Summer isn’t even here yet, but my head is already dreaming about warmer weather—and these 2021 swimwear trends are not making it any easier to stay focused on the present. I love layering as much as the next fashion girl, but there is something so appealing about laying out in the sun all day in a cute bathing suit. If you haven’t seen this year’s trends all over your Instagram feeds already, you’re about too.
Finding the perfect bathing suit is tough, no doubt about it. With so many styles, colors and brands to choose from (let alone figuring out sizing), shopping for your ideal bikini or one-piece can feel daunting. Luckily, the biggest trends for 2021 will look good on just about everybody. Whether you’re looking for an edgy deep-V design or a sleek one-shoulder silhouette for your next dream vacay, the options are pretty much endless.
One trend that is carrying over from last summer is the barely-there string bikini, so skimpy styles are all the rage yet again. Celebs like Meghan Thee Stallion, Lizzo and Jennifer Lopez are already on board, so count me in, too. If you’ve already found a shape you love but are just looking to add some new colors into your collection, consider trying a rich espresso shade. Yes, you heard that right: brown bathing suits are everywhere right now. Not only do they make you look tan, but they’re even more neutral than that go-to black bikini that you’ve had for years. No, I didn’t see this trend coming, but yes, I’m super into it.
Ready to start shopping these trends for yourself? Read on to see the swimsuits I have my eye on right now and don’t hesitate to snag a few. We might not know what summer 2021 will look like, but I can guarantee that you’ll good, wherever you decide to catch some vitamin D.
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Forget black and white—brown, cream and other neutral hues are where it’s at right now. Whether you choose plain or printed, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you rock this super trendy colorway in 2021. I never saw myself rocking a brown bikini before, but here we are.
Sparkle Band Top + Sparkle Better Bikini Bottoms
Good American knows how to make a good (and affordable!) bikini. Prepare to literally glow in the sun while wearing this sparkly brown top and the matching bottoms while you lay out on the beach or sip a cocktail by the pool.
Textured Bikini Top + Textured Bikini Bottoms
Front Tie Top + Side Tie Bottoms
If you haven’t heard of Kitty and Vibe yet, prepare to be obsessed. Their fabric has SPF 50 protection, is processed using less water than most other suits and takes your hips and booty into consideration when it comes to sizing. Along with their myriad of cute tops like this tie-front option, you can choose from two bum sizes for every bottoms option, so say goodbye to saggy bikini bottoms that don’t fit right.
Welcome to 2021: The year of the string bikini. Adjustable tops and bottoms may seem daunting, but have no fear: these modern versions don’t slip and slide like they used to. While I wouldn’t recommend wearing one the next time you opt to swim a few laps, there’s no better option for days spent tanning by the pool.
Blair Reversible Bikini Top + Marley Reversible Bikini Bottoms
Black Mix and Match Triangle Top + Thong Bikini Bottoms
PSA: This PrettyLittleThing set is currently on major sale. If you don’t have a plain black bikini top in your collection, let this be the sign you need to pick one up. The matching bottom is also a must-buy.
Printed Ruffle Triangle Bikini Top + Ruffle Tie Cheekier Bikini Bottom
This floral bikini set from Aerie is on my must-buy list this season because it feels both sweet and chic at the same time. Maybe that’s because the ruched triangle top and the matching bottoms come in this white-hot hue.
Officially give summer 2020 the cold shoulder with one of these asymmetrical suits. 2021 is all about one-shoulder swimwear and it’s the perfect alternative to the halter tops and bandeaus of yesteryear. Prepare to fall in love.
The Ruched Sidestroke Bikini Top + The Ruched High Leg High Rise Bottoms
Summersalt has won the internet over thanks to their selection of suits that are backed by some pretty serious testing. We’re talking 1.5 million body measurements from 10,000 women. BTW, this bikini top could totally double as a real crop top if you’re running errands straight after a dip in the pool! Don’t forget the matching bottoms, too.
Evangeline Skimpy One Shoulder One Piece
I have been looking at this suit from Frankie’s Bikinis since it dropped, so I might actually get out my debit card and treat myself to it. The dainty print is so sweet while the high sides and skinny one-shoulder strap are chic and sexy.
Cup Sized One Shoulder Swimsuit
This color-blocked one-piece suit from Swimsuits for All’s recent collaboration with Gabi Fresh was not made for the faint of heart. I mean—just look at those sexy cutouts. Shop it now in sizes 10 through 26.
How low will you go? The limit doesn’t exist this season. I personally love suits with low necklines because they are always so, so flattering, but if any bigger-busted ladies are scared of this trend, know there are styles that offer that deep-V illusion with a little extra support, too. Go ahead, show a little skin.
The Plunge One Piece
I told you—Summersalt makes some damn good suits. This v-neck style has tons of five-star ratings, so you’re almost guaranteed to love it. If you aren’t into classic red, it comes in six other colors as well.
Toucans One-Piece Swimsuit
We’ve covered a few neutral suits on this list, so if those aren’t your vibe, consider buying this wild one-piece from Farm Rio with its bold deep V and faux-wrap front. I never knew that I needed toucan-printed swimwear in my life, but suddenly, I can’t resist.
A-List Plunge One Piece
Leave it to Ashley Graham to create the perfect black one-piece. This suit comes in sizes up to 24 and is available in three colors. I like this simple version for anyone with a larger chest because the small horizontal strap across the V-neck keeps the girls in place.