Summer's Hottest Swimsuit Trend Looks Fancy and Expensive — But It's Not
Get ready to turn heads at the beach (for less than $100).
Oftentimes, we catch ourselves gravitating toward same old swimsuits: The classic solid bikini, something with a polka-dot or floral print, a colorblocked mix, etc. But you're really looking to spice up your swimwear collection this summer? Consider adding a little sparkle and shopping some lurex designs. The metallic sheen will ensure that, even if you're wearing a simple black maillot, you'll have the most light- and eye-catching look around.
Historically, lurex was actually crafted of aluminum-coated-plastic that was then spun into yarn. Today, though, it's combined with other threads, such as spandex, nylon, and elastane to create stretchier silhouettes that give it that true '70s and '80s disco feel. Some are more uniform in silvery glaze, while others are woven in a more textured manner, giving off a glitter-filled look that creates depth of light and a rainbow of hidden hues.
In 2021, lurex swimwear makes hitting the beach or sitting poolside extra fun, and, might we add, the look is championed by some of your favorite celebrities. Think: Beyoncé, Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and more, chronicling their yacht tips and family beach vacations in this shiny yet sturdy material. Plus, don't be surprised if slipping into these pieces instantly makes you feel as if you're rocking out on the dance floor at Studio 54. The retro vibe can do that to you.
The best part is, the lurex swimsuit trend can be translated into any silhouette you choose. Want to go full-blown '70s and opt for a deep V-neck halter top? Go for it. Or, perhaps you're partial to a sporty tank bikini? You've got it. The world is your oyster, thanks to the many variations that are available, and, more often than not, you can find one that fits within your budget. This material has the ability to look expensive, but there are plenty of options under $100.
From high-waisted bottoms to athletic one-pieces; French bikini tops, string silhouettes and more, shop some lurex swimsuits that are bound to make huge statement this summer.
Mikoh Lele One Piece
Shop now: $250; shopbop.com
Frankies Bikinis Connor Terry Scoop Bikini Top and Mackenzie High Cut Cheeky Bikini Bottom
Andie Swim The Rio Top and The High Waisted Bottom
Oseree Lunière Swimsuit
Shop now: $260; www.mytheresa.com
Triangl Mica Bikini
Shop now: $89; triangl.com
Solid & Striped The Iris Triangle Bikini Top and Bikini Bottoms
Shop now: $102; mytheresa.com
Bikini Lovers Metallic Effect Bandeau Bikini
Shop now: $88; farfetch.com
Lisa Marie Fernandez Goldwyn Bikini
Shop now: $395; lisamariefernandez.com
LA Hearts by PacSun Gold Jaimie Lurex Crisscross One Piece Swimsuit
Shop now: $50; pacsun.com
Hunza G + Net Sustain Carmen Metallic Bikini
Shop now: $190; net-a-porter.com
NA-KD Lurex One Shoulder Swimsuit
Shop now: $60; na-kd.com