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Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011
Swimming costumes for ladies: Gwyneth Paltrow ruffle bikini

When it comes to 2011 spring and summer trends concerning swimming costumes for ladies, it seems like there is something for everyone's taste. Swimsuits of various styles and designs are being showcased everywhere, from beaches to fashion shows to trade exhibitions.

Red haired Rihanna in bikini

Looking at what celebrities are wearing to the beach is not only a fun pastime for many, it can also be a way to get a feel for what's hot in swimsuits. But judging from pictures¹, it seems there isn't any one single style or design that dominates the beach scene. Actresses Megan Fox, Demi Moore and Courteney Cox, for instance, were photographed wearing the classic black bikini; supermodel Gisele Bundchen was seen sporting an animal-print two-piece, and film stars like Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz took to the sand and the sea in single-hued but brightly-colored bikinis. Mix-and-match swimsuits with different designs and colors were also worn by some celebrities. Chloe Sevigny, for example, was spotted wearing a pink printed bra and a bikini bottom in blue stripes.

Kate Beckinsale in a black ruffles bikini
Kate Beckinsale in a ruffled bikini

Bold-printed swimming costumes for ladies were the choice of familiar faces such as musician Rihanna and actress Penelope Cruz. Other stars, such as Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow (top pic) opted for a slightly playful look with their ruffled bikinis.

It isn't all just bikinis, though. Fashion shows were awash with stylish one-piece bathing suits.² Vintage or retro bathing suits featured prominently on the catwalk, featuring collections from various fashion designers. Marc by Marc Jacobs showcased a 1950s-inspired belted bathing suit with a floral pattern while DKNY launched one-shouldered swimwear in bold shades of blue and grey. High-waisted bikinis reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s, on the other hand, were given a place in the spotlight by designers such as Elie Tahari and Michael Kors.

Swimshow 2011 red bikini from caffe swimsuits

A plethora of bathing suits was exhibited at the Swimshow event of the Swimwear Association of Florida, which has held from July 16-19, 2011.³ The show enjoys a reputation for being the largest of its kind on the planet and it wasn't a surprise to see many familiar swimsuit brands there, including Miraclesuit, Playboy Swim, and Reebok. Designs ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde seem to show no signs of abating when it comes to swimming costumes for ladies.

  1. Harpers Bazaar: Celebrity Swimsuits 2011
  2. Vogue: Swimwear Trends Spring/Summer 2011
  3. Swimshow & Lingerieshow