Swimwear Trends for 2014: How Suitable Are These Swimsuits for Petites?

The secret is out, swimwear in 2014 is about being noticed, going out with a bang, and making bold moves. The trends sported at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Show are refreshing in their cheeky audacity, while also bringing back the sexy of bygone eras (think Bo Derek in “10” or Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like it Hot”), with vintage/retro touches here and there. Do these swimsuit trends suit petites? Whether you’re a 32a cup or a 32d, the swimsuits on the catwalk can work for you too!

Swimwear Trend No. 1 – Black and White

Back to black was the theme of many designers’ offerings, with two-tone, high-contrast factor swimsuits, often in vintage styles (high-wasted and wide-hipped panties, etc.). From the heyday of Art Deco to its current renaissance, the pairing of black and white or pink  and other high contrasting colors has always had an enduring allure.

How does this look measure up for petites?

These styles can work for petites, if the particular woman isn’t more comfortable in a short-torso style. For petites with shorter torsos, they may not be as flattering as other styles. Style gurus say striped halter-style swimsuits would be especially flattering for petites, due to the way they elongated the form.

Voda_Corsica-String_CroppedSwimwear Trend No. 2 – Jungle-Inspired Styles

These looks are right out of a Duran Duran video – wildly 80s and not the least bit ashamed. Animals, banana leaves, and other jungle/rainforest motifs splash across swimsuits, tankinis, capes and sarongs.

How does this look measure up for petites?

In this case size does matter. Large animal figures, etc. can overpower the petite wearer, but a fetching alternative may be had in swimsuits with smaller prints.

Swimwear Trend No. 3 for 2014 – The Vintage-Inspired Swimsuit

Retro is so prevalent in fashion it could just as well be called contemporary and this is no less the case with the swimsuits coming out this year. Masterful use of retro brings vintage elements into the present, rather than merely mimicking them as they were in their original incarnations. Bows, polka dots, and other touches from the 40’s to the present are reflected in this trend.

How does this look measure up for petites?

Vintage works! Whether the woman is pixie or a veritable amazon.

Swimwear Trends No. 4 – 7 – Colorful Prints, Geometric Prints, Maxi-Length Cover-Ups, and Big Beach Bags

How do these measure up for petites?

For petites, colorful prints can work if the print isn’t too big; geometric prints that feature vertical or diagonal lines are surefire hits on petites; maxis with proportionate motifs can work for petites; and big bags are simply the practical choice when you’ve got a bunch of beach necessities – whatever your size.



Claire Pearl is a petite fashion designer specializing in petite bra and lingerie. She has collected a variety of  sources including www.lulalu.com to write her post. Feel free to connect with her over at Google+.

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  • joysflair

    i like geometric and tribal prints on a one piece suit, for a two piece i go for animal prints or plain black 🙂

  • Nova Joy

    I say those are very nice and sexy bikinis for petite indeed,

  • chubskulit

    Ohlala, sexy! That’s perfect for you and your sexy bod!


  • i am boring when it comes to choice of swimsuit probably, haha, I always prefer no prints, and stay with dark ones such as black or navy blue

  • I would definitely go for the vintage-inspired swimsuits.

  • very nice lists of tips!! all my siwmsuits are in neon colours like yellow green, orange all that stuffs haha i feel sexy in neon colour bikinis.

  • Juliana

    OMG! I can’t even begin to think of resort wear/swim wear with the icy weather we have here in my neck of the woods. It’s nice to imagine of the warmer weather though 🙂


  • Awesome list but number 2 is the best, with photo…nice body shape and wearing 2-piece swimwear

  • This prints can definitely match well with petite ladies as it won’t overpower them.

  • leirs

    I would always prefer vintage because it never goes out of style..

  • jo-anne wong

    Just in time for summer! I think I’ll go for vintage glam this year. teehee! I already saw the design I like yesterday, can’t decided on the color lang.

  • Jessica Cassidy

    that is a beautiful swimwear 🙂 I really like the design. Oh how I wish I could wear 🙁 I need to exercise especially on my gut 🙁


  • Rochkirstin Santos

    Hehe with this post, I remembered one of my guy friends said that women are so picky when it comes to choosing the swim suit for their body type and yet they all have cover-ups so what’s the use of buying good-looking swimwear pieces? 😛

  • big beach bags are amazing!!1 i love them haha though i still have to add a waterproof bag inside to cover up my gadgets when going to the beach so no sand or water can come in hehe

  • Pauper’s Lens

    Nice swimwear… ^_^ Question would be… would it be shown off in the beach or hidden under a cover? ^_^

  • Swimwear displayed here or shown here takes any lady or woman to be daring to wear this particularly in a public beaches we have had here unlike the tourists who are too liberal in wearing this two-piece wear.

  • Yamito Uytingco Calamba

    This is a good source of tips for petite ladies whose definitely looking forward for a fun-filled beach parties this summer! 🙂

  • ahh, i hope to hit the beach soon this summer. I’m petite and this post gave me ideas what to wear 😀

  • Nicole

    Wow lovely post! 🙂 love the bikini, perfect for summer!



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