The Loincloth Bikini Trend I'm Terrified Is Taking Over

Color me a little bit freaked out, but there seems to be a new swimsuit trend popping up everywhere, which I'm not sure how to categorize except as "loincloth-esque." Ruched or smocked, this body-baring swimsuit bottom style seems to be the bikini of summer for a certain subset of trendsetters. While I know it's a very specific look (one I'm still trying to decide if I can actually pull off), there's something weirdly intriguing about it.

Chalk it up to the ultra-high vintage-style rise or the fact that these suits redefine the idea of barely there tan lines, but I'm toying with the idea of trying one out. After careful consideration, I think the key is pairing your suit of choice with basics: denim cutoffs, a T-shirt, and basic sandals because in this suit, there's no need for any other statement clothes. Since I know it's a bit of an intimidating style to try, below you'll find some of my favorite inspiration photos along with suits for you to pick and choose from (and for more swimsuits in a wider range of sizes, check out this story too).

Inspiration: Statement-Making Color
neon loincloth bikini



Style this neon suit with simple pieces like denim and basics in black and white.

Consider this a minimalist's take on the trend.

Top and Iman Bottom($49) available in sizes XS to L.

Swap your standard string bikini for this one instead.

Top and The Campbell Bottom ($60) available in sizes XXS to L.

This suit is an Instagram favorite.

Top and String Bottoms ($78) available in sizes XS to L.

The floral and ruffle details on this suit make it feel unique and statement-making. Throw on a simple white cotton dress and you'll be good to go.

This sweet brand is a fashionable favorite.

Top and Side Ruffle Bikini Bottom ($116) available in sizes XS to L.

Smocking is a cool alternative to ruching.

Top and Lush Smocked Bikini Bottom($49) available in sizes S to L.

This string bikini is a simple choice for a pool day.

Top and Lucie Bottom ($79) available in sizes XS to L.

Emily Ratajkowski's swimwear line is a summer favorite.

Top and Neptune Bottom ($75) available in sizes XS to L.

Inspiration: Simple and Subtle
A pretty bikini by she made me



From the back, it's possible to adjust the amount of coverage preferred, though some swimsuits are more minimal than others.

Make a splash in red.

Top and Pancho 80s Bottom ($84) available in sizes XS to L.

This printed suit would look great with a straw hat.

Top and Marigold-Print String Bikini Bottom ($125) available in sizes XS to L.

This velvety suit is great for lounging in the sun.

Top and Rio Bikini Bottom ($75) available in sizes 1 to 3.

Style this suit with a white dress.

Top and Trophy Rib Bottoms ($100) available in sizes XS to L.

Yes, you can actually get in the water wearing this suit—here's proof (swimming might still be tricky though).

A white suit looks great on all skin tones.

Top and Bottoms ($73) available in sizes XS to L.


Add this classic style to your rotation.

Top and Sun Bikini Bottom ($66) available in sizes XS to L.

A chain suit isn't for the faint of heart.

Top and Chain Bikini Bottoms ($10) available in sizes XS to L.

Meet the minimalist take on this swimwear trend.

Top and That 90's Vibe High Cut String Bottom ($80) available in sizes XS to XL.

Now you're all set to tackle this unique bikini trend.

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