Swim season is almost here, and even if your local weather seems to disagree, we promise you’ll be lounging by the pool/lake/river/ocean soon. In anticipation of the sun-soaked days ahead, it’s time to get familiar with exactly which trends will dominate the summer. Read on to learn about the top three and shop our swimwear picks for each.

1. Minimalism to the Max: That’s right; less is more — especially when it comes to swimwear flair. Summer 2018 is all about classic patterns and ready-to-wear cuts. “We are seeing chic, sophisticated, and clean-lined pieces,” says Sabra Krock, co-owner and creative director of Everything But Water. Look for lots of tropical prints, color blocking, and yellows and reds. Ribbed texture is big too! Brit + Co Pick: Sunsets White Lily One Piece ($100).

2. Retro and Ruffled: In addition to evergreen patterns, we’ll be seeing lots of retro cuts drawing inspiration from the Gidget era. Think high waists, front ties, and romantic, off-the-shoulder looks. “[Some other] standouts are crop tops, ruffle tops, smocking, rick-rack details, and wrap tops,” says Krock. Brit + Co Pick: Mara Hoffman Vestige Classic Bra Top ($150) + High Waist Bottom ($145).

3. Kickin’ It New School: Move aside, traditional swim brands, ’cause there are new kids on the block! “The swimwear category has truly evolved to be a fashion moment,” says Krock. “The looks we are seeing this season are innovative and inspired — there’s something exciting for everyone this year!” Krock’s new favorite designers include Adriana Degreas, Beth Richards, Skin, and Cali Dreaming. Brit + Co Pick: Adriana Degreas Bahiana Bandeau Top ($169) + High Waist Bottom ($169).

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