To get THE GOODS for The Best Looks in Swimwear
The perfect swimsuit for every occasion, no matter where your (water) wanderlust may take you this summer.
The picnic is packed, you’ve jumped in the car, the Beach Boys are blasting on the radio. There’s something nostalgic about sand and salt water, so why not dress the part?
For her: The sweetest swimsuits of the season have an unmistakably retro look. From a vintage silhouette (think high-waisted bottoms, bandeau tops or maillot styles) to blast-from-the-past patterns (cute cherries, polka dots and gingham are everywhere), old-school styles are the trendiest suits to hit the surf. And besides their adorable aesthetic, they’re typically more modest, offering flattering coverage that is both chic and comfortable.
For him: Been logging extra hours at the gym? Dare to wear a European-inspired style à la Burt Lancaster in the 1960s classic The Swimmer. In a sea of baggy swimwear, you’re sure to turn some heads – if that’s what you want.
The nautical look is a classic, whether you’re packing for a luxurious cruise or paddling away on a romantic canoe ride.
For her: Nothing evokes the maritime aesthetic better than motifs like stripes, anchors and ropes, and stores are brimming with these perennial favourites once again. For a modern twist, try mixing and matching different seafaring styles (e.g. red stripes with navy flip-flops) for an ensemble that’s modern and crisp.
For him: Channel a preppy vibe with a pair of trunks in a shade of red, white or blue. And for the ultimate yacht-inspired look, add naval-worthy accessories like a pair of pristine boat shoes and aviator shades.
THE POOL PARTY
The most anticipated invites of the summer are those where the dress code reads “bikini.” Here are some festive finds to help you sip your sangria in style.
For her: Because the order of the day is more “lounge” than “laps,” let pretty prevail over practical. Choose a fabulous suit that’s perfect for staying dry and soaking up the sun. So have fun with sequins, crochet and ruffles. This year, designers have placed elegant, evening-gown-worthy adornments on swimwear for these kinds of poolside occasions.
For him: Wow the women in attendance – and there will be many – with your style savvy by suiting up in floral swim shorts. From small blooms to splashy Hawaiian prints, flowers feel festive and make a fashion-forward statement.
Unless you’re interested in flashing fellow thrill-seekers, this is no time to bust out the teeny-tiny swimsuits. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean looking frumpy-dumpy.
For her: With athletic influences being a big trend in fashion, it’s only natural that swimwear would follow suit. Translation? Styles featuring high-tech fabrics like neoprene, sporty accents like zippers and mesh or gym-gear-inspired styling like racerback straps aren’t only on-trend, they’re perfect stay-put options for high-energy activities.
For him: The quintessential laced-at-the-waist board shorts are your best bet. Even better? A pair with cargo pockets (to stash essentials) and a playful pattern that screams nothing but fun!