The 9 Hottest Swimsuit Trends for a Hot Chicago Summer

In case you haven’t heard, weather experts are predicting a hot Chicago summer thanks to El Niño.

But for most of us Chicagoans, that isn’t too much of a problem. Given that we spend most of the year bundled up in coats wishing for warm weather, you won’t hear many of us complaining about a little heat.

And if the temps do start to get a little too high, we’ve got the perfect solution…

This city is chock full of gorgeous Lake Michigan beaches that offer a refreshing place to cool off, catch some rays and enjoy the beauty of Chicago.

Just make sure you’re ready for plenty of beach days by getting your hands on this season’s hottest swimsuit styles right here on Oak Street.

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1.  Cut to Cutouts

Showing some skin on the beach doesn’t have to mean baring it all. Thanks to this trend, we’re seeing more and more swimsuits with strategic cutouts that reveal in just the right places. What’s great is that you can choose a suit with cutouts that work for your body type and preferences.

2.  Marvelous Monokini

What’s that by the pool? Is it a one piece? Is it a bikini? No… it’s a monokini! This inventive new hybrid of the one piece and the bikini lets you have it all – it offers all the coverage of a one piece in the back and shows all the skin of a bikini in the back. For many ladies who would rather show their back than their tummy, this is an ideal choice

3.  Heart on Your Sleeve

While many swimsuit styles give you more ways to go bare, this trend is all about more coverage. This season, you’ll see more and more bathing suits with sleeves. For some, it’s about protection from the sun or cold ocean water while others just dig the surfer chick style.

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4.  Minimalist Mailots

There’s something beautifully refreshing about the trend towards super simple one-piece bathing suits. And we love that basic maillots in solid colors or stripes like the ones seen here bring to mind a chic French girl in times gone by, oui?

5.  High Waisted Wonders

For those who love a two-piece but want something more than a barely-there bikini, this high-waisted style is perfect. Not only does it provide a bit more coverage than the average bikini, but it also has a cool vintage feel.

6.  Sporty Spice

If you covet the style of beach volleyball beauties, check out this season’s sporty suits that feature color-blocking, mesh and high nick, sports-bra tops.

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7.  Ruffle Some Feathers

Ruffles have been a big presence in clothing fashion lately, so it’s no surprise that they’ve made their way to swimwear. This cute touch adds a bit of whimsy to your beach or poolside look

8.  Fringe Benefits

Let your inner boho babe have her say this summer with a swimsuit that features fringe, which is very on trend right now in fashion.

9.  Take the Plunge

Here’s another fun way to be sexy without showing too much. One-piece suits with deep, plunging v-necks are hot right now, but just be sure to try on first to make sure that you have enough support where it counts.

This season’s hottest swimsuit styles have a little something for everyone – regardless of your body type or personal taste, you can find a way to embrace the trends.

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