2014 Swim Trends: More Is More

Swimsuit season is creeping up on us quickly. While every girl in LA is busting their butts to get into “swimsuit shape,” I find it pleasantly surprising that 2014’s swim trends seem all-inclusive. The different types of suits cater to just about every body type, making it much easier for each and every woman to feel comfortable taking a dip. Dive in y’all!

ImageBlouse tops are officially in and they are incredibly flattering. They look almost more like going out tops than swimsuits, but the flattering cuts and very forgiving tops make this style pretty universal.

From Left: 

The Athena Cabana Crochet Bandini Tankini Top & Solid Banded Pant Tankini Bottom

“Rita” Tankini Top by The Magic Suit by Miraclesuit

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I particularly like bold, colorful prints so it’s great that they are in style this season. Obviously you can get swimsuits of any kind in bold, colorful prints, but I think it looks best on one-pieces. Bigger canvas means better art in this case.

From Left:

The Zinke Starboard Peplum Front One Piece Swimsuit

The Trina Turk Pop Wave Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit

ImageBralette tops are in! This cut would be flattering on everyone but it’s nice to see swimsuits cater to the smaller chested (myself included) woman.

From Left:

Maaji Cockatoo Printed Bustier Swim Top & Swim Bottom

Victoria’s Secret Long Line “Palm Print” Bandeau 

ImageFlutter flounce tops are a personal favorite (I just bought 2.) They fit perfectly while adding a little fun (and a little illusion to the bust line.) The way the top overlays makes you look a bit slimmer as well. A winner all around.

From Left:

Victoria’s Secret Flounce Halter Top

Becca “Just A Peak” Crochet Flutter Bikini Top

ImageHigh waisted bottoms are truly a gift. I have never been a fan of high waisted jean shorts because it always looks like your ass is a centimeter from falling out of the bottom. Obviously that wouldn’t be the case with these fitted (and incredibly forgiving) swimsuits.

From Left:

6 Shore Road Bocas Cross-Neck Swim Top & Chloe Side-Cutout High Swim Bottom

Victoria’s Secret Lattice Push Up Bandeau & Lattice High-Waist Bottom

ImageI am a huge fan of mesh. It makes outfits go from too revealing to mysterious. American Apparel has a pension for creating amazing mesh illusion pieces that you can wear for both day and night, like this dress or these leos. I particularly love the mesh bikini on the left. It’s almost full coverage while still totally sexy, not an easy feat.

From Left:

DKNY Solid Mesh Rashguard Top & Solid Mesh Splice Bottom

Miraclesuit High Neck Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit

ImageMulti tab bottoms are fantastic. They turn a boring swim brief into something snazzy, losing the matronly look but keeping the full coverage. Sign me up!

From Left:

Victoria’s Secret Strappy Long Line Top & Strappy Bottom

Victoria’s Secret Neon Strappy Bandeau & Strappy Bottom

ImagePlunging one pieces are amazing. They add the sexy without adding too much sexy. The left suit clearly offers more support, but the one on the right adds a little pizzaz to smaller chested folks.

From Left:

La Blanca Island Goddess Plunge Halter One Piece Swimsuit

Naila 2014 Anya Halter One Piece Swimsuit

ImageI have always been a fan of ruffled bottoms. Every woman has “a problem area” and these totally heal the hip-conscious. The bit of flare offers hips more coverage without losing its style appeal.

From Left:

ModCloth’s Brighter Than Sunshine Two Piece

Victoria’s Secret Cheeky Hipkini

ImageThis season, surf tops aren’t just a boring black half-suit. With newer, prettier patterns it’s easy to say that these tops are much cuter than a boring old wet suit.

From Left:

Trina Turk Festival Folkloric Knight Covers Long Sleeve Rashguard

Victoria’s Secret “Aqua Surf Scenic” Long-Sleeve Rashguard

ImageSwim tees are like surf tops hip younger sister. They obviously don’t replace surf tops when you actually plan on surfing, but they are super cute and totally in this season. A lot of companies have matching regular swim bottoms so you can pair them just as easily as any other bikini top.

From Left:

Victoria’s Secret “Bird Jungle” Crop Rashguard

Victoria’s Secret “Black Garden Floral Foil” Crop Top

ImageI am not a huge fan of cut-outs (think about those crazy tan lines.) What I do love is that they offer the same, if not more, coverage than a regular bikini while still being flashy and sexy.

From Left:

DKNY Solid One Shoulder Asymmetrical Cut Out One Piece Swimsuit

Beach Bunny 2014 Locals Only Swimsuit

ImageFringe is still in! I have never been a huge fan, but they do offer the same illusion quality as the flutter flounce tops, which is always a plus.

From Left:

L*Space Exclusive Knotted Dolly Fringe Bandeau Bikini Top & Exclusive Monique Full Bottom

Victoria’s Secret Fringe Bandeau Top in Cabana Green

ImageWhat’s a swimsuit without a coverup? With all the mesh and see thru cuts, it only makes sense that sheer coverups are the all the rage. The right coverup is a little too Vegas-y for me, but I love the black one!

From Left:

Becca by Rebecca Virtue “Just A Peak” Tunic Swim Cover Up

PilyQ Monique Swim Cover Up

Now let’s turn the beach into a runway and get swimming!

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