Still, cover ups are not the only popular pieces, as people can still wear “Western” swimsuits under them, following worldwide trends. “There are actually two major trends for beachwear for summer 2022: Bohemian 1970s style and 1990s minimalist style. Both in modest versions, generally one piece swimsuits, one piece cut outs or high waist swimsuits”, says Hadzic. Glitter or halterneck swimsuits are also quite popular, she adds. As for other pieces of clothing or accessories, oversized shirt dresses, panama hats, espadrilles, or straw basket bags, are some of the most popular items revisited by famous brands like Celine, Loewe, Prada, or Chloé and sold in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Finally, the prices of items varies from country to country as there are huge differences in terms of demand, supply and purchasing power from one country to another – the GCC being generally on the high end. One constant remains though: beachwear ordered online through a platform will generally be less expensive than a piece of equal quality sold in a local shop – due to the difference in profit margins.