One of the biggest swimwear trends for Summer 2011 — and in the fashion world in general — is color blocking. Whether you’re more of a monochromatic fashionista or a lover of bright and clashing hues, there’s a swimsuit out there to help you embrace this happy trend.
Wondering what color blocking is, exactly? The trend comprises swimsuits that utilize blocks or stripes of colors, as well as suits made up of two pieces in different hues. The look can be extended using coverups, bags or sandals that either feature blocks of color or are one color only paired with pieces of differing hues.
Some designer brands (Rowley, Fernandez) have made a specialty of color blocking, while some others (Eres) have gone to great lengths to make a dramatic color statement with their latest collection. That’s Eres’ Cache Cache blazer suit above — very nautical, very retro and, when you see it from the back, very naughty too. It also serves as a good introduction to the kind of memorable impression a smart color scheme can create.
Have a look now at some of our favorite color-blocked swimsuit looks of 2011 to help get you inspired to bring color into your beach life this summer.
Maryan Melhorn’s Los Cabo Bikini features geometric color blocking in sophisticated mustard, brown and white. Even better? This halter-style suit’s matching sarong is a perfect complement to this chic look.
Lisa Marie Fernandez’s Color-Block Triangle Bikini is an interesting combo of aqua and olive, a perfect example of how the unexpected works wonders when it comes to color blocking. Covered up (Net-a-Porter recommends boyfriend jeans and a straw fedora for the ultimate laid-back beach look) or worn solo, this bikini is not only on-trend but striking to boot.
Eres’ Cache Cache Blazer Swimsuit combines color blocking with teasingly sexy retro chic. Eyelets covered in fabric and thick straps that cross along the plunging back of this suit make it anything but boring, despite its rather simple design and colors.
Marc by Marc Jacobs’ 2011 swimwear collection is chock full of color blocked options, and when Marc deems something a trend, you just know it’s going to be hot. This Colorblock Bikini keeps the look simple, using contrasting piping rather than large blocks of different shades. The colors are feminine without being too girlie and we love the added interest of the criss-cross back.
The Camilla and Marc Salerno Bandeau Bikini is the perfect mix of sweet and sexy. Purple and black mingle with a bright aqua in this suit, which features a flirty knot, supportive boning, and a detachable halter strap, along with bottoms that provide blessedly decent coverage.
Cynthia Rowley’s Bond One Suit for Roxy manages to be trendy, functional and attractive all at the same time. The contrast insets in acid neons are a nice accompaniment to the feminine and strapless princess neckline of this zippered Neoprene suit.
Victoria’s Secret hits a home run with its Bandage Halter Bikini. Minimalist lines, colors that work well together, and a sturdy underbust strap for a bit of VS cleavage boost. What more could you ask for?
Another alternative is to create a color block look using separates or by digging out pieces you already have. Topshop is just one reasonably priced source for all manner of one-color separates (including cover ups) that will help you hit the beach this summer in total color blocked glory.