It’s Miami Swim Week again, where swimsuits and resortwear for 2019 are shown in venues throughout Miami Beach.
Thousands of manufacturers, buyers, designers, stylists, models, press — and the new darling of any fashion event — “social media influencers” go to catwalk capers, product launches, nightclub parties, designer presentations and pop-up shops.
People are drawn from all over the globe, because Miami Swim Week is the largest swimwear event in the world. Because of that, we can get a good idea of the trends that you will see when these styles hit retail racks next spring. Now keep in mind that these trends are not always so clear-cut with their expiration date. Many of the trends form the last two seasons are still very much in evidence (metallic shine, boho chic, see-through panels, multi-straps), but here we are focusing on what is fashion-forward.
Here are some of the new trends we’re already beginning to see on the runways and in the trade shows.
• Minimalist maillots and athletic-inspired swimsuits with high hip bottoms (even tiny bikini bottoms might be paired with a supportive long-sleeve top, bandeau or a rash guard)
• Architectural shapes
• Nude-colored swimsuits and coverups
• Animal prints, especially leopard spots
• Swimsuit tops with the ties in the front instead of the back
• Ruffles on swimsuits and coverups
• Softer fabrics and seamless construction for maximum comfort
• Braided and laser-cut detailing
• Stripes of every width and hue
• Apricot and coral for that pop of color
• Accessories include bucket hats, basket bags, big hoop earrings and bandannas for apres-swim hair.
• For men, look for swim shorts (around mid-thigh) in preppy prints. Also boardshorts are still popular (should fall 1 to 2 inches above the knee), especially in tropical prints and bold colors. And the newest guy garb coverups are knitwear.