Sporty and Chic Makes a Splash at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 in Miami

As we head further into September, it’s time to enjoy these last few weeks of relaxing at the beach or sitting by the pool.  Hopefully, your bathing suits have gotten plenty of use this summer.  With the dwindling summer sun in mind, let’s take a look at what swimsuit styles we have to look forward to for next summer.

If you’re an athlete, you’re in luck, because sporty swimwear was the major trend at the Mercedes-Benz fashion week in Miami.  Suzette Laboy, from the Associated Press, highlights the sporty styles ruling the runways.

Between rash guards, zipper-brief bottoms, high top waists, and racing caps, the swimwear collections combine sporty with chic to create looks that are not only cute and colorful, but also practical for comfortable movement.

Mara Hoffman Fashion Show Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Mara Hoffman Fashion Show
Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Although Laboy focuses on the sporty element in the swimwear, I couldn’t help but notice the overwhelming colors that made a splash in many of the collections shown at this year’s Fashion Week.  At the Mara Hoffman fashion show, color was incorporated into the swimsuits in a jungle and tribal theme.

Personally, I think patterned bathing suits with tons of different colors aren’t super flattering on everyone, but they do add a festive and cheerful element to the mix of bathing suits.  Taller women are usually better at making a detailed and colorful print look sexy and flattering.

My favorite element in these collections are the zippers.  There’s something sexy and playful about a bathing suit with a visible zipper.  It’s sleek, unique and sporty.  Check out the black zipper on the neckline of Suboo’s floral print one-piece swimsuit.  Would you wear a bathing suit like that or is simple more your style?

We Are Handsome fashion show Source: Getty
We Are Handsome fashion show
Source: Getty

Perhaps you are more of a bikini person.  The We Are Handsome collection showcased a printed bikini, which also featured a zipper. However, this time the zipper was placed vertical in the middle of the bust.  The model wearing this bikini sported headphones and a big smile as she walked the runway in style.  When I saw her, all I wanted to do was lay out by the pool, listen to music, sip a cold drink, and read a fashion magazine (or design style boards on StyleChat!)

Laboy begins her description of Suboo’s swimwear collection with “from gym to beach” and she couldn’t be more right.  The zippers, rash guards, and high-waist bottoms in this collection make the swimwear look inspired from gym clothes, but ready for the beach.

So whether or not you bought a new bathing suit this summer, there’s plenty of great designs lined up for next season.  I’m ready to ditch my plain striped-bikinis next summer and invest in a bikini that’s sporty and fun.  Which swimwear features excite you the most?  The sporty swimsuits or the bold tribal colors?

By: Jaclyn Parker

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