Complete workout to get in shape for summer: check. Book vacation to celeb-worthy destination: check. If your summer to-do list reads something like this, now is the time to cross off that final item: scoring a sexy, sporty and stylish swimsuit. While you could go to your local department store, stand under those oh-so-flattering fluorescent lights in front of a three-way mirror and tug, squirm and pull at your suit hoping to get the most becoming fit, there’s really no better way to search for your beach babe bikini or head-turning surfer dude style, than by browsing the most in-demand swimsuits, bikinis and board-shorts of 2014. With thousands of trendy colors, styles and patterns to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find a swimsuit that flatters and fits so you can feel and look confident, attractive and comfortable. Whether lounging by the pool, or hitting the waves at the beach, you’ll be sure to make a splash this summer in these 10 most desired bathing suits of 2014.
10. Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Crop Rashguard and Beach Sexy The Itsy Bottom
Summer is no longer all about soaking up the sun, and swimwear designers are taking note. As more beach-goers are diving in on safe sun campaigns, the demand for skin-protecting, yet sexy swimsuits, is growing with an increasing number of women turning to the ultra-trendy, surfer-inspired rashguard styles. Also known as swim shirts, these sporty, casual styles that first catered primarily to children, are seeing a recent boost in the bombshell-factor and popularity, thanks to collections from companies like Victoria’s Secret. With its cropped, mock-turtleneck, rashguard is available in black, neon duos, floral print and graphic designs and offers contrasting coverage to its ruched, barely there, low-rise bikini bottoms. The Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Crop Rashguard and Beach Sexy The Itsy Bottom will cost you approximately $57-61, as prices vary slightly based on color and pattern.
9. M.Nii’s The Waxer Board Shorts
2014 will be the summer of the slimmed silhouette for men’s swim trunks. This sexy, tapered trend was all over the runway at the Swimwear Association of Florida swimwear trade show, but is transitioning with growing desire to pools and beaches across the world. Among the hottest fitted trunks is The Waxer Board Shorts by M.Nii, which combines a more slender shorts style, with several other trendy yet practical designs, including back and side pockets, side seams with slits and a shorter inseam of 5½ inches. Classic twill stripes that run down the sides of the legs also hint at the year’s nautical fashions, and give these trunk’s an athletic style. The Waxer Board Shorts by M.Nii are priced at $195 and can be purchased directly from M.Nii’s website, Nordstrom or J.Crew.
8. Sabz Luxury Betty Boop Pin-Up High-Waisted Bikini
Kick the summer off with a bang in this pin-up inspired high-waisted bikini, from the 2014 Sabz Luxury Swimwear collection. Its red, white and blue stars and stripes print give this flirty bathing suit an all-American flair that’s oh-so-retro, while its vintage silhouette fits and flatters. The more conservative cut is ideal for ladies who like to leave a little to the imagination. Popularized by trend-setting celebs like Taylor Swift, Cher Lloyd and Rihanna, the high-waisted bikini promises to be among the most desired bathing suits of the summer. The Sabz Luxury Betty Boop Pin-Up High-Waisted Bikini is priced at roughly $93 and sold exclusively through The Orchid Boutique.
7. Emporio Armani Floral Print Swim Briefs
Guys are no longer so modest about exposing a little leg, as indicated by the Emporio Armani Floral Print Swim Briefs. It features a 2¾” inseam, that only the manliest of men will feel confident pulling off. Emporio Armani is just one of the many designers that have been incorporating shorter inseams into men’s beachwear; the more fashion-forward brands have been cutting their inseams down to an average of three and four inches, an ultra-stylish option that is quite fashionable for international travel. This suit’s crisp, bold black-and-white textured floral print is just as trendy as its form-fitting, square-cut design that’s sure to turn heads. The Emporio Armani Floral Print Swim Briefs are priced at approximately $96.
6. Tori Praver 2014 Cabrillo Macramé-Detailed Black Monokini
Last summer saw the versatile monokini as a front-runner in beachwear trends. This season will continue to see this suggestive swimsuit rule, as an increasing number of designers are reinventing this striking, yet modest style. Among them is Tori Praver, whose Cabrillo Macramé-Detailed Black Monokini is one of 2014’s best-selling and most in-demand swimsuits. A plunging neckline draws the eye directly to the bohemian-inspired macramé detailing that gives this classic style a flirty flair. A tie-fastening halterneck delivers plenty of support. This attention-grabbing look is a bit more practical if you’re going to be spending more time soaking up the sun than splashing seaside. Slip into your own Tori Praver Cabrillo Macramé-Detailed Black Monokini for $265.
5. Island Company Anchor Chain Boardshorts
Island Company is cashing in big on summer 2014’s hottest trends, with its Anchor Chain Boardshorts that combine several of the season’s most fashionable trends. The company has combined its classic-fitting boardshorts that so many men love, with this year’s trend of bold prints and nautical patterns. Its navy and white print lend a preppy feel that’s also popular this summer. Because Island Company’s boardshorts are constructed from fast-drying polyester, these suits transition easily from beach to boardwalk, and are designed to be paired with the company’s pastel resort shirts. Hit the beach in Anchor Chain Boardshorts by Island Company for $85.
4. Beach Bunny Color Block Halter Top & Brazilian Bottom
Since fashion is cyclical, the revival of this summer’s bright neon swimwear should come as no surprise. This 80’s and 90’s retro trend is back in even bolder statement-making hues like neon green, electric yellows, hot pink and fluorescent orange, that really pop against sun-kissed skin. Companies like Beach Bunny Swimwear are putting a modern twist on this throwback style, with eye-catching color-blocking patterns, as well as more subtle hints of neon within patterned prints. Among its best-selling suit of 2014 is its new Color Block Halter Top & Brazilian Bottom, in a fun and flirty neon pink-and-orange combo. The Beach Bunny Color Block Halter Top ($100) & Brazilian Bottom ($90) are sold separately to ensure the perfect fit for your figure.
3. Nike Vortex 9” Volley Swim Trunks
Let’s face it: for most guys, looking good at the beach is more about showing off a toned body and less about the perfect bathing suit. For the man who prefers a simple, athletic-style suit, there’s the Nike Vortex 9” Volley Swim Trunks. These trunks are all about comfort with features like, an elastic waistband with exterior drawstring and nine-inch inseam. Choose from two patterns—University Red or Photo Blue—both of which will look great thanks to their vibrant yet masculine, sporty print. Guys are sure to appreciate the roomy hand pockets, as well as the lower zip-pocket with key pouch on the leg. The Nike Vortex 9” Volley Swim Trunks are priced at around $54.
2. Maaji Swimwear Candy Pirate Bikini
The number-one most desired bathing suit style of 2014 for women is flirty, feminine, frilly and fashion-forward, everything that the ruffled Maaji Swimwear Candy Pirate Bikini encompasses. Ruffles lead this summer’s must-have swimwear trends, and are even more perfect in feminine shades of pink, peach and lavender. Celebrity fashionistas like Katy Perry, Annalynne McCord and Whitney Port have all been spotted rocking the ruffles in a variety of suit styles. This specific bathing suit features another hot summer staple—underwire support and plenty of lift—as well as adjustable straps and a seamless bottom. The Maaji Swimwear Candy Pirate Bikini is finally back in stock, but don’t wait too long to score this summer 2014 front-runner, or you just may miss the boat on this warm weather wonder. Sizzle this summer in the Maaji Swimwear Candy Pirate Bikini for just $116.
1. Morio Gingham Check Print Swim Trunks by Vilebrequin
Rounding out the top summer 2014 most-desired bathing suits for men is Vilebrequin’s Morio Gingham Check Print Swim Trunks. A purple and white color combination puts a modern twist on this classic summer pattern that conservative guys will love. This trend first appeared at the Swimwear Association of Florida swimwear trade show and has been making a splash ever since, along with preppy plaids. Its 5½” inseam give these trunks their fitted, shorter style while a quick-drying 50-percent polyester material takes your style from pool to cool in minutes. The Morio Gingham Check Print Swim Trunks by Vilebrequin is priced at $250.