Swim season is upon us. Whether you choose to soak up rays playing poolside or horizontally sipping on a frozen marg (it’s a skill), you’ll want new swimwear to be seen in. Our Nasty Gal buyer Georgia-May Bartosz has given us the 411 on swimwear trends for 2022 so that you, yes you, can sun worship in style. From the most Instagrammable sets to new season textures and prints, we’ve got it covered. Let’s dive in.
Three-Piece Matching Sets
Why opt for a two-piece when you can wear three? Enter the three-piece matching swim set, a perfectly preppy swimwear trend that synchronizes your swim look with a playful bikini and accessory combo. You can take a subtle approach to this trend by pairing a cute bikini with a simple matching scrunchie or make a splash with a matching bucket hat or shirt.
Next, prints. Our buyer suggests that for 2022 we’ll be buying into loud, proud, all-eyes-this-way prints and graphics. The neutral tones and minimalist designs had their moment last year, but bikini trends for 2022 are calling for abstract geometric shapes or kitsch designs (we love this surfboard print below). Fruit designs are another big print trend, with tropical pineapples and bananas leading the fiesta.
Last year, ribbed fabrics and woven knit swimwear were high on our wishlists. This year, it’s all about towelling. If you’re new to this bikini trend think thick, absorbent cloth-like swimwear, traditionally used for towels and robes. Despite being a heavier weight than other seasonal fabrics, toweling is ultra-soft and uber practical for those post-swim sunbathing sessions. Its fast-drying texture is ideal for keeping you cool on those sunny afternoons. Plus, it’s super durable too. Ditch the towel, you’re good to go.
Pops of Color
If prints aren’t your thing, you can still create an eclectic look by utilizing color, with one condition – the brighter the better. Color swimsuit trends this year include fuschia pinks, lime greens, and vibrant yellows. Match the color of your accessories and shoes (another big trend this year) or color clash that swimsuit with a contrasting neon pick. Shades may be required but believe us, you’ll look good.
We’ve seen this trend trickle into multiple closet categories, from outerwear to shorts and dresses. The boost in fashion fringing stems from the overall western trend we’ve embraced throughout spring. For swim, we’re seeing this fringe detail on delicate beach skirts and cover-up dresses. It’s especially apparent on maxi styles, a nod to bohemianism. Layer this on-trend beach clothing over your comfiest bikini and style with a chunky flatform sandal.
And finally, a familiar swimwear trend we see time and time again: Crochet. Formed by interlocking loops of yarn, this summer essential is a strong base for any beach outfit. Lightweight and breathable, crochet lets you tease a little skin by layering directly over your swimwear or can be worn with a little more modesty by pairing a slip underneath. The gaps in crochet can vary by size, meaning you can find the style you’re most comfortable in. For 2022 we’re seeing crochet integrated into stylish beach pants, dresses, and tie front tops.
Need shoes to complete your poolside look? Check out our guide to the best summer sandals for this year.