Summer months are awaited with impatience these days as the sun begins to really warm up the air around us and tanning becomes possible once again under the natural rays. There is much anticipation in the air, planning vacations and family trips to the closest beaches, while the pools are gearing up for a busy couple of months! While staff in the swim spots clean things up and await our arrival, we should be cleaning up our own wardrobes, as well as stocking up on the latest in swimsuit trends. Considering the retro feel of the year overall, high-waisted swimwear designs are totally in once again but that does not mean we cannot look sexy as well. On the contrary, there is a rather Marilyn Monroe mindset when it comes to rocking those retro bikini sets, showing off more in legs and a generous bust, bringing the focus to other, more attractive parts of the body. Many a designer has opted to create the perfect bikini that will scream comfort and style while covering up a little more than expected. Play up the high-waist bikinis with modern trends and you can be the loveliest beach princess on the block!
There are a few high-waisted bikini sets in particular that appeal to us, whether it is in cut, color or style. These include:
1. The Dolce & Gabbana Printed Bandeau Bikini
Made in Italy, this fine specimen of totally attractive meets high waists in swimwear is available on Net-A-Porter. In multi-colored stretch nylon, the designer color being mimosa, the ‘50s inspired briefs are made to flatter the figure and smooth out the silhouette. The cups include under wires for lift and support while the straps are detachable to turn it into a bandeau bikini set. The flowery prints against the darker background also add to the designer piece’s infinite appeal.
2. The Flagpole Swim Perry Color-Block Bikini
With designer colors Port, North, and Aqua, literally being navy, burgundy and sky blue, this color blocked version of a high rise “Perry” bikini is bold and beautiful, crafted in New York City from Italian fabrics. The price is great value for the UPF50+ innovative anti-piling fabric used, while the piece itself includes a demi bra on the inside with removable padding for extra support.
3. Nasty Gal Sugarhill Bikini Bottoms – High Rise
One of the loveliest high-waist bikini sets comes in a simple white, the briefs high on the waist and slightly resembling granny panties but with a youthful, trendier twist. Going for as little as $45 USD, this is a steal! This bikini features a rather high leg cut, cheeky backing and is fully lined. You can use it to mix and match with other pieces, also going for the rose pink coloring. It is one of the best retro style bikini sets currently available.
4. Dolce & Gabbana Flamenco Fan Printed Underwired Bandeau Bikini
Bandeau bikinis are a specialty for Dolce & Gabbana this year it appears and the set with the paper Flamenco fans printed all over is certainly one to grab attention. It is a part of the resort 2015 collection and the pattern could not have been more appealing. The briefs are high rising, the top inspired by the 1950s silhouettes and the whole thing made in Italy, smoothing and sculpting in all the right places. It is fun and festive and so very perfect for an exotic or European vacation!
5. ASOS Banana Leaf Print Bunny Tie Front Bikini Set
The top alone goes for $29 USD, but this is one set that is both affordable and looking rather amazing. The Banana leaf print is fun and summer perfect, particularly with its tropical undertones, the white background lending perfect contrast to the green of the leaves with the black outlines. You can wear the top as a bandeau or as a halter, the bunny tie in front looking really pretty overall. The sides are boned for added shape, while the padding is removable, according to your personal preferences. The high waist on the briefs pulls in the body and gives perfect shape, while the cut around the legs is at medium length, elongating the limbs while still appearing rather demure. This is all about the comfort here.
6. Lolli Strawberry Tie Front Bikini Bandeau Set
One again ASOS sells the top and the briefs separate. Apparently strawberries are expensive! The sweetheart styling of the bandeau is very attractive, while the slightly lopsided bow in front adds to the overall appeal. The waist of the briefs is really high, covering the belly button this time as well, while the pretty pink coloring brings strawberry cream to mind. The soft cups have light padding to them, while there are strawberry prints at the sides of the tops of the hips as well. This is a totally Barbie look, all sugary sweet and ready for fun. You can definitely enjoy the summer weather in these babies.
7. Tory Burch Issy Printed Underwire Bikini
If you want something gorgeous, stylish and priced somewhere in the middle of all the designer pieces, the Tory Burch version of the high waist bikini set is totally to your taste. It is called an “Issy” bikini, shaped nicely with an underwire and has an optional halter strap as well for better support. The briefs may be high waist but they sit just below the belly button, effectively sculpting the body in a most flattering manner. The white with dark green vine prints make this swimsuit well worth it.
8. Mara Hoffman Harvest Bikini Set
This set uses white backgrounds with dark green leaves that are reminiscent of a harvest, printed onto a bustier bikini top and reversible lace up bikini bottoms. The top is very supportive, while the briefs are nice and high and perfectly sexy, the high rise versions of a string bikini. Definitely worth the buy!
9. Beach Riot Atlas Ribbed Cut-out Bikini Set
The most intriguing part of this set is the bikini bottom with the cut outs on the sides of the hops. It is made of black ribbed knit and has a high waist silhouette with full lining. It is made in the United States of America and looks pretty awesome! Pair it with the Beach Riot atlas ribbed strapless bikini top and you have a gorgeous set. You can always mix and match with any type of bikini top, including the Beach Riot radiant version.
Photos courtesy of Gary Pepper Girl, Net-A-Porter, Nasty Gal, ASOS