5 ultra-flattering swimsuit styles

These suits will get you beach-ready and on-trend in no time.

A white off-the-shoulder ruffled one piece by Israeli designer Shani Shemer. A white off-the-shoulder ruffled one piece by Israeli designer Shani Shemer. A white off-the-shoulder ruffled one piece by Israeli designer Shani Shemer. (Photo: Shani Shemer)

With summer solstice just around the corner, most of us are hoping to spruce up our summer wardrobe with a new swimsuit or two. But we understand that swimsuit shopping can be completely frustrating, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite styles that are ultra-flattering and on-trend. Whether you're a pool-party lover, beachgoer or a lie-out-in-the-backyard kind of gal, we've got you covered with five of our favorite suit styles for summer.

1. Scalloped edges

This season’s scallop trend is totally worth the uneven tan lines (just be sure you’re lathered up in safe sunscreen!). This season you’ll see swimwear brand Marysia’s signature scalloped edges on practically every fashion blogger on Instagram, but the suits aren’t just stylish. Having spent most of her life in a ballet leotard and a wetsuit, LA-based, Polish-born designer Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves designs with functionality in mind so you can move and swim comfortably. Old Navy came out with a great scalloped bikini top and bottom, too.

2. Flirty ruffles

Add an especially darling touch to your swimsuit style this season by sporting playful ruffles either on top or bottom. We’re loving the look of Israeli designer Shani Shemer’s ruffle bikini that drapes delicately over the arms. Throw on a pair of linen pants or cut off shorts and – voila! – you’re late-night beach party ready.

3. A bold palm print

Palm prints evoke feelings of those easy breezy summer beach days we long for all year, and they happen to look flattering and fabulous as a print on a swimsuit, too. Model Ashley Graham recently unveiled her SwimsuitsForAll collection designed for women of all shapes and sizes to be able to buy themselves something special and luxurious. One of the standout pieces in the new collection: a bold palm-printed underwire bikini worn by model Kamie Crawford.

4. The classic stripe

Look vintage-cute as the sun rays shine down on you in a beautiful striped one-piece or bikini. Since eyes will follow the same direction of the stripes, vertical stripes will give you a longer and leaner appearance while horizontal stripes will create the illusion of a wider frame. We’re into the striped creations from none other than Solid & Stripes, whose Anne-Marie swimsuit comes in creamsicle color combinations including raspberry and cream, and blue and cream.

5. Mix and match

Bikyni’s mix and match tool allows you to shop for your style, color and size preference and offers up suggestions that would play off one another nicely. When it comes to mixing and matching, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try bright new colors or prints. The beach is one place where you can really experiment and have fun! If you're wearing a loud print, pair it with something more traditional, such as stripes. If you’re wearing a large print on top, try mixing it with a micro print on bottom. And the same goes for silhouettes: If you are wearing a high-waisted bottom, pair it with a more feminine top. If you’re in the market for two new suits, try buying two new sets in complementary patterns and colors because you'll end up saving money with four swimsuit combinations in total!

Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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