How to find cool one piece swimsuits
If you’re especially preoccupied with the way you look, buying regular clothes that fit well can be a daunting enough task — and day to day clothes can easily hide various body imperfections or complement less than ideal body shapes. When it comes to a garment whose very purpose is to expose as much of you as possible to the sun, the sea and also potentially judging eyes, the task of finding the best fit becomes all the more difficult.
We tend to imagine that one piece swimsuits are somehow easier to wear than bikinis, the way they can cover more and tend to come with various accessories. However, all fashion experts seem to agree this is false. You can easily buy a separate bikini top and bottom that fit well on their respective regions, but it’s a lot harder to find a perfect match when there’s only one piece to work with.
How we chose the coolest one piece swimsuits
Luckily for you, there are a lot of guides out there on finding the best one piece swimsuits for every body type. They all rely on the same general principles of optics and fashion and seem to be in consensus on most things. To spare you the trouble of going through a handful of listicles that basically give the same advice, we compiled the more useful tidbits below.
This detail is really where the one piece tops the bikini since you can’t do it with a bra. The most common advice here is to go for a plunging V line. It gives your chest area more detail, but it’s not actually all that revealing for a small breasted woman (if you’re concerned about looking too slutty.) You could also try extra padding if the added stiffness isn’t too bothersome.
Underwire is a must here for ample support. It also gives the breast area a cleaner, more eye pleasing shape. Best one piece swimsuits for the job will also have thicker straps or double-stitched bands, to better handle the weight of a large bust.
This is another area where the one piece shines. If the difference in width between your shoulders, waist, and hips isn’t as pronounced as you’d like, you can accentuate those curves by using a cut-out one piece. These come in various models, from retro keyhole to monokini, and make the area around your midriff appear thinner by adding some elliptical lines. If for some reason you don’t want a cut-out design, you can go for extra folds around the breasts and hips, combined with lively patterns and bright colors to cut the monotony.
This refers to your midsection being wider than your hips and bust. You should definitely go for a suit with ruching in the middle since it will make that area appear less pronounced by giving it a heavier texture. Irregular printed patterns also work well for this, especially if bright colors and high contrasts are used. The neckline is best to be low, in order to make the chest area better balance visually the midsection. To this effect, it’s best not to use straps. But if you have to, wide straps will work best, since thin ones might dig into the back fat that the apple type tends to develop.
Broad shoulders and slim hips
Also known as a “carrot” shape, women in this category have visibly wider shoulders than hips but otherwise a good waist to hip ratio. Horizontal lines are advisable for this type since they will make the hips appear bigger. The line pattern doesn’t need to go all the way to the chest; it’s enough for it to cover the lower half of the torso for to do its job. The effect is also increased by sharp contrasts, between a dark color and white.
If vertical lines aren’t your thing, you could try a solid colored suit with printed patterns on the sides. This breaks up the continuous shape, making it appear narrower. Combine this with an asymmetric neckline for maximum effect.
Short and slender women can appear overly-covered by a one piece. It’s best for them to stay away from any excess material and dull, dark colors that might make the suit appear like a flat mass. Strapless models work best because they open up the chest area to balance the torso. Also, a bright pattern with soft textures will provide good visual balance to the skin texture.
The ubiquitous pear shape refers to women whose hips are significantly wider than their shoulders. They are best complemented by a one piece with high cut sides, combined with either halter tops or V cuts, in order to draw attention towards the waist. A pattern around the waist would be advisable, for the same reason. Soft fabrics work best for this type since they give the impression of adding more mass to the upper side of the body.
The low cut back works best for women who have a long torso and short legs. This will make for a graceful, elegant look which is meant to highlight the shape of the long back. Legs can be made to appear longer by opting for a high leg cut. The thigh and leg will give the effect of a continuous straight line on the background of the fabric. Use contrast to maximize this, with either flat, dark colors if your skin tone is light or bright pastels for those with darker skin.
This refers to a combination of long legs and a high waist that might make a one piece wearer appear a bit weird because of all the excess material in the middle. All cut outs work best in this case since they make the midriff appear more elongated by breaking it up into separate sections. You can also combine cut-outs with an oblique line pattern — the more detail, the better.
If you prefer adding more cover instead of taking it away, you could consider using a halter strap design to draw attention to your neck and shoulders.