2.02.2013

return of the one-piece

“To look good in the water you have to pick the right swimsuit.”
Amanda Beard

return of the one piece

For years now swimsuits have found themselves synonymous with the showing of skin. After all, the song does state “…she wore an itsy bitsy, teenie weenie, yellow polka dot bikini…” It’s a melody that has resulted in a universal predilection for two-pieces {myself included}. But with ELLE magazine reporting “A return to femininity…” for the spring season; Saks Fifth Avenue Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin announcing a ”…bit of a return to minimalism”; and celebrities such as Kate Moss, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce embracing the retro and oh-so ladylike {yet still subtly sexy} look, it appears the swimsuit trend of 2013 is, indeed…the return of the one-piece.

Though oftentimes referred to as ladies tummy control swimwear; the one-piece is far more than a mere style solution to concealing the fact that we may or may not have eaten one too many Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies. Quite the contrary, in fact; it is an elegant means of showing skin shoreside without overtly displaying your sun-kissed complexion for a gaggle of strangers {regardless of how handsome they may or may not be}. In other words, a style that juxtaposes seduction with sophistication and simplicity.

A one-piece with well-placed cutouts in the back and around the waistline add an alluring air to your swimsuit selection {and serves as a perfect going out look for sultry summer nights when paired with skinny jeans or cutoff denim shorts}; while a plunging neckline is a saucy, tongue-in-cheek way of bringing the sexy without forsaking the sophisticated femininity of the season.

Swimsuit season is nearly open us, dolls…are you ready?

“People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you’ll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow.”
Erma Bombeck

Will you be trying the one-piece on for size this swimsuit season?


xoxox

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33 comments

knockingonfashionsdoor said...

I´ve ever been a fanatic of swimsuits because I think they make me look a better figure, by showing the best and hidding the worst, you know ;D!!

ellie said...

I do love the one piece.

mazzymay said...

Love that this style is coming back.

ivy's closet said...

Sweet. I love the quotes, too.

lucy and sarah said...

So lovely, Oh to have one and to be some place very warm on the beach right now. Nice post!

Caitlin and Megan said...

Awesome post. I do like this style. Such a fun last quote, too.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

I'm a bikini girl - but this season with my weight - 1 piece might be the way to go :-)

Oh, My Darling said...

I've been wanting a red polka dot one-piece for years!

MásQueRopa said...

nice post!

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous suits!
You know I am a bikini girl, but these maillots are so fun, I may just have to buy one!

xoxox,
CC

Sherin said...

I definitely prefer the look of one-piece. They all seem to have a gorgeous and retro feel to them.

Dancing Branflake said...

Lovely! I always call them "mini-dresses" for a reason. So elegant!

Dancing Branflake said...

I love this! We aren't trying to hide, we just want to be elegant!

Matea Saric said...

Oh the swimsuit season...it's coming way too fast :)) I've always loved the one-piece swimsuits but somehow I look silly in them so I stick to bikinis. Until a year ago I hated seeing myself in swimsuits, but somehow I managed to change that, finally :))

Islandia Lane said...

Love the black one! I usually wear a two piece but hmmm something new this year... maybe so!

Caren Richardson said...

Those one pieces are absolutely beautiful!

J. said...

Yes, I will be sporting one this summer. Love a one piece...(much more appropriate during family outings.) I've been hunting for for a vintage Norma Kamali one piece for years with no luck...

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I am such a fan of one piece swimsuits!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm not a skinny girl, so I've always kind of hated swimsuits. I hope to get a new one for this summer, though, because I do have a pool at my house and it's about time I got one that fits a bit better. So basically...I always wear a one-piece and I'm glad it's more fashionable even for the teeny tiny girls. :)

Jessi said...

I love the idea of a one-piece, especially the retro-inspired ones! But. My prob with them always has been they they make me look like a 13-year old girl :( because there's nothing in the chest area. In fact, I find they always flatten me out. So I've always defaulted to a bikini. I'd be open to trying a one piece that had some oomph up top for us small chested gals :)
xoxo J

Sheila said...

A one piece is always nice and flattering on any shapes of body. :)

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Mimi said...

i love the black one! that's my kinda swimsuit! :D

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fhenny said...

oh yes totally agree
a great piece of swimsuit is a must have for summer

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The Funky Fashionista said...

I love one piece swimsuits, especially when I find really cute ones!

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Camille
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SohoAccessories said...

I'm all for the one piece...a little cover up leaves more to the imagination.

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janettaylor said...

I need a black one!

Iris said...

I'm glad one pieces are coming back in style. I've always worn only one pieces as I'm a bit self conscious about showing off too much skin.

Dear Girl Wallflower said...

I might, but I have to dedicate more time to work out...horrible feeling.
Thanks for such detailed info...

Cafe Pasadena said...

These 1-pieces do look good. Lettuce hope for a return of them!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I actually really started to love one pieces last year. Two pieces are great, but there's just something so retro and sexy about a one piece. That's what I'll be rocking this summer again.

Kim Jackson said...

ooooohhh that striped one! I'm headed to Puerto Rico next month for my birthday and I do believe that style would be perfection. Perfection.

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