One-pieces, two-pieces, bandeau tops, tank tops, monokinis, tankinis — it appears that shopping for swimwear requires a whole new vocabulary. Which is what makes Maya, created by indie Argentinian designer Carolina Dinardi so delightful: Straightforward styles in no-brainer colors, and *gasp* easily swappable tops and bottoms. (And why this is so shocking/exciting to us serves as proof to the complexity of the swimwear market.) The Miami-based collection certainly does offer a hefty array of options, but the line's easy and unified aesthetic keeps the bikinis seamless. And that's not just a turn-of-phrase, since the bathing suits themselves are made of one piece of material for a smooth fit (that appears, as Maya manager Christina Pino says, "like the suit is painted on").
Which might by why Irina Shayk
is wearing the brand in this year's Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Issue, or why celebs like Nicole Richie
, The Olsens
, and Vanessa Minnillo
(who is a huge
self-proclaimed fan) are frequently seen in the local label. The 2012 collection features the same clean fit and ruffle detailing, but also has some nice surprises, like inside-out bikini bottoms and a whole heap of tropical colors. While deciding how to mix-and-match might be a tough call, at least you can ditch all those crazy words that end in "-ini."
: To celebrate the launch of the 2012 collection, Maya is giving away one signature bikini in any solid color
—to score the loot, just let us know your favorite place to swim in the comments section below
; Dinardi will choose her fave answer to win!
Photo: Courtesy of Maya Swimwear