Is there anything more classic than a polka-dot bikini? Or how about an old-fashioned nautical stripe?
These two enduring looks are still going strong, more than half a century after the venerable two-piece made its debut.
Whether you have expensive tastes (and the means to match) or prefer treasure hunting at bargain brands, you can liven up any swimsuit style with a stripe or dot pattern.
Here’s a look at how this iconic theme has been embraced this season by mass market chains and cutting edge designers alike.
This candy colored, “deckchair” striped bikini just screams summer. Not only are the lively hues playful, but the beaded ties add an extra element of fun. Deckchair Bandeau Bikini, Topshop, $55.
Crochet may not be your usual swimsuit fabric, which just makes this Lisa Maree nautical-inspired texture bikini all the more unique. Wear alone or underneath a sheer cover-up, this bikini is definitely a swimsuit with attitude. Lisa Maree Sail Away Striped Bikini, $120.
A bright green striped bikini is just what the doctor ordered for your time by the sea. The pattern is classic, the color is fresh — how can you possibly go wrong? Green Stripe Triangle Bead Bikini, Topshop, $52.
Rock a 50s retro vibe with a shapely polka dot bikini. This one from J.Crew offers an interesting nautical-inspired belt look paired with a choice of two straps. J.Crew Polka-Dot Bikini, $36.
A one-piece is a great alternative to the traditional bikini, and this one is made young and hot by the cut-out back, halter-style and keyhole neckline. Polka Dot One Piece, Topshop, $65.
If you can’t decide between dot and stripe then think about going for both in a suit like Juicy Couture’s Royal Treatment Cut Out Monokini, $147. Sexy peek-a-boo cut outs only serve to up the hotness quotient of this suit.
Finally, for all you trend-conscious label slaves, you can achieve a retro glam look and still stay fashion-forward in this Yellow Polka-Dot Swimsuit from Michael Kors, $260, or the slightly more contemporary one-piece below from German label Maryan Mehlhorn‘s 2011 collection.