Top 7 Swimwear Trends for the 2014 Season
It's time to turn out your drawers, because your old, faded one-piece from last summer is just not going to cut it this year. 2014's hottest swimwear trends are anything but shy--think lingerie-inspired looks and cutouts galore--and you need to be in-the-know before things really start to heat up. Ahead, we've got the 7 coolest, boldest and sexiest swimsuit trends to hit the sand this season, as well as all the reasons why you'll want to rock each and every one.
1. Sleek & Sporty-Chic
Volleyball, frisbee, yoga--you're the kind of girl who truly loves to get down and dirty in the sand, and you need a swimsuit that's as functional as it is fabulous. Enter the sporty-chic look. Consisting of streamlined one-pieces and athletically-cut separates with thicker straps and ample coverage, these pieces will keep you comfortable and supported as you work up a sweat. We suggest that you skip the basic black and Baywatch red styles; instead, nothing screams "sporty-chic" like a bright color-blocked pattern. Serve's up!
2. Peek-A-Boo Perfect
This year, bathing suit straps are taking over…literally. 2014's hottest suits are all bound up with bands weaving intricate (and enticing) patterns in every way imaginable. The result? Plenty of peek-a-boo detailing that's seductively sexy! The best thing about this look is that you can be as wild or conservative with it as you want. Go minimal with a bandeau that's solid in the front and strappy in the back, or amp it up with a style that crisscrosses from your collar bone all the way down your torso. Just be sure to go heavy on the sunscreen, so you don't end up with a web of tan lines you could totally do without.
3. Float Away with Flutter & Flounce
While we have yet to meet a ruffle we didn't like, we're really over the moon for the flutter look this season. 2014 is seeing longer, floatier frills adorning nearly every style of suit imaginable, which is perfect, as this trend flatters each and every figure! Busty girls can frame their assets with a plunging v-neck with fluttery flounce, while itty-bitties can be enhanced by bandeau trapeze tops that sway oh-so sweetly in a soft summer breeze. Need a little camouflage around the middle? A one-piece with flutter detail will provide great coverage while still evoking that irresistibly sexy look.
4. Get Crafty with Crochet & Macramé
Mark our words--crochet and macramé bathing suits are going to be everywhere this season! These suits feature delicate detailing reminiscent of lace, but with even more visual weight and texture balanced out by all those airy little holes. Both crochet and macramé are being incorporated into both swimsuits and cover-ups this season and women everywhere can't seem to get enough. Try it in basic black or white for a truly hippie-chic look, and unleash your inner boho.
5. Be Bold in Chevron
We've been loving the recent surge in retro-inspired swimwear, and this year the style cues are coming from Barbie's classic chevron suit! And, while we love the print in classic black and white, the season's hottest designers are also featuring those gorgeous zigzagged patterns in an endless variety of color combos. Plus certain chevron prints can have a naturally-slimming effect and/or make a shorter torso look longer. Longer and leaner in one fell swoop? Check and mate.
6. Boudoir-Inspired Bustiers & Bra Tops
Another trend that's perfect for all body types is the bustier and bra top trend. These lingerie-style tops typically feature underwire cups, which lend a ton of support to girls who are bigger on top. Of course, the defined, molded cups are also perfect for enhancing a smaller chest, and you can show off those pretty collar bones by opting for a strapless version of this hot and steamy look. This season's hottest boudoir-inspired suits come in both classic solids and the coolest patterns around, so you can have your cake and eat it too.
7. Denim Craze
You read that right--denim for the beach and in the water! But we're not talking about swimsuits in classic denim fabrics, because that would just be plain uncomfortable. This season's denim bikinis and one-pieces are actually made out of lightweight, breathable swimwear fabrics that are simply inspired by your blue jeans. Our favorite denim swimsuits take it to a whole other level with their adorably inspired details, such as pockets, patches, camel-colored stitching and buttons. These denim styles are guaranteed to make you the most daring trendsetter on the beach this year.
Whether your personality is girly, boho or tough girl-chic, there's a 2014 swimwear trend that's right up your alley. Choose one that speaks to your personality and get your beach babe on!