Seeing Miami Swim Week unfold before my eyes was a dream come true. Paraiso Miami Beach hosted an incredible weekend during which swimwear designers showcased their latest collections. The highlight of the weekend was the amount of diversity on the runways. While there was diversity in terms of size and race, there were also people with disabilities, such as Marsha Elle, in the shows.
I had the chance to speak with a few designers between shows, and they fully echoed my sentiments. Monti Landers, the founder of Riot Swim, agreed with my enthusiasm, saying the best part of her debut show was seeing the different sizes go down the runway. “I usually just see one girl, and I want to represent everyone,” she said. Monday Swimwear also entered the swim week arena this season, and co-founder Devin Brugman shared that her customer base responded positively as well. “I posted one of our voluptuous-range models on Instagram. I got so many messages saying that ‘when I see images like this, I tear up because I finally see someone who looks like me and I can relate to.’ These messages mean so much to me. We’re proud of what we’ve done so far, so we’re going to keep going,” she said.
If seeing all people represented in swimwear isn’t enough to make you want to shop it, I don’t know what is. The runway trends I saw (and the women who wore them) will definitely be guiding my next purchases, so I rounded them up below. These eight trends will define swimwear for 2022 and beyond.