Whether you’re planning a few vacation outfits or coveting new bikinis and one-pieces for weekends away at the beach, 2022’s biggest swimwear trends will surely pique your interest. Like just about every other corner of fashion, from the crochet trend to platform sandals, nostalgia is driving many of the stylish swimsuits hitting the new arrivals sections. “As we’re always drawing inspiration from the past, we’re seeing a mix of the ’70s and ’90s,” Juillet co-founder Lindsay Hofmann tells TZR of the latest swim trends. The swimwear designer says mod floral prints, string sets, bold ruffles, and pops of pink are among some of the freshest bathing suit trends for 2022. On the same note, Marysia designer, Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, highlights lace-up detailing on bikini tops and bottoms for a more Aughts vibe.
However, there’s another unmistakable swimwear frontrunner for the season. “Textured swimwear really has our attention at the moment,” Hofmann says, like her label’s floral embossed Esme fabric, which has sold out time and time again and was recently worn by Kendall Jenner. “Creating this texture allowed us to take a more classic silhouette and make it special and truly unique to our brand. I think that’s what brands are doing across the board — looking at how they can create a special moment.”
Other prominent tactile swimwear trends include terry cloth, crochet, pleated detailing, and smocked and crinkle fabrics. Plus ruching, another ‘70s-inspired look that Brittany Kozerski Freeney, owner and designer of Jade Swim, says is currently among her best-sellers. “Ruching animates solid-colored styles to create a play of textures within a piece,” says Dobrzanska Reeves, who also highlights the trend’s prominence for 2022.