Since the glory days of Old Hollywood, the one piece swimsuit has long been hailed as the most trusted go-to when it comes to flattering swimwear. From Elizabeth Taylor to Bo Derek, it was considered sexy and mysterious without showing too much skin. But, this wasn’t always the case. Amidst the noughties hey day when skin was very much the order of the day, the one piece swimsuit went through a weird stage. Acceptable only for kids and Pamela Anderson, they were decidedly uncool. Fast forward a decade and the swimming costume is definitely having a moment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a bandeau bikini kinda girl. But I’m definitely reaching for the one piece swimsuit a lot more these days.
And why not? With so many swoon-worthy designs on the high street right now, be prepared to see a lot more hanging around the pools this summer. Perfect for the days you’ve skipped an ab workout or just to wear as a body under denim cut-offs, there’s no better beach-to-bar option. If you’re unsure whether a one piece swimsuit will suit you, here are a few hints I’ve picked up over the years…
ROCK YOUR BEST ASSETS
Although they’re considered a cover-up, there are plenty of one piece cuts to show a little skin. If, like me, you’re lacking a few curves up top, this is the time to be a little daring. Deep necklines and lots of detail look so chic on smaller busts and details like this lace-up H&M suit draws the eye. Team with an over-sized hat to play with proportions and a straw tote and you’re good to go! If you’re blessed with a fuller chest, however, opt for underwired styles which will offer lots of support and create a cleaner shape.
LOOK AT THE QUALITY
This is tricky if you’re buying a one piece swimsuit online because it’s best to feel the fabric. If it’s thin under your fingers, give it a wide birth. This will instantly sag when it hits the water opening you out to a whole host of malfunctions on the beach! Here are a few of my favourites that balance retro and cool perfectly…
TRY, TRY AND TRY AGAIN
This is so so important when buying a one piece. Even more so than a bikini. What I found difficult is to find a swimsuit that fitted everything perfectly. As someone with a long torso, I struggle to find a suit that isn’t giving me a serious wedgie situation! So I always make sure I take three different sizes into the fitting room with me before eliminating the style.
COLOUR IS EVERYTHING
Hands up who’s bought something because the model in it looks amazing and looks totally different on you. Yep, me too. So. Many. Times. A classic example was buying a nude swimsuit. Nude! Suffice to say I did not boast the olive complexion the model did so I did in fact look naked on the beach and got some very funny looks. The lesson to be learnt is, don’t pick anything that won’t suit your skintone. But do consider your colour may change when you have a tan. I often take swimwear for the beginning and end of the holiday.
CONSIDER WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING
A cut-out one piece swimsuit may look amazing in theory, but if you’re planning a sun-soaked getaway where days are spent sunbathing, it may be time for a re-think. Avoid unsightly tan lines by opting for a bandeau cut and save the more adventurous styles for swimming, sight-seeing and a cheeky mojito after dark.