2014 Tankini Top Trends & Tips

It’s just about summertime, and we all know what that means—swimsuit season, a time simultaneously looked forward to and dreaded by many. The tankini is a well-loved favorite swimsuit style with a history of helping women feel and look their best. Keep these tips in mind as you hit the stores searching for that perfect 2014 beachwear look.

Play to Your Strengths; Hide Your Weaknesses

According to the Ladies’ Home Journal in “The Most Slimming Tankinis”, tankinis are the best of both worlds, mixing the “coverage of a one-piece” with the “sexiness of a bikini.” Tankinis should help you wherever you need it most, from padded busts to enhance curves (Victoria’s Secret’s “Forever Sexy Ruched Halter Tankini” is pictured further down the page), to long, flowy tops that can cover whatever you think might need covering.

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Profile by Gottex 2014 Beach Glass Flyaway Tankini

Hiding imperfections isn’t all your perfect swimsuit should do! Be sure to find a style of tankini that also showcases your best features—buy a more skin-tight top if you want to highlight a small waist, or hip-hugging bottoms to focus attention on your other assets (if you know what we mean).

Go Feminine with Ruffles

Cosmopolitan magazine, in an article entitled “Summer Swimsuit Styles”, endorsed a “mix and match ruffle tankini” – a ruffled top paired with a bikini bottom. Ruffle trim, according to Cosmo, is “ultra-flattering” and “curve-enhancing”, making it perfect for that extra confidence boost!

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Kenneth Cole Reaction Tiered Ruffle Tankini

If you’ve always wanted to try a ruffled suit but decided they were too fancy for everyday wear, this trend gives you the perfect excuse to give ruffles a chance! The “Kenneth Cole Reaction” tiered ruffle top is a good example.

Bring Out Your Inner Athlete

Athletic suits aren’t just for the swim team anymore! If ruffles are a little too girly for you, maybe racing stripes are more your style. Solid colors with one or two wide stripes and sports-bra-style support make this type of suit a great choice for the beach volleyball aficionado or other beachgoers who enjoy staying active.

tommy racerback tankini

Tommy Hilfiger’s “Racerback Tankini Top” is one example of a perfect look for a sporty woman.

Classy—With a Hint of Sexy

Style Bistro’s article “Swim Guide 2014: Tankinis” spotlights a few of the year’s best picks, describing them as “flattering two-pieces that show just a sliver of skin.” Tankini tops come in a variety of lengths: some leave the midriff exposed, while others are long enough to cover the hips. The best look for 2014, though, falls right in the middle, with restrained tops that reveal just a tiny glimpse of stomach, leaving the rest to the imagination.

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Pictured above is Victoria’s Secret’s “Forever Sexy Bandeau Tankini Top.”

Be Kind to the Earth: Eco-Friendly Options

As people all around the world are starting to realize the importance of taking care of the planet we live on, companies are responding to the demand for environmentally friendly products—and swimsuits have made the list!


Check out Eco Swim tankinis by Aqua Green, a company that makes trendy, fashionable suits from recycled materials. These swimsuits are made extra comfortable by the fact that it feels good to do good! Support sustainability by trying out the “Eco Swim Dotted Shirred Tankini” or whichever of their other swimsuits catch your eye.