Spring break is here, and you’re going to need more than last year’s sun-streaked, chlorine-faded two-piece to stand out on your favorite beach. Designers are updating old standbys such as monokinis and giving a nod to streetwear by accenting swimwear with ruffles and fringe. Stripes are everywhere and florals flourish. The fashion is just as fine as the water; come on in with these trends.

High-Neck Crop Tops

Are you bored with the same old triangle bikini top? Switch out for the high-neck crop top that will give you both elegance and support. The classic halter shape is going to be everywhere this summer. Teamed with shorts or a skirt, this trendy top will take you from beach to dockside bistro with style. They offer comfort as well as more coverage. The high-neck is popular on one-piece swimsuits as well. The Crisscross Sporty Top from Hackwith Design House is priced at $95.

Macramé and Crochet

Feeling boho? Geared up for Coachella? The next big trend in swimwear is one you’ll want to show off at any music festival, beach or pool. These bikini tops can be a unique and versatile part of your summer wardrobe when worn with jeans or shorts. The look is hand-made and the silhouette is sexy. ASOS offers the South Beach Hand Crochet Swimsuit for about $55.


This look is also called caged. Some go so far as to say bondage. You get the picture.  If you overlook the subliminal message, this trend is fresh and interesting. The details play peekaboo with some now you see it, now you don’t imagery. Intriguing, enticing, but with a surprising degree of coverage. Check out this version offered by OneTeaspoon for $47.

Sporty Chic

If you want to go from the volley ball game into the water and back again, we have a suit for you. The popularity of athleisure wear has carried over into swim wear. Sexy sporty chic doesn’t require you to crush it as an athlete. It just means you can be comfy as well as cute on the beach. Joe Fresh Sport Bikini Top is $24, and Joe Fresh Sport Bikini Bottom, also $24, will help you win high scores this summer.


Cutouts are taking a bite out of ordinary suit. Strategically placed cutouts can be almost as revealing as a bikini. Try these for an interesting tan. The Some Days Lovin Zinnia swimsuit, which offers a combination of two trends with strappy and cutouts, is about $88 at ASOS.

Other highlights of the 2016 season are mesh, high-waisted bikini bottoms, fringe, ruffles, stripes and florals, long sleeves, and deep necklines. There are trends for every taste and every shape. Why not take the plunge into the deep end of swim fashion and enjoy something new? You’ll love the artistic and unusual tan lines.