Call it retro or so-right-now, but the one-piece swimsuit is back in action on the beach. Sure, bikinis are still popular, but whereas the once-piece was once considered the most modest, boring swimsuit you could get, it’s now made its way back into shops beyond the athletic-gear section.
One-piece swimsuits are classic. They make us think back to the days of Hollywood starlets. Heck, Lindsay
‘s even wearing one to channel Elizabeth Taylor for a new biopic (leopard print—meow!).The one-piece is…simple. It’s easy. You can wear it just about anywhere—slip on a cover-up or just a skirt and you’re ready to go. Maybe the upcoming summer Olympics
have me thinking about swimwear more than usual, but the magazine ads and photo shoots are confirming that these suits are cool again.There are plenty of styles to choose from: strapless, one-strap, spaghetti straps, wide straps. You can find ruching, bows, and skirts to help fit and flatter wherever you choose. And the colors and patterns are pretty amazing. Each of the suits pictured above costs under $100.
What about secondhand swimwear? This debate rages
on the Internet. My rules: If you find a swimsuit at Goodwill that’s got the tags still on it, you’re really ready to go. No tags? Vintage? Don’t toss it aside until you give it a good once-over. Check for overall cleanliness, holes or tears, and fading. If it’s vintage, make sure the suit is still stretchy where it should be (as opposed to stretched out), and that all straps and embellishments are firmly attached.
If you choose to bring a swimsuit home, give it a good wash—or even two, for good measure. A little Woolite and a hot cycle should do it. Lay flat to dry, and then hit the beach!
Are you rocking a secondhand swimsuit? Grab a good deal on a suit for summer? Tell me about it!