The Most Popular Swimsuits of the Year Are Mindy Kaling + Taylor Swift Faves
If you’re still unsure of what swimsuit to buy for your epic summer vacay, weekends away or backyard staycation, then this news might finally help you suit up. Online shopping search engine Lyst has rounded up its most searched for swimsuits for 2015, and the two most popular styles are a little surprising. While sheer everything and plunging necklines are dominating ready-to-wear right now, the biggest bathing suit trends are the opposite of itsy-bitsy. Coming out on top are the classic one piece and high-waisted bottoms. It seems like teeny-weenie bikinis have officially gone the way of the skinny jean.
According to a chart in a Fashionista report, which shed light on the swimsuit style ranking, 45 percent of all the swimwear on Lyst this summer are one-pieces. In addition to that, Fashionista said searches for one-pieces are up 56 percent on the site from last year. Remember, we’re not talking about the Speedos of yore. Today’s one-pieces, like the Mara Hoffman number Mindy Kaling showed off on Instagram, are cut through a modern lens to flatter all kinds of curves, and peppered with cutouts and patterns that can make it feel just as eye-catching as a next-to-nothing option. That doubled with the security over-all coverage affords you, and we can see why the one-piece is having a moment.
More surprising is the rise in high wasted bikinis, a search term which, according to Fashionista, is up 124 percent this year on Lyst. That comes after news that the granny panty — lingerie with the same up-to-the-belly-button, full-bottomed silhouette — is quickly become the go-to underwear of choice, beating out hipsters, briefs and thongs. Perhaps comfort is a major reason for this explosive swimsuit trend. Unlike other bikini bottoms, these all but guarantee full-coverage of your booty, which means you can concentrate on splashing in the surf instead of keeping your suit in check. Plus, the pinup style of the swimsuit bottom does wonders for elongating the torso, not to mention looks insanely cute with glamour sunnies and a bright red lip. Just ask Taylor Swift, who’s “always wearing, like, a 1950s bathing suit” + her besties the Haim sisters.
Got an itch to shop the trends? We’ve hand-picked our favorite one-pieces and high-waisted bikini bottoms below for every price range. Scroll below for the to see which vibes with your inner beach babe best.
One-Piece Swimsuit: Deal
Zara Stripe Swimsuit ($40): This halter-style swimsuit is sure to turn even the most staunch anti-stripes wearers into fangirls. Clashing diagonal lines create a chic monochromatic pattern that’s figure-flattering on any body type. A fringy kimono and oversized sunnies will drive home the modern glam.
One-Piece Swimsuit: Next-Level Basic
Samantha Pleet x UO Tabernacle One-Piece Swimsuit ($150): The traditional scoop neck one-piece gets a cool girl twist with diamond-shape cutouts along the waistline, a not-too-flashy detail that will make this swimsuit a go-to season after season after season. Keep it current with metallic slide sandals, stacking rings and a messy fishtail braid.
One-Piece Swimsuits: Splurge
Mara Hoffman Misun Reversible Lace-Up Swimsuit ($226): Celeb fave Mara Hoffman captures the Insta-perfect moment of a tropical sunset on this all-eyes-on-me one piece that ties sweetly in the back at the waist. Get double the wear out of this statement maker that reverses into a gorgeous gray-blue hue — a subtle switch-up we’re sure your bride-to-be bud would appreciate ;) Wear either way with sheer lounge pants and espadrilles.
High-Waisted Two-Piece: Deal
American Apparel Print Nylon Tricot High-Waisted Swim Brief ($30): Jungle blues and greens set the perfect island mood on these palm print briefs perfect for making your dip in the pool feel a little more exotic. Grab the matching top (cause the price is totally right) and bring out those dreamy hues with a pair of yellow sunnies.
High-Waisted Two-Piece: Next-Level Basic
BCBG Sun & Surf High Waist Bikini Bottoms ($58): Girly scalloped details and edgy mesh panels play nice on these all-black bottoms that feel surprisingly sophisticated. Keep it streamlined with a black bikini top and add a pop of color with neon flip flops and a rose gold lariat.
High-Waisted Two-Piece: Splurge
Roy Strappy High-Waisted Tribal Bottoms ($64): Daring details like the slashed sides and tribal patterned front and back panels make this bikini bottom a prime mix-and-match candidate. Match your top to the seafoam green sides or create your own colorblocked masterpiece with a bright red bikini top and white sunnies.
Will you be rocking a one-piece or high-waisted bikini bottom this summer? Tell us about your fave swimsuit styles in the comments below.