06/26/2012 02:26 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

A Black Bikini: The Summer Staple Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell & Jessica Alba Can't Get Enough Of (PHOTOS)

While bright prints and colors may seem like an obvious choice for a day at the beach, nothing beats the simple elegance of a classic black bikini. The LBB (or Little Black Bikini) might not have as much acronym recognition as a dress or jacket, but it is just as popular. Style stars like Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Jessica Alba have all been spotted in LBBs while soaking up the sun.

In fact, it is a look I fall back on year after year. Why? You never have to worry about a black bikini being see-through when wet (like it's light-colored counterparts). And not only does a dark swimsuit create the illusion of a tan, it can also be more flattering than patterned or bright-hued swimwear.

Do you stick with dark colors over the summer or are you more of a risk taker? Take a peek at the photos below to see 28 celebrities stun in black bikinis and some options to get the look.

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