Why I’m in the Market for a One-Piece

It’s Memorial Day weekend and you know what that means: swimsuit season has arrived. Surely we’ve all been diligently working away at the gym for the past four months shedding those extra pounds we put on over the holidays. So will you be frolicking on the beach this weekend, showing off those toned abs? I plan on spending the next few days sunbathing on the sandy beaches of Southampton — which means for the past few days, I’ve been running around trying to find the perfect swimsuit.

Since I can remember, aside from my four years spent on the varsity swim team in a racer Speedo, my style of choice has been the bikini. However, this year I’m all about the one-piece. Stores everywhere, like Victoria’s Secret and Guess, are carrying an unusually large selection of one-piece suits. In much more revealing silhouettes, they seem more like bikinis with fabric connecting the bottom and top. The look, which is more suggestive than revealing, is reminiscent of great moments in Hollywood swimwear, like Bo Derek’s nude color maillot in 10 (1979). This retro style allows for a little imagination, making it even sexier than the standard bikini. Plus, (obviously) the one-piece also offers more coverage. So if you’re not quite ready to show off your mid-section, a bandeau style is a good option because from the back it looks like a two-piece, but in the front, it covers the stomach. Those who are looking to show off their six-pack but need a bit more support up top should go with the halter-top that cuts out below the bust.

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Also, this season, be sure to keep in mind that embellishment is key. Hot trends include metallics, hardware trim, twists and knots, and animal prints. And for the ultimate beach Goddess look, top it off with a crisp cotton dress or a flowy tunic, and a chic beach bag. You’ll arrive à la plage looking so pretty and posh!

So what do you think? Will you be going for the one-piece this year? Or is the bikini still your swimwear necessity?

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