6 New Bikini Trends I Can Only Really Describe as Shocking

Anna LaPlaca

At this point in the season, we've pretty much been sticking to a uniform that involves bikinis, denim shorts, sandals, and little else. Typically, there's only one objective during these summer weekends, and that's to get as much sun as possible, wearing one of the barely there bikinis that are designed to maximize sun exposure and minimize tan lines. But if you thought settling for a plain triangle bikini was good enough, you thought wrong. Instead, we've noticed a new crop of barely there bikini trends on the rise—and these styles are so minimal they're shocking.

Like most controversial swimsuit trends, celebrities and fashion girls are leading the pack here. We've spotted them in bikinis that are redefining what "barely there" even means and some that are straight-up optical illusions. I might be slightly shook at the thought of donning any of these styles, but I can't deny how fire following 'grams are. To see these six new daring bikini trends and how they're worn, simply keep scrolling.

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Floss Straps

 

 

 

Exactly as the name suggests, "floss" bikinis feature super-thin straps for a barely-there look that's also great if you're trying to minimize your tan lines, but be warned: These are definitely on the minimal side when it comes to coverage.

 

 

Cult GaiaSloane Embellished Triangle Bikini Top ($149)

 

 

MangoStrap Side Bikini Bottom ($30)

 

 

H&MPadded Triangle Bikini Top ($18)

 

Loincloth-esque

 

 

 

Next up, we have the loincloth bikini trend. Featuring ruched or scrunched-up material, this skin-baring trend seems to be really taking off this summer. Color me a little shocked to see dozens of trendsetters sporting the look and even more surprised at myself for wanting to try it.

 

 

Isa BoulderJoni High-Leg Bikini Briefs ($103)

 

 

Danielle GuizioLeopard String Bikini Bottom in Green ($63)

 

 

Frankies BikinisTia Bottom in Fuchsia ($80)

 

Clear Straps

 

 

 

Pretty sure this one speaks for itself, but I'll spell it out in case anything's not clear. (See what I did there?) Transparent and see-through straps are the ultimate trompe l'oeil, giving off the illusion that nothing is there.

 

 

SuperdownPorsha Bikini Top in Pink ($50)

 

 

XhonpTransparent Straps Thong Triangle Bikini Set ($23)

 

Ultra High-Cut

 

 

 

With a healthy dose of nostalgia, we're seeing the return of ultra-high-cut swimsuits that give a nod to retro style. Cool as they may be, I'd be lying if I said that I'm used to baring that much skin above my hips. Maybe it's just me, though!

 

 

MyraElle Swimsuit ($66)

 

 

DixperfectBelted One Piece ($18)

 

 

Rudi GernreichThe Original Thong Halterneck Swimsuit ($177)

 

Cutout Bandeau

 

 

 

Another inventive way to wear the barely there swim trend right now is via cutout bandeau tops. Whether cut out in the middle or underneath to highlight a little underboob action, this trend is quickly gaining steam.

 

 

MikohSunset Bandeau Bikini Top ($112)

 

 

L*SpaceKelli Bikini Top in Lilac & Mango ($99)

 

 

ZafulStrapless Ribbed Cutout Bandeau Bikini ($22)

 

Micro Thong Bottoms

 

 

 

Thong bikinis have been on the rise since last summer, and now they're a full-blown trend. As in, they're no longer only popular with a select group of fashion girls—they're everywhere

 

 

Frankies BikinisTasha Bottom in Brownie Tie Dye ($85)

 

 

Stone Fox SwimBijou Bikini Bottom in Jungle Iris ($88)

Next, see the most daring celebrity swimsuit trends of the year.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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