Shimmer in Metallics

Whether you will be catching the sun's rays poolside at home or enjoying the white sands and clear blue seas of a tropical beach, metallic swimwear is a subtle yet effective way to exude some summer glam. Another great benefit of buying a new swimsuit in a metallic hue is the ability to combine another swimsuit trend, such as Sexy Cutouts or Sleek & Slimming, into the same suit.

Aqua Di Lara showed a number of metallic bathing suits on its runway during the 2011 Resort fashion shows. One option, a simple two-piece, featured two different shades of gold. The top, a dark gold, was a simple triangle top with a large O-shaped ring in the center. The suit's bottom was a lighter, complementary shade of gold, bordered on top with a strip of the dark gold fabric, tying the whole look together. Complete this look with a few gold bangles or bracelets and matching sandals. A second Aqua Di Lara option was a slate grey metallic one-piece. This suit is a great option for women who take pride in their well-toned abs; while the suit is technically a one-piece, the top and bottom are held together by thick fabric strips, exposing the wearer's stomach. Caged sandals or heels are the perfect footwear option.

Beach Bunny also had many great metallic swimwear options as part of its 2011 Resort collection. If you're looking for something wild, pick either the teal blue and leopard print one-piece or the grey metallic one-piece with cutouts. The teal option features strips of leopard-printed fabric criss-crossed across and around the body; the grey suit has cutouts of varying sizes over the stomach.

If you're looking for something simple and classic, Crystal Jin's metallic gold one-piece with the cross-over front is the perfect option. Alternatively, the white Ed Hardy strapless style with horizontal mesh gold-lined cutouts is another good choice.