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The Swimwear Trends of Summer 2021 You'll See Everywhere

Like the little black bikini 2.0.

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Setting our sight on seasons ahead is what we do best at Marie Claire —and that means getting a jump on the spring/summer 2021 trends. For now, we don't know what summer will hold, but finding new ways to stay cute and cool in your yard or atop your roof will likely come down to a few things: grabbing a swimsuit, some shades, and a can-do attitude. While we hope that the warm weather season is 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 in the months ahead.

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The Little Black Bikini
chanel
Courtesy of Chanel

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.

The Emily Top in Black
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Follow Suit shopfollowsuit.com
$125.00
The Liza Bottom in Black
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Follow Suit shopfollowsuit.com
$80.00
Smocked Bikini Top
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Toteme toteme-studio.com
$130.00
Smocked Bikini Bottoms
Courtesy
Toteme toteme-studio.com
$150.00
KANEM Black High Waist Bikini
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Andrea Iyamah andreaiyamah.com
$185.00
High Waisted Black Bikini
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Perfect Moment perfectmoment.com
$170.00
Halterneck Bikini Top
Norma Kamali net-a-porter.com
$175.00
High-Waisted Bikini Briefs
Norma Kamali net-a-porter.com
$60.00
Vintage Stretch Knit Underwire Bikini
Haight net-a-porter.com
$496.00
Stretch Recycled Bikini Top
Cover net-a-porter.com
$100.00
Stretch Recycled Bikini Briefs
Cover net-a-porter.com
$100.00
Santa Clara Bikini Top
Marysia mytheresa.com
$148.00
Santa Monica Bikini Bottoms
Marysia mytheresa.com
$140.00
Draped Bikini Top
BOTEH farfetch.com
$166.00
High Waist Bikini Bottom
BOTEH farfetch.com
$152.00
Bustier Bikini Top
Moschino farfetch.com
$290.00
Belt Buckle Bikini Bottoms
Moschino farfetch.com
$185.00
Genevieve Bikini
Lisa Marie Fernandez farfetch.com
$385.00
Cenit Top & Bottom
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Palm modaoperandi.com
$150.00
Two Piece Bikini
Bottega Veneta farfetch.com
$620.00
Lumière High-Waisted Bikini
Oseree modaoperandi.com
$270.00
Thema Nile Bikini
Hunza G farfetch.com
$190.00
Halterneck Bikini
Adriana Degreas farfetch.com
$187.00
Fanciful Frills
swimsuit trends
Courtesy of Patbo

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.

Ruffled Bermelo-Print One-Piece Swimsuit
Agua by Agua Bendita modaoperandi.com
$250.00
Denise One Piece
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Maygel Coronel maygelcoronel.com
$330.00
Alta Mare Loreta One-Piece
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Eberjey eberjey.com
$108.00
Eyelet Halter Bikini Top
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Shoshanna saksfifthavenue.com
$180.00
Eyelet Tie Bikini Bottoms
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Shoshanna saksfifthavenue.com
$145.00
Casius Ruffle Triangle Bikini Top
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Suboo saksfifthavenue.com
$120.00
Kaia Slim-Fit Bikini Bottoms
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Suboo saksfifthavenue.com
$100.00
Polka Dot Bikini
Rixo rixo.co.uk
$167.00
Oasis Ruffle Cap-Sleeve Bikini Top
PatBO saksfifthavenue.com
$130.00
Oasis High-Waist Bikini Bottoms
PatBO saksfifthavenue.com
$125.00
Ruffle One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit
Peony saksfifthavenue.com
$240.00
Isabel Marant Swimsuit
Isabel Marant mytheresa.com
$275.00
Gingham Ruffle One-Piece
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Ephemera ephemeralive.com
$82.50
Tropical Passage Striped Bikini Top
Johanna Ortiz mytheresa.com
$420.00
Migrate South Striped Bikini Bottoms
Johanna Ortiz mytheresa.com
$255.00
Oasis Swimsuit
Castamira castamira.com
$220.00
Frost Ruffled Floral Bikini
LoveShackFancy modaoperandi.com
$195.00
Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit
J. Crew J.Crew
$118.00
Brighton One-Shoulder Ruffled Print Swimsuit
Zimmermann net-a-porter.com
$375.00
Calista Sunbaze Top
Agua Bendita shopbop.com
$78.65
Hope Bikini Bottoms
Agua Bendita shopbop.com
$100.00
Wild Side
norma kamali
Courtesy of Norma Kamali

Trade out subtle 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.

Ruched Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit
J.Crew jcrew.com
$118.00
Bianca Top
Tropic of C tropicofc.com
$130.00
Sana Bottom
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Tropic of C tropicofc.com
$80.00
The Marina
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Summer Salt summersalt.com
$95.00
Recycled Leopard Print One-Piece Swimsuit
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Ganni saksfifthavenue.com
$165.00
Nova Bandeau Top
PQ Swim shopbop.com
$84.00
Hillary High Waist Full Bottoms
PQ Swim shopbop.com
$75.00
Leopard Print Top
Dolce & Gabbana dolcegabbana.com
$395.00
Leopard Print Bottoms
Dolce & Gabbana dolcegabbana.com
$255.00
Zebra Print Bikini Top
Cult Gaia net-a-porter.com
$149.00
Zebra Print Briefs
Cult Gaia net-a-porter.com
$149.00
The Eva Bikini Top
Solid & Striped shopbop.com
$88.00
The Eva Bikini Bottoms
Solid & Striped shopbop.com
$88.00
Tie One Piece in Abstract Tiger Print
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Anemos Swim anemosswim.com
$265.00
Zebra-Print Strapless One-Piece Swimsuit
Aexae modaoperandi.com
$150.00
Tatakoto One Piece
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Mikoh mikoh.com
$228.00
Belted Tiger Swimsuit
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Reina Olga matchesfashion.com
$190.00
Ruching
swimsuit trends
Courtesy of MissoniGallery Stock

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.

Carnation One Piece
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Carnation forloveandlemons.com
$149.00
Corinne Bikini
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Palmiza Official palmizaofficial.com
€280.00
Mila One-Piece
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Myra Swim myraswim.com
$190.00
Athena
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Oye Swimwear oyeswimwear.com
$350.00
Ruched One-Piece
CAPITTANA shop.capittana.com
$169.00
Iza Top & Bottoms
Evarae evarae.com
£95.00
Twist One-Piece Swimsuit
Karla Colletto karlacolletto.com
$276.00
Green Track Swimsuit
Les Girls Les Boys lesgirlslesboys.com
$69.00
Joey Cami Black
Lonely Label lonelylabel.com
$110.00
Joey High Waist Brief Black
Lonely Label lonelylabel.com
$99.00
Otis Cheeky One Piece Swimsuit
Frankies Bikinis frankiesbikinis.com
$175.00
Sariska Top
Faithfull The Brand shopbop.com
$89.00
Palmero Bottoms
Faithfull The Brand shopbop.com
$85.00
The Kenny Top in Cherry Blossom
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Juillet Swim juillet.com
$110.00
The Annie Bottom in Cherry Blossom
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Juillet Swim juillet.com
$110.00
Ruched Polka Dot Swimsuit
Adriana Degreas Browns Fashion
$265.00
Ruched One-Piece
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Jade Swim Matchesfashion.com
$198.00
Cassiopée Bustier One Piece
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Eres eresparis.com
$510.00
Sporty Spice
dries
Viviane Sassen / Courtesy of Dries Van Noten

There will be no shortage of sport-forward swim this 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.

Bradly One Piece
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Myra Swim myraswim.com
$170.00
Surf Swim Suit
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Hakea Swim hakeaswim.com
$225.00
Lea Swimsuit
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Oye Swimwear oyeswimwear.com

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Logo Strap Ribbed Swimsuit
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Off-White farfetch.com
$390.00
Icon Cut-Out Swimsuit
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Dsquared2 farfetch.com
$340.00
Asymmetric One-Sleeved Swimsuit
Eres farfetch.com
$595.00
Miami Belted Swimsuit
Noire Swimwear farfetch.com
$213.00
High Leg Swimsuit
H&M hm.com
$29.99
Costa One Piece
Ookioh ookioh.com
$98.00
Gucci Logo Print Swimsuit
Gucci Browns Fashion
$490.00
Loquat Bikini Top
Silvia Tcherassi shopbop.com
$160.00
Hilaria Bikini Bottoms
Silvia Tcherassi shopbop.com
$190.00
The Reversible Tie Back One Piece
Ansea ansea.co
$195.00
High Cut Swimsuit
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Mara Hoffman matchesfashion.com
$368.00
Logo Print Cross-Back Swimsuit
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Balmain farfetch.com
$295.00
One Sleeve Swimsuit
Adidas farfetch.com
$95.00
High Waist Winners
swimsuit trends
Courtesy of Valentino

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.

Undici Two-piece Swimsuit Terracotta
Lido smallable.com
$227.00
Myriam Bikini Top Poppy
Araks araks.com
$195.00
Mallory Hipster Poppy
Mallory araks.com
$125.00
Aurora Triangle / Blue Illusion
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Palmagente palmagente.com
€165.00
Charlize Matte Swim
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Malia Mills 11 Honore
$235.00
Lehi Bottom in Lampone
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Marysia marysia.com
$189.00
Lehi Bottom in Lampone
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Marysia marysia.com
$189.00
Bimba Bikini Top
Bimba caladelacruz.com
$150.00
Elisa Bikini Bottom
Cala del Cruz caladelacruz.com
$145.00
Pink Floral Two-Piece
Triangl triangl.com
$109.00
Carmel Bikini Top
Carolina K carolinak.com
$125.00
Carmel Bikini Bottom
Carolina K carolinak.com
$125.00
Judy Tie Top - Islander
Sidway sidway.com
$90.00
Karen Hi Rise Bottom - Islander
Sidway sidway.com
$108.00
Abigail Bikini Top
Mara Hoffman shopbop.com
$150.00
Jay Bikini Bottoms
Mara Hoffman shopbop.com
$165.00
Hayden Bikini Top
Montce montce.com
$152.00
Paula Tie-Up Bikini Bottom
Montce montce.com
$122.00
Morgan Bandeau
Charlie Holiday shopbop.com
$40.70
High Cut Brief Bikini Bottoms
Charlie Holiday shopbop.com
$44.00
Typhoon High Waisted Bikini
Medina Swimwear modaoperandi.com
$165.00
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