String bikinis are again, however they're not what you assume they’re


When it comes to swimwear, we've shared everything from the trends that celebrities have this year to the brands I recommend to all my friends and where to buy the most photogenic suits. As I tried some of the season's latest styles and silhouettes, I noticed a solid number of swimwear lines pushing thong bikini bottoms. Now we know what you have in mind: side tie pants that were popular in the early 2000s and usually have a low fit. But I am not referring to that. The new wave of string bikinis is much more chic (IMO) and designed without double side ties. Australian-based swimwear labels like Asara and Bāmba are leading the way in the updated silhouette.

Celebrities like Bella Hadid and Victoria's Secret model Josephine Skriver are already endorsing this fresh take on super-thin swimsuit pants. To really enjoy this year's version of the string bikini, we recommend taking note of Skriver and wearing the high-hiked bottoms. Not only will this lengthen your legs, but it will also give you a very "bond girls look" as Skriver told us in an interview. Whether you're just curious about the style or ready to add the latest bikini trend to your swimsuit collection, we now have the coolest thong bikini bottoms online. See them all below.


Melinda Martin