Let's all thank Taylor Swift for unofficially kicking off bathing suit shopping season. The pop star appears to be in the middle of a tropical vacation with beau Calvin Harris, and, along with causing a serious case of wanderlust, she's been offering up swim style inspiration left and right. A typically feminine dresser, Taylor's beachwear of choice has often been of the high-waisted, retro-inspired variety (so much so that Saturday Night Live made light of it in a sketch). She's switching it up this time though, picking string bikinis that look more like something you'd spot in the Victoria's Secret swim special. As anyone can attest to, style changes throughout your life, so maybe it's a new leaf for Taylor. The other possibility? Her beach style is morphing due to her relationship, a phenomenon we noticed right when these two started canoodling. Either way, we're digging it.
The black lace suit seen from behind in Calvin's Insta is from Love & Lemons and will cost you (both pieces together retail just shy of $300). Intriguingly, if you really peer in close you'll also notice what looks like a body chain laying over the back of her bikini bottoms. It's a look Rihanna sports frequently, but not something we expected from Tay.
A photo posted by Calvin Harris (@calvinharris) on Mar 15, 2016 at 5:19pm PDT
We haven't quite figured out who makes this neon color blocked bikini yet, but will update when we do. The bright colors are fun, and the cut of the top is one we obsessed over last spring and summer. If you haven't tried a French bikini yet, let Taylor inspire you this swim season.
A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 15, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT
Fashion favorite Solid & Striped was also packed in the singer's vacation suitcase (though, frustratingly, not included in the Instagram love fest). It's a classic two-piece in the label's signature stripes, and Taylor's powder pink-and-white version is still available a few pieces on the web. Grab it on sale here or shop similar versions online.
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It wasn't so long ago that a quick survey of your friends' swimsuit drawers would have turned up basic bikini after basic bikini with nary a one-piece in sight. Now? Swim style is majorly changing, with a whole new cast of sun-ready styles joining the classic triangle top. And we have official proof: The team at Polyvore shared data on what users are searching right now as real-time insight into what you'll soon be seeing during spring breaks and summer vacations. Take note of the biggest change too—more than half of the listed queries are one-pieces, a major switch from seasons past.
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The top 10 searched swim terms:
1. High-leg one-piece
2. Bandage swimsuit
3. Crochet one-piece
4. Mesh one-piece
5. Zipper swimsuit
6. Cut-out one-piece
7. High-neck one-piece
8. Floral one-piece
9. Scalloped swimsuit
10. Fringe bathing suit