CF's Ultimate 2014 Swimwear Shopping Guide

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Breaking news: swimsuit season is here. No matter how you feel about it, the sun is shining and there are plenty of opportunities to hit the water. Whether you live by the beach or will be lounging poolside, you're going to need a new suit. Thankfully, the fashion elite have sent a hoard of new swimwear trends down the runways for us all to enjoy.

Below are five of the hottest swimwear trends for 2014, and we did the tricky work by seeking out budget-friendly options that won't hurt a college girl's wallet. We have bikinis, one-pieces, accessories and everything in between, so check 'em out!

Cutouts & Bold Straps

Cutouts & Bold Strap Swimsuits

Product Information: 1. Pacsun Top & Bottoms, 2. Target Top & Bottoms, 3. Boohoo, 4. H&M Top & Bottoms, 5. ASOS Top & Bottoms

Since swimsuits are always cut close to the body, there aren't a lot of options out there for bold silhouettes. To make up for it, swimwear 2014 has a fearless trend to offer in its place: cutouts and straps. These looks are daring, bold, and certain to get you compliments when you are poolside. Whether it's asymmetrical shapes or intriguing outlines, this trend is as chic as it gets.

Daring Prints

Printed Swimsuits Summer 2014

Product Information: 1. Pacsun Top & Bottoms, 2. Pacsun, 3. American Eagle Top & Bottoms, 4. Pacsun Top & Bottoms, 5. ASOS Top & Bottoms

Summer 2014 is all about prints. Unique digital prints rocked the runways, and there are many comparable looks available that won't hurt the wallet, like the suit pictured on the right. Tropical prints are also gaining in popularity, and personally, we can't get enough of dramatic prints. Whatever your print preference, all of the suits pictured above look super-chic and won't break the bank. It's a win-win!

Sporty Styles

Sporty swimwear summer 2014

Product Information: 1. H&M Top & Bottoms, 2. Boohoo, 3. Delia's Top & Bottoms, 4. American Eagle Top & Bottoms, 5. Delia's Top & Bottoms

Sporty styles are arguably the most popular trend in swimwear this season. High-neck halter tops and rash guards are about as cool as it gets when it comes to water-wear. Skip the skimpy suits if this is the look you're going for; racer-back tops and full-coverage bottoms are what this style is all about.


Retro swimsuits summer 2014

Product Information: 1. American Eagle Top & Bottoms, 2. Target, 3. Modcloth, 4. Delia's Top & Bottoms, 5. Topshop

For the past few seasons, retro-look swimwear has been on-trend, and summer 2014 is no different. If you're curious about this trend, try a long-line top or high-waisted bottoms for a vintage-esque swim style. The best part? These suits are always flattering and look ultra-adorable.


Neon swimsuits summer 2014

Product Information: 1. Nordstrom Top & Bottoms, 2. Forever 21 Top & Bottoms, 3. Charlotte Russe Top & Bottoms, 4. Forever 21 Top & Bottoms, 5. H&M Top & Bottoms

If you're one of those people who sulk around all winter in black and gray, counteract it by rocking a neon swimsuit this summer. Don't just reach for the yellow suit; grab the electric neon yellow version instead. Not only will you be turning heads, but you'll be doing it in a fashion-forward way.

All of the Extras

Must have swim accessories

Product Information: 1. Charlotte Russe, 2. H&M, 3. American Eagle, 4. Forever 21, 5. H&M, 6. H&M, 7. Hollister

Regardless of whether you're hitting the beach or pool, you're going to need the accessories to complete your look. A cover-up, like a polka-dot romper or striped dress, will make your look appropriate for the street. You'll also need a funky bag for your gear, like the sassy H&M one shown above. Don't forget a hat for added sun protection, a cheeky towel, and some stunner shades.

Now it's your turn!

What are your favorite swimwear trends this season? Which trend is most "you?" Do you love our picks? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think! 

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