Style Guide

One Piece Is All You Need

There are few things more idyllic than trading in that itsy bitsy bikini—and still looking great.

By Julia Davila May 14, 2015

Who needs a bikini? This season's one-piece suits stay sexy and on-trend with details like fringe and cut-outs.

Wearing a one-piece swimsuit used to mean one of three things: you’re self-conscious about your body, you can’t expose your skin to the sun or you’re a serious swimmer. No more. This summer there are few things as idyllic as trading in your itsy-bitsy bikini for something a little more demure—welcome to the comeback of one-piece swimsuit. This summer's best maillots have plenty of magic to spare, offering the instant satisfaction of not displaying that beach-bod that you don’t quite have while showing off your other assets.

Seafolly Costa Maya high-neck geometric swimsuit, $182 at Asos

Houston blogger Monica Abney of Class and Fab thinks wearing a one-piece swimsuit can make a statement. “If you choose the right one, it can be incredibly sexy and even sophisticated,” Abney says. “They are so chic and stylish.”

Growing up as a competitive swimmer, my one-piece swimsuits were simple, plain and had a racerback. I always had trouble finding one for vacationing or pool days with friends. Luckily gone are the days where shopping for a one-piece are near to impossible.

“I love ShopBop because you can find many styles and various prices,” Abney says.  

Aasiya Jiwani, a recent University of Houston grad, is another fan on the one-piece look. “I usually shop for them at H&M or Target,” Jiwani says. “I love solid colors with cut-out styles and frills! Floral as well!”

From colorblocking and monochrome to bold and patterned, the variety of styles are endless.

Julie Weinstein, who blogs at From Prosecco to Plaid, thinks it’s great that one-pieces are making such a comeback.

Miraclesuit 'Jena' one-piece swimsuit with mesh panels, $154 at Nordstrom.

“There are so many modern styles out there,” Weinstein says. “I think solid is the most flattering, with a unique neckline and cool details,” she says, singling out a one-shouldered suit with mesh panels as a favorite.

If a plunging neckline is too risque, try a halterneck or a ballerina leotard cut that’s not only slimming but also feminine and girly. For active beachgoers, seek out one of the new styles that are inspired by the wetsuit look—the zipper trim is the ultimate in sporty-chic. Cut-outs and sheer panels will spice up your beach attire—you’ll still feel sexy, but in a more subtle way.

This season’s best one-pieces will flatter your body and help make this summer the hottest one yet!



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