Growing up, Memorial Day weekend meant two things: 1. school’s out for summer and 2. pools were opening state-wide. Of course back then, I didn’t really care what swimsuit I was wearing, I was just happy it was pool-a-palooza. Now, however, I’m swooning over summer swimwear.

This season offers fun, fresh options that come in a variety of  shades and shapes. Although bikinis (yes, plural) are a staple in a woman’s wardrobe, one-piece suits are all the rage. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bare it all in your many bikinis. Here are the top trends from runway to reality:

1) Vintage: boho-chic styles, showcasing ditsy floral or tie-dye prints and one-shoulder creations make a bathing suit a perfect throwback item this summer.

Women's One Shoulder Shirred One Piece Swimsuit

Ditsy Floral

2) Surf-inspired: grab your board because designers are thinking about the sport element of the suit this season with functional fabrics and gnarly neon colors.

Cynthia Rowley for Roxy one-piece

Charlotte Ronson for Shoshanna tie-dye bikini

3) Prints: groovy geometric shapes, playful plaids, acid wash, nautical stripes and cheetah graphics are the prints that will pop by the pool.

Diane Von Furstenberg printed bikini resort 2010

Victoria Secret printed one-piece

4) Cut-outs: slits, holes and openings are giving you a reason to get a funky tan.

Michael Kors cutout one-piece spring 2010

Zimmerman cutout one-piece

 

5) Details: heavy hardware like zippers and belts, sexy shirring, retro ruffles, fun fringe, and stylish studs help add the perfect adornment to already adorable suits.

Gucci one-piece 2010

It’s sink or swim…

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