How To Wear a One-Piece Swimsuit: Style Guide

When you hear the term one-piece swimsuit, do you immediately think of the beachwear your grandmother would wear? Many younger women used to avoid this flattering bathing suit style because they didn’t want to be seen on the beach in a dated ‘fit — but they couldn’t be more wrong! 

Fortunately, one-piece swimsuits can be just as seductive as bikinis. To accommodate a wide range of tastes and styles, swimwear designers have found a method to make this classic style hotter, bolder, and more intriguing than ever.

It's totally possible to rock a one-piece swimsuit without resembling your (beloved) oldest relatives. If you follow the tips we're sharing below, you’re sure to look amazing on the beach, at the pool, or even out on the town! 

Look Trendy in Strappy Pieces

These days, strappy fits are super fashionable. To add an edgy, contemporary feel to your beach look, opt for one-pieces with numerous straps, whether they’re in a crisscross, cutout, or lace-up style. 

The Island Goddess Multi-Strap Cross-Back One Piece is made to keep up with your hectic schedule, whether you're relaxing poolside or snorkeling in the ocean. Your waist is defined by horizontal bands below the seductive v-plunge neckline. The cross-back multi-strap design holds everything in place and is right on-trend.

Go for a Striking Pattern

This might be the simplest method for updating and improving the appearance of any swimsuit. Wearing bold, colorful patterns will give any one-piece a sultry and trendy feeling. Plus, striking patterns are a fun way to flaunt your sense of style.

The elegant Sunscape Bandeau Mio’s boldly colored stripes will instantly make you feel happier every time you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror (or reflected in that gorgeous pool water). A sweetheart neckline draws attention to the bust, while its detachable neck strap can transform this suit into a bandeau style at a moment’s notice. 

Let Minimalism Keep Things Classy

Clean, simplistic designs — like tried-and-true neutral-toned pieces — are the epitome of millennial style. You will undoubtedly stand out in a sea of multi-straps, fringes, and ruffles by selecting swimsuits in solid colors with straight-forward lines. Remember that simple and elegant pieces are always in style.

The high-contrast stylized bamboo design on this Twisted Bamboo Lingerie One Piece is proof that minimalists can have tons of fun. Inspired by Indonesian ikat prints, this is the perfect minimalist piece that’ll get everybody talking 

Try Something Retro With a Modern Twist

Travel back in time, and look to the ‘50s and ‘70s for some on-trend swim-inspo. Go for a suit that’s reminiscent of these eras while featuring a modern twist. By pairing vintage silhouettes with contemporary fashions, you can get the best of both worlds.

The Island Goddess Bandeau Mio has a faux belt that links in the middle with luxurious gold hardware. It’s a figure-enhancing feature that instantly defines the waistline and gathers the sides. This suit also has a sweetheart neckline that highlights the bust and adds to the retro feel of the suit.

Style it with a fabulous wide brim sun hat for the total fashionista Hollywood star look.

Opt for an All-Black Beach Look

​​If you have an edgy personality, wearing all black is going to make you feel super comfortable — and as we all know, comfort is the key to confidence. 

Black has a slimming effect and makes you look like a force to be reckoned with. If you like to command a room, you’ll definitely love pieces in darker shades.

Add a sultry and flirty touch to your black ensemble with our Island Goddess Twist Keyhole One Piece. Your feminine features will be accentuated by this keyhole v-neck, combined with a twist front design sure to dazzle any crowd. 

Stay Stylish in a Lace-Up Swimsuit

If you want to make yourself more seductive, swimsuits with laces are undoubtedly your speed. 

Check out our Mediterranean Breeze Strappy Back One Piece. This suit has an intricate mosaic inspired by the Mediterranean Sea's emerald-blue hues and a deep v-plunge neckline with a crisscross ladder design. It reveals enticing peeks of skin while keeping you supported. The adjustable straps that cross in the back can be worn differently for two distinct styles — and two Insta-worthy ‘fits.

When All Else Fails, Go Girly

Swimsuits with feminine, flirtatious patterns are always a reliable choice. Plus, swimsuits with feminine and elegant designs tend to stay in style for longer, allowing you to wear them for several seasons. 

Our resort-ready Tropics Of Tropez Off Shoulder Ruffle One Piece has an off-the-shoulder design, beautiful ruffles that highlight your collarbone, and a flirtatious crisscrossing lace-up that guarantee you’ll turn heads. 


It's helpful to know your body type if you want to look your best at the beach. 

A few of the reasons a lot of women steer clear of one-piece swimsuits is that they worry that the design won't be attractive or won't highlight their curves. Finding a design that emphasizes your best features in a one-piece or monokini can help you feel confident and show off what you love most about yourself. 

Choose items with cutouts that are placed strategically or mesh panels that will highlight your shape. You can even find a one-piece suit with ruching if you find that more flattering.

A swimsuit with a skirted or frilled bottom can create the appearance of smaller hips, and anyone with an athletic body shape can benefit from more defined waistlines thanks to side waist cutouts. A tiny frame can look curvier with the addition of some width from horizontal stripes, or you can choose a garment with frilled or layered tops to accentuate your chest.

See — there really is a one-piece out there for everyone! Throw one on for any beach day, or take them out on the town. Simply wear them with a skirt, pair of jeans, or some shorts, and you’re ready for brunch, the beach, or anywhere life takes you. 


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