{iStyle} Sultry Summer Beach Trends

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After a long, bitter winter it’s safe to say we’re all craving a little summer sun. But with the onset of the hottest of seasons, there’s always one synonymous question on every fashionista’s mind – what will I wear?

Whether you’re sitting poolside, escaping to a tropical getaway or simply soaking in the rays on your favorite beach – you deserve to look and feel as fashion-forward as ever. Get the low down on this season’s trendiest colors, patterns and styles so that your perfectly prepared to rock your best bikini.

Lingerie-inspired swimwear

Boudoir-chic seems to be an emerging trend this season, as lingerie-inspired swimwear makes a splash on the runway. Pieces comprised of silk, satin and lace leave little to the imagination.

Delicate trims and scalloped embellishments add subtle sex appeal to barely-there bikinis. Sheer soft fabrics paired with  dulled-down neutrals - and the occasional electric blue if you attended the Beach Bunny presentation at Miami International Fashion Week – are ultra seductive. If you’re opting for minimal coverage, these scantily clad two-pieces may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Bold prints, Tribal patterns & vivid colors

Want a little more pizazz from your beachwear? Now’s the season to brighten up if you feel inclined. Break free from simple solid swimwear and expose your wild side with bright, eye catching colors.

Whether you have penchant for animal prints or exotic snake skin or simply crave busy geometric patters – you’ll be one happy fashionista with these trendy two-pieces.

There’s little effort needed to enhance these bright, tribal looks. Some simple gold bangles, a metalic cuff or even a delicate chain necklace will provide all the accessory you need. Linear cutouts, subtle ruffle trim, minor beading and complimentary headband add to the raw, organic feel that almost mimics late 60s fashion.

Textures & hand-crafted embellishments

Playing off of the tribal theme comes the added textures expected to make an impact in the summer’s beachware. Crochet over your typical spandex, mixed with floral cutouts, makes for an appealing contrast.

The act of mixing opposing styles and patterns even seems to be making its way out onto the beach. Adding a striped top to a spotted bottom or pairing two vastly different patterns that share same color scheme is a fun easy way to try out this summer trend.

The easiest way to make the most out a successful mix-and-match is to go opt for one neutral color with a bold counterpart – or if you’re feeling a bit braver attempt a printed top and solid bottom. Keep in mind that maintaining one uniform color or trim that is represented on both pieces allows you to tie the whole look together.

Cut-outs, keyholes & risque bondage-inspired

If you thought the lingerie-eqse swimwear was a bit brash, you’ll be amazed at what Red Carter and Beach Bunny have in store for the shore. It’s all about in-your-face bombshell-chic.

Red Carter

This trend is a little bit peek-a-boo and a lotta bit dominatrix. From barely-there linear cutouts to full on black leather. All you need are some sky high heels and a tossled bed-head hairdo and you’ll be running the beach scene.

Beach Bunny

Some of the pieces seen on the runway have been softened a bit with delicate braided details and lighter, more feminine hues. Whether you are looking for a plunging neckline or simply want to show off your seriously seductive tan, this rockstar-meets Bond-girl trend will be your go-to for poolside fashion.

With what’s been seen on the runways, and the pieces that are quickly being made available on the racks, it looks like this summer will provide fashionistas the chance to have fun and explore a variety of textures, patterns and color palettes.

Kelly Ahern is a recent Roger Williams University graduate living in New England. Graduating with a degree in Communications-Public Relations and a Core Concentration in Italian, Ahern is an aspiring PR professional who loves social media, fashion and traveling. Currently she is a Social Media & Content Strategist for a Rhode Island-based digital marketing firm. You can find her on Twitter @Kelly_Ahern.

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  1. Do you mean “After a long, bitter winter”? Love the looks!

  2. Do you mean “After a long, bitter winter”?