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Bathing suits to wear when Quarantine is over.

Photos via Mikhail Veter, Fashion Week Online

Bathing suits to wear when Quarantine is over.

Bathing suits to wear when Quarantine is over.
It’s right about we normally start to consider the swimwear we plan to invest in for the summer.

With holidays cancelled, our dreams of bikini-clad beach days have, for now at least, been put on pause.

Who said that a postponed trip should get in the way of bit of bikini time though? If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or a balcony, then the current heatwave offers the perfect excuse for a WFH lunch break spent sunbathing.

One-shouldered tops were everywhere last summer, and this year’s coolest cossies come with a clavicle exposed. At Badgley Mischka , super sleek one-shouldered swimsuits came in hues of lemon and lime, while Miami-based swimwear brand Maheli Heli showed an array of luxe one-shouldered bikini tops paired with mismatched bottoms that made us crave that carefree Cali girl life. We love this two-tone number from London-based sustainable swimwear label Casa Raki – pair with linen trousers and oversized sunnies for serious garden glam.

A solid-colored bikini is never a bad idea, but we gotta admit that the darkest color that ruled the summer 2020 bikini trends was black. If you are a goth kid at heart, you will love all of the options you will have in the summer months. 

MIMI the Label debuted a collection that included a little series of black bikinis in different styles, including string, one-shoulder, and high-cut options. At Revival, black bikinis combined trends by having peek-a-boo cut-outs along the bottoms. Others to present black bikinis included Liliana Montoya, Sonya Swim, and Agua de Coco.

If you like to be the center of attention at all times, and especially on the beach, then look out for the metallic summer 2020 swimsuits. This trend led to shimmery and eye-catching creations that are guaranteed to be blinding in the sun. 

A metallic string bikini at Nessy Swimwear caught everyone’s attention, while at Nookie Beach it was a sports bra-style bikini set that drew attention with sparkly silver fabric. High-waisted bottoms in metallic gold were paired with brightly colored tops at Maheli Heli. Lastly, it was all about super reflective gold swimsuits at the opening of the Oh Polly swimwear show.

Much like high waisted jeans and shorts, high waisted bottoms are continuing to go strong for the summer 2020 swimsuit trends. These swimsuits are great for adding some coverage, especially around the belly, while still allowing you to show off a lot of sexy leg or cleavage. 

The swimsuits presented by Lelloue, for example, had both high-rise waists and high-leg openings, which is a design that elongates and flatters. Notably, at Revival, an ultra-high-rise bikini set showed off a lot of skin thanks to a slim waistband that may have hidden the midriff but showed off the entirety of the hips. We also saw high waisted swimsuits at TJ Swim, Gottex, and Monday Swimwear.

Long sleeved two-pieces are one of the more surprising summer 2020 bikini trends since they combine the sex appeal of a bikini with the modesty of covered arms and shoulders. There was something surprisingly sexy yet restrained about bikinis with long sleeves at Aguaclara, which were fairly minimalistic in solid colors and paired with high waisted bottoms. At Kai Lani, we appreciated the slightly jarring contrast of long-sleeved, floral tops paired with itty-bitty bottoms. Lastly, at Nookie Beach, long-sleeved bikini sets were made with animal prints, in a classic combination of trends.

What’s the only thing sexier than a bikini? A one-piece that shows off nearly as much skin as a bikini. We saw all manner of peek-a-boo 2020 swimsuits, and each one titillated in a slightly different way. 

The cutouts on swimsuits at Thomas Concordia were covered with mesh, which made for a more obscured version of the trend. There were also some super sexy cutouts at Chloé Rose, especially belly and under-bust revealing ones on one-piece suits. Other runways to showcase some sexy cutout swimsuits included Liliana Montoya, Diosa Mar, and Monica Hansen Beachwear.

We’re nearing the point where talking about sustainability like it’s a trend will no longer be necessary, but for now, as long as the majority of the 2020 swimsuits are not made of upcycled materials, it’s worth commending the designers who make the effort and consider the environment when crafting their swimwear collections. 

Miami Swim Week actually opened with a competition where design students made swimwear out of recycled fabric donated by well-known brands with their own ethical swimwear lines, like Cynthia Rowley and Vitamin A. 

Also worth mentioning is Natasha Tonic’s collection of swimwear made of sustainable and ocean-safe hemp, featuring a lot of tie-dye as a nod to the hippie ethos. This is notable because even recycled polyester, though better than non-recycled, still leads to some ocean pollution.

The amount of model diversity at Miami Swim Week this year is also worth noting. It’s as though casting directors aimed to prove that everyone deserves to go to the beach in a swimsuit that they can feel comfortable and happy in. 

We saw models of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors on the runways. Notably, the Sports Illustrated and I Shine 365 runways both really showcased a diverse cast with many models with looks that do not adhere to outdated notions of what a swimsuit model is supposed to look like. 

It’s worth mentioning that the Sports Illustrated show was opened by the gorgeous Halima Aden who walked the runway in a gorgeous silver burkini designed by Cynthia Rowley. We also loved seeing a pregnant model at Baes and Bikinis and Fraser Harrison rock a two-piece.

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