8 Swimwear Trends to Watch

Editorial supplied by South Moon Under (Keri Nwosu)

Buying a new swimsuit is one of the most personal style choices you’ll make all season. First you need to decide on coverage — are you an itsy bitsy teeny weenie-type or are you going for versatility-meets-style with a chic one-piece? Next up, fabric. Are you thinking performance materials for besting your PR in the 100-meter freestyle, or perhaps something more fun? And then there’s the question of patterns and colors. All said and done, showing up on vacay in a suit that suits you is what matters, but it’s not always easy navigating the waters of swimwear.

So, let us help with some of the trends we’re seeing this Summer.

Suit SilhouettesIt’s no longer as simple as one-piece or separates. Within these two silhouettes you have endless choices on style, fit, and function. Here are some of our favorite trends for Summer 2023:

One-shoulder one-pieces: The definition of style and comfort, this asymmetrical swimsuit is modern and chic, while offering moderate coverage — perfect for the active beach-goer. Look for special details like cut-outs or side-tie sashes to elevate your swim style. 

Triangle Bikini: This classic style takes the title as Suit of the Season. The fresh part of the simple triangle top suit is the variety of ways were seeing them tied. Jump on the trend by flipping your top upside-down so that the ruching that’s usually along the bottom of the cups sits on your chest. Then tie the bottom string around your neck and the top strings around your back.

Flattering FabricsIf you’re looking to upgrade your swimwear wardrobe, look no further than these fun fabrics:

One word: crinkle. We’re seeing it everywhere. This ultra-stretchy and ultra-stylish fabrication has four-way stretch and hugs your body in all the right ways. 

Terry cloth. Yes, you heard that right—the classic beach-towel-textured material is showing up as one of the hottest swimwear trends for the season. We love how soft and comfortable this fabric is — like wearing an expensive spa-robe on the beach.

A ribbed swimsuit is one of the most flattering fabrics available in swimwear. The textured material is both supportive with body-hugging and -forming qualities, while also being incredibly flexible for all-day wear. So, whether you’re slow-motion running down the beach or frantically chasing after a toddler, the versatility of ribbed fabric is a major win-win.

Sea & Be SeenIf there’s one thing we love about summer style, it’s the chance to break-free from our neutral-based capsule wardrobes with fun, vibrant colors and patterns. And this year’s swimsuit trends feel like a breath of fresh, floral-filled air!

We’re seeing Ditsy Florals from all our favorite designers. The allover, tiny flower print in sweet pastels is the perfect pattern for the modern romantic pool-side lounger.

We’re loving novelty patterns with a throwback-twist likes cherries and butterflies. These 90s prints are bold and fun, everything you want in a swimsuit.

Is there anything more classic than vibrant white for summer, especially when it comes to swimwear? Complement your glowy skin and beachy hair, with the perfect accessory — a gorgeous white bikini.

One of our favorite local boutiques for on-trend swimwear is South Moon Under (located at 81st St in Ocean City and on Rehoboth Ave in Rehoboth Beach). With hundreds of styles from beloved brands and emerging designers, there’s truly something for everyone. Discover the hottest swim trends of the summer, plus elevate your beach wardrobe with cool cover-ups and head-to-toe accessories with their vacation destination, The Sand Bar.