The Do’s and Don’ts of 2016 Swimwear

“She wore an itsy bitsy, teenie weenie, yellow polkadot bikini…” Well not anymore she isn’t. It’s 2016, and apparently that means it’s time to kiss string bikinis goodbye and say hello to funky cut outs, high waisted bottoms and tons of other modern swimsuit styles.  Figuring out new trends can be hard, so Valley is here to help style you into summer with the dos and don’ts of swimwear.

DO: Cut-Outs

One pieces have made a strong comeback this bathing suit season, and that means lots of new styles to choose from. The cut-out one piece can be a hard one to master, but we think Frankie’s Bikinis took the perfect approach. This crochet design is simple but still catches the eye. Offered in colors like jet black, mango, and tropical bouquet, the Poppy gives you plenty of different ways to style it up or down. Valley recommends wearing a style like this for a day on the boat or even to a boardwalk restaurant with a flowy skirt or denim shorts.


DON’T: Dominatrix Style Bathing Suits

This bikini look is definitely not for the faint of heart, or anyone who enjoys putting on a bathing suit in less than 10 minutes. Plus, the black top and nude bottom have a high risk of making it look like you decided to go commando for the day. Although we appreciate innovations in the fashion industry, Valley thinks this look is better for the runway and not for a day in the sand.


DO: High Waisted Bottoms

High waisted pants and shorts have made a huge impact on fashion over the last couple of years, and bathing suit designers are taking notice. The thing Valley loves most about high waisted bikini bottoms is that they’re flattering for every body type. Whether you’re sporty, thin, curvy, petite, tall – it all works! Pair it with a bikini top or a simple t-shirt as pictured here, and the high waisted bikini bottom proves to be a cute staple piece for any beach outfit.


DON’T: Push-Up Bikinis

Valley understands we all need some extra support sometimes, but push-up bikini tops are not the answer. The beach is the quintessential place of relaxation and care-free living. When chilling poolside or on the warm sand, why would anyone want to sacrifice their comfort and fall victim to the harshness of underwires?  Living in the time of the Free the Nipple movement, the sudden popularity of going bra-less, and breastfeeding pics being allowed on Instagram, it’s the perfect time to throw away the push-up bikinis and go natural! If you’re worried about full coverage or need added support, a great alternative is a halter top bikini with a thick under band or a zip-up bralette with thick straps.

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DO: Crochet Bikinis

There’s nothing like listening to the sounds of the waves crash, with feet in the sand and a warm breeze flowing through your hair to make you feel like a bohemian goddess. That’s why crochet bikinis are the perfect style for any beach goer this summer. Hand-made, crochet bikinis can get a little pricey, but it’s hard to put a price on the comfort these babies give you. Another bonus is crochet bikinis are super adjustable. The fabric allows for scrunching and pulling depending on how much coverage you want.


Summer is quickly approaching, so make sure to follow Valley’s guide to find your perfect swimsuit style this year. The most important thing to remember is to wear what you feel comfortable in and what makes you happy! Whatever you wear, wear it with confidence and no matter what, you’ll be looking good.




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