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Susan Bodack is the Director of Social Media Marketing at InStyleSwimwear.com and an expert on all things swimwear. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with dual degrees in Communications and Spanish, she landed back in her hometown of Philadelphia, PA.

Ever since she was a little girl, Susan has dreamed about working in fashion and after graduation, she was flung head-first into the designer swimwear industry. Swimwear has become her passion and she loves to share her love and knowledge of bikinis with the world.

Color Blocking: From The Runways To The Beach

Let's Twist by Gottex Profile

Photo Credit: Gottex Profile

As I’m sure you’ve all noticed, the season’s hottest fashion trend is none other than color-blocking.  The trend has already taken over the fashion runways and now it’s hitting the beach as the season’s hottest swimwear trend!  Whether your sense of style is bold and beautiful or you consider yourself more of a subtle fashionista, have some fun this summer with cool new color-block swimwear styles.

Asymmetrical Color-Block One-Piece by Karla Colletto

Photo Credit: Karla Colletto


When you think of classic color-blocking, you probably think of bold contrasting blocks of color that are brilliantly juxtaposed by the designer.  At first glance, the bright hues may seem to clash, but for some reason it totally works!  Try color-block swimwear styles featuring combinations like navy, fuchsia, and turquoise or warmer combos like red, orange, and pink!
A number of new one and two-pieces feature this classic color-block clash and all of them will certainly get you noticed at the beach.


In addition to the bold styles, there definitely seems to be a new take on color-block swimwear which features a softer, more subtle approach.  Many swimwear designers are color-block strip.

Grey bikinis with a peek of lime or classic little black bikinis with a peep of turquoise are both sporty-chic and hot, hot, hot!

Yellow & Taupe Color-Block Swimsuit by Vince Camuto Swimwear

Photo Credit: Vince Camuto

You can also find color-block swimwear styles done in classic black and white for a chic and sophisticated take on the trend.

These styles are perfect for those who are dying to try out the color-block swimwear trend but may be a bit frightened by the bold color overload!

Color-Block One-Piece by Vitamin A Swimwear

Photo Credit: Vitamin A

Finally, you’ve seen it in the fashion mags, in-store window displays, and in countless street style photos—people creating their own color-block combinations by mixing and matching separates that they already own!

In this economy, we can’t always afford to buy new swimsuits every single year, but by pairing different tops and bottoms together, you can create your own color-block swimwear look for the beach!  For example, try a bold citrus-colored top with an indigo or coral-colored bottom.

Play fashion designer and get creative! Are you bold enough to rock the color-block swimwear trend this season?  Go on, we dare you!


Starlet Bikini by Sauvage

Photo Credit: Sauvage


Roza Bikini by Charlie by Matthew Zink

Photo Credit: Charlie by Matthew Zink

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