Congrats! You made it through another winter of subzero temps and blanket-sized scarves, and it’s officially time to unearth the best swimsuits for tropical vacations and packed pool parties. Just kidding. It’s no secret that this summer will look, well, different (to say the least) because Ms. Rona isn’t done with us yet. With so many beaches closed for the Fourth of July, you might be reimagining what summer fun looks like for you—and while barbecues with your entire group of friends might be on hold, water isn’t canceled.
Balconies are mini summer sanctuaries, inflatable pools are more popular than ever, and with the best swimsuits of 2020, you can still post an enviable shot to your Instagram feed without putting anyone in danger in the process. Plenty of dreamy trends for all body types cropped up this year, from one-shoulder numbers to lingerie-esque bikinis and metallic one-pieces, swimwear is looking offbeat (in the best way). It’s also looking more eco-friendly than ever, with a number of sustainable swimwear brands creating recyclable pieces that don’t skimp on style—or throw your budget to the summer breeze. Grab your sun hat, favorite SPF moisturizer, and shop the 28 best swimsuits of 2020, ahead.
Asymmetry is having a moment. Geometric cutouts and crisscross necklines are winning trends on the swimwear front, and it’s impossible to scroll through social without spotting influencers wearing various takes of the one-shoulder tank top. Times are exceptionally weird right now, so why not go with the unusual style that will turn a few heads with a dose of fashun?
Cult Gaia One-Shoulder Cutout Swimsuit
Ellejay Hayden One-Shoulder Top
Isa Boulder Asymmetric Color-Block Swimsuit
$219.00, Matches Fashion
Coral Sidestroke Swimsuit
Animal print is the gift that keeps on giving. Despite its domination of the trend cycle for years now, the print hasn’t wavered, and leopard spots and zebra stripes look prime on a bathing suit. Whether you’re searching for earthy neutrals or want to make a splash with a cow-print moment, there are plenty of styles to choose from.
Mara Hoffman Snake-Print Twist-Front Halter Swimsuit
The Triangle Bikini Top
WeWoreWhat Cow-Print One-Piece Swimsuit
Faithfull the Brand Bloom Bikini Top
Sustainable style is here to stay. With shoppers becoming more interested in decreasing their environmental impact with the clothes they wear, sustainable brands are on the rise, and tons of swimwear brands are utilizing discarded fishnets, plastic waste, recycled nylon, and upcycled fabric to create suits that look and feel like the regular thing. If you want an easy way to lean into sustainable fashion without sacrificing style, swimwear is the area to do so.
Jade Swim Apex One-Piece Swimsuit
Peony Ruched Cutout Floral-Print Swimsuit
Ganni Tie-Detailed Floral-Print Swimsuit
Mara Hoffman Abigail Bandeau Bikini Top
Crinkled, smocked, and seersucker fabric is popping up all over lately, serving as a fun way to infuse some texture into your water-friendly looks. The stretchy material is one way to avoid uncomfortable creasing since it clings to the natural shape of the body and won’t constrain or cut into you in all the wrong places.
Faithfull the Brand La Brie Bikini Top
Montce Swim Tori-Paula Tie Up
$122.00, Swimwear World
Tory Burch Print Smocked One-Piece Swimsuit
Bond Eye Sasha Top
Floral print isn’t exactly groundbreaking for summer, but the retro pattern never fails to bring a little romance to seasonal style. From soft pastels to jungle-print green, there’s a flowery pick for every poolside vibe.
Plus-Size Floral Tie-Front One-Piece Swimsuit
One-Shoulder Bandeau Bikini Top
Faithfull the Brand Ruffled Floral-Print Underwire Swimsuit
Galamaar Chemise Bra Bikini Top
Ruffles and bows
Want to amp up the whimsy even more? Ruffles and bows are a cheerful solution to offset the gloomy state of the world, and when it comes to this trend, the more, the merrier. Brands are topping off tie-dye, florals, and even velvet with flouncy detailing that will give you a reason to smile. It’s kind of hard to hate these unapologetically joyful styles.
ACK Tintarella Cutout Tie-Dyed Swimsuit
Summersalt x Tanya Taylor The Tie Marina Bikini Top
$65.00, Tanya Taylor
Hunter Triangle Bikini Top
$92.00, Free People
LoveShackFancy Verena Suit
Shimmer and metallics
Since you won’t be hitting the dance floor anytime soon, bring the party to the pool. Metallic suits of shimmery lamé look amazing when the sunlight hits, and the glam, disco-inspired material will give Saturday Night Fever vibes without you actually catching one.
Oseree Voila Metallic Lamé Swimsuit
$295.00, Moda Operandi
Mikoh Ahuna Bikini Top
Peony Metallic Cutout Halter-Neck Swimsuit
Oséree Shimmer Color-Block Bikini Set
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