The Loincloth Bikini Trend I'm Terrified of Is Taking Over

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Color me a little bit freaked out, but there seems to be a new swimsuit trend popping up everywhere, which I'm not sure how to categorize except as "loincloth-esque." Ruched or smocked, this body-baring swimsuit bottom style seems to be the bikini of summer for a certain subset of trendsetters. While I know it's a very specific look (one I'm still trying to decide if I can actually pull off), there's something weirdly intriguing about it.

Chalk it up to the ultra-high vintage-style rise or the fact that these suits redefine the idea of barely there tan lines, but I'm toying with the idea of trying one out. After careful consideration, I think the key is pairing your suit of choice with basics: denim cutoffs, a T-shirt, and basic sandals because in this suit, there's no need for any other statement clothes.

Since I know it's a bit of an intimidating style to try, below you'll find some of my favorite inspiration photos along with suits for you to pick and choose from (and for more swimsuits in a wider range of sizes, check out this story too).

Style this neon suit with simple pieces like denim and basics in black and white.

Superdown Liv Bikini Top ($44)

This color is an Instagram favorite.

Superdown Liv Bikini Bottom ($38)

This also comes in turquoise.

Frankies Bikinis Tia Triangle Bikini Top ($70)

Yep, retro prints are everywhere right now.

Frankies Bikinis Tia String Bikini Bottom ($70)

The ultimate barely there bottoms.

Danielle Guizio Amorini Bikini Top ($92)

Who doesn't love a fun print?

Danielle Guizio Danielle Guizio Amorini Bikini Bottom in Multi ($86)

Swap your standard string bikini for this one instead.

The floral and ruffle details on this suit make it feel unique and statement-making. Throw on a simple white cotton dress and you'll be good to go.

Indah Jav Solid Ruched Tube Bikini Top ($84)

Smocking is a cool alternative to ruching.

Indah Bali Solid Fixed Sides Ruched Bikini Bottom ($88)

The prettiest shade of pink.

RS Swim Halter Bra ($146)

This sweet brand is a fashionable favorite.

Roxana Salehoun Side Ruffle Bottom ($116)

This pop of blue, though.

Asara Swim Dua Top ($79)

This string bikini is a simple choice for a pool day.

Top and Lucie Bottom ($79) available in sizes XS to L.

Inamorata Neptune Top ($75)

Emily Ratajkowski's swimwear line is a summer favorite.

Top and Neptune Bottom ($75) available in sizes XS to L.

From the back, it's possible to adjust the amount of coverage preferred, though some swimsuits are more minimal than others.

Frankies Bikinis Tia Bikini Top ($70)

Make a splash in this pink print.

Frankies Bikinis Tia Bikini Bottom ($70)

This printed suit would look great with a straw hat.

Monica Hansen Beachwear Padded Triangle Bikini Top ($85)

This satiny suit is great for lounging in the sun.

Monica Hansen Beachwear Tie String Bikini Bottom ($85)

Style this suit with a white skirt.

Yes, you can actually get in the water wearing this suit. Here's proof (swimming might still be tricky, though).

Beach Bunny Indy Tri Bikini Top ($95)

Zebra suits are trending for summer.

Beach Bunny Indy Tango Bikini Bottoms ($95)

Add this strappy style to your rotation.

Frankies Bikinis Tatum Terry Bikini Top ($80)

This waist-tie swimsuit is too good.

Frankies Bikinis Tia Terry Bikini Bottom ($80)

You can never go wrong with a neutral shade.

Next, read about the biggest swim trends of the season.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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