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The one-piece comeback

Swimsuits have been all over stores since what feels like January. The ridiculousness of that aside, I have noticed an influx something that is definitely worth discussing: the one-piece. Last summer, I predicted the one-piece would make a comeback as the monokini seemed to be the front-runner of swim fashion. Summer 2014 has brought us more fashionable one-piece suits than ever before. What does this mean? Is it now socially acceptable to wear a one-piece at any age? I am going with a definite yes.

The one-piece is losing its stigma as being reserved for young children and old women. As an early twenty something, I am undoubtedly going to be getting back into one for the first time in probably 10 years. Honestly, I believe that a one-piece is often far more flattering on a woman’s body than a bikini. It seems like the styles are endless this swim season when it comes to the one-piece suit; from fringe to peplum, there is truly a style for every body type.  Let’s talk about the most flattering cut for your shape.

If you have an athletic build or a long and lean shape, you want to look for a one piece that creates a waist. This can be done through color blocking and/or cutouts. I was inspired to snag a one-piece after seeing my friend Rachel in this stunning suit last summer. The cut out in the middle perfectly defines her waist and shows of her athletic figure. As a definitely trend-setter, Rachel was the first of my friends to bring the one-piece back; the best part about this is suit is that she snagged it from H&M for under $30 last season.


Rachel Eversole’s chic one-piece

Peplum suits are a great style for anyone with a consciousness to the tummy area; they look adorable, but also accentuate your natural curves.  Additionally, don’t think that if you have curves, you need to cover them up with one of those old school, skirted one-pieces. A suit with slight, cutout sides will flatter your hips while smoothing over your torso.A lot of suits are incorporating mesh into them which is a fantastic way to add some personality to a more modestly cut suit. I am thinking about this deep-v cut one piece for myself ($35 from Alloy); I think the side cut outs will accentuate my curvy hips and my minimal bust will make the plunging neckline do-able. What do you think, dear readers?

Modern one-piece from Alloy

If you feel that a one-piece isn’t right for you because you are small chested, you are wrong. There are suits with underwire and padding (yay!); a balconette style top on a one-piece gives great shape to a less volumputious chest.  Also, any style with a ruffle or fringe around the bust line will create a fuller appearance up top. Here are some of my favorite styles of the season!


One Piece Swim

The DCGF’s favorite one-piece styles

Don’t forget to swing into your local Goodwill to find the perfect beach cover-up or sun hat to go with your new suit. So, dear readers, tell me; am I alone in this new trend or are you on board to bring the one-piece back? Share you favorite styles with me in the comments below! I would love to see them.

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2 Comments for The one-piece comeback

June 4, 2014

yes, the ruffled top or fringe across the top will definitely help the flat-chested. Trust me, I know…

DC Goodwill Fashionista
June 5, 2014

The fringe is absolutely a great “asset” 😉

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