Summer is all about slowing down, so it’s fitting that this season’s swimwear trends harken back to languorous summers of decades past. For women, vintage bikini silhouettes and glamorous one-piece swimsuits get updated via vibrant colors and whimsical details. Stylist Sarah Schussheim says she favors “one shoulder, halter or bandeau suits that have a timeless quality.”
For men, trunks that look at home aboard a Riva on Lake Como or a luxury yacht in Cannes feel fresh again. The joy of this retro resurgence lies in its simplicity—just add luxe sunglasses, grab a good read and soak in the sun in style.
This seemingly demure Solid & Striped one-piece wows thanks to a plunging back. Gingham One-Piece Swimsuit, $168, modaoperandi.com.
Paired with an oversize hat, this Lisa Marie Fernandez ruffled bandeau will steal the spotlight under the sun. Sabine Double Ruffle Bonded Swimsuit, $450, lisamariefernandez.com.
This 1960s-mod inspired Emilio Pucci suit is the ultimate mix of retro and fashion forward. One-shoulder
Bikini, $490, modaoperandi.com.
A delicate scalloped edge adds sweetness to this Marysia one-shoulder suit. Santa Barbara Maillot One-Shoulder Scalloped Swimsuit, $335, marysiaswim.com.
Channel La Dolce Vita with this Dolce & Gabbana rose-printed set. Floral-Print Bikini $670, netaporter.com.
Tory Burch’s navy tank lets the sun in from side to side. Lace-Up Tank Suit, &195, available at Shops at Montage.
Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens aims to beautify the beach with its sexy collection of swimwear worn by global style-setters such as Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba. Neutra bralette, $48, Ava Maillot, $165, available at Shops at Montage.
Each one-of-a-kind, handmade Kiini Swimwear pieces from New York-based designer Ipek Irgit embodies a bohemian spirit, balanced with colors and cuts inspired by the designer’s world travels.
Made of a fast-dry cotton blend, these playful cacti-print Mollusk boardshorts are as fun by the water as they are après beach. Tamri Trunks, $65, mollusksurfshop.com.
Thorsun’s subtle print and contrast drawstring turn a simple swim short into a statement. Titan Slim-Fit Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts, $275, thorsun.com.
Leave it to Prada to prove great style doesn’t need to be loud. Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts, $400, available at Prada stores.
These Saturdays NYC sun-faded trunks play equally well with a T-shirt as they do a buttondown. Timothy Slim-Fit Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts, $85, saturdaysnyc.com.
Meet Loro Piana’s beach equivalent to the classic seersucker trouser. Mid-Length Striped Cottonblend Swimshorts, $355, Loro Piana, available at Loro Piana stores.
By Nicky Deam