The reason? Right at the end of June this year, I had abdominal laparoscopic surgery and my belly has a handful scars and healing new navel. Accordingly, My surgeon told me that I am forbidden from exposing my tummy to the sun for a full year. A summer without a bikini?! I have to admit I felt depressed about the situation even though I am very grateful for a successful surgery.
Well, my surgeon condoned some retail therapy for some new swimsuits, so following doctor's orders, I browsed my through favorite online shops and begrudgingly filtered out all the two-pieces. I thought perhaps a high-waisted bikini would cover me up but I couldn't find one that was both high enough and not reminiscent of female Urkel. And of course, being a petite pear-shape, it has forever been pounded in my head that bikinis are the most flattering swimwear for my body type, so I kept on drooling over the cute pieces out of my grasp.
However, I was pleasantly surprised that the one-piece is having a fierce come back! No longer merely a version of Olympic swimwear, there were super cool cuts, patterns and textures. The above are my ultimate favorites from my several hours of online searching. We are also in a season of resurgence for the body suit, and many one-pieces look great with some high-waisted bottoms (culottes, skirts, denim shorts, etc.).
Beach Sexy Braided One-Piece - Victoria's Secret
Daisy One-Piece - Free People
Motel Sunny Day Swimsuit - ASOS
Bond by Chromat X UO Vesper One-Piece - Urban Outfitters
- It is very difficult to find fashion-forward one-pieces in store. You will probably be limited to online stores, as I was, so make sure you check out the return policy before buying anything. ASOS has one of the best return policies, so that's a good place to start.
- If you're smaller on top, I've found that super deep V-cuts and super high neck necklines accentuate the girls in a flattering way. It also instantly de-frumps the one-piece shape.
- If you have a shorter torso, you may find many one-pieces have extra material at the waist. Darker colored pieces will help camouflage any extra fabric.
- If you want to elongate your legs, check out Baywatch Babe high-cut leg one-pieces! Also looks great if you have some booty!
- Beware of bandeau necklines for smaller busts. Get a little belly bloat, and you will quickly find yourself looking like a sunbathing toddler, as the bandeau tends to flatten the bust.
- Don't give a crap about tan lines. Strappy details and crochet fabrics are everywhere right now for swimwear and they look freaking cool, so don't let a whacky tan line assuage you. Let's call it a "sun tattoo" and wear it like a badge of honor.
- If you have a larger bust, swimsuits with molded cups look exceptionally wonderful!
Hopefully this post gives a little help to ladies like me foraying into uncharted one-piece water. The timing may be a little late in the summer, but that means loads of swimwear is now on sale! Go forth and soak up the sun. Below are some more of my favorite picks!