With the new year upon us this week, we can’t help but feel nostalgic about this past year. Oh glorious 2014, you have been magical. Some really amazing things transpired for us at Orchid Boutique this past year. We’ve had our biggest year yet–Orchid Label 2015 debuted again to some amazing responses, MBFW Swim was an absolute blast, and we’ve expanded our inventory to include activewear! Wowza.

This only means that 2015 is going to be bigger and better than ever.

But since the new year means a time for reflection, we’re going to take a look back on this past year and discuss some of the hottest women’s swimwear trends of 2014.

crop top bikinis

1. Crop Top Bikinis

Similar to wrap tops and bralette tops, the crop top bikini is a must for the girl-on-the-beach-go. At The Orchid Boutique, we carry a wide variety of sporty bra tops that offer maximum support for larger busts, criss-cross straps for optimal control during high-intensity sports, and thicker fashion straps for a boho and chic “cami look” that was trending for 2014. When going for the sporty look, you’re picking out a bikini top that is not the standard. Sporty tops are so versatile that they are good for beach volleyball, swimming, surfing, jogging, and even working out. Leave the fear of your swimsuit falling off behind or the annoying pain at your neck from a string-bikini knot!

 

2. Racerback Tops

Racerback swimsuits are a a huge fashion trend to hit the beach this year. This “T” shaped back part of your bikini top allows easier movement and a more secure feel. Racerback bikinis are combining functionality and fashion, as they provide the support you need while revealing your shoulders and shoulder blades. The main focus of this racerback top is the shape of the back. Racerback swimsuits can be worn outside of the beach or pool fashion scene, when you rock them at your favorite summer concert or festival. Pair with a fashionable set of shorts or skirt, and it becomes a staple to your wardrobe.

 

Brazilian Cut Bikinis

 

3. Brazilian Bikinis

Brazilian bikinis and brazilian cut bikinis are the iconic swimsuit bottom style that have revolutionized the swimwear industry. It is a fashion staple year in and year out. From celebrities and top models to fashionistas across the globe, everyone loves the sultry appeal of brazilian bikini bottoms. A typical brazilian bikini will include a bottom that is narrower in the back than moderate or full coverage bottoms. This means that the bottom will provide a “cheekier” fit at the backside.

 

Flash Tattoos

 

4. Flash Tattoos

Flash tattoos were one of THE biggest trends of the 2014 season, hands down. These affordable jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos shine and shimmer under the summer sun giving your skin a unique glimmering design. What makes this flash tattoo art so trendy are the chic designs and wild shine. Nevermore do you need to risk losing your beach jewelry. Instead, make these flash temporary tattoos and jewelry tattoos your hottest beach accessory.

 

5. High Waisted Bikinis

You know we love high waisted pin up bikinis. It’s always been a huge focus in the brands we carry year after year. The retro style combined with the chic modern flair creates the ultimate swimwear style piece. But now these designers are taking it one step further and adding side cut outs to the high waisted bottoms. It creates a very sexy trend when the hips are exposed, and we all know that when it comes to swimwear, sometimes showing the more skin the better.

 

6. Caged Bikinis

Caged Bikini Tops are one of the hottest trends that we’ve been talking about for months now. We’ve also seen it in some of last year’s collections, the extra thick straps of material.  Caged bikini tops offer an amazing benefit of covering up a little more of the rib drift, resulting in an elongated torso. This gives the illusion of a thinner, more-toned core, which is something every woman wants to highlight! Having a side cage swimsuit, or even a strappy bikini, allows for a sexier way to cover up just a little more of your skin without having to wear a one piece. One of the baddest brands to bring you caged bikinis is none other than Beach Bunny Swimwear. Rocking a cut out swimsuit was one of the top trends in 2014, but definitely keep an eye out for this to carry over into 2015 as well.

 

animal print bikinis

7. Animal Print

Animal print bikinis have a tribal, jungle flair that is sexy and fashionable. New and established designers alike are coming up with animal print styles for their swimwear items, apart from the must-have leopard bikini. At The Orchid Boutique we offer leopard print bikinis, monokinis, one piece swimsuits, as well as snake print, zebra print, cow print, crocodile print, and more. Every fashion gal longs for that leopard print swimsuit or bikini that exudes a sexy flair.

 

8. Espadrilles

Beach Accessories GALORE. We love espadrilles and apparently in 2014, so did you. We heard your feedback and listened, so in 2015 we have all new espadrilles for your liking. Even brands such as Maaji and Agua Bendita swimwear came out with their own collection. So shop those shoes today and get in on the trend that will easily carry over in 2015.

 

9. Mix & Match

Mixing and matching swimwear was huge in 2014.. Sometimes it is difficult to purchase certain bikini’s because you may be larger up top and smaller on the bottom, or vice-versa. The best solution for this issue? Purchasing swimsuits that comes as separates. Brands such as L*Space allow swimwear buyers to find their perfect swimsuit for their specific sizing.

ethnic print swimwear

10. Ethnic Print Swimwear

This 2014 trend was wildly showcased with such notable designers as Mara Hoffman and Trina Turk. Ethnic print swimwear uses tribal designs and primitive patterns to take that style up a notch. This year Luli Fama also had a ton of ethnic printed swimwear, which when combined with bright colors and shiny embellishments, really became a swimwear spectacle.

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