Temps are on the rise, vaccinations are rolling out, and plans are being made. Whether you’re taking a trip or keeping it local, summer calls for cute bikinis, and there are endless styles for every kind of summertime vibe. It’s hard to understate just how excited we are for the changing of the season—and we don’t just mean the weather. While we’re still taking important precautions to keep ourselves and our community safe, there’s no denying that people will be showing up and showing out with more enthusiasm than ever as summer kicks off.
We already did a deep dive on the best swim brands and one-piece swimsuits to shop this season, but if you’re dead set on rocking bikinis, this is the list for you. We broke down six key trends you’re about to see everywhere, from classic cuts to head-turning details. No matter which direction your beach mood board is going, there’s a pick for you on this list. So read on for the 24 cute bikinis we’re eyeing for long-awaited poolside hangs and beach days ahead.
Asymmetry is having a moment, and one-shoulder designs are destined to be the main character of so many wardrobes this summer. You can find one-shoulder bikinis in just about every print and color under the sun, in various thicknesses, and paired with a range of bottom styles. The playful trend is key for channeling elevated minimalism this season since it brings instant edge that doesn’t read overly trendy. It’s chic and sophisticated but still fun and offbeat.
Let’s face it—summer 2021 is going to be one of the horniest yet. So why not put your sex appeal on full display with the risqué floss trend? It’s hard to say why thin strips of fabric wrapped around the torso reads so sexy, but we’re guessing it has a little something to do with bondage—so hop on this trend if you’re ready to bless your followers with ample thirst traps. Whether you go with a flirty print or a solid color, you’ll be sure to turn some heads with this one.
There’s no doubt that the ‘90s and early 2000s are still going strong in the trend department, but prints that nod at the ’60s and ‘70s are popping in swimwear. If you peruse the Instagram pages of top swim brands this season, you’ll find paisley, tie-dye, and retro floral print that will inspire you to play ABBA’s entire “Waterloo” album. So don’t be afraid to get a little groovy with your bikinis, whether your ’70s goddess of choice is Cher or Diana Ross.
We can’t talk about cute bikinis without bringing ruffles into the mix. After fashion took a backseat for over a year, you can count on statement textures and adornments to take center stage this summer—and the pool is a great place to play around with ruffles and bows. A little ruffle action adds a spritely zhoosh of playfulness and pizazz that’s top tier for a summer like this. Now isn’t the time to play things safe with style, so take a chance on dramatic silhouettes you’d normally avoid.
If you’d rather stick to a classic bikini but still want some extra flair, opt for metal details. Straps with metallic rings add retro flair while still appearing current, and how cute are the metal hearts on this hot pink number below? Also can never go wrong with pearls—they’re so classic and cute at the same time.
If there was ever a time to shine, it’s now, and there are plenty of shimmery swimsuits to choose from. It’s amazing how millions of teensy spots of glitter can take your suit up a notch, and just imagine how gorgeous these bikinis will look during golden hour. Take your pick from the dreamy hues here and get ready for luminescent sunset selfies that are straight fire.