Give One Piece a Chance
I’m not really destined for a life of aquatics – I have a hard time accepting the fact that people apparently use the ocean as if it’s one big public restroom, I can’t exactly get over the instinct that everything that brushes my calf in the murky Jersey shore is a giant squid ready to take my life (have you ever thought about how gross squids are? Now you’re thinking about it. Sorry.) I have commitment issues that transpose themselves into little sand particles that will not leave me the heck alone from the second they touch my wet toes (how does so much sand make it from the beach, to my car, to my house, inevitably to my bed sheets?), oh, and the simple fact that I can’t swim.
To add insult to injury in my water world, my dad was a little leery to let his little girl spring into the arena of two-piece bathing suits when I was growing up (clearly his priorities were skewed since he wasn’t too concerned with teaching me to swim). Unlike my bikini clad friends, my stomach skin wasn’t allowed to show until my best friend’s end-of-year swim party in seventh grade. I know that still seems fairly young, but my dad’s revised rule still only permitted a tankini at the time, so really I was like light-years behind my friends and their trendy triangle tops. Eventually the bikini gates lifted for me and I haven’t looked back since. No more speedo sporty one-pieces, no more trying-to-be-bikini tankinis! Until this year…
I guess I’ve gotten over the embarrassment of dear old dad’s rule and decided to regress back to the “days of one” in the bathing suit aisle this year. I mean, there’s something to be said about the simplicity of a one-piece – no stress of perfecting the mismatched top and bottom, no list of style (bandeau for zero tan lines, triangle for zero support, push-up for extra cleavage) and most importantly, no fear of losing your top in a monster wave (still a sensitive subject).
And maybe (definitely) even a little bit of my revisited appreciation is thanks to Jenni Avins open letter to J.Crew, begging Jenna Lyons to bring back the perfect scoop-back swimsuit that provided so many fond memories in the days of yesteryear. There is something classic and perfect about a one-piece that’s cut just right, showing a little extra hip and a little less cleavage (even little Jenner is on the thigh-high hip cut train). Plus, it’s hard not to reconsider the comfort of a one-piece when everywhere you turn there seems to be five new takes on the classic favorite.
Here’s a roundup of some that I have my eye on this season:
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1. J.Crew Scoopback:
How could we not include the classic throwback that Jenni (and Jenna) resurrected? It’s no surprise this one keeps selling out so be sure to grab it while shelves are stocked. I guess though, you could always request a comeback in ten years from J.Crew.
I grabbed this number in the beginning of the year since it was the perfect price point to test my luck in the one-piece department once again. I’ve worn it to the beach twice this year and so far so good.
ASOS has lots of great one-piece options but this one takes the cake for me. The classic lines and colors give a little retro feel to this suit and the black belly band helps to add some shape when some one-pieces can (ironically) take away from your waist.
Cut outs are all on everything this year and this suit offers just enough of them in all the right places. If you can get past the odd tan lines, this one-piece is different enough to help you stand out for all the right reasons.
I love the simplicity and bold color combination of this suit. The neckline makes it a little unique while still keeping everything in place to allow you the freedom to be active without worry.
Okay, this one is a little daring, I’ll admit, but if your main intention is to soak up some rays and not hit the highest diving board challenge, then I’m really loving this number. It walks a thin line between sexy and “a little too much” but with the right body type I think the muted colors help keep this Wildfox number in the right gene pool.
This suit looks good on practically all body types, which is why it is one of Anthropologie’s best sellers. Busty to Bust-less, the criss-cross design gives you exactly what you need where you need it. This is my pick if you are looking for classic and timeless yet pretty darn sexy.