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You Definitely Were NOT Expecting To Find This Fabric On The Beach

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Remember the shock and delight when you discovered that velvet is totally a summer trend? Well, this plush fabric continues to crush it for the season in — of all places — swimwear. When we first eyed this bizarre style that seems to have evolved from '90s fashion, we were skeptical. But then we saw Kylie Jenner in a mossy green velvet top and bottom, Bella Hadid in a sweet blue number, and peeked at the lush, custom-made creations of velvet aficionado SKAYA... and let’s just say we fell a little bit in love with how luxe these pieces look on our (imaginary yet totally attainable) yacht. 
 
The key to rocking this trend is to let the fabric do the talking – just imagine the way the sun will shine off it when it's fresh out the ocean. Clean silhouettes like those designed by Australian swimsuit brand Triangl or Miami-based dbrie flatter your figure with rich color, sumptuous texture and eye-catching lines. In the category of evening swimwear, velvet fashion is a must. Paired with a dreamy crochet cover-up or gauzy chiffon sarong, a chic velvet number will be the perfect match to a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach.
 
While this style is hot, the velvet is surprisingly not. Designers aren’t using your typical, winter variety of velvet to create this trend; instead the fabric is light, soft and smooth on the skin. In conversation with Who What Wear, designer Roxana Salehoun said that many of the swimsuits aren't made from true velvet: "The stretch velvet is made from nylon and Lycra, the same composition as regular swim fabric. It is not true velvet which is made from silk or cotton. It typically does have a little less stretch but there are many different types. A four-way stretch will give you the best functionality."
 
They’re also easy to care for. We recommend hand-washing your bikini or one-piece to keep it in top condition, and only ironing the inner lining to avoid burning the fabric. 
 
So what are you waiting for? Stand out this summer by shopping our luscious picks below. We promise that your new velvet look will have you feeling anything but blue by the beach:
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Boohoo Cannes Boutique Velvet Strappy Triangle Bikini - $36
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Pink Plastic Veronica Velvet Plus Swim - $60
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Missguided Pink Velvet Swimsuit - $40
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SheIn Orange Cross Back Velvet One Piece Swimwear - $16
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Dbrie Sami Bikini Top Rose Quartz Velvet - $95
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Sammy Dress Plus Size Halter Velvet Flounce Swimsuit - $13
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H&M Crushed Velvet Bikini Top - $20 and Bottoms - $15
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Dbrie Daxi Swimsuit Rose Quarts Velvet - $176
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9/21
SheIn Contrast Trim Velvet Triangle Bikini Set - $13
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10/21
Boohoo Boutique Velvet Criss Cross Plunge Swimsuit - $40
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SheIn Burgundy Triangle Velvet Bikini Set - $14
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12/21
Missguided Velvet Choker Neck Plunge Swimsuit - $40
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Dbrie Brandi Bikini Top Blue Crush Velvet - $95
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Triangl Astrid Top & Bottom Set - $89
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15/21
Boohoo Bali Velvet Bikini - $36
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SheIn Off The Shoulder Ruffle Velvet One Piece Swimwear - $17
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Boohoo Plus Rebecca Velvet Bikini - $40
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Dbrie Teddi One Piece  Azurite Velvet Mesh - $148
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Roxana Salehoun Velvet Triangle Top - $98 and Velvet String Bottom - $98
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Triangle Raya Top & Bottom Set - $89
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Dbrie Demi Bikini Top - $88
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