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In Praise of One-Piece Bathing Suits

They might just be the chicest swimwear investment you can make.

Listen, bikinis are great. But it seems they sometimes get unfairly overhyped as the sole source for chic beachwear, leaving more modest maillots in the dust. Well, this summer the tides are changing (get it?), and one-piece bathing suits are receiving widespread recognition for the A+ style choice they are.

After all, what’s not to love? When paired with maxi skirts, they can double as a sleek summery bodysuit. They reduce the risk of outfit malfunctions that can occur with bikinis (IYKYK). And with their one-and-done styling, they are perfect for any sunny day activity, whether you’re trying your hand at water sports or lazing about by the pool.

Runway model wearing one-piece bathing suits
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From full-coverage finds to cool asymmetrical cuts, the beauty of one-piece bathing suits is that there’s an option for every taste.

The best one-piece bathing suits to shop now

Reformation Tossa black one-piece bathing suit

reformation one-piece bathing suits

Made with renewable materials, this Reformation swimsuit is a sustainable and stylish pick. Featuring a built-in bralette, it offers a put-together aesthetic that can double as a bodysuit.

Available in the above-pictured classic black shade or a playful polka dot pattern, it will keep you looking French Riveria-fresh all summer long. Not to mention, it’s completely Meredith Blake-coded.

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Knix Cinch Shaper swimsuit

knix one-piece bathing suits

Available in this bright mango hue and three other shades, Knix’s size-inclusive one-piece is a summer staple. Designed with a contouring construction that accentuates the body’s hourglass shape, it’s satisfyingly smooth and soft to the touch.

Plus, the lace-up back detailing allows for even more personalization and shaping.

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Norma Kamali Slinky Marissa one-piece

norma kamali one piece bathing suits

A waterproof take on the classic going-out tube top, this strapless one-piece bathing suit is chic as can be. Available in a warm rich hue, the intricate rushed detailing throughout the torso gives it a luxe touch. Plus, the high cut offers a touch of sexiness.

To style, we suggest taking cues from the model above and pairing it with your favourite gold hoops.

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Old Navy half zip one-piece swimsuit

old navy one-piece bathing suits

With a scoop neck, scoop back and crisp white piping throughout, Old Navy’s zip-up blue one piece bathing suit is a retro-leaning gem for beach season. Available in sizes ranging up to 4X, it’s a fan-favourite for its secure fit and built-in UV protection. Plus, it comes in pink.

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Hunza G Nancy metallic seersucker swimsuit

hunza g one-piece bathing suits

Switch up the classic swimwear silhouette by going the one-shoulder route. The asymmetrical statement is clean with just the right amount of visual intrigue.

Sold by fan-favourite brand Hunza G, this design comes in three rich colours. Crafted with the brand’s signature “crinkle” material, it plays with texture while hugging curves in all the right places.

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Pucci Vivara print one-piece

pucci one-piece bathing suits

What better time to experiment with patterns than on your next trip to the beach? Made in Italy and sold at Holt Renfrew, this print-heavy Pucci one-piece has a playful kaleidoscopic effect.

If your looking for a unique fashionable flare, its bateau neckline and low scalloped back give just that. Pair this with a white crochet cover-up for a put-together finish.

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Max Mara Clara asymmetric ruched swimsuit

max mara one-piece bathing suits

Crafted with coral stretch-polyamide, this ultra-soft one-piece bathing suit strikes the balance between simple, sleek and sophisticated. Its ultra-thin strap is removable, allowing you to opt into a statement one-shoulder aesthetic as you please.

Available in this bright pink hue or a classic black wash, it’s a customizable pick you’ll keep coming back to. Pair with cat-eye sunglasses to complete the look.

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Aerie shine rib strappy scoop one piece swimsuit

aerie one-piece bathing suits

In a world of cheeky bottoms, it can be hard to find reprieve in the form of full coverage. This Aerie green one-piece bathing suit offers just that. Available in three summery shades, it comes with a unique ribbed texture and a statement belt.

With built-in UPF protection and a statement scoop back, it’s both practical and elegant.

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Free People ​​Abysse Hawkins one-piece swimsuit

free people one-piece bathing suits

Whether you’re wading into water or taking a summer stroll, this full-coverage swimsuit has got you covered. It features a classic scoop neckline, ultra-thin adjustable straps and cute short bottoms. As a result of these elements, it’s the perfect slip-on piece for entering your sporty era.

Pictured here in a warm yellow hue, it’s also available in navy, jet black, and two whimsical prints.

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