2022’s Gorgeous Bathing Suit Trends: A Guide
Some trends are gladly forgotten, and others withstand the test of time: there’s a reason why leg warmers stayed in the 1980s. The key to trendsetting is balancing risk with sophistication, class with comfort. Whatever the season, bathing suit trends continue to excite and surprise throughout the years.
As we enter 2022, do you know what swimsuits you’ll be seeing everywhere next summer? Have some fun and heat things up with these adventurous swimwear trends you’ll be spotting from Miami to Martinique in 2022.
Trend #1: Ruffles Are a Girl’s Best Friend
There’s nothing sweeter or more feminine than ruffles on fabric, and while they made their entrance in swimsuit trends in 2021, they are not going anywhere this year. From bikini tops and bikini bottoms to sassy one-pieces, there’s just something playful and inviting about a well-placed ruffle—especially when it’s paired with a statement print saturated with flowers, fruits, and leaves.
Ruffle accents around an off-the-shoulder neckline highlight your collarbones and elevate it from a bathing suit to a statement. A bikini top with ruffles across the chest can add a bit of fullness and enhance your figure, all while remaining every bit modest and sophisticated.
Too many ruffles can distract, but ruffles around the bottom of a suit give the sweet illusion of a skirt and can provide a bit more coverage. Show off and accentuate an hourglass figure with ruffles around the waist. No matter how you choose to wear them, ruffles can make you look and feel powerfully feminine.
Trend #2: Show a Little Shoulder
There's nothing wrong with barely-there triangle bikinis, but sometimes a strategic flash of skin is all you need. Another silhouette that made a debut in past years and isn’t going anywhere is the one-shouldered swimsuit.
Off-the-shoulder and one-shoulder swimsuits accentuate the gorgeous collarbone and neck area while delicately revealing sun-kissed shoulders. Whether you’re interested in a one-shouldered one-piece or bikini-top, your collarbones and shoulders will be thanking you. The thing about one-shouldered suits is that they have movement, balancing your shoulders and lengthening your arms. Without even having to try, you’ve created some curves while still maintaining coverage in all the right places. The cut is eye-catching yet demure and is sure to turn heads on your next getaway.
Trend #3: Take the Plunge With a Neckline
Feeling a bit more daring? Plunging necklines or v-neck suits are the way to go. This low-cut look is particularly sleek in a one-piece suit, offering a bit of boldness on an otherwise full-coverage suit with optimal tummy control. Even better, swimsuits with plunging necklines look beautiful on a wide variety of body types. Plunging necklines create a curvy shape, while still providing coverage in your preferred style.
If you want to take the plunge, look for suits that have ruching or shirring on the bodice to provide an even more flattering figure. Whether you choose an all-over vibrant pattern, a solid suit with gold accents, or a lace-up bodice, a swimsuit with a plunging neckline is a no-fail way to make a sophisticated statement.
Trend #4: The Key To Style? Daring Keyhole Details
Never underestimate a well-placed keyhole. These peekaboo accents add a bit of intricacy and fun to a swimsuit, and you’ll be catching glimpses of skin through keyhole details, new cuts, and new silhouettes all summer long. The small cutout creates interest at the neckline of a swim top, striking the perfect balance between flirty and sophisticated.
Gabrielle Union-Wade was recently spotted in a yellow one-piece with keyhole designs while vacationing in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Keep an eye out for graphic cuts, belt loops, and other interest cut-outs on top of keyholes!
Trend #5: Get Strappy With Lace-Up Fronts and Backs
For years past, lace-up detailing has taken front and center stage. From boots to corsets, dresses to jackets, lace-up detailing is a tried-and-true way of adding detail and design to any outfit. This trend has naturally made its way into swimwear, too. The big decision with the lace-up is whether you want to be all tied up in the front or the back. Plunging necklines with lace-up detailing may veer towards sassy, but it's one of the best ways to show skin while keeping your assets snug and secure. Just like a suit with a plunging neckline, a lace-up suit works twice as hard to accentuate your curves in all the right places, while offering coverage in all the right areas. Alternatively, a lace-up back provides an eye-catching surprise, accentuating your back with delicate, crisscross straps.
Trend #7: Don’t Let That Waistline Go To Waste
A more simple approach to highlighting your natural curves is to go with a one-piece suit with a belted accent. This figure-enhancing suit naturally draws the eye to your waistline, especially if you have a long torso, defined by a beautiful faux belt with gold hardware.
With so many necklines to choose from, whether it be a plunge, scoop-neck, or sweetheart, the star of the show will surely be your natural curves. Choosing a suit that can shift from strappy to strapless gives you that flexibility to say goodbye to those over-the-shoulder tan lines.
Trend #6: High Fashion for the Highly-Active: High-Neck Tops
Yes, plunging necklines and high-neck tops are both on-trend in 2022—it’s all about the extremes! As swimwear trends go, the high-neck style is unique in all the right ways. Hitting high on the chest, high-neck swimsuits hug and support your bust, flatter your neck and shoulders, and provide added coverage for all cup sizes, especially when paired with high-rise bikini bottoms. This trend definitively proves that less is not always more.
Another high-neck trend for our more active beach-goers is a rashguard top. Whether you’re hitting the surf, snorkeling on vacation, or are looking for a little more protection from the sun, a rashguard top is a sure way to keep yourself protected from the elements. This patterned rashguard has more than just utility, the snug silhouette hugs your curves in all the right places, and a half-zip top gives it a breathable feel.
Trend #7: Never Bored With Board Shorts
Nothing matches a comfortable rashguard better than a pair of breezy board swim shorts or briefs. The great thing about board shorts is they can be worn as a suit bottom or can be a cover-up for a more action-packed day. On land or on the sea, board shorts are a must-have for our thrill-seekers and sun-soakers alike. Front seamed pockets offer the perfect amount of storage for your phone or wallet when headed to a nearby beach bar, and a drawstring waist gives you that extra cinch to highlight your waistline.
Trend #8: Classic Never Goes Out of Style
There’s a reason some things are timeless. A cosmopolitan, a little black dress. They’re perfect already, so why change anything? When it comes to bathing suits, whether it’s the material, silhouette, or color, a classic look is timeless because it always steals the show.
Take the Island Goddess Lingerie One Piece, a sleek and shirred one-piece swimsuit that highlights all the right places while providing coverage. It’s sexy and simple, with adjustable spaghetti straps and dozens of variants in solid colors and eye-catching patterns.
The front scoops just enough to reveal the right amount of skin, while an all-over shirred bodice gives you a sleek and slimmer silhouette. Whether you’re looking for a head-turner or a simple-yet-sleek suit, this one-piece is a must-have.
2022 Is Your Year To Turn Heads
Whether you’re beach-bound or poolside this summer, you can flaunt the season’s hottest swimwear trends with a little help from La Blanca. With a wide range of patterns and styles to choose from, whether you want animal prints like leopard print or zebra, neon colors, or tie-dye, you can’t go wrong in 2022. A plunging or lace-up neckline is perfect for our more daring beach-goers, while a tankini, high neck, or square-neck swimsuit provides more coverage while still accentuating your shape.
A classic one-piece will be sure to turn heads this year and next, and a rashguard-and-board shorts combo is the perfect way to stay stylish on your next adventure. With a perfect fit in every size, you’ll be sure to find the best suit for your shape in 2022. Shop new swimwear arrivals, and sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about leading trends!