By: Vanessa Taylor, TheKit.ca

By now you’ve heard us telling you to mix your metals (yes, gold and silver jewellery look good together!) and mix your prints (yes, stripes and paisley are totally cute!), so now it’s time to mix up your bikini.

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Buying your bikini top and bottom separately lets you customize the fit of your swimwear—many brands, like La Vie En Rose offer a wide range of silhouettes within each print. Love an itsy-bitsy brief but want tankini-coverage up top? This is easy when everything is sold individually.

Another bonus? It lets you create interesting combinations—try florals with polka dots or neon solids with animal print.

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La Vie En Rose swimwear, $30-$40, lavieenrose.com

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  • Runway Inspiration

    For the sartorial risk takers: Christopher Kane offers us inspiration to rock a floral skirt suit. <em><br>A model walks down the catwalk during the Christopher Kane Runway show.</em>

  • Runway Inspiration

    Nina Ricci shows us that layering florals on top of each other is not only visually intriguing, but also the perfect summer solution to looking effortless and cute. <br><em>A model walks the runway during the Nina Ricci Ready.</em>

  • Runway Inspiration

    Marc Jacobs can literally do no wrong and as the creative director of Louis Vuitton, that statement holds strong. This eyelet dress is a subtle way of embracing florals without being overwhelmed by a literal print of flowers. <br><em>A model walks the runway during the Louis Vuitton Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2012.</em>

  • Shorts

    <em>H&M, $29.95. Available at <a href="http://www.hm.com/entrance.ahtml?orguri=/" target="_hplink">hm.com</a></em>

  • Bralet

    <em>Floral zip bralet, $36. Available at <a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?storeId=13052&catalogId=33060" target="_hplink">topshop.com</a> </em>

  • Scarves

    <em>Molly floral scarf, $74. Available at <a href="http://bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca/" target="_hplink">bananarepublic.ca</a></em>

  • Pants

    <em>Floral print trousers, $79.90. Available at <a href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home/ca/en/zara-S2012" target="_hplink">zara.com</a></em>

  • Skirts

    <em>Women's Printed-Pocket Skirt, $32.94. Available at <a href="http://oldnavy.gapcanada.ca/?" target="_hplink">oldnavy.ca</a>

  • Mullet Dresses

    <em>High-Low Floral Dress, $27.80. Available at <a href="http://canada.forever21.com/Product/Main.aspx?BR=F21" target="_hplink">forever21.com</a></em>

  • Bib Necklaces

    <em>Floral Bib Necklace, $10.80. Available at <a href="http://canada.forever21.com/Product/Main.aspx?BR=F21" target="_hplink">forever21.com</a> </em>

  • Flats

    <em>Floral Ballerina, $35.90. Available at <a href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home/ca/en/zara-S2012" target="_hplink">zara.com</a> </em>

  • Rings

    <em>Gold floral cocktail ring, $50. Available at <a href="http://www.bananarepublic.ca/" target="_hplink">bananarepublic.com</a> </em>

  • Nail Art

    <em>Trend Tips by Sephora by O.P.I., $14. Available at <a href="http://www.sephora.com/?_requestid=54994" target="_hplink">sephora.com</a> </em>

  • Perfume

    <em>Daisy by Marc by Marc Jacobs, $75. Available at <a href="http://www.sephora.com/?_requestid=54994" target="_hplink">sephora.com</a></em>

  • Skirts

    <em>Jenna Floral Skirt, $159.50. Available at <a href="http://www.clubmonaco.ca/home/index.jsp" target="_hplink">clubmonaco.ca</a></em>

  • Loungewear

    <em>Hydrangea silk robe, $128. Available at <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/index.jsp" target="_hplink">anthropologie.com</a> </em>

  • iPhone Case

    <em>Floral iPhone case, $24. Available at <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/index.jsp" target="_hplink">anthropologie.com</a></em>

  • Platform Wedges

    <em>Rinks by Aldo, $80. Available at <a href="http://www.aldoshoes.com/ca" target="_hplink">aldoshoes.com</a> </em>

  • Shopping Bag

    <em>Floral print shopper, $32. Available at <a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?storeId=13052&catalogId=33060" target="_hplink">topshop.com</a></em>

  • Headbands

    <em>Floral tiara headband, $58. Available at <a href="http://www.bcbg.com/home/index.jsp" target="_hplink">bcbg.com</a></em>

  • Shell Shirts

    <em>Eyelet shell, $39. Available at <a href="http://www.joefresh.com/" target="_hplink">joefresh.com</a></em>

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