Maybe there was a time when one-piece swimsuits were seen as dowdy or matronly...but, honestly, we can't remember it. One-pieces are essentially the bikini's more flattering counterpart (seriously, they somehow look good on everyone). After seeing the latest trendy cutouts, graphic patterns, and strappy details, you'll forget why you ever wanted a two-piece in the first place. Take a look at the best one-pieces ahead of your tropical getaway—and if you're not going anywhere? Invest in one now, and have something to look forward to for summer.
Take the guesswork out of which accessories to pair with your swimsuit. This option from Solid & Striped comes with a white belt to match the polka dots. With just this one small tweak, the vintage-style swimsuit becomes way more interesting. Style with white cat-eye sunglasses and a floppy hat.
Not ready to leave the comfort zone of black swimsuits? Ease yourself into "colors" with this half-beige, half-black one-piece. Though the hues are tame, the swimsuit itself has a low-cut front and back for a sultry look. Wear with shorts and beige sandals to dinner—it effectively becomes a bodysuit.
A swimsuit that throws it back to your favorite tube tops of yesteryear. Unlike those ones, however, this one piece won't slide around—it'll stay right where it is, thanks to the side boning on top. Plus, laces in the back give you the option to wear this swim piece looser or tighter, depending on your preference.
Kona Sol Crochet One-Piece Swimsuit
Who says florals can’t be sweet and sexy? This crocheted one piece features a plunging neckline and open back to show off your figure without sacrificing style. It even has removable cups, just in case you don’t want padding. Style with a crochet sarong or wear it underneath a pair of denim shorts to lunch at your all-inclusive resort.
This swimsuit looks so sweet, it makes my teeth hurt. (You can thank the baby-pink floral print and shoulder bows for that.) As "covered up" as this one-piece may seem, the back does dip pretty low—though not so low you need to worry about exposing anything.
You'll get two different styles for the price of one with this Maaji swimsuit. One side features a graphic floral and stripe print, and the other comes in a solid periwinkle hue. Bonus: Now you have one less swimsuit to pack for vacation, giving you ample room to bring back goodies from abroad.
I'm not sure what to focus on first—the black sash, the side cutouts, or the back of the swimsuit. There's a lot going on here, but the designs come together in a harmonious way that makes the-one piece extra special. If you're looking for something a little different, this is it.
Anyone can design a leopard print swimsuit, but Norma Kamali takes it one step further with mesh paneling. This one-piece gives the illusion of skin-baring cutouts and looks sexy without appearing tacky; meanwhile, the high-cut sides elongate your legs. Just make sure to apply sunscreen evenly, so you don't get a one-shoulder strap tan line.
I wish I'd seen this before I bought my actual "birthday suit" for vacation next month. Private Party took the cheeky phrase and printed it boldly on its classic low-cut back swimsuit. If you're celebrating your birthday somewhere warm, make sure to pack this one-piece. Pair with a glass of rosé.
Australian label Zimmermann is famous for its romantic resort wear in floral patterns, and it's beloved by celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Chrissy Teigen, and Margot Robbie. If you want to dress like the stars do, invest (I say this because it's a little pricey) in this airy cutout swimsuit. You won't regret it once the compliments start rolling in.
When I want a little lift in the chest area, I turn to bustier-style swimsuits. This sporty two-toned one-piece from Tory Burch falls right into that wheelhouse. It has molded underwire cups, a pretty waistband, and adjustable straps. I couldn't ask for more.
Scallop detailing is a cute way to add detail to a black swimsuit without resorting to crazy ruffles or cutouts. This strapless piece has just a tiny cutout in the middle to bring out the scallop detailing, but is otherwise a no-fuss design you can wear to the pool or on a sun lounger.
Made in Brazil, this black one-piece has amazing stretch so it doesn't sit too tight across your figure. The delicate straps turn into a racerback style from behind, and a cheeky fit reveals just enough of your butt without your feeling totally embarrassed about it.
Let's go back, back to the '60s with this polka dot halter. You can't tell from this photo, but it even has an underwire to support larger busts, while the triple-strength spandex smoothes your figure. Ready to get your retro vibes on?
This matching two-piece set is perfect if you're a mom who wants to match your little one. It's also a great gift for your cousin or niece because, obviously, she wants to be just like you. You're not a regular aunt, you're a cool aunt.
If you're worried about razor burn you can't get rid of, the boy shorts-style of this one-piece will guard your bikini line from any unwanted exposure. The halterneck style offers extra support for your bust, and the ruching in the front flatters all body types. You'll wear this style season after season.
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