Classic swimsuits for men and women get a modern makeover



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On the one hand, it may seem as if it's too early to start thinking about bathing suits. On the other hand, spring break is just around the corner. Avoid that moment when you suddenly realize it’s June and all the non-hideous suits are sold out. Classic swimwear motifs are getting fun, fashionable makeovers this season, so save yourself from a summer of wearing that bathing suit with a droopy butt from the clearance rack or your old, faded swim trunks by shopping right now!


Stars and stripes

There are two schools of thought concerning American flag bathing suits. Either you wouldn’t be caught dead in one, or you wholeheartedly embrace splashing around in stars and stripes. Being pro-Americana can be lots of fun, especially when done tongue-in-cheek. Go nuts! Wear with blue lipstick and winged eyeliner! Pair with shredded denim! Go playful Targetin Captain America logo swim trunks or classic with Merona’s nautically inspired striped swim trunks in Poinsettia. The Billabong Tribong X Fronds Board Shorts in Neo Red give red-white-and-blue a pop art feel, thanks to the graphic palm frond print, and they utilize an environmentally friendly textile made from recycled bottles. Women looking for playful separates can also hit up Target. The Xhilaration Women’s Cropped Bralette Bikini Top amps up the fun factor with an adorable peek-a-boo lattice back. You could also go full-90s with this one by pairing the top with high-waist denim cutoffs. Target has a wide selection of bikini bottoms, including the star-print Women’s Cheeky Bikini Bottom, so the cut and overall look is totally up to you. Serious swimmers craving a bit more coverage, try the TYR one-piece Stars and Stripes Crosscutfit Swimsuit, with crisscross straps that will still support you while you swim. It also has a UPF — that’s Ultraviolet Protection Factor — of 50+, giving you extra protection from the sun. In any case, you’ll be glad you got the jump on your stars and stripes gear before Memorial Day.


All-black everything        

There is nothing more classic or flattering than a simple black bathing suit. Period. To keep the look from being basic, play with shape, texture and proportion, as ASOS does with its men’s Drop Crotch Swim Short, a slightly more daring Sweaty Bettytake on the swim trunk.

Tropiculture’s best-selling Black Mesh High-Neck Swimsuit, offered in sizes 10-24, has a sexy mesh panel and sweetheart neckline that brings to mind the nineties bodysuit craze… in a good way.

Sweaty Betty, meanwhile, adds a textural element to their swimsuits so you can train in style. Check out the shimmery paneling detail on the Dolphin Swimsuit and pops of color on the Unilateral Shaping Swimsuit, which utilizes a special Sensitive Sculpt fabric and incorporates slashes of pink and gray.


Full bloom

Flowers and palm trees are classic swimsuit prints that have gotten a modern makeover this season. Undoubtedly the most exciting floral swimsuit is from style blogger Gabi Gregg of GabiFresh whose plus size swimsuit collection for Swim Sexy, available at Swimsuits for All, has become increasingly popular each year. Can we talk about her floral print bikini, TYRaptly named The Queen? This curvy girl bikini is beyond. True cup support is essential for larger chests, and this suit delivers, in cup sizes up to G/H, with a longline bra top reminiscent of a cropped bustier with a sweetheart neckline and mesh insets. I also love that the bottoms are high enough to offer coverage and support for ample bellies and hips but bring an edgy appeal, thanks to mesh side panels that show some skin without being too revealing. Act fast. The GabiFresh for Swim Sexy collection is limited edition.

For more athletic pursuits, check out TYR’s Laguna Crosscutfit Tie Back Swimsuit. The trippy Technicolor sunset palette and palm tree print is bright and bold without going overboard. Men, try swim trunks that put a spin on the classic hibiscus motif with the Mossimo Men’s Board Shorts in Floral, a mixed-print design that incorporates nautical stripes, or the Mid Length Swim Trunks in Monochrome Floral Print from ASOS, which gives the typical beach bloom a graphic punch.

Turn up the volume of classic swimwear styles by trying one of these suits on for size!