Color me a little bit freaked out, but there seems to be a new swimsuit trend popping up everywhere, which I’m not sure how to categorize except as “loincloth-esque.” Ruched or smocked, this body-baring swimsuit bottom style seems to be the bikini of summer for a certain subset of trendsetters. While I know it’s a very specific look (one I’m still trying to decide if I can actually pull off), there’s something weirdly intriguing about it.
Chalk it up to the ultra-high vintage-style rise or the fact that these suits redefine the idea of barely there tan lines, but I’m toying with the idea of trying one out. After careful consideration, I think the key is pairing your suit of choice with basics: denim cutoffs, a T-shirt, and basic sandals because in this suit, there’s no need for any other statement clothes.
Since I know it’s a bit of an intimidating style to try, below you’ll find some of my favorite inspiration photos along with suits for you to pick and choose from (and for more swimsuits in a wider range of sizes, check out this story too).
Next, read about the biggest swim trends of the season.
This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.