The Hottest Swimsuits for 2012

Straight off the runways of Miami Fashion Week Swim, here's a glimpse at some of the top looks we'll be seeing on beaches next year, from printed bikinis to cut-out one-pieces.

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Straight off the runways of Miami Fashion Week Swim, here's a glimpse at some of the top looks we'll be seeing on beaches next year, from printed bikinis to cut-out one-pieces.
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Teeny Bikinis: The one swimwear trend that appears on runways and clothing racks year after year is the itty-bitty string bikini. Not only is it one of the most iconic of sex symbols, it's a style that's also surprisingly flattering.
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Teeny Bikinis: A. Che, Swim 2012
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Teeny Bikinis: Model Kate Upton walks the runway in a checked lace bikini adorned with pink bows.
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Teeny Bikinis: Cia Maritima, Swim 2012
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Teeny Bikinis: Diesel Swim 2012
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Teeny Bikinis: Cia Maritima, Swim 2012
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Sporty Bikinis: In contrast to the typical string silhouette, a sporty shape is emerging on the 2012 runways with a high waist and strong look. Here, a look from Mara Hoffman's runway show.
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Sporty Bikinis: Diesel, Swim 2012
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Sporty Bikinis: Mara Hoffman, Swim 2012
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One-Piece Suits: Bikinis may be the sexiest thing on the beach, but one-pieces are making a strong play for the title. Here, a piece with a down-to-there neckline on the Mara Hoffman runway.
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One-Piece Suits: Diesel, Swim 2012
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One-Piece Suits: Mara Hoffman, Swim 2012
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One-Piece Suits: Dolores Cortes, Swim 2012
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One-Piece Suits: Diesel, Swim 2012
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Cut-Outs and Asymmetrical Silhouettes: Taking one-pieces a step further, many of 2012's suits feature less conventional shapes. Here, reality star Kristin Cavallari models an eccentric blue piece on the Diesel runway.
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Cut-Outs and Asymmetrical Silhouettes: A. Che, Swim 2012
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Cut-Outs and Asymmetrical Silhouettes: Dolores Cortes, Swim 2012
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Cut-Outs and Asymmetrical Silhouettes: Luli Fama, Swim 2012
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Cut-Outs and Asymmetrical Silhouettes: Red Carter, Swim 2012
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Cut-Outs and Asymmetrical Silhouettes: A. Che, Swim 2012
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Cut-Outs and Asymmetrical Silhouettes: Mara Hoffman, Swim 2012
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Surf-inspired Prints: Beachy, Hawaiian-looking patterns cropped up in both women's and men's suits. Here, a surfer-like pair of board shorts at the Diesel runway show.
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Surf-inspired Prints: Diesel, Swim 2012
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Surf-inspired Prints: Diesel, Swim 2012
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Ultra-Brights: Bold prints aren't the only eye-catching fixtures on the runway. For 2012, the focus is away from darker hues and neutrals and centered more on sunny yellows and tropical tones.
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Ultra-Brights: Dolores Cortes, Swim 2012
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Ultra-Brights: Diesel, Swim 2012
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Ultra-Brights: A. Che, Swim 2012
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Ultra-Brights: Dolores Cortes, Swim 2012
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Ultra-Brights: Cia Maritima, Swim 2012
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Smaller Suits for Men: While the majority of men might still prefer longer, board short-style suits, the trend is veering towards shorter-shorts and smaller, sportier suits.
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Smaller Suits for Men: Diesel, Swim 2012
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Colorful, Original Prints: Forget traditional stripes and checks, 2012 is all about dazzling rainbow patterns and eye-catching florals. Here, a model sporting a rainbow one-shoulder swimsuit walks the runway at the Dolores Cortes swim show.
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Colorful, Original Prints: Dolores Cortes, Swim 2012
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Colorful, Original Prints: Luli Fama, Swim 2012
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Colorful, Original Prints: Cia Maritima, Swim 2012
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