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5 Must-Have Bikinis for the Summer

Summer's crucial fashion item has been gracing the runways of Mercedes-Benz Swim Week in the sizzling sands of Miami Beach, and we're bringing you the five hottest bikinis of the season. Perfect for a quick jaunt to the beach or a tropical excursion around the world, these two-piece beauties combine a multitude of gorgeous prints and eccentric cuts that embody an array of inspiration from top designers.

The top 5 swimwear/resort pieces from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM in Miami.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Mara Hoffman Resort Swim 2015
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Inspired by female bodies, art, textiles, culture and landscape in Guatemala, Mara Hoffman's latest Resort 2015 collection features swimwear with bold prints one one side and commanding solids on the other. A standout bikini with high waisted bottoms is the perfect Summer combination, creating a feminine silhouette for small frames or accentuating curvy body types. Paired with a loose braid, a statement necklace, and vibrant wedges makes for a roaring beachy look. Mara Hoffman further desribes her Summer must-haves and tips for staying cool,

"Every woman should have a great pair of sandals, a good sarong that you can use as a scarf or cover-up, really good tank tops, and a bikini of course. Wearing looser pieces, layering so that you can remove things, and staying away from skin tight items is also important. "

Whether combining a bralette, bandeau, halter, racer back or triangle style top with classic or barely-there bottoms, mix-and-match swimwear is a modern approach to the traditional two-piece that works well with multiple body types. Given a variety of prints and solids, the new L*Space swimwear collection offers a range of watercolor and tribal prints in addition to bright pastels and solid tones.

For a little more coverage and structure, try a top built with an underwire and strappy backs. Maaji Swimwear combines bright colors with nude tones, neons, pastels, floral patterns, photographic prints, and equestrian-inspired pieces for feminine-sporty silhouettes. This particular bikini further enhances those with a smaller bust.

Bold prints paired with sexy cuts offer a unique combination of disctinctive swimwear that can be both wearable and luxurious. Australian-bred swimwear line, Suboo, debuted its new Resort & Swimwear collection at Mercedes-Benz Swim Week with its signature melding of designer and contemporary fashion. Paired with minimalistic bracelets, and neutral footwear introduces a fashion forward approach for a poolside cocktail.

For those with a larger bust, pairing bold prints with a frilly bikini top provides coverage while keeping the overall look seductive yet chic. Luli Fama debuted its 72-look swimwear collection with cheek-baring bottoms and immaculate designs with universally vibrant prints for storytelling pieces.

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