The top 10 model-approved swimwear trends you need to try IRL

The days of wearing practical swimwear are long gone.

No matter how many times we’re warned about tan lines, wardrobe malfunctions, and colors that end up getting ruined in the washing machine, we can’t help ourselves when it comes to trying to find new content to flex for the ‘gram.

In that case, it extends to vacay shots, which is the only time we can pull out a swimsuit (despite our parents’ anger!). If you are looking to find algorithm-breaking content, we’ve discovered the top 10 styles that models are wearing right now:

1. Neon yellow

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@kendallandkylie swim 🍋

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Sorry, blue. This sunny hue is the warmest color for Summer ’18. For any silhouette, body shape, and skin tone, yellow is mega-flattering. Plus, it’ll look great under any filter (or no filter).

The Mery Monokini ($170) at Mery Playa

Bumble x Hunza G Greta Swim ($175) at Hunza G

KAOHS Reversible Hampton Top ($98) and Salty Bottom ($84) at Revolve

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2. Neon in general!

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This beloved #tbt classic is back at it again. First worn by Pamela Anderson in “V.I.P.,” neon swimwear became the sleeper swimwear trend of 2018 – thanks to some extra time digging around YouTube. Now that this ’90s neon is everywhere, you can have a stab at it at the beach this Summer.

Carter One Piece ($180) at Frankie’s Bikinis


Skin One Piece ($150) at SAME

Neon Coral Mimosa Bikini (AUD $75) at Bond Eye

Neon Green Diamante Crop Top (£30) and Bottoms (£30) at Jaded London

3. Bra-inspired

Underwires are as tough as a boss who sends you one too many e-mails. In spite of this challenge, you can get some extra support for the girls. Compared to most bikini tops in the market, this is the most flattering trend for anyone of any cup size.

Bella Bra (AUD $89) at Bamba

Solid and Striped x RE/DONE The Hollywood Bikini Top ($74.54) at Net-a-Porter

Como Bikini Top ($49) at Ookioh

4. Polkadot

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Tap into your inner Marilyn with this ultra-retro trend. Red lipstick and matching nail polish optional.


Coral One Piece ($156) at Beach Riot

Slogan Swimsuit ($38) at ASOS

Tularosa Felicity One Piece ($138) at Revolve

5. “Naked” vibes

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Trying to get past Instagram’s policies is tough. Rather than putting on emojis to cover the nipples (or going fully nude), you can feel naked by wearing a swimsuit that matches your skin tone.

Blush Snake Top ($50) and Bottom ($49) at Beach Bunny

Bahamas One Piece ($169) at Monday Swimwear

Asiah One Piece (AUD $140) at Myra Swim

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6. Gingham, baby!

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If you find polka dots to be a bit too twee, you can channel your inner Brigitte Bardot with a fun, flirty gingham print.

Amanda Top and Bottom ($80) at Mandalynn

Gingham Underwire Swimsuit ($27) at Swimsuits for All



Vert Gingham Cabana Top and Paula Bottom Bikini Set ($214) at Montce

7. A t-shirt?

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Farmer’s tan is terminally unhip, but you can get extra street style points if you walk out in public with a t-shirt-inspired swimsuit. Whether it’s an old school muscle tee or a regular ol’ t-shirt, it’s time to show off the arm workout you gained from lifting textbooks and packages.

Caribbean Tank ($69) at Bamba Swim

Mamadoux Art School Cap Sleeve Swimsuit ($74.99) at Mamadoux

Max Top ($100) at Frankie’s Bikinis

8. The itsy-bitsy-teeny-meeny

BABY @bellahadid IN LA PREMIERE SUMMER 2018. #basicswim

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As the teeny tiniest bikini style, the micro bikini is not for the shy. Practical enough to help you build the tan you always needed, but outrageous enough to shock your parents. These dental floss-sized two pieces can actually keep your lady parts secure.

The Lucid Shimmer Top ($90) and Shimmer Thong ($90) at Minimale Animale

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La Premiere Top & Bottoms ($38 each) at Basic Swim

Cheetah Bikini, AUD $69 at Andi Bagus

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9. One shoulder

You’ll wind up with the weirdest tan line on your shoulder, but you can’t help the fact that this trend is dramatic and totally flattering at all angles.

White Ivory One-Shoulder Top ($88) at Vix

Hukilau Top ($112) at Mikoh

Shakti Swim Pam One-Piece ($143) I Shine 365

10. Color blocking

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If ran out of bikinis to wear, cure your fashion rut by sporting all three colors at once! Be the ice cream swirl in a room full of plain flavors.

Pegasus Set ($150) at Mery Playa

Current Mood Make Waves Cutout One Piece, $44 at Dolls Kill

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