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Summer’s hottest bathing suit trends

Retro chic styles are all the rage for swimwear this season. From Mad Men-inspired pinup looks to bright ’70s prints, the time has never been better to hit the beach with your own take on a few cool, vintage styles.

woman in yellow bathing suitBandeau beauty

Pronounced ban-doe, the bandeau swimsuit is back in full effect this season. Bandeau bikinis are the perfect style for the boy-shaped body type and help to play up a small chest. But this particular style of swimwear looks great on many shapes. That’s why it has been around since the dawn of undergarments! Channel your inner ’50s pinup girl with a one-piece, strapless bandeau. It is slimming in all of the right places and creates amazing curves, which makes it an instant figure and confidence booster — the perfect combination for any pool party.

Celebrate the sun

Speaking of strapless, this summer trend is ideal for any sunbathing beauties who can’t stand tan lines. The wraparound style gives you enough support that straps are totally optional. Just make sure that the fit is right when you choose your bandeau top. If it’s too tight, the top can cause the wrong kind of cleavage under the arms and back. Bandeaus with beautiful shoulder straps are also totally on trend this summer and help to show off toned shoulders, arms and backs.

Prints that pop

Bright, eye-catching prints are another hot trend brightening shorelines this summer. Vintage colors and prints from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s have popped up this year. Polka dot and stripe swimwear prints are classic and cute. Bright and flirty floral prints look great on any shape. Scarf prints, crocheted swimwear and tie-dyes will help you unlock your inner hippie. Cool and calming blue suits are another summer trend that will help you discover your inner dolphin and become one with the waves this summer. Metallic suits combine a futuristic and ’70s feel that is sleek and tres chic.

Frilly and fun

This year, you can find swimwear fully decorated. Play up your best assets and have some fun with your swimsuit by rocking a few ruffles. Just remember that the frills tend to accentuate the areas where they appear, so they are perfect for playing up a top or bottom but aren’t especially great for helping to conceal or slim trouble spots.

O rings, beads and bows are adorable embellishments that are totally making a comeback this year. For a more modern and clean look, metallic beads and O rings are ideal. If you’re more into the natural, earthy-girl look, wooden beads are perfect with the ’60s-inspired styles. Look for bikinis and one-piece bathing suits that are sporting bows in the front and the back. This year look to the past to find a current, perfect style for every body, personality and beach bunny.

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