Bathing suit season’s coming! But instead of horrified anticipation, we’d like to bring a little excitement to the prospect. Leave your winter weight woes in the dust and revel in these bangin’ bathing suits. We asked luxury swimwear designer Cheryl Gushue for her thoughts on bathing suit trends for summer to dig up some inspiration. Gushue’s the creator and designer of Gushue Swim and is currently working on the launch of her new line Cascata Blu with a new business partner. Read on for our five favourite Gushue swim trends for summer.
This is a modern look that’ll draw attention to the top half of your body. Great for pear shapes or anyone looking to play up their bust.
Try Volcom’s Photo Hound One-Piece Bathing Suit, $98, perfect for complementing your body with its joining mid-piece for plenty of asymmetry.
Mix and match patterns
Here’s an opportunity to have some fun with the crazy pattern mixing we’re seeing this spring/summer. Feel free to match bikini patterns of different sizes, but let one piece be the focus to avoid a visual distraction.
Try Billabong’s Jen Top and Dawn Bottoms, $34 & $30. The red ties both pieces together and the different sizes of patterns makes for an interesting contrast.
Low-Cut 70s Style
The 70s dominated the spring 2011 runways and they’re holding on tight for summer, too. The decade throwback has extended to low-cut 70s style suits.
Channel this era with Seafolly’s Portofino Retro Maillot, priced at around $130.
High-Cut 50s Style
But the 70s aren’t the only decade getting their moment in the sun (literally!). High-cut 50s style bathing suits are hot for summer, too. Pair high-cut bottoms with a retro halter to really embrace the trend.
Check out Seafolly’s English Rose Bustier Boyleg Maillot, priced at around $180.
Glam like Evening Wear Style
Dress up your dressed-down attire. Bathing suits with sequins, beading or elaborate detailing are gorgeous for lying on the beach, but be selective if you’re planning to go swimming. Glam suits often don’t hold up well in chlorine or harsh saltwater.
To get the best of both glam and durable, try a suit with ruffles, like Betsey Johnson’s uber-girlie Swan Lake Top and Skirt Bottom, $118 & $86.