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The Best String Bikinis & One-Pieces For Your Next Day At The Beach

By Danielle Naer

Summer is just a few months— and as warm, sunshine-soaked afternoons return, so will the itch to grab your chicest swimsuit and sun hat and hit the beach. Before you do, you’ll want to take stock of the coolest swimwear trends for Spring / Summer 2021.

First things first, choose your fighter: are you a fan of classic one-pieces or do you prefer strappy, itty-bitty bikinis? No matter which camp you count yourself as a member of, there’s a slew of new trends that will be sure to catch your eye.

Browse the top three styles to know about for each category, ahead.


Shop the One Pieces



ICYMI: sporty-chic is in (just ask Spring 2021’s biggest shoe trends). Taking a less-is-more approach in comparison to more sultry swimwear options, Gigi C’s surf suits feature precise, geometric cuts and a front zipper that allows you to customize your look.


Tie Details

For those who love dainty, feminine finishes, consider a silhouette with tie details — like Frankies Bikinis’ Honey suit, which features an asymmetrical cut in a trend-forward paisley print.



Cutouts ruled the runways for Spring 2021, whether channeled into a chic swimsuit or a long linen dress. Either way, they’re just the touch needed to add verve to your one-pieces. Try the Serena suit from Cult Gaia, the brand that popularized the trend last summer.

Shop the String Bikinis



Crocheted Everything

Crochetwork was another major trend on the runways, which many designers have channeled into cheeky bikinis. As a major design code in her home country of Brazil, Camila Coelho featured a series of crocheted pieces in her namesake brand — her Sao Paulo set included.


Floss Bikinis

Wondering what flossing is? You’re not alone — the strappy, criss-cross trend emerged late last year, and it’s quickly cropping up to be the must-try trend of 2021. Made to compliment your midriff, flossing takes the basic bikini from average to totally unexpected every time


Gold-Chained Suits

This Miami-inspired trend was initially a favorite in jewelry and handbags — and it’s officially crossed over into clothing and swimwear. Try Melissa Obasdash’s Maldives bikini for a dainty spin on the trend.

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