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The Swimwear Trends of Summer 2021 You'll See Everywhere

Like the little black bikini 2.0.

swimwear trends 2021

The summer might be a distant memory now, but settings our sights on the season ahead is what we do best—and that means getting a jump on the spring/summer 2021 trends. Last summer looked a little different than expected, but finding new ways to stay cute and cool in your yard or atop your roof likely came down to a few things: grabbing a swimsuit, some shades, and a can-do attitude. While we hope that 2021 redeems itself with a summer filled with beach trips and poolside BBQs, we know that fantasizing about what kind of swimsuits we'll be summering in is basically half the fun. Ahead, we've got the swim trends you'll be eager to weave into your swimwear arsenal.

Courtesy of Chanel
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The Little Black Bikini

Investing in a sophisticated black two-piece is the beach and poolside equivalent of a little black dress. This spring, designers are presenting even more options for the black bikini, with a major focus on a high-waisted silhouette.

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High Waisted Crinkle Bikini
Bottega Veneta matchesfashion.com
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Lumière High-Waisted Bikini
Oseree modaoperandi.com
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Thema Nile Bikini
Hunza G farfetch.com
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Halterneck Bikini
Adriana Degreas farfetch.com
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Fanciful Frills

Designers are keeping 2021 light and bright with ethereal ruffle necklines and flounce waist detailing that injects femininity into swimwear in just about every style and print.

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Ruffled Floral-Print Bikini Set
LoveShackFancy modaoperandi.com
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Ruffled Floral One-Piece Swimsuit
Zimmermann modaoperandi.com
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One-Piece Swimsuit
Johanna Ortiz intermixonline.com
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Ruffle One-Piece
Ephemera ephemeralive.com
norma kamali
Courtesy of Norma Kamali
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Wild Side

Trade out hushed tones for animal motifs that will once again take the lead this swimwear season. Essentially a "neutral" print, you can seamlessly pair cheetah and tiger prints with printed caftans and bright warm-weather accessories.

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One Shoulder Swimsuit
GANNI net-a-porter.com
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Olympia Leopard Swimsuit
Solid & Striped farfetch.com
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Tiger Print Swimsuit
The Upside net-a-porter.com
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Leopard Jacquard Swimsuit
Mara Hoffman theoutnet.com
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Courtesy of MissoniGallery Stock
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For minimalists who want to add a little oomph, Spring's feminine ruching will add depth without sacrificing sophistication. A ruched one-piece can also play double-duty as a bodysuit alongside spring's wide-leg trousers.

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Vision One Piece
Belle The Label modaoperandi.com
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Ruched Swimsuit
Johanna Ortiz net-a-porter.com
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Gathered Bikini Top & Bottoms
Aexae modaoperandi.com
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Bandeau Swimsuit
Eres net-a-porter.com
Viviane Sassen / Courtesy of Dries Van Noten
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Sporty Spice

There will be no shortage of sport-forward swim in the new year. Whether you plan to dive into the lap pool or just prefer a straight-shooting suit sans ruffles and strings, designers will have a wide range of athletic-inspired options that don't skimp on the style factor.

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Logo Print Swimsuit
Off-White farfetch.com
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J.Crew One-Piece
J.Crew J. Crew
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One Sleeve Swimsuit
Adidas farfetch.com
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One-Piece Swimsuit
Bondi Born modaoperandi.com
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Courtesy of Valentino
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High Waist Winners

When it comes to swimwear, less is not always more. Case in point: designers' steadfast devotion to high-waisted swim sets. As in years past, expect to find an array of high-waisted options, from slightly retro briefs to high-cut, high-waisted '90s styles.

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Button-Embellished Seersucker Bikini
Lisa Marie Fernandez net-a-porter.com
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Jacquard Bandeau Bikini
LemLem net-a-porter.com
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Lumière Colore' Colourblock High Waist Bikini Set
OSEREE lanecrawford.com
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Garden Veil Bikini Top
Tory Burch saksfifthavenue.com
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