Suited for Summer

Sizzling sexy swimsuits direct from the Miami Swim Week runway

Sizzling sexy swimsuits direct from the Miami Swim Week runway

Cia.Maritime swimsuit Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Cia.Maritime animal print. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Oakley
Oakley neon colors and tops that extend to the elbows. Photo by © Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Oakley
Oakley Photo by © Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim 2014 July 2013 Poko Pano
Poko Pano in orange, the color of the season. Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Nanette Lepore swimsuit at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Nanette Lepore combines track and swim styles. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Nanette Lepore coverup Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Nanette Lepore mini-caftan. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Anna Kosturova
Anna Kosturova Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mara Hoffman swimsuit at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Mara Hoffman incorporated a South Asian theme. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Cia.Maritime swimsuit Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Cia.Maritime Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Naila
Naila Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim 2014 July 2013 Poko Pano
Poko Pano shows that more coverage at the bottom can still be sexy. Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 BCBGeneration
BCBGeneration Photo by © Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
BCBGeneration swimsuit at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
BCBGeneration features an athletic look. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Aqua Di Lara
Aqua Di Lara features cutouts. Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Manglar
Manglar Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mara Hoffman swimsuit at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Mara Hoffman Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Gottex
Gottex Photo by © Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim 2014 July 2013 Poko Pano
Poko Pano Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Gottex
Gottex Photo by © Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim 2014 July 2013 Poko Pano
Poko Pano Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Cia.Maritime swimsuit Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Oakley
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Oakley
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim 2014 July 2013 Poko Pano
Nanette Lepore swimsuit at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Nanette Lepore coverup Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Anna Kosturova
Mara Hoffman swimsuit at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Cia.Maritime swimsuit Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Naila
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim 2014 July 2013 Poko Pano
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 BCBGeneration
BCBGeneration swimsuit at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Aqua Di Lara
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Manglar
Mara Hoffman swimsuit at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2013
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Gottex
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim 2014 July 2013 Poko Pano
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 swim in Miami July 2013 Gottex
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim 2014 July 2013 Poko Pano

Is it me, or do swimsuits not really change much from year to year?

Every summer, many of the major swimsuit designers show up in Miami for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim to show their new collections. Even though some trends may change, you can pretty much bet the suits will always be colorful and skimpy.

This year's edition, a five-day marathon that ended Monday, featuring looks from three dozen designers, was no different. The No. 1 rule continues to be, if you've got it, flaunt it in a swimsuit that shows your curves.

Yet there were some threads of change. A number of designers went the opposite-of-skimpy route, with more athletic looks featuring structured shoulders and cap sleeves. Some even had sleeves extended to the elbows.

Suits by Cia.Marítima (which has relaunched as CM), BCBGeneration and Oakley have an athletic vibe, with fabrics and designs suited as much for the track or beach volleyball court as the pool.

Mara Hoffman looked to South Asia and Indian mythology for inspiration, with colorful prints — one of the Hindu god Ganesh. Models wore a Third Eye on their foreheads as they walked down the runway. 

Nicolita features fuller-cut bottoms for curvier figures, while Poko Pano showcases swimsuits with eco-friendly beads and gold-plated hardware.

For her first-ever presentation at swim week, Nanette Lepore showed a lot of different styles, from bandeau to halter to maillot. And cover-ups were just as versatile, ranging from brightly patterned pants that look like track suits to an orange Moroccan-style short caftan.

"What's nice with swim is it's blurring into real clothing now," Lepore told the Associated Press.