Summer is, like, here. You can keep thinking May flowers and graduations, but the heat index is up and that means soon enough there will be much more time spent outdoors by water. In Florida, where summer’s been here for the past month and a half, we focus a whole bunch on swimwear. The rest of the northern hemisphere finally gets to hit the beach and be seen in your True Fashionista seasonal wear. If you’re just digging out the carefully stored attire from last year, it’s a good idea to find out what’s out there this year, and catch up with what’s hot in 2019 besides your car.

The eighties influence is still happening this summer, with high-cut bottoms and French-cut bikini briefs to show off legs for miles and underwire bra tops replacing sports bra tank tops. Stella McCartney’s True Fashionista Broderie one-piece is a stellar example. McCartney’s brand is known for making a positive environmental impact through the use of organic and recycled fabrics without compromising on style. How good will it feel to know you’re both environmentally conscious and stylish? Onward…

Charming and whimsical, cute and sexy. Yes, we’re talking about ruffles. They’re a hot look on swimsuits this summer, and they’ll look just adorbs on you too. The French know their swimwear, and their Luz bikini adds the coolness of black with the cuteness of ruffles for an innocent, stylish True Fashionista poolside presence. Find Luz swimwear in a one-piece with crossbody gold ruffle as well.  Knots and ties are hot. and look just as cute as ever on the swimsuit you bought with the ruffled one when you just couldn’t decide.

A carryover from last year was still very much alive on the spring runways and now hangs stylishly by the water worn by hipsters in the know.  Swim shorts and boy-leg bottoms, a throwback from the sixties as well, are updated for 2019.

You can think sixties and maybe the seventies for the next swimsuit trend a la 2019: rings and hoops. Yep, hardware details look classy and they hold your suit together in important places, like the gigantic misshapen hoop around the middle in the Agent Provocateur “Sierah” embellished cutout swimsuit. Bonus!

Three-piece suit styles are all the rage this season. A small kaftan coverup never looked so good, especially when it’s been created as part of the ensemble. No need to sweat over finding something to just match already. This year it comes with the suit, easy peasy!

True Fashionista exotic animal prints will certainly spice up your poolside look, or better, a visit to a tropical beachside paradise. A range of designer wildlife is represented, including leopard, zebra, tiger, cheetah and (What? Really?) snakeskin. Live on the dangerous side, or at least look like it in these hot styles. Additionally, striped prints will be making an appearance at pool parties, thanks in part to the Ganni Mahogany checked one-shoulder bikini top and briefs. On top of the cool look, there’s a big ol’ ruffle on this swimsuit, gotta love that.

If you happen to be a faithful fan of ye olde one-piece, designers have got you covered with some nice updates. The Nina Belt, featuring an attractive belt with a bow is a hit, along with the flower-patterned Coco One-Piece Beach Riot. The monokini manages to stylishly join a bikini-style top and bottoms to create the illusion of a one-piece. And with sun protection awareness at an all-time high, long-sleeve one-pieces are a popular go-to for 2019. Several styles incorporate rash guards as well, for those who like to spend a long, active time in the water.

Visit True Fashionista Resale online or in our Naples, FL store for a constantly updated selection of swimwear and other summer fashion must-haves, at a fraction of their original price. Happy summer!

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Jennifer Johnson