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One-piece swimsuits aren't relegated to the lap pool. With a reputation that's skewed matronly in the past, the maillot has been allotted new, modern sex appeal. A one-piece can make you a sultry Baywatch babe, all without the pitfalls of a twisted-up string bikini. Plunging necklines, swooping backs, and intricate strap details are just a few variations on the classic one-piece, giving butt-cheek baring two-pieces a dose of friendly competition. Built with a practical framework, the one-piece wins on beach days, and scores big on summer beach nights. Sport one with a breezy maxi skirt or pair it with a high-rise jean. Skeptics should envision themselves in an elegant one-shoulder version on the Italian Riviera or a gingham check for fireworks off a pier. There are so many options, you'll forget you ever owned a two-piece! Below, 13 to choose from.
This low-back, high-waisted swimsuit will deliver style at the pool, but can double as a bodysuit, when paired with mid-rise jeans.
While the form and fit almost resembles a corset, the ribbed knit fabric and a summertime hue begs for the beach.
Made in Morocco, this swimsuit's sultry low back offsets the sweet shoulder bows. Pair it with a short ruffle skirt for lunch on the water.
Feel great about rocking this one-piece knowing it's made from 100% recycled polyester. Offset the animal print with a minimalist linen sarong and a straw beach tote.
A classic black one-piece (i.e. this one) should exist in every woman's swim wardrobe. A single strap adds an air of sophistication that pairs perfectly with a wide-brimmed hat and oversized sunnies.
Invest in a quality swimsuit once, and you can turn to it year after year. A built-in belt cinches your waist and adds a no-fuss accessory.
This retro swimsuit not only plays to your curves, it also transcends the pool or beach. Go ahead, pop on white jeans and a pair of leather flats to hit the streets.
Crafted by local artisans in Columbia, this graphic black-and-white one-piece will transport you to far flung places— even when you're confined to the backyard.
You'll never tire of a gingham print swimsuit, the quintessential pick for summer pool parties.
Channel the nature vibes of Brazil in this macaw appliqué swimsuit. The one-piece features a mesh middle so the design looks imprinted on your skin while the strapless style helps you avoid shoulder tan lines.
If you're looking for something a little different, try out this cut-out, sash-tie one-piece with loads of built-in details.
This sporty two-toned one-piece has molded underwire cups and a flattering waistband, but also plays nice on the sand volleyball courts. We couldn't ask for more.
This black one-piece has amazing stretch capabilities that will pull you in. The racerback straps keep it secure, while the backside has a cheeky bottom fit.
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