The 7 Biggest Swim Trends to Know About for 2020

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably already thinking ahead to summer plans that involve a beach somewhere far away and all of the outfits you’ll be adding to your suitcase. Naturally, swimsuits are the first item to pack, but where, exactly, are swimwear trends headed in 2020? There is a wide range of new silhouettes, colors, and approaches to getting dressed in swimsuits coming down the pipeline for the upcoming year, but I’ve narrowed in on the seven major swimwear trends that will define 2020.

From the print that dominated the S/S 20 runway shows and the bikini tops that you can transition to an après-beach look to on-the-rise brands to know about and modest swimsuits with a twist and more, discover the biggest swim trends that fashion insiders will wear in the year ahead, and shop my edit.

Each season, we're introduced to standout colors that the fashion set flock to. Looking forward in the year, one of the biggest color trends will be tangerine, as seen at S/S 20 runways shows including Bottega Veneta, Valentino, and Emilia Wickstead. While the bold shade will be a huge trend for spring, it will also translate to swimwear. Expect vibrant orange to be the dominant hue to appear in every insider's vacation wardrobe.

Swimwear trend 2020: under cover


@discodaydream; Pictured: Mimi the Label Leona Bottom ($95)

One of the biggest trends we'll see in swimwear for 2020: covered-up pieces. Swimsuits are taking on new shapes with long-sleeve tops, short-sleeve one-pieces, booty shorts, and ultra-high-rise bottoms. The more modest silhouettes still show some skin, though, whether it's with a super-cropped top or a plunging neckline.

Another trend borrowed straight from the runways? Tropical prints. At the S/S 20 shows, designers including Fendi, Peter Pilotto, and Marni all ushered in strong jungle prints with blooms and vivid colors. And who can forget J.Lo's appearance at Versace that went viral on Instagram? Expect this to be huge in the world of swimwear as well, with brands like Matteau and Reina Olga already showcasing covetable pieces in their collections.

We're seeing wrap-around tops in cool swimwear collections across the board. With long straps that wrap around the torso, they feel like a particularly fresh take on the bikini. My favorite element of this trend is the versatility of the tops. Not only are they great for the beach, but if you add a skirt or a pair of pants, they can easily transition to a full look.

Swimwear in 2020 is designed to take you beyond the beach. With ornate embellishments, velvet finishes, and luxe waist-defining belts built right in, swimsuits are intended for all-day wear. So how do you style this aprés-beach attire? Lean into maximalist style by adding oversize sunglasses and plenty of layered jewelry.

Each season, swimsuits seem to be cut higher and higher with throwback '80s-inspired silhouettes. For 2020, one-pieces are cut shockingly high up past the navel for an extreme leg-lengthening effect. If you're looking for a one-piece that's anything but boring, you'll want to pack one of these for your next vacation. 

Perhaps the prettiest swimwear trend of 2020, bikinis and one-pieces will incorporate romantic ruching with shiny, satin-like finishes. On-the-rise designer Isa Boulder has an especially exciting collection to watch out for that will be launching in May 2020. I'm predicting these swimsuits will be everywhere this summer.