We've already talked about how big the monochrome trend is this Spring, and you can't have missed the hundreds of striped, spotted and checkerboard pieces now filling every store - online and offline - as a result.

But this is a trend that expands beyond just clothing. If you want to really earn your fashion stripes, take the trend to the beach or pool too. There are loads of really great black and white bikinis and swimsuits on offer this year - it's always been a big trend for the beach because black is such a flattering colour, but this year in particular things have heated up, taking a timeless beach look to the next level with modern shapes, piping detail and cool cutouts.

Some of our favourites can been seen in the gallery above. We love the strappy design of the longline ASOS bikini top, the cool retro feel of Miss Mandalay's gingham number, and we can't get over Very's bargain belted swimsuit with geometric print. Click your fave to get the gallery rolling and shop now!