With warmer weather on the horizon, South African sun-lovers have already begun working on their summer bodies and eyeing a few new outfits to add to their summer wardrobes.

If you’re all about jazzing up your swimsuit collection ahead of the new season, here are a few of the latest trends to keep in mind ahead of your next trip to the mall.

The classic one-piece (also trikinis)

The one-piece swimsuit has become a firm favourite for the upcoming season and is poised to take over the beach before the year is done.

From the high-cut varieties reminiscent of bronzed beach bodies of the 80s, to the more modern asymmetrical and cut-out varieties with plunging necklines, the classic one-piece is the perfect addition to every woman’s summer wardrobe.

Rock yours on the beach, or use it as a body suit styled with denim shorts or skinny jeans for a casual-chic look that’s totally on trend.

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It’s all in the details

Look out for swimsuits that include classy and understated details, such as lace panels, mesh elements, intertwined fabrics and knotted or belted fronts. Many brands are also branching out from the usual Spandex and Lycra and getting creative with the types of fabrics they use to create the latest swimsuit styles.

These include textured but breathable materials that work well in the water and out – have a look at Spanish supermodel, Georgina Rodriguez, in this stunning Yamamay one-piece for inspiration.

What’s the best part? You won’t have to do much accessorising to make a sophisticated fashion statement this summer!

Bold and vibrant prints

From stark colour contrasts to flowery fun, sporting brave and out-of-the-box swimsuit styles is a hot trend at the moment. For instance, a bikini top in a greenish-blue matched with a magenta bottom is a fun and quirky take on the 90s colour palettes that have made a comeback.

Florals are going to be huge on the summer scene, from jungle prints to large and colourful flowery patterns. Animal prints are also a great option, having returned to the fashion scene late last year and continuing into summer 2019.

Sunny colour palettes

While bold patterns and accessories are set to be all the rage this summer, there’s always something to be said for keeping things simple. Basic swimsuits in warm colours such as red, coral and mustard compliment virtually any skin tone and are timeless enough to carry through to the next summer and beyond.

Ramp up the look by opting for a high-leg cut, plunging neckline or low back for an added jaw-drop effect.

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Eco-friendly poolside style

Thanks to an increased awareness and demand for environmentally-friendly products, sustainable swimwear has arrived and will likely feature more prominently among the world’s biggest brands’ summer collections. These swimsuits place fashion and sustainability on equal footing, offering environmentally-conscious fashionistas a product they can wear with pride.

The Yamamay ‘Eco-Vibes’ swimwear line, made from high-quality recycled materials, is a great example of this, with the brand announcing that it will increasingly invest in research and development for reusable materials to ensure it remains committed to safe guarding the environment.

Get excited for summer 2019 with these hot swimwear trends courtesy of Yamamay. Whether you choose to be bold and stand out from the crowd this summer or chic and understated, the perfect summer style awaits you at the new Yamamay store in Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.