Stylish One-Piece Swimsuits

Trend Watch: One-Piece Swimsuits

Word on the street is that one-piece swimsuits are on trend this year. It’s been YEARS since I’ve owned a one-piece. I love the convenience of the tankini, and for a while the one-piece suits have seemed rather dated. I’m not sure how I feel about their resurgence.

Of course, I know that I don’t have to participate in the trend, but I’m considering giving it a whirl, and here is why.

At first when the tankini made its debut, it was the perfect mix of form and function. It provided the modesty we mommies craved and allowed us to finally visit the ladies room and take care of business without performing a gymnastic feat to get the suit up and down. Score!

Plus. The early tankinis had nice high waistbands on the bottoms that were able to smooth out the lumps and bumps that tend to grace the postpartum midsection, ifyouknowwhatImean. But in recent years, as low-rise pants have become more popular, I’ve noticed that the rise on the bathing suit bottoms have been lowered as well. I’ve tried and tried to find one with a higher rise to help smooth things out, but they are almost impossible to find. Even the ones that proclaim to have tummy control don’t come up high enough for the control to help matters. And the end result is an unsightly bulge or three — not exactly the look I’m going for.

I also find that the bathing suit tops on tankinis have less support than a one-piece suit because there is nothing to anchor them, which is another source of angst when swimsuit shopping.

Therefore, I do believe I will give the one-piece suit a chance.

I’ve been thumbing through catalogs as they come in the mail and turning down page corners. I’m about to order a few to try. I have a strict policy never to try on bathing suits in those horrid dressing rooms with their harsh lighting and revealing three-way mirrors. Surely a man invented those. I prefer to suffer that embarrassment in the privacy of my own home, thankyouverymuch.

Besides, I do like to get the opinion of a certain gentleman in my life, and he would rather stick sharp needles under his fingernails than accompany me to the department store to witness the trying on of bathing suits. SO. I will order a bunch and return the ones that don’t work for me. Gotta love online ordering!!!

Here are the ones on my list so far.

Michael Kors One-Shoulder Maillot

I’d probably order it in black. I don’t typically go for the one-shoulder style but it’s growing on me. What I like about it in a swimsuit is that it’s not low-cut in the bosoms, and I’m always looking for suits that aren’t too revealing in that area. Plus, the simplicity of this suit lends itself well to a cute wrap skirt.


Calvin Klein Pleat-Front One-Piece Swimsuit

I’m not sure which color I’d order. I love both the blue and the red. But then again, the black is just so elegant, I am tempted to be boring and order black.


Garnet Hill Ruched Blouson One-Piece Swimsuit

I’m really curious to see how this blouson style would look on a real woman. Since I am self conscious about my midsection, it could be a nice camouflage. It comes in some really pretty colors/patterns too!


Garnet Hill Twist-Front Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

I’d also be interested to see how this one looks on. I’ve always liked a halter top.


Lands’ End Princess One Piece Slender Suit

I like that this one can be ordered in bra sizes, and ruching is usually flattering.

Sara Bra Cup One Piece/Dress

I’d be curious to see how this one looks on. You can wear it as a dress or tied up like this. I *think* it is all one piece, though.

Miraclesuit Jena Slimming One-Piece Swimsuit

Another one-shoulder suit. I like them from the front more than from the back.

There are tons of Miraclesuits on Zappos, but this is a start.

I dunno, what do you think about the one piece? I’d have to find a sarong or cute coverup, and bring on the self tanner cuz these thighs haven’t seen the light of day in 10 years!!!! Still, I’m willing to give them a shot. Which ones should I order?