Unleash your inner goddess in summer's sexiest swimwear

This season's top swimwear trends are untamed, sexy and sizzling.
by Heather Warlick Published: May 17, 2012

Glamour is the name of the game for this season's hottest swimwear. From retro bombshell and Greek goddess-inspired bikinis to dangerous python prints, fringe and revealing monokinis, today's swimwear trends will have you turning heads wherever you step out.

Basking in the summer sun on the world's sexiest beaches, you'll see swimwear in succulent shades of neon citrus, sunset orange, cobalt and aqua and beautiful patterns inspired by nature.

Read on for Mood's top trends in swimwear that will make a salty statement in a sea of Lycra.

Trend 1: Fringe and ruffles

If it's good enough for Rihanna, it's good enough for us! The sexy singer rocked this fringed bandeau top and split hipster bottom (hers was black), complete with a Western hat during a recent vacation to Hawaii. Fringe is super hot in this season's swimwear.

Ruffles are the good-girl version of fringe, adorning sweet suits this season (see our butterfly monokini). Tip: if you're trying to streamline your silhouette, ruffles may not be your best friend. However, they're a great to add some body to your bust line, if that's your goal.

The fringe suit by L Space and the Western straw hat are sold at LA Sun & Sport. Kenneth Cole silver jewelry sold at Macys at Quail Springs Mall.

Trend 2: Sunset Orange

You'll feel like a sun goddess in this season's favorite color. Combine chic sunset orange with a gorgeous exotic neckline and you're unstoppable. This bandeau top and tie-side hipster bottom are by Sea Folly, sold at LA Sun & Sport.

Trend 3: Unleashed Animal Prints

Have you ever seen a neon python? Or a sea foam leopard? You will this summer at untamed beaches and resorts.

On the cover, model Claudia Williamson, Miss Black Oklahoma, kills it in a ViX sea foam green leopard print bikini with gold hardware from LA Sun & Sport. The hardware in high end swim lines is “triple-dipped” and won't get hot. This shade of bluish-green was the No. 1 color at fashion markets, said Valerie Noah, buyer at LA Sun & Sport.

Here, Claudia gets playful with a neon pink, purple and orange set by California Waves, from Macy's. Meow.

Trend 4: The Monokini

Monokinis and one-piece suits with cutouts are a super-sexy swimwear style but don't be fooled — this style requires a pretty rockin' body to pull it off. They are not as forgiving as they look. If you're looking to minimize your midsection, try one of today's belted suits. You can update a monotone one-piece with a jeweled chain wrapped around the middle a few times. Or cinch a wide stretchy belt tightly around your waist for the ultimate hourglass silhouette.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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