Put on a Pattern

Although solid-color swimwear is classic and versatile, we know that many of you are looking for something a little more exciting and want a more unique piece of swimwear this year. Fortunately, patterned swimwear abounds this spring, with styles ranging from simple, two-color patterns to kaleidoscope-resembling pieces. You may have your work cut out for you in deciding just which suit to make yours.

Some of the items in Milly’s 2011 collection channeled looks from earlier decades, such as the high-waisted two-piece suit in a brown and white pattern. Bluegirl kept it sweet with a romantic ruffled bikini in a blue and yellow dot pattern, accented with small ruffles and bows. A pink dress coat topped off the look during the show.

For more skin-baring opportunities, check out Paul & Joe’s itty bitty bikini decorated with a geometric pattern in yellow, white, black, blue, and pink. Vanessa Bruno’s green, pink, and black bandeau bikini is another way to show off a well-toned stomach.

If you’re not up for committing to just one swimwear trend, you can incorporate patterns into one of your other favorite spring 2011 looks, for example, slimming cutouts. Vanessa Bruno showed a number of patterned suits during her spring show, including a one-piece style with cutouts on the waist. A strap around the waist accented the pattern, a checkered theme in yellow and brown. Emilio Pucci’s geometric-based patterned suit, also a one-piece, included large cutouts on the waist.