Trips to the beach may still seem like a long way off, but now is the time of year when stores start stocking their shelves with the latest styles in swimwear. Make sure you look stylish this summer by choosing suits that are on trend—and knowing which accessories complement them best. Here are the top trends to watch for in swimwear for the spring/summer 2013 beach season:
If you love to rock a retro look, this SS13 swimwear trend is for you. Bandeau tops and high-waisted shorts help to create a ‘50s-inspired look that’s irresistible, especially when they’re paired with polka dot prints and nautical themes. Wrap a headscarf around your hair and invest in a pair of cat eye sunglasses to complete this throwback look
Another decade that’s trending big in beachwear for SS13 is the ‘80s. Here, we’re seeing the colour blocking trend making a statement in swimwear, pitting bright colours against equally vibrant shades or against neutrals. The Roskanda Ilincic swimwear collection is pairing orange with white and coral, and red with black and pink. Finish off the ‘80s-inspired look with a pair of shades with coloured frames and a bag that matches one of the shades in your swimsuit.
Ruffles and frills add a flirty and feminine touch to any swimsuit, from retro-inspired styles to more contemporary designs. The trick with this trend is to find a suit that has ruffles where you need extra oomph. If you have a small bust, use them in the top, while girls with small hips should do the opposite. Frills look especially great on nontraditional swimsuit styles, such as one-strap biknis and sultry monokinis.
<p>Animal prints always make a bold statement, so choose a suit this season that helps unleash your inner beast. The most fearsome print on the runways this season is reptile, so consider a bikini or a cut-out monokini with a snakeskin or crocodile skin print. Add some metallic jewellery or heels to the look to take it truly reptilian. Zebra prints are desirable as well, as they make use of the black and white trend that has been big on the runways for SS13. If you want to use the trend in a more subdued way, choose a neutral bathing suit and add animal print accessories—bags, flip flops, and shades with animal-printed rims—to punch up your look.</p>