Colors: It looks like we’re going to be seeing tons of fuchsia and turquoise on the beaches next year and, though there was a lot of metallic gold and silver on the Miami runways, you might be better reserving those glittery Vitamin A and Nicolita bikinis for rooftop pool parties. Black and white is an ongoing classic theme that is now mixed in optical prints like those at Red Carter.
Prints: The patterns shown in Miami were surprisingly consistent. Graphic tribal designs made many an appearance, most notably on flowing sheer caftans. Small florals and zigzags showed up on many a bikini and I detected an underlying Art Deco inspiration, most notably at Aqua Di Lara, while Mara Hoffman went the Ancient Egyptian route.
Shapes: From teensy Brazilian bikini bottoms to the more editorial high-waisted models and underwire vintage pin-up tops at White Sands and Nicolita, there was a wide range of silhouettes to flatter most shapes. Fringe and ruffles were everywhere, bikinis were mix and match and those flowing sheer caftans came along to top everything off. I’d advise steering clear of Agua Bendita’s Wild West-Army collection, though. Holy shit, that was a mess.
As always, there’s a lot to choose from, but only worry about the trends after you’ve figured out what looks good on you. If that means trying on forty-seven swim suits, as painful as that sounds, just do it. You’ll thank me later.
Watch the slideshow of my picks below!