Tuesday, May 28, 2013

{styling notes} one piece wonders...

maillots summer 2013

I've been wearing bikinis since I was about two years old. I've always worshiped at the altar of the two-piece swimsuit, even when my figure isn't at it's fittest. It just felt right. Plus, I loved being able to tan nearly my entire body. As I've gotten older, being tan has become less important, and striking a more stylish moment at the beach has become more important. Enter: the one piece (aka, the maillot). Modest in theory, I think that one-piece swim suits can actually be incredibly sexy. You don't need crazy side cut outs our dozens of tiny straps to get that va-va-voom factor, you just need the cut that flatters you best. 

Maybe it's a strapless bustier top and some rouching, maybe it's a deep, plunging neckline or maybe that retro-cut bottom that highlights your... legs. Personally, I'm looking for a great neckline and a leg opening that makes my stems look a mile long. As painful as it can be, you'll probably have to try on a few options to get a sense of what works for your bod.

Above, I've gathered a few of my favorite maillot suits for the season. One thing to consider is where you'll be wearing your fabulous suit. Tropical prints don't really feel at home in The Hamptons, and how boring is a slick black suit on the shores of Hawaii? I think you see what I mean. Keep your seaside (or poolside) destination in mind to make sure you feel confident and cool in your secretly sexy suit.

All the details [L to R, top to bottom]: J. Crew / Zimmerman / Dolce & Gabbana / J. Crew / Melissa Odabash / Madewell / Tory Burch (just sold out!) / Karla Colletto / Madewell / Mara Hoffman /  Madewell / J. Crew