When we saw actress Bella Thorne splashing in the shore in Miami Beach wearing a retro high-waisted bikini, we were instantly reminded of the glamorous sun-worshippers of the 40s and 50s. This season the totally sexy (and totally flattering) high-waisted bikini is the hottest swim trend, in prints ranging from tropical florals to the ditsy polka dots with contrast ties like Thorne’s. Look for halter tops with retro details like bows and ruffles, and don’t forget to complete your beach look with a wide-brim sun hat, raffia wedge sandals, and cat eye sunglasses. Channel your inner pin-up and shop our picks of bikinis that will have you striking a glamorous pose, no matter your budget.
Clockwise from top left: Mara J Hoffman Techno Animal High Waisted Bandeau Bikini Set – $374.11; Delia’s Underwire Retro Balconet Top & Ruched Top Hipster – $45; Marc by Marc Jacobs Colorblock Halter Bikini Top & Peplum Hipster- $178; Kushkush Isabella High-Waisted Bikini – $176; Urban Outfitters Retro Polka Dot Bikini Top & High-Waist Bikini Bottom – $79; Anne Cole Halter Sweetheart Floral Printed Twist Bikini Top & High Waisted Floral Printed Ruched Retro Brief Bottom – $66