Miami Swim 2018 has wrapped up, and the top looks for Spring ’18 are taking their cues right off the ready-to-wear runways. From velvet to ruffles to lace, swimwear designers are making it easy to go from beach to swim-up bar to dinner, without sacrificing style at any point. As always, the runways were well accessorized, showing how pool and beach looks are all about the total ensemble. Warning: Looking at these photos might cause a spontaneous dash to the gym!
The cold shoulder trend isn’t going away any time soon. Mixed with velvet (another trend at Miami Swim 2018), these looks can even do double duty as a bodysuit in colder months.
Pom poms and tassels continue to adorn bags and accessories, and swimsuits are not immune to this hot tropical trend. From bikinis trimmed with tiny pom poms to full-on fringe earrings, everything looks better with some matching matching metal cuffs.
Piles of pearls dress up this outfit, both as accessories and as built-in embellishments. Tiny deconstructed jean shorts double as bottoms and swim suit cover up.
Speaking of jean shorts, how about a trompe l’oeil effect right into a one-piece?
Less out there are these more accessible denim hair wrap and swimsuit print.
Metallics remain key, particularly gold and silver. This swim dress adds additional coverage, glamour and ease for day-into-evening transitioning.
A metallic gold fringed poncho is the perfect cover up for a metallic bikini.
Suspenders and harnesses showed up on a few runways as strong decorative items.
Red, white and blue striped swimsuit and resin bangles add a touch of Spectator Spirit (with pops of yellow nail polish). High-waisted athleisure bottoms work for beach and water sports too.
Lace has come out of the boudoir and onto the beach. Here, a sheer lace long-sleeved kimono robe adds a feminine touch.
Tassel fringe gets extra long in many instances, both on suits and on cover ups.
A mesh crochet caftan offers peekaboo coverage in on-trend pastel hues.
Also making waves in pastels? Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. Done in soft, blurry hues, the watercolor effect feels like waves.
Even the punk trend that is sweeping the runways made its appearance at Swim Week, here as a safety pin necklace and silver chain link belly bracelet with swags.
Those who like a little more coverage will be pleased to know that sleeves were all over Miami Swim, from sporty “scuba” styles to romantic embellished florals.
Let’s not forget our feathered friends! A belt with peacock feathers will make any beach babe feel like preening.