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It’s summer and so let’s talk about sun, shall we? And what better way to catch some sun than in a hot, hot swimsuit?

Invited to a pool party this weekend? Throwing a beach-side barbecue bash? Playing volleyball with the girls at the beach? Fancy a dip in your gym’s or club’s swimming pool? Or maybe, just hanging out solo at the beach with a book? I wrote about the best chick-lit books to read this summer, and obviously, we wanna read those in style! Splurge or not, we will look damn good while reading those books at the beach!!

This year, two of the hottest trends in swimsuits are cut-out and retro high-waist. Cut-outs can be bikini tops as well as one-piece, and can even be combined with the retro style trend. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest ones I found! Although don’t sunbathe for too long in the ones that have random cut-outs, or you’ll end up with some crazy-graphic-looking tan lines like these!!

Not sure what trend or swim-suit style works best for you? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Read on to find out what type works well with what body-type. 🙂

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1. Cut-Out & Sheer

The cut-out style is very in this season, with most brands coming up with some version of this. It’s great on thin, petite and pear-shaped body-types (basically works for you if you don’t have extra bulgy waist fat!!)
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A. Osaka cut-out swimsuit – Mikoh
B. Eclipse cut-out stretch swimsuit – La Perla
C. Crystal-embellished cutout swimsuit – Versace Intimo
D. Dakotta slashed swimsuit – Agent Provocateur

2. Retro High-Waist

High-waist is a great swimwear style for those who are pear-shaped, because it provides great coverage at the hips. It also works well for the new mommies and anyone else who needs tummy-tucking or hiding swimwear!
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A. Bicolore wrap cutout swimsuit – Ephemera by Net-a-Porter
B. Front twist swimsuit – Mara Hoffman
C. Retro stripes hight waist bottom with top – Zivame by Penny
D. Vintage floral cut-out tummy control swimsuit – Zivame by Penny

3. Tie-Up & Tassled

Tie-up or tassled swim suits give a nice cutesy look, and works well on thin and petite body frames.
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A. Stevie embroidered wrap bikini – Shimmi
B. Push-up halter – Victoria’s Secret
C. Reversible lace-up halter – Victoria’s Secret

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4. Fringe

Fringes are so in right now, be it in tops, shoes or swimsuits! Work best for thin or petite body-types, especially with smaller chests.
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A. Fringed Bikini top and bottom – Zara
B. Fringe halter – Victoria’s Secret
C. Wirecien fringed bikini top – Aldo

5. Lattice

Lattice style has been showing up on the runways more than the beaches, possibly because of the especially graphic tan-lines it provides!! Works well for pool-parties where you wanna look hot, but not getting too much tan. Works well on thin to medium body-types.
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A. Strappy midi bandeau bikini top and bottom – Victoria’s Secret
B. One piece push-up swimsuit – Kenneth Cole New York
C. Solid Lattice Maillot One-Piece Swimsuit – Mara Hoffman

6. Strappy or Banded

Again, one type I’d avoid for crazy tan-lines, but would wear for pool-side parties or so. Works well for thin to medium body types.
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A. Shelby metallic trimmed bikini top and bottom – Agent Provocateur
B. Strappy Bandeau – Victoria’s Secret
C. Strappy Long-line top and bottom – Victoria’s Secret

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7. Flounce

I don’t particularly find this style attractive, but I appreciate it for creting a fullness around the chest, so works well for thin and petite body types. It’s also great if you’re in a conservative place and would like a fuller coverage.swimsuit_swim_wear_beach_latest_hottest_sexy_trends_summer_2015_hot_cute_fashion_in_best_flounce_rudffle_for_thin_petite_girls_body_type
A. Flounce halter – Victoria’s Secret
B. Rita tankini top – Magicsuit by Miraclesuit
C. Radio Fiji Farrah Flounce bikini top and bottom – Backcountry

8. Color-Block

I love this style! It’s super chic and bright, and also very bold and in vogue! Depending on the style of the swim-suit, it could work for most body types. Color blocking also helps diverting the eye from your not-so-flattering body parts to you assets, so use it well. For example, if you have extra fat around your waist and want to hide it, wear darker colored bottoms with brighter or lighter tops, so that it balances out your body.
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A. Agent Provocateur Mazzy Popstar cutout swimsuit
A. Blue Rubik color-block bandeau top and bottom – Maaji
B. Cut-out one piece – Victoria’s Secret

9. Graphic

Very chic and cool! Play around with pop-art or tribal prints, or water-colored ones, it’s up to you! Larger prints works great for medium to heavy body types, whereas smaller prints go well with thin body types.
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A. Floral Crossover bikini top and bottom – Zara
B. Allport bikini top – Aldo
C. Mara Hoffman reversible graphic swimsuit
D. Cut-out printed swimsuit – Mara Hoffman

10. Ruched

I love this style, and am glad it’s in! Swim-suits ruched around the waist help hide extra flab, and the ones ruched on the chest area make your breasts appear fuller, so they work for most body types, depending on the style!
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A. Norma Kamali XO Bill Mio Ruched Cut-Out swimsuit
B. Mio ruched swimsuit – Norma Kamali
C. Ruched Inga swimsuit – Magicsuit by Bloomingdales

Don’t all these sexy swimsuits make you hit the beach and take a dip? Which is your pick? Comment below, lemme know! Psst. I chose a black and red tie-up bikini for myself!! 🙂

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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