Summer is here, and it’s time to bring out the beachwear that’s as sizzling as the sun and as cool as the ocean breeze! Whether you’re lounging by the pool, hitting the waves, or just soaking up some rays, let’s dive into the hottest trends and must-haves for your summer wardrobe. 

Bikini Babes: Folks are trying to say classic bikinis are back, but honestly I think they’ve always been here. Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, or Elizabeth Banks in Wet Hot American Summer will be in style forever if you ask me. Anything 70/80s inspired is always cool, like neon brights, playful polka dots, and tropical prints. High-waisted bottoms are super flattering and add a retro vibe, while bandeau tops are perfect for minimizing those tan lines. Want a more low key, sporty vibe? Check out Humankind, a gender inclusive swimwear company founded by a queer woman. Their board shorts and swim trunks range from 6 to 3 inches, dry quickly and have pockets. POCKETS. Say less right? We all need more pockets in our lives.

One-Piece Wonders: There was once a time when Speedo was the coolest bathing suit brand, but they slowly faded into the background. Thankfully, time is a flat circle and one-piece classic swimsuits have made a major comeback. Look for cut-outs, plunging necklines, and strappy backs. Metallic fabrics and animal prints are also stealing the spotlight, ensuring you’ll stand out from the crowd. Speedo has you covered, and is now available on Amazon, so you are basically five clicks or less away from treating yourself to an affordable, stylist new swimsuit. I’ve been pretty open about my love/hate relationship with Old Navy, but they do have affordable options in a range of styles. Not sure how I feel about the one shoulder strap swimsuit, but their side tie swim dresses are growing on me. 

Sustainable Styles: Eco-friendly swimwear is on the rise, made from recycled materials that are just as stylish as they are sustainable. Brands like Reformation and Patagonia offer chic options that help you look good and feel good about your environmental impact, even though we all know spending $150 on a bathing suit will not save the planet from its impending demise. But hey, money will be meaningless when society collapses anyway so who cares?

Tunic Time: Don’t forget to accessorize with a coverup when you’re hanging out poolside or at the beach. Lightweight and breezy, kaftans and tunics are perfect for throwing over your swimsuit. LL Bean has to be one of the most consistent clothing brands of all time, so of course they have beach coverups. Their high performance hooded tunics are $79, definitely on the pricey side BUT they’re timeless and will last forever. Don’t feel like dropping nearly a hundo on a beach tunic, no worries just head back over to Amazon where you can find a cotton, cover up mini dress for $11.44. Can’t beat that price!

So, there you have it! The ultimate guide to beachwear fashion for the summer. With these tips and trends, you’ll be ready to hit the beach in style, turning heads and making waves wherever you go. Now, grab your sunglasses, slip into that fabulous swimsuit, and get ready to make this summer your most stylish one yet!