The skies might be cold and gray, but in a few months, the sun will emerge from hiding, the temperatures will rise and swimsuit season will arrive. If you’re thinking about getting a new suit this year, catch up on the latest trends for 2020 and you’ll know just what to look for. And whether you want something totally of-the-moment or a classic, timeless suit, you’ll find it at Lands’ End.
Animal prints are going to be big this year. Expect to see women in bikinis, tankinis and one-piece suits covered in tiger stripes, leopard spots, snake scales and other wild patterns. Keep a bold pattern grounded by wearing simple denim shorts over your suit, along with a pair of solid-colored flip flops. If you only want to dip a toe into this trend, try a print bikini top with solid bottoms, or vice-versa.
Prepare to shine: metallic materials are emerging as a major swimwear trend. When you hit the beach, you’ll see women in shades of gold and copper shimmering under the sun. This look is extra glamorous, making it perfect for a beach vacation or relaxing by a chic hotel pool in Vegas, Miami or LA. When putting together an outfit, remember that colors like bronze and rose gold work best with warm hues and earth tones, and anything in the silver family is good with cool tone, such as navy.
Tarzan-inspired swimsuits with a strap that drapes over one shoulder are proving popular for 2020. This style is being seen in one-piece bathing suits and bikinis alike and is ideal for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable going totally strapless, but still wants to reveal some skin. Just remember to be extra vigilant with sunblock if you wear a one-shoulder suit, or you might be left with strange-looking tan lines that take a long time to fade.
Though many of 2020’s hottest swimwear styles leave little to the imagination, those that offer extra coverage and long-sleeve suits are all over the catwalks. Inspired by surfer’s rash guards, you’ll see one-piece suits with long sleeves that zip up the middle as well as separate swim shirts worn with bikini bottoms. They’re perfect for anyone who wants to stay extra safe in the sun, and Lands’ End swim tops even offer UPF 50 protection.
When it comes to what to wear over your swimsuit, the short sarong is making waves in 2020. Cool, casual and effortlessly chic, the short sarong can be wrapped around your waist and worn over your suit like a skirt. It’s perfect for hiding your bum and hips whenever you want a little modesty and won’t get in your way like an ankle-length sarong. Just add a bucket hat and some hippy-inspired sandals for a laid-back look you’ll love.
If you love standing out, 2020 is looking good – bright, bold colors are dominating swimwear. Neon hues abound, including sizzling shades of pink, orange and yellow that harken back to the 80s and early 90s. If you want to rock this trend without going overboard, try a black suit with touches of lime green and electric blue, or a white suit with a rainbow trim. Tie-dye is also making a comeback, and is perfect for anyone craving a bohemian vibe.
Looking for a bust booster? You’re in luck, as tie-front swimsuits are all the rage this year. This subtle but striking touch adds that special something to any swimsuit, whether it’s a bikini top that knots in the middle or a bandeau swimsuit with a pretty bow at the center. Some styles are adjustable, so you can pull them tighter to enhance your cleavage and create a gorgeous bustline.
Feeling brave? Try some of the barely-there suits defining swimwear this year. Invisible straps made from PVC make it seem like your bikini or bathing suit is magically staying put and are a fun choice for anyone who likes being the center of attention. Suits with cut-outs are also big, including asymmetrical tank suits that have only a thin piece of material along the side to connect the top and bottom halves, or ones with mesh panels and plunging necklines. Super-tiny bikini bottoms are everywhere, including styles that reveal lots of leg to make you look taller. Ooh-la-la indeed!