My swimwear picks for 2018

From left to right: Sahara Ray Swim, Danielle Guizio NY, Slate Swim, Danielle Guizio NY

Swimsuits are my guilty pleasure! I can never resist a cute one, no matter the time of year.

While my hometown is currently facing its third snowstorm in two weeks, bikini season is already on my mind.

When it comes to swim, I definitely prefer sexier, skimpier styles with flattering and feminine cuts. I am drawn to solid colors, or simple patterns that only incorporate a couple colors.

Similarly, I tend to go for classic styles over trendy options when it comes to swimwear. Swimsuits that incorporate clothing trends (think: last year’s choker bikini) look super cheap in my opinion.

That being said, I recognize that styles do change throughout the years–even when it comes to swimwear. That’s why I put together this list of swim styles that are killin’ it for Summer 2018. (Don’t worry–they are all hot enough to wear well past this summer.)

Bright colors: I will be the first to admit I love a classic black or white bikini! But after years of nude being the must-have color (thanks, Kanye), I’m starting to see a ton more brightly colored swimsuits on the market. And I’m loving it!

Paradise, an eye-catching fuchsia, by Minimale Animale [source: Minimale Animale]

Animal prints: As an Italian, I can’t say “no” to cheetah print. Thankfully, I’ve already seen a ton of fierce and fun animal print suits this year. From the classic cheetah in Em Rata’s new label Inamorata Swim to Minimale Animale’s fresh tiger pattern, I am so excited to rock some animal prints on the beach this summer.

WISH LIST: I am dying to get my hands on the Swami suit in cheetah by Inamorata Swim [source: Inamorata Swim]

Tiger Baby, a modern take on a classic pattern, by Minimale Animale [source: Minimale Animale]

Chain details: Never thought I would be into this trend, but subtlety is definitely key here. Instead of a standard suit adorned with a chain at the hip, I am loving swimsuits that utilize delicate, jewelry-like chains with clasps over classic tie-style closure.

I picked up a simple white bikini from Danielle Guizio NY that fastens with gold chains, and I think it’s the hottest thing ever! It’s sexy and feminine, and I know it will never go out of style.

Chain Bikini Top & Chain Bikini Bottom by Danielle Guizio NY [source: Danielle Guizio NY]

Racerback tops that tie in the front: Classic racerback tops can flatten your chest, giving you that less-than-desirable uni-boob (at least, that’s what they do to me). Racerback tops that tie in the front, however, always amp up the cleavage and show the perfect amount of skin! They’re so gorgeous, and such a great change of pace from triangle tops.

The Zinc Top (& Zinc Bottoms) in Toast by Slate Swim [source: Slate Swim]

The Ireland Top in Black Sabbath by Sahara Ray Swim [source: Sahara Ray Swim]

Strap-y tanga bottoms: When ditching your triangle top for the day, it can also be tempting to forgo the string bottoms that go with it; that’s where strap-y tanga bottoms come in!

Tanga bottoms are typically known for their thick, athletic-inspired straps. But when the straps become spaghetti-thin, tanga bottoms are just as ideal for avoiding huge tan lines as your go-to string bottoms. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about them coming untied completely or sagging when the ties become loose.

Kim Kardashian in the Kim Bottoms by Sahara Ray Swim [source: Sahara Ray Swim]

One pieces that feel like two: For making a poolside statement, there’s nothing better than a daring one piece–especially those that allow your stomach and bum to catch the sun’s rays.

I am loving Minimale Animale’s range of sexy one pieces. When it comes to swimwear, they always take the cake, and their one pieces are no exception. They have a ton of different styles (including a line for gals who prefer a little more coverage), so there is a one piece for every bikini-lover.

The Lucid Onezie Rib Suit in Sea Salt by Minimale Animale [source: Minimale Animale]

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