The smell of chlorine. Humid locker rooms. The coach’s shrill whistle. This scene used to come to mind when I thought of one-piece swimsuits. During required swimming classes in middle school, I decided one-piece swimsuits weren’t “cool” to wear on vacation or at the beach. I associated them with childhood or with athletics; it never occurred to me that they could be fashionable.
Recently, one-piece suits, or monokinis, are back in style. I first noticed this trend when popular fashion YouTubers started hauling them, then started seeing them everywhere both online and in stores. There seems to be an option for every body type and style.
If you want to channel Taylor Swift’s vintage style or Allie from the Notebook (“if you’re a bird, I’m a bird!”), this ASOS brand suit ($49) is for you. The illusion of a two-piece, high waist, and seersucker stripes create a feminine and flattering silhouette. A Lolita-esque pair of heart sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat is the perfect accessory.
The bold leaf print and color on this suit by Matthew Williamson ($47) definitely makes a statement. With two ties in the back and a not too cheeky bottom, it has a classic shape. The lace-up plunge detail on the suit is the defining feature of this suit and gives it a modern edge. A gold statement arm cuff would complete the look.This edgy suit from TOBI is very reasonably priced ($25) and has a unique look. The plunging neckline and multiple straps is on the daring side, but why not go out of your comfort zone this summer? Don’t stay in the sun too long, though- unless you want weird tan lines.
High necklines work well on classic Brandy Melville cropped tanks, and are equally flattering on swimsuits. This Victoria’s Secret one-piece ($51) is basic, yet sleek and sporty. The side cutouts create an hourglass shape. Envision this one with effortless beachy hair, sun kissed cheeks and copper eye shadow.
This summer, try lounging by the pool in a monokini instead of your go-to bikini!