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These 10 Y2K-Inspired Swimwear Trends Are, Like, So Hot

Pack a tripod in your beach bag because these suits are ‘gram-worthy.

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Right now, fashion is rife with references to Y2K nostalgia so a trip down memory lane is key to keeping your swimwear style in season. From tankinis to the return of the low-rise bottom, these 10 Y2K-inspired swimwear trends will have your fellow beach-goers cooing "that's hot.”

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Smocked Tops

Before crop tops, we wore smocked tops. Shirred ruching was the texture of choice back in Y2K, and a bikini like the Xhilaration Smocked Ruffle Bandeau Bikini Top ($23) and Cheeky Hipster Bikini Bottom ($18) would've been all the rage.

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Floss Bikinis

Y2K summer style was all about a barely-there string bikini. This minimalist look is a classic, but the Elicit The New Classic Top ($38) and New Classic Bottom ($32) give it a breath of fresh air with this one-shouldered top and a fun zebra print.

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Faux Denim

In the 2000s, we were convinced denim went with everything and, as a result, faux denim swimwear became a thing. To get the look, try the Out From Under Daisy Printed Curtain Triangle Bikini Top ($42) and Curtain String Bikini Bottom, available in S-XL.

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Coordinated Cover-Ups

Pairing your bikini with a matching sarong is pure Y2k energy. The style lives on in the PrettyLittleThing Plus Pink Gingham Triangle Bikini Top ($25), Tie Side High Waisted Bikini Bottoms ($25), and Mesh Beach Skirt ($25).

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Handkerchief Tankinis

I've been a forever fan of longline tankini styles, so I'm thrilled to see them make a comeback. Handkerchief styles like the Out From Under Hannah Handkerchief Bikini Top ($45), available in S-XL, ruled the pool back in the day.

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Hibiscus Print

If you didn’t have at least one item with a brown and hot pink hibiscus flower pattern, were you even alive in 2003? Fortunately, the Kendall & Kylie Eco Tropical Bella Tankini Bikini Top ($22), available in XXS-XL, is far cuter than my Limited Too capris ever were.

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Metallic Sheen

If you ever binge-watched The Simple Life, you know Y2K style was all about sparkle and glitz. Of course shimmery swimsuits were in! I could totally imagine an early-2000s Paris Hilton rocking the Beach Riot Celine Shine-On One Piece ($148).

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You knew this one was coming. The return of Y2K trends means the inevitable return of low-rise bottoms. A Sporty Spice-inspired style like this H&M Triangle Bikini Top ($10) and Brazilian Bikini Bottoms ($13) proves you understands the assignment.

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Wearing crochet in the early 00's radiated I-Just-Got-Back-From-Vacation-And-Now-I’m-One-With-Nature energy. Channel that exact vibe with the Calzedonia Triangle String Swimsuit Top Tel Aviv ($50) and Brazilian String Swimsuit Bottom Tel Aviv ($20).

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Rash Guard Chic

Make! Rash guards!! Cool again! Or, at least, bring back swimsuits with sleeves. The Melissa Simone Gia Swim Top ($90), available in XS-XL, perfectly encapsulates my Y2K desire to look like a laidback surfer girl.

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