Naked Swimsuits: The Trend I'm Terrified That I Like

For me, putting on a bikini is already dancing dangerously close to public nudity. As someone who isn't averse to showing a little skin (but isn't particularly flashy either), I'm all for devoting myself to a flattering suit every summer. But I've never before entertained the idea of a skin-colored suit. Now I'm rethinking things, and it's all thanks to Bella Hadid.

The fashion-forward model was on vacation wearing a skin-colored string bikini by Storm, and for the first time, I liked the idea of just leaning into the nakedness. While matching your suit to your skin tone isn't necessarily a new idea (any glimpse at the past Yeezy shows immediately proves that fact), this year there's something satisfying about the idea of choosing a suit that manages to convey nothing and something at the same time.

There isn't anything gimmicky or overtly eye-catching about a flesh-tone suit. But at a time where we're championing the fact that our bodies aren't objects of the male gaze, I can choose to wear a suit that exemplifies the fact that I'm comfortable in my own skin. And now, as brands work toward creating a more inclusive idea of what a "skin tone" suit actually looks like, it's possible that we all can sport a nude suit.

So though I know at first the idea of going full-on nude can be intimidating, my hope is that you find the same curiosity I do in trying a trend that, though appearing simple, can say a lot.

Bella Hadid wearing a nude swimsuit

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On Bella Hadid: Storm Formentera Bikini Top ($59)

Bella Hadid styled her nude-hued swimsuit with a gold necklace, thick hoops, and a simple trucker hat.

You can't go wrong with a classic triangle bikini.

Shop the matching Cancun Bikini Briefs ($59). 

Cutouts are always going to be a must-have swimsuit detail.

We love the subtly striped fabric.

Shop the matching Bikini Bottoms ($13). 

Delicate shoulder ties and subtle texture adds interest to this chic bikini.

Shop matching Pique Isla High Waisted Bikini Bottoms ($108). 

This halter bikini top can be worn in several ways.

Shop the matching Shea Bottoms ($80). 

Another day, another Solid & Striped suit to love.

Revolve is always a trove of swim trends.

Shop the matching Goldie High Waist Bottom ($33). 

Off-the-shoulder styles are a fresh twist on the classic swimsuit. 

Shop the matching La'Joi Bottom ($17).

 

Metallic threading and a rhinestone buckle makes this two-piece extra special. 

We'd wear this with high-waisted jeans as well.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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