersucker bikini will go unparalleled in comfort.
Ruffle details at the legs will bring attention to your long legs.
The cinched bikini top makes this swimsuit a great option for those with bigger busts.
We can't get over this '80s-inspired scrunchie material swimsuit.
Check out another big swimsuit trend that is popping up for the season ahead.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Dale Chong.