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Fresh off the Runway: Swimsuit Trends for 2017
You may very well be looking out your window at snow right now or bundling up in a coat, scarf, and boots to make your way to the car, but fashions designers are always a few seasons ahead of the rest of us and already have next year’s swimsuit designs locked in.
Miami Swim Week, the equivalent of the many Fashion Weeks held around the world, was held in July and the fashion community descended on the city and featured designers such as Kai Lani, Tori Praver, Anna Kosturova, Beach Riot, and many more.
While the height of summer might seem to be an odd time to reveal swimwear designs this was certainly a great way to pique the interest of fashion buyers and fashionistas as well. Now that the bikinis are out of the bag the rest of the world knows what to expect when shopping for resort wear for your next tropical getaway. So if you’re looking forward to your next swimwear purchase these are a few of the trends that were revealed at Swim Week and you’ll likely be able to find them on boutique shelves this winter.
The retro look in swimwear has been somewhat fashionable for a few years but designers really took this look and ran with it this year. Increasingly popular with women who are curvier, the retro look with its high-waisted bottoms and full top coverage not only looks incredibly chic but also makes the woman who wears this type of suit feel cheeky and sexy.
Expect prints, stripes, and polka dots with these looks and adornments like buttons and bows. This style is timeless and is appropriate for the country club pool and a five star resort.
Bold Prints Print fabric for swimwear goes in and out of style and many designers feel that their creations are better suited to solid colors. This year turned that notion on its head. Prints were everywhere in the 2017 swimwear collection and the traditional animal print was discarded in favor of more bold prints that aren’t often seen in swimwear collections.
This season you’ll find bold geometric prints, jungle prints, and clever blends of opposite prints that, when combined, will have heads turning up and down the beach. The new print collections look fantastic when used on a one-piece swimsuit but some of the prints work well on bikinis too.
Professional surfers wear designs that are functional but that doesn’t mean surf style has mean a wetsuit or board shorts. This year, designers recreated some of the more practical surf wear styles and morphed them into incredibly stylish looks that would still look great on a board.
Expect sleek lines and body hugging styles in both one and two piece creations. Bright colors and playful prints also dominate this year’s surf inspired collection which makes these choices excellent for anyone who wants stylish swimwear that’s also functional.
The Bohemian Look
Sometimes it may feel like the Bohemian style has worn out its welcome. We’ve seen this look in all aspects of fashion for several years. However, the boho swimwear styles presented at Miami Swim Week showed us that the boho look is still absolutely perfect for swimwear.
The pretty crochet pieces were a big hit and you’ll find these in a variety of styles and colors and the look is stunning when combined with a flowy cover up and a wide brimmed hat. So while you might reject boho outright at times, this season’s swimwear is the perfect reason to bend the rules.
Athletic styles have traditionally been very minimalistic as far as design and color go. After all, these swimsuits have been generally been created for those women who swim frequently for exercise or in competition. However, this year’s collection has brought the athletic look to the forefront with some small changes that make a big impact.
While these styles still retain the sleek look they’ve always been known for designers have restructured these suits to add a lot of intriguing new aspects to these styles. Cutouts and wrap-around straps are just a few ways these athletic styles are now more attractive than ever. Following the runway debuts at Miami Swim Week we have a lot to look forward to regarding next year’s styles. So as you plan your next beach vacation be sure to try one of these sexy new designs to add to your wardrobe.