Summer swimwear: Bold colors, metallics and sporty styles

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Summer swimwear: Bold colors, metallics and sporty styles
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 16: A model walks the runway during the show by G. Saints Swimwear at Miami Fashion Week Resort Summer 2014/2015 Day 2 at Miami Beach Convention Center on May 16, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
This July 19, 2013 file photo shows models in Dolores Cortes swimwear at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim show in Miami Beach, Fla. Expect bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles on beaches this summer in, surprisingly, more one-piece silhouettes. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
FILE - This July 18, 2013 file photo shows a model wearing Barraca Chic swimwear in at the MBFW Swim fashion show in Miami Beach, Fla. Expect bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles on beaches this summer in, surprisingly, more one-piece silhouettes. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
FILE - This July 18, 2013 file photo shows a model wearing Barraca Chic swimwear at the MBFW Swim fashion show in Miami Beach, Fla. Expect bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles on beaches this summer in, surprisingly, more one-piece silhouettes. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
FILE - This July 19, 2013 file photo shows a model wearing Agua swimwear during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim show in Miami Beach, Fla. Expect bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles on beaches this summer in, surprisingly, more one-piece silhouettes. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
FILE - This July 18, 2013 file photo shows a model wearing Barraca Chic swimwear at the MBFW Swim fashion show in Miami Beach, Fla. Expect bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles on beaches this summer in, surprisingly, more one-piece silhouettes. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
This undated image provided by Target shows a bathing suit the retailer is offering for summer.This year’s swimwear trends include bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles. (AP Photo/Target)
This undated image provided by Target shows a bathing suit the retailer is offering for summer.This year’s swimwear trends include bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles. (AP Photo/Target)
This undated image provided by Macy’s shows a bathing suit two-piece with a fringed top. This year’s swimwear trends include bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles. (AP Photo/Macy’s)
This undated image provided by Macy’s shows a bathing suit the retailer is offering for summer. This year’s swimwear trends include metallic materials, bold colors and sporty styles. (AP Photo/Macy’s)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes poses during a swimwear shoot for the David Jones Summer Campaign at Carriageworks on May 21, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Rohan Kelly/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes poses during a swimwear shoot for the David Jones Summer Campaign at Carriageworks on May 21, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Rohan Kelly/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes poses during a swimwear shoot for the David Jones Summer Campaign at Carriageworks on May 21, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Rohan Kelly/Newspix/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 16: A model walks the runway during the swimwear show by A. Lekay for Allusions at Miami Fashion Week Resort Summer 2014/2015 Day 2 at Miami Beach Convention Center on May 16, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 16: A model walks the runway during the show by G. Saints Swimwear at Miami Fashion Week Resort Summer 2014/2015 Day 2 at Miami Beach Convention Center on May 16, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 16: A model walks the runway during the show by G. Saints Swimwear at Miami Fashion Week Resort Summer 2014/2015 Day 2 at Miami Beach Convention Center on May 16, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 16: A model walks the runway during the swimwear show by A. Lekay for Allusions at Miami Fashion Week Resort Summer 2014/2015 Day 2 at Miami Beach Convention Center on May 16, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
A model presents a creation by Osklen Praia during the 2015 Summer collection of Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 8, 2014 AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A model presents a creation by Osklen Praia during the 2015 Summer collection of Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 8, 2014 AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A model presents a creation by Osklen Praia during the 2015 Summer collection of Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 8, 2014 AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - APRIL 08: A model walks the runway during the Patricia Vieira show at Fashion Rio Summer 2014/2015 at Marina da Gloria on April 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 03: A model walks the runway during Movimento show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer 2014/2015 at Parque Candido Portinari on April 3, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 03: A model walks the runway during Movimento show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer 2014/2015 at Parque Candido Portinari on April 3, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 03: Flavia Oliveira walks the runway during Movimento show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer 2014/2015 at Parque Candido Portinari on April 3, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images)
A model presents a creation by Movimento during the 2015 Summer collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 02: A model walks the runway during the Agua de Coco por Liana Thomaz show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer 2014/2015 at Parque Candido Portinari on April 2, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images)
A model presents a creation by Agua de Coco during the 2015 Summer collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 02: A model walks the runway during the Adriana Degreas show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer 2014/2015 at Parque Candido Portinari on April 2, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images)
A model presents a creation by Agua de Coco during the 2015 Summer collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes poses during a swimwear shoot for the David Jones Summer Campaign at Carriageworks on May 21, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Rohan Kelly/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes poses during a swimwear shoot for the David Jones Summer Campaign at Carriageworks on May 21, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Rohan Kelly/Newspix/Getty Images)
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By CARYN ROUSSEAU

CHICAGO (AP) -- Expect bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles on beaches this summer in, surprisingly, more one-piece silhouettes. A quick guide to this season's swim looks:

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THE FASHION

PATTERNS, PRINTS, COLORS: Look for bold, solid colors as opposed to pastels or jewel tones.

"Definitely more vibrant," says Marissa Rubin, People StyleWatch's senior market editor. Also: Black and white, graphic details and writing or words, global prints and metallics in silvers, bronze, pewter and gold. "It looks really great on bronze skin, the metallics really pop," Rubin said.

SPORTY STYLES: Fashion designers are looking to athletic brands for inspiration, Rubin said. Specifically: Zippers, mesh inserts or cut outs, neoprene material and rash-guard influences.

VERSATILE COVER UPS: Traditional covers ups are making way for multi-use garments, like jersey dresses that can go from "pool to barbecue or pool to picnic or out at night," Rubin said. Other options: Shirt dresses or oversized men's button down shirts, caftans and tunics that hit mid-thigh or at the knee.

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THE FINANCES

RETURN OF THE ONE PIECE: Sales of one-piece swimsuits have gone up. Data from market research group NPD show one-piece sales increasing 15 percent from the April 2012-to-March 2013 period to the April 2013-to-March 2014 period. One-piece sales netted $819.6 million during 2013-2014 range compared with $783.9 million for two piece swimsuits, which saw a 9 percent loss.

"The one-piece has the ability to be able to contour one's figure in a better way," said Marshal Cohen, NPD's chief retail analyst.

MIX AND MATCH: Women are increasingly buying a basic swim bottom that fits well and pairing it with multiple tops in different lengths and patterns. NPD data show sales of $550.5 million for swimwear tops from April 2013-to-March 2014 compared with $368.7 million for bottoms.

"Women aren't concerned as much anymore about having a complete matchy-matchy outfit," Cohen said. "It's perfectly OK to buy a $9 top and put it with a $20 bottom."

OVERALL SALES: The women's swimwear market totaled $2.9 billion in sales from April 2013-to-March 2014, according to NPD. That's up slightly from $2.8 billion during the 2012-2013 period. Cover ups saw a 7 percent increase in sales from the April 2012-to-March 2013 period to the April 2013-to-March 2014 period.

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