To be honest, it takes a little dose of courage for me to slip into a swimsuit. Jeans, I’m comfortable in. A cool wrap dress? Any day of the week. But even though I live in L.A.—which is seemingly some sort of swimsuit capital with our Pacific coastline and pools on every block and all—swimsuit season always daunts me. So finding swimsuits I feel comfortable in and love that are on-trend is a big win.
But this summer, I feel like I’ve struck a stride. Without overthinking it, I wore a swimsuit for a recent staycation and holiday and felt pretty good in them. What I’ve learned—though it’s been a tough lesson—is to stick with what works for my body type. One-pieces are generally a great option, as long as they have modern-meets-classic cuts and come in solids or fun prints. Otherwise, I typically opt for high-waisted bottoms with coordinating tops. But the good news for me? All these styles are among the biggest swimsuit trends of summer 2018. Ahead see why I’m loving each style and shop my edit for each.
My leopard-print obsession knows no limits
Available in sizes P to V.
Available in sizes 38 to 48.
Available in sizes 12 to 24.
Available in sizes 38 to 44.
The most flattering bikini cut
You’ll notice that most of my swimsuit picks—well all of them except this one—are one-pieces. I don’t have an aversion to bikinis, but I personally think this season’s popular high-waisted styles are the most flattering.
Available in size 4.
Available in sizes S to L.
I can't get over smocking
What I love about smocked or shirred swimsuits most is that they really form to your body. This style I’m wearing from Reina Olga has quickly become one of my favorite styles because it’s “one size fits most” and truly hugs my body in the best way,
Available in one size.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 34 to 42.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
Classic one-pieces with barely there straps