The hottest swimwear colours and styles of 2019

The summer holidays are about weekends down the beach, backyard cricket and lazy afternoons by the pool. Treat yourself to some new summer essentials with this round-up of the hottest women’s swimwear trends for 2019.

The mindset for Spring/Summer 2019 reflects our desire to face the future with empowering colours that provide confidence and spirit; colours that are uplifting; joyful hues that lend themselves to playful expressionism...  

Pantone Colour Institute, Spring/Summer 2019

Summer colours of 2019

The Pantone Fashion Colour Trend Report - inspired by the fashion shows of New York Fashion Week - highlights the top colours to be featured in the upcoming season. According to their guide, these are the variety of shades you’re likely to see from your favourite brands dotted around the beach this summer.

 Vibrant reds

Warm colours are nothing new for summer fashions. These rich, subdued, fruity reds and oranges are so delightfully fresh, you can almost taste them. (Living Coral is Pantone’s 2019 Colour Of The Year)

As seen on Peony Swimwear, shop their halter one-piece in ‘berry’.

Bright hues

2018 was all about 90s pastels but 2019 is bringing back 80s statements. These bold tones are sure to make you stand out on the beach.  

It doesn’t get much brighter than neon pink, shop the Venus set from TJ Swim.

Reliable classics

An almost muted version of the above, these softer colours make a gentler contrast on the skin. You’ll also see these featured in floral print and pattern bikinis.  

Shop the customer-favourite Marigold range from Zulu & Zephyr.

New neutrals

These foundational colours are perfect for layering, but these not-quite-blacks and not-quite-browns are still a staple on their own. You’ll see a much greater spectrum of ‘nudes’ this season as well.

Pre-order The Fold Swim’s ‘the rise’ bottoms in navy and mix and match with your favourite bikini top.

Almost every bikini designer showed a love for terracotta.

Bikini.com, on Miami Swim week.

Summer styles of 2019

High-cut legs

Did the infamous ‘Baywatch’ swimsuit ever really go out of style? High-cut legs have been a favourite of past summer seasons and they are here to stay in 2019. The entire Swim collection by Meshki is all about these high-waists and 80s colours.

Animal print

Up until recently, reserved for a certain Spice Girl, classic leopard, tiger stripes, and snake print are all back on the runway. These fierce prints are getting a modern refresh, like the Elena set from Tigerlily.

Thrills and frills

Frills are back in a big way; from subtle embellishments to statement frills, this very flattering trim is popping up all over. Check out the Sunrise Frill set by Duskii from The Iconic.

Shapes and patterns

Iconic prints like polka dot, gingham and check never go out of style, but colourful geometric patterns made popular in the 80s are finally having their moment too. Shop the 80s Racer One-piece by Speedo from SurfStitch.

Knot ties

Knot-ties are simple, functional, and easy to wear. From knotted t-shirt fronts to side-tie bikini bottoms, this subtle feature makes an effortlessly cool look. Like the Belle One Piece in Chilli from Showpo.

Iconic logos

Straight out of the sportswear-as-daywear playbook; the 90s oversized logo look was adopted by all of the major streetwear brands this year. Of course it was only a matter of time before it made its way into swim. Shop the 90s logo one-piece by Speedo from Surfstitch.

Rashies are back

It’s so important to protect yourself from the harsh Australian summer elements. Sun-smart and stylish, rash vests are making a comeback in 2019. Check out the Lava Swim Top from Mara Swim.

Sleek paddle suits

The paddle suit was long overdue for a refresh. You can surf in style this summer with a massive range of functional and aesthetic paddle suits, like the Deep End Paddlesuit by Lulu Lemon.

No nonsense trim

High necks and zippers might be built with speed in mind for the athletes, but these looks will be popular by the pool in 2019. Check out the Find Your Wild Crop Bikini Top by Roxy.

Mesh cut-outs

Mesh provides breathability during a workout, and can easily add a little spice to a swimsuit. For a fresh take on full-coverage swimwear, shop styles with a touch of mesh in just the right places, like the Infinity One Piece from Jets.

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