When Are You Am I launched its six-piece swimwear collection last August, the Los Angeles-based brand also set forth one of the coming year’s major trends: bathing suits with ribbed outer shells.Three pieces in AYAI’s swimwear collection, including a one-piece, two tops and a bottom, feature delicately ribbed exteriors in a smooth nylon-lycra blend. The unique texture gives these minimalist-inspired bathing suits a sophisticated spin, and take the modern, standout shapes even further into the world of high fashion.
The collection’s color scheme, which includes Snow (a clean white) and Petal (a nude-y pale pink), allows these swimsuits that offer little or moderate coverage to remain tasteful. All the pieces in the collection are monochrome, adding to their stylish appeal.In January another LA-based brand called Minimale Animale, which designs and manufactures swimwear exclusively, launched its Resort 2017 collection, including a multitude of ribbed swimsuits. Minimale Animale, known for its sultry one- and two-pieces, took a slightly more conventional route for this season’s collection, dubbed M I N I M A L E.
While the collection is still risqué by traditional standards, the bathing suits offer slightly more coverage than a typical MA suit. String bottoms that are perfect for showing off a toned tush can be worn high or low on the waist, while statement-making tops allow Minimale Animale fans to mix, match and create dozens of different beach-ready looks.
Pieces from Minimale Animale’s Resort 2017 collection are available in five earthy colors: Cognac (a rich bronze), Sea Salt (classic white), Deep Seas (blackest black), Coconut (a sun-kissed nude) and Saffron (a golden mustard yellow). Much like Are You Am I, MA designs all its pieces as separates and in solid colors.Whatever your preferred swimsuit silhouette, up-and-coming brands like Are You Am I and Minimale Animale offer fashionable ribbed bikinis and one-pieces in plenty of different styles. Other favorites among bloggers, including Topshop and GNASHswim, also market their own takes on 2017s hottest swimwear trend.
Though many see one-pieces as unsexy, these ribbed suits are super sultry, both on their own, as well as layered under denim cutoffs. Similarly, ribbed bikini tops add a little flair to a plain baggy t-shirt or pair of shorts.