Ribbed for your pleasure: 2017s hottest swimwear trend

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.

Rumi Neely in AYAI swim [source: areyouami.com]

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.

The Daiquiri Suit by Minimale Animale [source: minimale-animale.com]

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.

The Lagoon Top and The High Mirage Brief by Minimale Animale [source: minimale-animale.com]

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.

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