In a beach town like Newport, swimwear never goes out of style. Whether you choose function, fashion or something in between, this year’s versatile swim styles and cover-ups allow you to lounge on the shore or play in the waves while looking great all summer long. Here’s a preview of this season’s hottest trends.
Last year’s bohemian aesthetic is still going strong, but Brit Barber, founder of the popular BeachCandy boutique in Corona del Mar, says it’s receiving a glamorous update thanks to sparkly embellishments and body jewelry. Using a strappy suit as a base, she recommends adding a hint of sparkle with sandals and lightweight chandelier earrings.
(1) Pasha Hisingen crystal sandal, $206. (2) Pasha Mylos crystal sandal, $206. (3) Turquoise native earrings, $24. (4) Mandy T-back triangle top, $295, and multistrap hipster bottom, $98. All at BeachCandy, Corona del Mar (949-640-0988; beachcandyswimwear.com)
There’s also a shift toward tropical prints—and with so many patterns and textures around, don’t just choose one. A bikini in a bold, summery print like pineapples and palm trees looks great under a pair of intricate crochet pants, and accessories like straw fedoras are fun additions to amp up a traditional beach style. Brit suggests mixing textures and embellishments to add a touch of whimsy for a funky beach look.
(1) Becca by Rebecca Virtue white crochet pants, $72, at Everything But Water, South Coast Plaza (714-540-8523; everythingbutwater.com). (2) Tommy Bahama fedora with woven stripes, $68, at Tommy Bahama, Corona del Mar Plaza (949-760-1886; tommybahama.com). (3) Poolside bandeau bustier bikini top, $102, and hipster bikini pant, $72, at Seafolly, Fashion Island (949-706-7690; seafolly.com).
Sporty swimwear is seeing a surge in popularity courtesy of ocean-centric activities like stand-up paddleboarding. A higher-cut top and well-fitting bottom keep everything in place, while a hefty beach tote can carry a towel, scuba gear and healthy snacks. Complete the look with a breezy cover-up (think a men’s-style shirt) that offers versatility on and off the sand.
(1) Gucci polarized aviator sunglasses, $395, at Nordstrom, Fashion Island (949-610-0700; nordstrom.com). (2) Tory Burch high-neck stripe top, $115, and stripe bottom, $95, at Tory Burch, South Coast Plaza (714-689-0450; toryburch.com). (3) Ombre beach shirt, $184, at Letarte, Fashion Island (949-706-9182; letarteswimwear.com). (4) Rainbow Sandals braided leather flip-flop, $52, at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fashion Island (949-640-1107; dickssportinggoods.com). (5) Baggu Duck Bag recycled canvas tote, $26, at Athleta, Fashion Island (949-717-6650; athleta.com).