Just like that, swimsuit season has arrived, and there is so much to discuss. With future vacations and beach days on my mind, I’m invested in finding some cool new styles to add to my summer wardrobe and am here to report on the newness in store for the upcoming season. Many of the biggest trends take cues from the runways, so you’ll spot some pieces that tap into these—the barely there swimsuits from Nensi Dojaka and the bold, vibrant shades spotted at Jade Swim are particularly noteworthy.
Other trends feel more specific to the world of swimwear, which is why we’re starting to see some fresh designs like double bikini bottoms from brands such as Christopher Esber. No matter what your style is, though, there is a range of swimsuit styles that are destined to be big this summer to choose from. Ahead, the seven biggest swim trends of 2022.
Similar to trends from the S/S 22 runways, "naked" fashion is having a moment. And that extends to the world of swimwear. From major cutouts to skimpy Brazilian bottoms to thin, tiny straps, barely there swimsuits are bigger than ever. "We have seen a lot of minimal fabric with maximal exposure on swimwear that was inspired by last summer's hottest trends," explains Tiffany Hsu, MyTheresa's vice president of womenswear and kidswear fashion buying. "We love wearing this as both a swimsuit or as a top with a simple suit."
Shop the matching Isla Mujeres Bottoms ($75).
Last summer, we coined three-piece swimsuits as one of the biggest trends of the season. The matching sets are back now and bigger than ever. This time around, we're seeing designers lean into the full looks more than ever. According to Net-a-Porter, designers embraced swimwear as ready-to-wear, meaning bikinis and their matching miniskirts and hats are fully intended to go beyond the beach.
Shop the matching Adina High Bottoms ($6)
Shop the matching Bikini Bottoms ($28).
As anti-trend fashion continues to be put in the spotlight as a sound buying option, it's clear that fashion people are thinking about seasonless pieces they can wear year after year. One way we're seeing this translate to swimwear is the minimal, '90s-inspired pieces that are dominating the fashion set. While many brands have this covered, we can also thank Chanel for putting these pieces on the map—the brand's S/S 22 collection showcased pared-back retro swimsuits that have already carved themselves out as some of the most in-demand pieces of summer.
Shiny, shimmery satin fabrics are one of the most luxe takes on swimwear in recent memory. A fabric typically reserved for evening dresses and occasionwear, the sleek, glossy finish adds a glamorous spin to pieces intended for a visit to the pool. Isa Boulder helped pave the way for the trend, and it's only gaining steam.
Shop the matching Brazilian Bikini Bottoms ($30).
Shop the matching Bikini Bottoms ($72).
Vibrant hues are in full force across the fashion spectrum. That continues into the world of swimsuits where statement-making colors are everywhere in the new collections. While there is no dominant shade that stands out—with colors including tangerine and kelly green gaining traction—retailers are betting on pink. "Pink saw a 120% increase in sales year over year," Moda Operandi reported. The color is so hot that it is expected to be even bigger heading into summer.
Shop the matching Fold Me Up Brazilian Bottoms ($13).
Shop the matching Caro Bikini Briefs ($110).
A holdover favorite from last season, bikini bottoms designed to sit high on the hips are still a go-to style among the fashion set. Whether you're opting for a string bikini or a '90s-inspired shape, the trick is to pull the bottoms up past your hip bones.
Shop the matching Enid String Bikini Bottoms ($90).
Shop the matching Flamands Bikini Bottoms ($150).
One of the freshest takes on swimwear involves pieces that are crafted with some extra layers. This should come as no surprise since MyTheresa reported a big trend toward eccentric styles and shapes. Whether it's bikini bottoms designed to look like two pieces worn together, as spotted at Christopher Esber, or one-pieces with panels layered over one another, as seen from The Attico, get ready for some cool, unexpected pieces.
Shop the matching Double Bikini Bottoms ($380).
Shop the matching Double Layer Bottoms ($86).
Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.