CLEVELAND — Summer and swimsuit season are almost here. For many of us, life throughout the past year during the pandemic has meant comfy clothes, comfort foods and perhaps gaining a few pounds in the process.
This "Mom Minute Monday," 3News' Hollie Strano talked to fashion expert Hallie Abrams about the top swimwear trends of 2021 and how to rock your bathing suit with confidence.
“Many of us have been living in pajama pants for the past year, so tell us what trends are in right now for moms?” Hollie asked.
Abrams said she’s seen a few trends in swimwear this year that also mirror the trends happening in everyday wear. She said asymmetry is really in right now with one-shoulder styles. They are fashionable, but functional, too.
“Even if it has one shoulder, it's higher, so you're not worried about your kids pulling it down.”
Another functional trend this season are rash guards.
“Sort of that long sleeve swim shirt that in the past was sort of dedicated to if you got a burn while you were on vacation and weren't paying attention. But now people are being a little more proactive.“
Abrams said to pair a rash guard with a bikini bottom.
If you lean toward really trendy styles, Abrams said the “floss trend” has made its way from shoes to bathing suits.
“There's an additional string that sort of wraps around and criss-crosses on your abdomen."
The next trend could help make finding a bathing suit easier than in previous years.
“Mix and match tops and bottoms, but in solids,” Abrams said.
“So it doesn't necessarily need to be a matched set, which is great for people that are different sizes on the tops and bottom.”
When it comes to choosing a suit, Abrams said its important to find the style that works best for you.
“Really, the key is highlighting the stuff you like and sort of downplaying the stuff that you're self-conscious about.”
Abrams also said one pieces and tank-inis are still very in, but are already getting hard to find -- even online. Also, if you find a swimsuit you love but the fit is slightly off, bathing suits, just like other clothes can be tailored.
Some of Abrams' favorite brands for swimwear include Target and Athleta, especially if you want to pick out your bathing suit in person.
If you prefer to shop online, Summersalt, Everlane and Eloquii are her top picks.
For more tips from Hallie, check out her website here.