Summer isn't even officially here yet, but the fashion world has already bombarded us with a number of swim trends to look out for when the warmer weather finally hits. Our Insta feeds are flooded with belted one-pieces, super high-cut bottoms, lingerie-inspired bikini tops, and floral prints—just to name a few. While we'd love to be able to pull off every trend we're currently crushing on, the truth is that not all of them work for everyone. There's one we've been eyeing, though, that's earned itself a top spot on the list of universally flattering swim trends: ruched and shirred details. Strategically placed gathers not only look super cute, but they also have the ability to slim your bod like no other swimsuit can. Whether you want to test the trend or find your sexiest and most slimming suit yet, the Top 10 ruched and shirred swimwear picks below will have you looking your best next time you hit the beach. Keep scrolling to stock up on your favorite pieces. Opening image: hm.com
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La Blanca Island One-Piece Underwire Swimsuit
J.Crew High-Waisted Ruched Bikini Bottom
BEST FOR: A full-coverage suit that's still sexy
WHY YOU NEED IT: High-waisted bottoms are nothing new, but this season has seen entirely new takes on the trend. These bottoms give the appearance of a teeny-tiny waist, and thanks to the ruching, they conceal the tummy area too."
Old Navy Wrap-Front Tankini Top
USERS SAID: "I bought this on sale and I'm SO glad I did. It's so flattering (I'm in my 50s), and it feels as if it has a little bit of Spanx in it because of the way it holds my torso in! I love it!"
FUN FACT: The fabric features built-in UPF 40+ sun protection, so you can keep your skin pretty and burn-free.
J.Crew Ruched Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit
Aerie High Waisted Bikini Bottom
STYLE WITH: Pair it with this sporty side scoop top.
WHY WE LOVE IT: "This is my favorite swim purchase this season. I was worried I wouldn't be able to pull off the retro trend, but the high waist and ruched sides are so flattering." -Kate Ferris, Staff Writer