Serious Hardware

While some of the spring 2011 swimwear trends, such as Sexy Cutouts and A Hint of Lingerie, require a bit of a daring streak, we here at know that not all of our readers are up for making such bold statements. Fortunately, there are lots of swimwear trends to choose from to make spring 2011 your most fashionable swimwear season yet without having all eyes on you. Why not accent an otherwise simple suit with some Serious Hardware? Whether a simple O-shaped ring between the triangles of a bikini top or elaborately woven pieces on both sides of a bikini bottom, hardware make a great statement. Complement your adorned swimwear with accessories in a similar style, such as a pair of woven sandals or large, gold jewelry.

There was a lot of hardware on the runways during the spring 2011 fashion shows. Beach Bunny Swimwear showed a simple white bikini accented with brown hardware between the two triangles of the bikini top and on both sides of the bottom. The look was complemented by turquoise bracelets and dangling earrings. Caffe Swimwear featured two accented looks: a white bikini with gold hardware pieces and a one-piece cutout style decorated with gold along the sides. Rag & Bone showed a daring black style with two large buckles on either side of a cutout over the chest. For a more subdued look, consider Michael Kors' brown one piece suit completed by a large, brown belt or Poko Pano's simple brown bikini with woven hardware on the bottom side.