Garfene Grandison, Flair Writer
This year, there is so much to choose from, but Flair did your shopping for you. Here are the trends for 2012 and beyond!
The popular one-shoulder and asymmetrical styles are hot, but beware; they can work for you or against you. One-shoulder suits accentuate the bust, while vertical asymmetric lines can minimise them.
There is a big revival of the one-piece suit, which is often more flattering than a bikini. Sophisticated sexiness!
There's also the rising prominence of the cut-out or cutaway one-piece - both sexy and flattering. unfortunately, this style suits those with toned bodies. BEWARE!
Embellishments - a timeless trend used in clothing, shoes and handbags, has now found its way into the swimsuit industry. Any detail on the bustline will draw attention away from the bottom half and vice versa. It all depends on your preference.
The fab and fashionable maxi dresses are also a great on-trend cover-up, making you feel fashionable without being out of place.
Twenty twelve is the year of the hats, so pairing swimwear with a wide-brim floppy hats, flat strappy gladiator sandals and this year's oversized shades are the perfect combo. Wide-brim hats are not only for protection but also for making a fashion statement.
Simple swimsuits paired with bold, chunky, statement pieces are also on-trend, especially for those who just want to make a style statement.