For the past few years, high-waisted bikinis and one-piece swimsuits have reigned supreme in the swim world — the more coverage, the better. But swimwear trends, like clothing trends, are moving in a new, tinier direction. The barely-there aesthetic made famous in the ’90s and early ’00s is back with a vengeance, bringing with it the less-is-more attitude we saw during those nearly-naked eras of style.
Though string bikinis never really went away, they’ve unarguably shrunk down in size with the most recent swimwear drops, resulting in a brand new classification of suit: the micro bikini. It seems that all of the most popular swim trends of 2022 include at least one ultra-revealing design detail (if not more).
Think: one-pieces with high-cut leg holes, à la Baywatch, low-rise bottoms right out of 2001, cut-out suits that show off more than your average one-piece, and then there’s the thong bikini — an undeniable sign that full-coverage swimwear is a thing of the past.
Ahead, peruse 18 of the most stylish bikinis and one-pieces that also just happen to show off a whole lot of skin. These revealing swimsuits are guaranteed to have you serving body.
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1. The Ultimate Reveal
This two-piece is basically the next best thing to nude. It’s giving vampy-sexy Mugler vibes for sure.
2. Boob Cut-Outs
Looking for a way to hop on the underboob cut-out trend while still holding on to (some) support? Try this neon option.
3. Tropical Vibes
If Emily Ratajkowski designed it, you know it’s going to be chic. This extra high-cut, printed bikini is sexy as they come.
4. Snakeskin Strings
This twist on a classic string bikini adds a bit more wow factor — at a great price point too.
5. Orange Crush
This tangerine, bustier-esque one-piece makes a total statement — especially from the back, which is completely made up of tied straps.
6. Braided Beauty
Andrea Iyamah makes some of the most beautifully intricate (and revealing) one and two-piece swimsuits on the market. The braided detail here is so pretty and, thanks to the high-rise/hip cut-out combo, this set is a great way to wear a skin-baring suit without showing too much.
7. Low-Strung String Bikini
Straps, straps, straps! This ultra low-rise bikini is reminiscent of the hip-hugger trend that bared pelvises throughout all of 2003.
8. Sheer Underwire
Your top doesn’t need to be teeny-tiny to give that revealing look — the sheer panels show skin, while the underwire design give extra support.
9. Monokini Mania
The Good American swim launch is more than just good, it’s great. Take for example, this adorable monokini — a onesie that still shows plenty of skin.
10. Sparkles & Straps
This strappy number is made with sparkly fabric that adds a little something special (and shows off even more).
11. Fun Florals
If you like this bright tropical set from the front, just wait until you see it from the back.
12. Cheeky Cut-Out
String bikinis have nothing on the Hot Girl powers of this strappy number. The pretty, summer-friendly hue and underboob keyhole are untouchable.
13. Pretty Woman Vibes
Fans of ’90s hit Pretty Woman already know what’s up. Not buying this suit would be a big mistake. Huge.
14. One-Shoulder Chic
A pelvic cut-out feels unexpected and, quite frankly, hot as all hell.
15. Wild One
Victoria’s Secret recently started carrying more sizes (finally). And it’s a good thing, because everyone is going to want to get their hands on their cute suits (ex: this spicy leopard bikini).
16. Not-So-Mellow Yellow
This intricate bikini can be tied endless different ways. If the boob-framing straps don’t catch every eye, the neon hue sure will.
17. Strappy & Sexy
Riot Swim has a slew of barely-there options, like their stringy Bixi Top and Bottom set. The best part? It comes in more than 20 colors, making the mix-and-match possibilities endless.
18. The Totally Sheer One-Piece
With risqué, see-through panels, this one piece is the perfect optical illusion. It shows more skin than a bikini, but due to its one-piece design, comes without the risk of a peek-a-boob.
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