One Piece Swimsuits with Sass

Although I occasionally dabble in a two piece, I am now almost exclusively a one piece swimsuit wearer.  Things…are a little jigglier and wigglier these days, and I just feel more comfortable and confident in a one piece.  Plus, there are so many great, stylish, and beautiful options for one piece swimsuits.   We start off with my favorite brand…


The Jantzen

Jantzen Sheer Me Up Retro Glam Swimsuit – $118 and Bejeweled Maillot – $106

Jantzen–these suits are well-made, in bright, deeply-pigmented colors, and are exceptionally flattering.  I own a suit very similar in silhouette to the one at left.  This suit compresses your midsection while still remaining comfortable.  I believe it also comes with removable cups and straps–I always wear the straps to prevent wardrobe malfunction.  I love the suit, and I own it in two colors.  At right, another Jantzen that I’ve not tried on, but I love the rhinestone detail at the bust.  This looks like a good suit for someone with a wide lower half but a modest bust–it will slim the lines of your hips and augment your chest.  Take note, although these prices are steep, you can find Jantzen suits in the winter and early spring for deep discount at places like Loehmann’s.  I got last year’s $100 suit for $39 this spring.  Happy dance!


The Bandeau

a.n.a. Twist-Front Bandeau – $42 and Kenneth Cole Reaction Bandeau – $41.99 ($100)

These bandeau swimsuits both feature a bit of shirring across the mid section, and a flattering cut for all body types.  At left, the a.n.a. brand from JCPenney.  I own a couple of a.n.a. brand blouses, and I really like them–decent quality, very fashion forward, great colors.  Haven’t tried their suits, but definitely would considering the good luck I’ve had with their regular clothing.  At right is a swimdress–I usually hate the swimdress because it looks so dumb and is usually longer and more billowy (how the hell do you get out of a pool dragging such a hemline?) but this one has a lean silhouette and just a flutter of ruffles along the bottom.  It also boasts tummy control, and comes in four great colors.


The Polka Dot

Beach 2 Beach Polka Dot – $29.25 ($58.50); ASOS Contrast Spot – $29 ($41.42); Lake Me With You – $89.99

Have you heard about Figleaves?  I discovered this site while pouring over one piece swimsuits–it looks like a more classic, elegant Boden.  I’m in love!  This suit at left is from Figleaves–so retro and flattering, with those big polka dots contrasted against the navy background and red ribbon around the middle.  Plus, at half the price, it’s a great deal.  In the middle, a riskier suit with a lower cut at the bust, and some fun ruffle detailing above each thigh.  Very girly in pink and purple.  And at right, a plus size suit with an amazing silhouette and those cute white contrasting straps, from Mod Cloth.


The Pattern

Freya Swim Mysterie Soft Cup Triangle – $37.60 ($94)

Another darling suit from website Figleaves, this paisley print features brown, purple, pink, and yellow tones, plus a band across the back (which I suspect also offers additional support for the bust).  A higher neckline if you’re modest, and a full coverage seat.


J.Crew Prickly Pear Tank – $82

J.Crew has sort of been the gold standard for swimwear.  Every suit they make is on trend and very high quality.  I spent most of high school wearing the same turquoise suit and it never showed wear.  This adorable suit is patterned with tiny yellow, blue, and green pears.  It features an open back, full seat coverage, and string halter at the neck.


The Stripe

Shipmate Stripe One Piece – $120 and  Deck Stripe Triangle Tank – $84

The suit at left has the most amazing gathering at the left side of the suit.  Though you can’t see it, the gathers meet in a zipper, which adds a little bit of interest.  This suit is by Michael Kors, whose clothing I really like, though I’ve never tried his swimwear.  At right, another suit by J.Crew.  This looks to be a navy blue and kelly green color pairing which is really on trend this year.  The cut is modest and comfortable, with thicker straps going down the back.


Are you liking one pieces or are you a strict two piece gal?  Tell us about it!

*Featured photo credit.

5 Responses to “One Piece Swimsuits with Sass”
  1. Nancy Chung says:

    Those Jantzen swimsuits are yummy.  

    Will you be doing a tankini article?  I am also wiggly and jiggly enough to require more coverage but I prefer a two piece since I have a large bust and a small bum.  

  2. Sarah says:

    Nancy, we actually did do a post on monokini’s a few months back…


  3. meggle says:

    I’m a one-piece gal too, and am so glad I can buy gorgeous one-piece suits, which didn’t used to be the case!