On The Runway

How to Wear It: One-piece swimsuits

One-piece styles on the catwalks of (left to right): Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors, Lanvin and Marc by Marc Jacobs (images courtesy of style.com)

I am thrilled to announce that one-piece styles are making a comeback. Designers experimented with several looks on the spring/summer catwalks ranging from super modern – see Lanvin’s micro pleat styles and Pucci’s daring cut-outs –  to 1950s glam pin-ups at Marc Jacobs and Elie Tahari.

Try and experiment with:

Retro glam:
Think Marilyn Monroe, with 1950s sweetheart necklines and feminine details such as ruching which can hide big tummies or add curves in the right places.

Cut-outs: Only for the brave, cut-outs are a sexy and modern twist on the trend. Looks for styles with holes at waist rather than tricky areas like the tummy and thighs.

Outerwear: Double-up your swimsuit as a body suit. Pair it with white wide legged trousers or a maxi skirt for a look that will work off the beach. It’s all about versatility.

Prints: From zig zags and swirls to tropical prints and fruits, go for something lively. Also bang on trend are leopard prints and vintage inspired styles such as florals or seaside scenes (think Prada last summer).

Bright colours: It’s all about colour blocking so try any colour of the rainbow from coral to yellow. I would avoid neon unless you want to look like a 1980s reject.

One shoulder styles: Lanvin’s one shoulder styles are sexy and modern at the same time.

Accents: Leather straps and lace up detailing can take a suit from boring to chic in an instant as do embellishments such as crystals. But go easy on the latter – rather than full-on bling, opt for a simple style with a smattering of stones on the straps or a simple embellished belt.

Accessories: If you choose a style in a bright colour, match it with gold accessories such as bangles, a cool belt or a patterned hat (stripes are de rigeur).  Pretty flats or wedges also do the trick.

Sexy one-piece styles from (left to right): Diane Von Furstenberg, MMissoni and Clube Bossa

Try to avoid:

Covering up too much. Once women hear that 1950s styles are back they tend to choose styles with lower cuts at the thighs that are far from flattering. Instead choose a medium cut – showing more leg gives the illusion that you are tall and lean. As a general rule, too much fabric on the rear will make it look bigger. The same also applies to skimpy styles , which I would suggest in general unless you are looking for a good time!

Also go easy on the details if you are curvy – ruffles may look cute, but if you have an ample bust, it will only make them look bigger. Ruching and pleats are better at hiding tummies. While we are on the topic of ample busts, try to invest in an underwired style for more shape and structure. Nothing is more unflattering than saggy boobs hanging out on the beach.

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