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Pretty One-Piece Swimsuits

Pretty One-Piece Swimsuits

Do you have a go-to swimsuit? For most of my adult life, I’ve worn the same white bikini, but this year, I finally found another suit I love even more! This black one-piece. The cut feels so flattering, the straps are really sexy, and I’d highly recommend it. One-pieces have made a big comeback this year, and here are 12 more pretty options…

Thoughts? This would be pretty for the beach, too.

P.S. Pretty dresses to wear to weddings, and nine summer trends.

(Top swimsuit by Lido, found via Miss Moss.)

  1. Anna says...

    Target has an online-only line called Sea Angel that has cute, affordable one-piece options. I have a long torso and a flat chest, so shopping for a one-piece is a nightmare. Their suits come in regular, plus-size, and maternity fits, and are flattering and classic. Thought I’d share for anyone else struggling to find a good swimsuit!

  2. I adore the colorful swimsuit from Rainbow Abstract! I can see that one-piece swimsuits are really fashionable this season. I am actually working for an events company in London that lists several fashion events. I love going to such events and I will agree if you want to be trendy at the beach this summer opt for the one-piece.

  3. Maggie E. says...

    Thank you for starting to include plus-sized options/suggestions/links in these types of posts (I know it’s been a little while – only just commenting now.) It hasn’t gone unnoticed and I appreciate it

  4. Ann says...

    I love a good one piece and have one from JCrew from 3 years ago I love. But alas, I’m 5 months pregnant with a new pool membership and maternity swimsuits are few and far between. Seriously, most are sold out online, Target doesn’t carry them in store. Help!!! I don’t want to pay a fortune but I need a few cute suits.

  5. Susan says...

    Does anyone have a good rash guard recommendation?

  6. Ooooooh, the red & white tied stripe would be AMAZING for Canada Day! And I love the black ribbed one too, so sexy!

  7. Lauren says...

    Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these fashionable swimsuits and I am in no position to judge anyone’s swimwear choices. BUT. I just bought a sporty, practical one-piece swimsuit from REI because I finally decided that I just want to have fun swimming for once in my life instead of worrying about if I look cute. Think about it — how many swimsuit options do men have? Solid or patterned shorts. And that’s it. It’s so freeing to say no to the pressure to be fashionable at the beach and just jump into the waves like a little kid. I’m done buying a new, trendy swimsuit every year!

    • Kate says...

      Yassss

    • Laura says...

      YES. I love this comment. Three cheers for practical and moveable.

    • Vanessa says...

      I love REI. I second your approach to buying one sporty one piece I can wear to the pool for laps or take on a beach vacation and be done with it. The swim suits in this post are cute, though.

  8. Amanda Blair says...

    I gotta say I love a one piece that shows a bit of butt cheek. I saw a commenter say they hated that but I think it’s so cute. I love the booties are being celebrated! The one piece you shared is pretty sexy– love it!

  9. Brittany S. says...

    Mott 50 Bathing suits!!!! I have two of these and adore them: https://mott50.com/product/mila/?attribute_pa_color=black-grid&attribute_pa_size=xl

    (Check out Amazon as well, sometimes you can find on deep discount.)

    Sun safety is SO important — melanoma is on the rise, and is now the most common cancer among adults aged 25 to 29. Not only are these suits functional and protective, with a UPF of 50, but they are also pretty and incredibly chic.

    I love not having to worry about body parts falling out, or forgetting to reapply sunscreen (well, except for legs and face ;) .)

    Every time I wear one, I always get tons of questions about where I got my bathing suit!

  10. Karen says...

    I was on a big hunt for a one piece this year. We have a lot of pool parties in our neighborhood and I feel weird going in a tiny bikini. My problem is that I am 5’9″ and have a very long torso. Many of the “tall” suits are pretty dowdy, but the Athleta strappy one piece comes in tall, has seams on the top since I am flat chested and approximates the hip one pieces I’ve been seeing in the magazines. http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=97463&pcid=97463&vid=1&pid=181282012

    • GFY says...

      Once I realized I could wear swim trunks and a sun proof long sleeved rash guard I’ve never gone back – it is SO liberating not worrying about how my my butt, belly or breasts look OR about all the chemicals in my sunscreen going into both my body and the reef!

      I find the tiniest, cutest swim shorts I can (women’s surf brands are the best), and ditto for the rashguard. Tip: it needs to zip all the way up the front for easy removal when wet!

    • Alexandra says...

      I agree, 6-footer here, and a swimmer. That strappy Athleta looks a little bit complicated in the back though, but I might try that. They used to have a great swimsuit that they discontinued – tall, a little sexy, sporty, nice colors. Oh well, maybe it will come back. Most of the tall swimsuits are indeed dowdy …

  11. Karen Benson says...

    I have searched for months for a one piece similar to the Norma Kamali but, even as a fit, slim women here is the problem: I do not want my butt cheeks hanging out and for whatever reason all the swimsuits seem to be cut that way right now. It’s not just that I’m 40, it’s tacky and embarrassing. Let’s be sexy and classy but without side boob and butt cheeks on display people (and bathing suit makers)! It’s also so uncomfortable when you are talking to people you know, in front of kids, etc. to feel like you have a permanent wedgie.

  12. I looooove the deep V-neck. Such a classy looking suit! I just bought two new bikinis for my upcoming beach trip, but I have wondered about a sleek one-piece. They are so much more stylish than they used to be.

  13. Sasha says...

    I used to love my navy bikini from j. Crew. I wore it out. Now I’ve got a black two piece, triangle top with cute silver rings, and a low waist short black skirt bottom. Had it for years and years, it’s not even faded…from wal Mart believe it or not. I love that it’s a classic look and I don’t feel naked.

  14. amber says...

    First off, one piece suits that go up the bum? REALLY ??? fine for an 18 year old but not for a 40 year old that is chasing kids around a pool or beach. Same with the two piece, while I still can totally rock a bikini still , I feel totally self aware when Im dealing with 3 boys, beach toys, pool gear etc. If only I was just lying on a lounge chair with nothing to do. HA! I love having several suits based on the “activity” in which I am engaged in. More modest for the times Im building sandcastles, swimming in the pool/ocean/lake, waterskiing, tubing, playing football, volleyball etc. I always laugh when I see anyone trying to be “sexy” while wearing a totally inappropriate swimsuit. I think “GIRL go get something that you can actually be confident in and have some FUN with those kids of yours!” LOL

    • Sasha says...

      Yes. Because it’s just not that fun to be half naked chasing a toddler, in public.

  15. Katie says...

    I’m really enjoying the one-piece trend, too! They’re really flattering and elegant. I love the super low scoop back ones.
    Mine is vintage and very similar to the Norma Kamali one. I found another at Goodwill that has suuuuper high cut legs. Still have mixed feelings about my thighs in that one, but I’m working through it ;)

  16. Sonya says...

    I can vouch for Lands End suits. The slender Carmela and Athena have great retro styling. And I have also discovered the wonders of Miraclesuits. At 48, I am making the transition from 2 to 1 piece suits, and I am happy to be doing so when they are “the thing”. As my BFF says, “rock the maillot”

  17. Katie says...

    Life-changing swimsuit alert!! I just ordered a one-piece by Albion Fit and it truly changed my life. I have larger breasts and always struggle to find swimsuits and many of the one-piece trends this year seem impossible to wear if you have curves. The one-piece weekender by Albion Fit has to be the most universally flattering suit ever created. I’ve never felt better in a swimsuit in my life. The fabric and lacing up the back is SO flattering adjusts to fit your body perfectly. I feel supported and wonderful in this suit, I just ordered another pattern (I have the pink palm print and the navy stripe!). I just made my best friend and recent new mama order this suit for her upcoming vacation and she could not recommend it more for new moms! Pro-tip: all of Albion Fit’s sports bras and workout tops are made from the same fabric as the swimsuits and can double as swim tops!

    “Weekender” One-piece by Albion Fit –
    https://albionfit.com/collections/swims/products/the-weekender

    • Leanne says...

      These are all so cute!

  18. Bobbekay says...

    I really respect and like the fact that this post presented a realistic representation of women……………all shapes and sizes!!!Thank you.

    • Celeste says...

      Came to say the same!

  19. maria says...

    Hey surf ladies!

    I found these pretty swimsuits of MYMARINI from Hamburg, Germany:

    https://www.mymarini.com

    They look so chic!

    • Anita says...

      Thanks for sharing, just what I had been searching for!

  20. Cynthia says...

    Several of these suits are quite attractive but lacking in rear coverage. I don’t get the point of adult women wanting to expose their cheeks. The suit in the top photo is a prime example. I’ve always been modest and my current suit has a tankini top and skirted bottom with no exposed midriff. It also has support in the top, which I need. Believe it or not, I bought it a couple of years ago in the clothing department at the Kroger supermarket!

  21. Alice says...

    Love a swimsuit, always preferred them to a bikini even before kids and all my parts started heading south. And tugging down a tankini is rubbish.
    I buy Landsend long suits and they’re hardy and sleek. They also do mastectomy, shelf, lined, soft cup, and plus options on some of their swimsuits.
    Good diversity here again. Nice one, COJ!

  22. I absolutely love one-pieces! I was on the bikini bandwagon for so long but I realized it’s difficult to find a cute bikini that is also flattering to my body type! My new one-pieces definitely aren’t boring, and they’re so flattering! Love love love them.

    xx

    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  23. Kate says...

    Thank you SO much for this. I have been searching desperately for something to flatter my postpartum bod. Love!

  24. Becca says...

    So cute! I just went shopping last week and because the fitting room had better mirrors and lighting than I do at home, I got my first look at my rear in a long time… and it was all dimpled and wrinkly! I’m only 24 and am active and fit – is this normal?! How do I get smooth and firm again?! Haha!

    • Sasha says...

      That’s what bottoms look like without Photoshop. Sorry.

    • haha I agree with Sasha! even when I was in my early twenties and fit, there was always a bit of dimpling ;)

  25. Jessica says...

    Just for an FYI – I ordered the j crew tied strap striped one piece shown here a few weeks ago and it had zero lining in the chest area and I returned it. For those that like/want lining I’d recommend instead the j crew scoop back one piece (recommended by another commenter I see!) which does have lining, more support, and a long torso option! Love that suit!

  26. Sharon says...

    If I purchase the one piece in the top photo, can I also have her derriere?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha same ;)

    • Becca says...

      Right!!

    • Kate says...

      DITTO!

    • Alice says...

      My thought exactly! `

    • Lisa says...

      That derrière is only available via Photoshop. ?

      Even if I possessed such admirable haunches, I am too aware of the great migration this suit would make into my nethers.

  27. Minna says...

    J Crew had some pretty ones last year and I bought one. I’ll be wearing it again this year because I’m a SAHM and broke. Also… “crotchet”?? It’s spelled that way on the target website too. Freudian slip?

  28. Kay says...

    Ugh. These are so cute but not big boob friendly AT ALL. I feel like 95% of swim suits are made for girls with small busts…I’m a 32EE and have struggled to find cute, non-matronly bathing suits FOREVER. Cannot even tell you how much times I’ve silently cried in bikini village fitting rooms. Enter figleaves.co.uk! This online shop has completely changed my life (totally unsponsored post, just looking out for my busty sisters out there) — they actually have bikinis that are adorable and don’t leave my breasts looking awkward or feeling totally unsupported. The figleaves site helped me solved the bikini boob problem, but now that I’m busty AND running after a toddler on the beach I have other things to worry about…although, tbh, I’ve mostly just stopped caring if too much of my bum is hanging out when I’m stopping my kid from eating fistfuls of sand…

    • 30G sister here so THANK YOU! Off to check out fig leaves – those Brits really do understand us better :)

    • Erin says...

      try albion fit. they have really cute stuff and some of their suits i believe are by sizes.

  29. Ashley says...

    So many cute options!
    Also, is it just me? or does the dress linked at the end of the post look like a hospital gown… granted, a well-tailored, nicely detailed one, but still. An $80 hospital gown.

    • Stephanie says...

      It really does! Oh dear.

  30. Trish O says...

    I have found that the BEST long torso suits are from J Crew. Love them and they seem to last.

  31. Meredith says...

    “Crotchet” made me laugh out loud. It should technically be crochet, but crotchet seems appropriate for a swimsuit… :)

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Oh my goodness, Meredith. So funny. Just updated. Thank you!

  32. Liz C says...

    Feeling terrible about my body these days – the thought of wearing a bathing suit in front of anyone scares me!

    • Amanda Blair says...

      Just wanted to say I feel you BUT, I bet you look beautiful!

    • Liz C says...

      Thanks for the encouragement! :-)

  33. Madie says...

    I love the “Ruched Femme One Piece Swimsuit ” from J-crew. It answers so many of the questions above – it’s stretchy enough to go over a baby bump during pregnancy, but forgiving enough with the ruching to wear after baby is born… the bust support is excellent, even for “nursies”, and it comes in a D or even DD cup. Check it out! I get lots of compliments when I wear it and it’s super comfy.

  34. Diana says...

    I love Jcrew suits but I find that they always have excessive butt coverage. This seems strange but I have a medium/large butt and I whenever I put one of their suits on, it feels like a shower cap around my bum.

  35. Michelle says...

    I got this suit by Becca a couple of years ago and am about to buy another! http://bit.ly/2qJfDOq
    It’s sooo flattering and super comfortable, without sacrificing the sexy factor.

    • Jules says...

      Woah! The lacy tan lines must be pretty!

    • Amanda Blair says...

      SOOOO cute! Good find! Do you get weird tan lines? Also, full butt coverage everyone– I repeat– full butt coverage.

      I like a cheeky butt but a lot of ladies here do not.

  36. Diana says...

    Can you share with us the white bikini you’ve been wearing? I am curious to see :) Thank you.

  37. cgw says...

    What absolutely slays me is how expensive a swim suit is! It’s hard to find a good suit and justify the cost for one when I hardly ever wear one.

  38. polyana says...

    when i was younger, i remember asking my mom why she wore a one piece, and not a bikini like the ones she bought me. she had a stunning figure, and all of her other friends and my aunts only wore bikinis (we’re Brazilian, ha!). she told me that after getting married, she thought it to be more respectful to wear a one piece. after some time, she confessed to me that she really just felt more comfortable in her one piece, and always used the marriage story (and later, being a mom) as an excuse to not have to conform to fashion standards! i’m sure that after 35 years she’s thrilled to finally be in style on the beach again :-)

    • Adri says...

      oooh, this is pretty! also, secretly my first thought was, she doesn’t necessary have to shave while wearing this.

    • Lauren says...

      Thanks for the recommendation — this suit looks amazing.

    • Cee says...

      Adri–I know, right??? It’s pretty much the best swimsuit ever!

    • Thanks for the love! It’s my go to suit as well. We’re doing it in new colors and prints this resort. xx Angelina

  39. Natalie says...

    I’ve gotten my last 2 suits from Eynat who makes beautiful swimsuits on Etsy (search for Klipperswimsuits). She is super sweet and will answer any questions you may have. We’ve emailed back and forth about sizing because I’m busty and wanted to make sure I’d have support :) She really just wants you to have a suite that you’re comfy in – even if it isn’t hers!

    Great quality, functional, unique design! As long as she keeps making them, I’ll be wearing them!

  40. Katie says...

    I feel like I’m losing my mind (I do stay home with my 3 mo old and mostly have conversations consisting of gutteral noises, so it’s possible), but wasn’t this posted earlier last week with rash guard suggestions?

  41. Amy says...

    I love my Seafolly maillot; the retro styling is really flattering. It doesn’t fit at the moment tho! I’m a nursing mum and my chest has gotten HUGE! What do busty gals do? Like, a 32J kind of busty…with the ability to breastfeed factored in, too. I’m at a loss ?

    • Abesha1 says...

      Lands End separates!

    • Lydia says...

      Check out raisingwild swim suits. They have nursing friendly ones.

    • I love love love Athleta (GAP company) for their sport and swim. I have a large chest and a long torso which make swimsuits IMPOSSIBLE!!!

      Athleta offers swim tops in bra sizes and I think the tankini tops may be helpful for a nursing momma.

      :)

  42. So many chic one-pieces, but unfortunately my short torso + a one-piece = me looking like a squashed gummy bear. Also, i hate having to get completely undressed just to pee! (see also: romper, jumpsuit)

    • MJay says...

      Yes! I wear bikinis and tankinis because getting fully undressed to pee is the worst. Now factor in doing that when the one-piece is wet – no thanks!

      I put my girls in two pieces for the same reason.

  43. Liz says...

    I love one-pieces but literally none of these would work for thin but large-chested women (me). Oh well, my speedo is fine!

    • Cait says...

      Oh, there are so many retro style swimsuits that are super cute and would have supportive options if you want a new fun suit! I don’t have a specific recommendation but if I went near the water I’d have the same requirements!

    • Dawn says...

      I’ve had the same problem for years…It was frustrating to try on cute swimsuits that advertised for more coverage and support only to be disappointed. And the ones that did support were plain/dowdy without a lot of style. I recently bought two swimsuits (a two piece and a one piece) from Albion Fit. I almost cried with happiness; everything stayed in its proper, respectable place and the style and print was fresh and youthful. Also, another brand worth checking out is Kortni Jeane. And both businesses are owned by women!

    • Athleta!!! Check em out. I have a 38 DD and LOVE their suits b/c they offer them in bra sizes. :)

  44. Emma Bee says...

    Nope. I have a toddler so my beach/pool uniform is a rash guard and board shorts. I don’t need to worry about my bits hanging out while running around after her.

    • Kim says...

      So true.

  45. Marie says...

    Any tips for maternity bathing suits? J Crew is always my go-to but now that I’m pregnant I’m not sure what to do! Size up in a J Crew bikini? Maternity one-piece?

    • Amy says...

      Go for the bikini! I never felt more confident in a two piece than when I was rocking a bump ?

    • Kim says...

      I got a larger size for awhile until I had a big bump, then I got a pretty inexpensive maillot at Target. I doubt it was more than $40. It had rushing and was still good for after birth when I was still in between sizes. It doesn’t look “maternity.”

    • Gen says...

      When I was super big and doing water aerobics for exercise, I wore a maternity suit (drapey halter top, normal bottoms) and it was GREAT! So comfy and didn’t have to worry about the over-60 set in my class ogling all that skin. I was thrilled to get back to a normal two-piece post-birth, tho. Usually I like that belly to get some sun (which there was none of in the aerobics pool anyway)!

    • Trisha says...

      Totally agree, rock that bikini! I have never felt sexier in a bikini than when I was pregnant. Now with a 19 month old I just feel fat. One pieces seem to make me feel worse :(

    • Katie says...

      Many of Albion Fit’s suits are maternity friendly :)