This Confusing-Yet-Sexy Swimwear Trend Is Blowing Up

The Floss Bikini Is Summer's Sexiest and Most Confusing Swimwear Trend

EmRata, Lizzo, and Kim Kardashian are really convincing us to try it.
By Eva Thomas
Jun 03, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
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Confusing doesn't even begin to describe some fashion trends. Like, some are so scratch-your-head perplexing that you really can't help but not try them to understand what they're all about. Take, for example, those intriguing dress-over-pants moments that have re-emerged from the early aughts. Or those pulley tops that are another "huh" trend we're honestly here for. That said, there's one hot girl summer-approved swimwear trend on our radar right now that's sparking question and exclamation marks.

The wraparound bikini — also referred to as the floss bikini — is making waves on the beach right now. Actually, it's making a splash everywhere, because as some celebs have proven, this swimwear trend doesn't solely go with poolside margaritas. It works just as well with your favorite blazer and rooftop cocktails. Looking at you, Emily Ratajkowski.

But let's rewind back a few before we get into the how and address the what. The wraparound (or floss) swimwear trend is exactly what you think it is: a bikini top (or bottom) with long ties that you wrap around your waist for an eye-catching, laced-up look. It's confusing! It's fun! It's sexy! It creates the illusion of a more snatched waist, if that's what you're after. And while, sure, the tan lines may turn out funky, this trend is 100 percent worth a try, even if it's just for a quick picture for the 'gram. 

Lizzo is a fan of the wraparound bikini trend. She opted for a brown two-piece with crystal detailing and just about caused an Instagram outage when shared a snap of her wearing it. Kim and Kourtney Kardashian have worn their fair share of the floss bikinis — to no surprise, really, considering the Kardashian-Jenner clan have tried out every sexy swimwear trend that exists. Supermodel Candice Swanepoel has also taken the trend out for a spin (literally) a handful of times. 

Strappy Bikini Sexy Wrap Around Swimwear
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The wraparound bikini trend comes in various styles, from the bold to the more subtle. If you really want to dive head first into it, Amazon has so many options (and for reasonable prices, too), like this halter top style that you can easily pair with your go-to high-waisted jeans. This strappy monokini is an Amazon shopper favorite, raking in close to 4,000 five-star ratings and countless reviews that say it's "absolute perfection." And it doesn't get better than perfect.

Celeb-loved Alo Yoga and Frankies Bikinis also teamed up on a capsule collection of must-buy swimwear, and of course, plenty of styles included in this sure-to-sell-out collaboration play off of the wraparound trend. Target has a subtle take on the floss bikini, as well, with a simple style that offers great support. 

Sure, the latest swimwear trend to take over Hollywood may raise some eyebrows in confusion, but one thing's for certain: It's a style we'll gladly get tangled up in. Shop the best floss bikinis below.

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Shop now: $20; target.com

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Strappy Bikini Sexy Wrap Around Swimwear
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