Naked Swimsuits: The Trend I’m Terrified That I Like

For me, putting on a bikini is already dancing dangerously close to public nudity. As someone who isn’t averse to showing a little skin but isn’t particularly flashy either, I’m all for devoting myself to a flattering suit every summer. But I’ve never before entertained the idea of a skin-colored suit. Now, I’m rethinking things, and it’s all thanks to Bella Hadid.

The fashion-forward model was on vacation wearing a skin-colored string bikini by Storm, and for the first time, I liked the idea of just leaning into the nakedness. While matching your suit to your skin tone isn’t necessarily a new idea (any glimpse at past Yeezy shows immediately proves that fact), this year, there’s something satisfying about the idea of choosing a suit that manages to convey nothing and something at the same time.

There isn’t anything gimmicky or overtly eye-catching about a flesh-tone suit. But at a time when we’re championing the fact that our bodies aren’t objects of the male gaze, I can choose to wear a suit that exemplifies the fact that I’m comfortable in my own skin. And now, as brands work toward creating a more inclusive idea of what a “skin tone” suit actually looks like, it’s possible that we all can sport a nude suit.

Though I know the idea of going full-on nude can be intimidating, my hope is that you find the same curiosity I do in trying a trend that, though appearing simple, can say a lot.

On Bella Hadid: Storm Formentera Bikini Top ($49). Hadid styled her nude-hued swimsuit with a gold necklace, thick hoops, and a simple trucker hat.

You can’t go wrong with a cool cutout bikini. Shop the matching Breakers Bikini Briefs ($84). 

Another day, another Vitamin A suit to love. Shop the matching California High Leg Bikini Bottom ($99).

A one-shoulder neckline plus a charming bow? Sign us up!

We love the scalloped edge. Shop the matching Bikini Bottoms ($30). 

Cutouts are always going to be a must-have swimsuit detail.

This gets great reviews on Amazon.

Subtle ribbed fabric adds a bit of interest.

For simple suits, go for a textured material for added dimension.

Okay, obsessed is an understatement.  Shop the matching Tie-Detail Bikini Briefs ($174).

A grandiose halter neckline and ties add some fun to this chic bikini. Shop matching Willow Cheeky Bikini Bottom ($90). 

We love this minimal approach.

Ruching makes anything—even swimwear—more flattering.

How fun is this ruched strap detail?

It doesn’t get any more classic than this. Shop the matching Palma Sand Bottom ($72).

Matches is always a trove of swim trends like this wrap top. Shop the matching Nineties High-Leg Bikini Briefs ($125). 

A one-piece with a bit of edge.

We’d wear this with high-waisted jeans as well.

For those looking for more coverage, this suit is right up your alley.

Metallic fabric and a ruched ring detail make this one-piece extra special. 

Simple yet effective. Shop the matching Jocelyn Bikini Bottom ($99).

 You can’t beat the price.

Just add layers of gold jewelry.

Warning: Timid folks need not apply.

Add a sporty touch. Shop the matching Radiya High Waisted Bikini Bottom ($41). 

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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