Summer 2019 Bikini Style Guide

Bikini season is well underway, and what better way to celebrate our summer bodies than with a bikini round-up? Whether you’re heading to the beach or the pool this holiday weekend, there are styles in here for every body!

2019 brings with it a lot of retro vibes, which is why you will see a lot of high-cut bottoms and tube bandeaus this season. You can never go wrong with some leopard print in your life and throwing a belt on top always makes things just a little better. Check out the list below for some of the most on-trend bikinis on the market right now.

High-Rise Bottoms

Out with the thong bikini and in with the high-rise! This style is flattering on anyone, which is why you’ll be seeing it everywhere this summer. This cut gives you legs for days and who wouldn’t want that?!

The Divine Top, Same Swim, $100

The Divine High Rise Bottom, Same Swim, $100

Double Back Lace Bandeau, Victoria’s Secret, $48

High-Leg High-Waist Bottom, Victoria’s Secret, $32

Como Scrunch Bikini Top, Onia x WeWoreWhat, $95

Riviera High Waist Bikini Bottom, Onia x WeWoreWhat, $95

One Shoulder Bandage Buckle Bikini Top, PrettyLittleThing, $28

Super High Leg Bandage Buckle Waist Bikini Bottom, PrettyLittleThing, $28

 

Leopard

The only bikini to go hand-in-hand with your leopard silk skirt. This print is so versatile now, it’s basically a neutral. Get in touch with your wild side with one of these trendy and affordable styles below!

Ribbed Bralette Bikini Top, Xhilaration, $18

Ribbed Bikini Bottom, Xhilaration, $18

Dalia Printed Pique Top, Onia, $95

Ashley Printed Pique Bottom, Onia, $95

Low Scoop Bikini Top, PrettyLittleThing, $22

Bikini Bottom, PrettyLittleThing, $22

Back Mesh Insert Bandeau, Tori Praver Swimwear, $89

Low Rise Hipster, Tori Praver Swimwear, $79

 

Belted

Basically the most flattering trend to hit a bikini. Opt in for a style that already comes with a belt, or jazz up the bikinis you already own with this belt or this belt. If you like it then you better put a belt on it.

Crinkle Bikini Top, Topshop at Nordstrom, $26

Belted Bikini Bottoms, Topshop at Nordstrom, $30

Tie Bikini Bandeau Top, & Other Stories, $39

Belted High Waisted Bikini Bottoms, & Other Stories, $29

Ace Bikini Top, Onia x WeWoreWhat, $72

Emily Bikini Bottom, Onia x WeWoreWhat, $72

Rachel Bikini Top, Solid & Striped, $40

Rachel Belted Bikini Briefs, Solid & Striped, $40

 

Tube Bandeau

Tube tops are always a good idea, especially for those long days spent on the beach! Minimize those pesky tan lines by opting in for one of these styles. Best part is, they’re so easy to mix and match – pair a solid top with a printed bottom or vice versa for a whole new look!

Abigail Bandeau Bikini Top, Mara Hoffman, $115

Goldie Tie-Front Bikini Briefs, Mara Hoffman, $140

Bandeau Bikini Top, PrettyLittleThing, $10

String Bikini Bottom, PrettyLittleThing, $10

Asymmetric Stripe Bandeau, Onia, $66

High-Leg V-Cut Bottom, Onia, $66

Violet Bandeau Bikini Top, Solid & Striped, $84

Violet High Waist Bikini Bottoms, Solid & Striped, $84

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Buttoned Up

Buttons and micro-bags are having a major moment right now so what better way to create a look than by putting them both together? This linen midi dress is so perfect and the buttons only make it *that* much better. I love wearing this to work for a chic and easy look or for a relaxing Sunday brunch. The icing on the cake? I scored it at the Zara summer sale for just $40! It’s sold out now, unless you’re lucky and can snag one in store, but I’ve linked a very similar style (sans buttons) for $70 below.

I still don’t know how to feel about the micro-bag trend, but I just love this bag so much and haven’t used it in nearly 10 years (does that make it vintage?!). The only reason is because I’m so used to carrying everything around with me, and with this bag I can only tote the essentials. Luckily it’s roomy enough to hold my phone, wallet and keys, which is all I really need!

If you’re looking for a good Chanel slingback dupe, this pair from Zara is to die for. They’re not an exact replica and the vinyl makes them truly their own. They’re surprisingly comfy, and for $50 they’re a fraction of the price point and way more practical for walking around those city streets.

Top off the look with any delicate gold jewelry. I’m loving all the rings right now and this Starburst Signet from Mejuri is everything. It fits perfectly and always reminds me to keep my pinky up.

Petite Malle Monogram at Louis Vuitton, $5,200

Striped Tunic at Zara, $70

Starburst Signet at Mejuri, $59

Heeled Vinyl Slingbacks at Zara, $60

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The Hiatus is Over

Took a much needed hiatus from social media the past few weeks, but now I’m officially back in business! I just got back from a relaxing trip to Florida, but now that I’m back in the city, I’m ready to hit the ground running. I’m ready for some huge changes the second half of 2018, so from here on out it’s werk, werk, werk, werk, werk. Stay tuned.

This bag from the Shayne Oliver x Longchamp collab is perfect for a mini getaway. There’s two zip compartments and it’s just big enough to hold all the essentials and then some. Most of this collection is sold out (it launched back in April with a special pop up in Soho to go with it), but I’ve linked my favorite travel picks still available below.

“Realness” Backpack, $750

“Hiatus” Travel Bag, $450

“Realness” Garment Bag, $695

“Realness” Expandable Travel Bag, $550

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Gucci Gang

The Gucci slipper is my absolute favorite shoe for spring 2018. I’ll admit, they are a bit of a splurge (but totally worth it with my employee discount!). It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had a proper pedicure, so I’m opting for this loafer style over a sandal right now. They’re also perfect for the office, allowing you to look professional, yet chic at all times. They’re also a great alternative to white sneakers and will instantly elevate any outfit. I love wearing them with dresses, shorts, cutoff jeans, anything, you name it.

Shop below to see some more of my white loafer picks for this season. For me, it was actually a toss-up between Gucci and Nicholas Kirkwood (I was seriously back and forth with this decision for days). I love Nicholas’ pointed toe and clean, minimal design. In the end, Gucci won because Gucci.

If you’re not ready to splurge just yet, I’ve also included some similar styles from Steve Madden and Sam Edelman so you can still achieve the same look for less!

Gucci Leather Slippers, $695 at Gucci

Sam Edelman Woven Loafer, $90 at Nordstrom

Nicholas Kirkwood Leather Slippers, $425 at Net-a-Porter

Steve Madden Patent Flats, $60 at Steve Madden

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All the Denim

Trading in my winter coat for this fun denim jacket! Warm weather is in the forecast for this weekend, meaning everyone will be out to play in New York City. An oversized, distressed coat like this is the perfect transitional piece into spring. You can throw it over anything for a casual, laid back look. Wear this to brunch or a stroll in Central Park, and even into the night for that dinner date you’ve been looking forward to all week.

I’ve had my jacket for nearly two years now and it’s a definite staple in my wardrobe. It’s so versatile too – you can even customize yourself with pins and patches for your own unique look. I love to pair it with black denim, such as in this look, or top off a flowy spring dress and some sneakers for the perfect daytime fit.

Check out some of the options below to add to your closet this season!

Moto Crop Denim Jacket, $79 at Topshop

Alexander Wang Cropped Denim Jacket, $395 at Net-a-Porter

Oversized Denim Jacket, $70 at Zara

Contrasted Seams Denim Jacket, $100 at Mango

Boxy Jean Jacket, $118 at Madewell

Denim Jacket, $20 at H&M

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Easter Funday

Happy Easter! With 60 degree weather, it officially feels like spring today, although the forecast does say it’s going to snow tomorrow (why am I not surprised anymore?). Taking this opportunity to wear this fun dress from my Wear This edit this past week!

I’ve been on a mission to find a good wrap dress and this one is only $20 at Urban Outfitters right now! I love it because it’s so versatile – I can wear it with boots like in these photos or throw on some white sneakers for a more playful look. It also draws so many similarities to the Réalisation Par Alexandra dresses I’ve been coveting for so long and at a quarter of the price! This is definitely a style steal if I’ve ever seen one.

Side note: I took these photos outside of the Sézane L’Appartement store in Nolita, so if you’re in the city you should definitely stop by to check out this gorgeous storefront! Find it at 254 Elizabeth Street.

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Layered State of Mind

Since it’s been so cold for ages, I’ve had to come up with new ways to switch up my daily outfits. Layering is the best option to stay warm and still look chic. I’m so sick of wearing the same thing every week, which usually consists of some kind of knit, a pair of pants and one of three jackets. I’ve also decided I’m not buying anymore winter gear this year unless it’s 1) a great sweater on sale or 2) a pair of snow boots on sale (only because next winter will be my third in the city and I have to accept the fact that I’m not a Floridian anymore). Lately, I’ve been obsessed with layering camis (even though this is actually a dress) over turtlenecks! It’s a great way to break out a summer staple a few seasons early. Shop the items below to get a similar look!

 

Knit Turtleneck, $25 at H&M

Vinyl Chain Belt, $38 at Topshop

Silk Camisole, $50 at J. Crew

Skinny Jeans, $128 at Madewell

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Spring Blues

Four days into spring and I’m still wearing thick sweaters and heavy jackets. I’m so over this weather and ready to break out the sundresses and sandals and have picnics in the park. I’m hoping April brings along some heat, but I guess I’ll embrace the sweater weather while I still can.

Now is the perfect time to stock up on all your cold weather essentials. Big, chunky sweaters like this are starting to go on sale, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t bring yourself to overpay for a plain ‘ol pullover. This blue knit is a gem and I surprisingly stumbled upon it on a random Tuesday at H&M for only $17! I also picked up another similar to this, but flecked with orange for just $20 (see it on my Instagram here). Both were originally $49.99, which isn’t an outrageous price for a sweater, but there are a million other things I’d rather buy with $50.

You can never have too many sweaters and they’re essential pieces for a capsule wardrobe. I’m definitely holding on to both for next fall to add a bright pop of color to my wardrobe!

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Mango sweater & bucket bag – similar here | Missguided skort | Sam Edelman Kayla boots – similar here | lace choker

I turned 26 today. Which feels weird and bittersweet at the same time. So much has changed over the past year. In September, I finally made the most important decision in my life so far: moving to New York City. I’ve dreamt about living here for most of my life – coming from Jersey City, right across the Hudson River with the NYC skyline always looming in the distance. Every time I visited I felt like I truly belonged. Now that I’m here, I’ve finally come to peace with myself.

I moved out of Florida for the first time in 18 years, away from my family, friends and everything I’ve known for so long. I was way too comfortable where I was. I could have stayed, but I knew I had to challenge myself. There’s so much more for me to accomplish here.

I don’t know what the next year will hold for me, but I want to start doing more. Somehow finding a happy medium between balancing grad school, a social life and possibly a part-time job, while also finding more hobbies, more time to blog and more time to travel. It’s only been six days in, but 2017 has already been treating me well. I know this will be a great year.

Photos by Thanasi Kastritis

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