Wednesday, November 24, 2010

O is for One-Piece Swimsuit

Hello my Dear Readers! I hope you're having a Fabulous Wednesday! Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are continuing on with the letter O. :)

O is for One-Piece Swimsuit:

Ms. Garcia writes:

"The Bikini has become the fashion favorite, but there are some occasions when a bikini is not going to cut it. For those moments a one-piece (or maillot, if we're being proper) is as essential as the little black dress. It can make you appear thinner, cover up areas that may not be bikini-ready or a midsection that has not yet been sun-kissed. It is obviously the way to go if you are vacationing after a Thanksgiving holiday or a New Year's celebration. Hey, even the best of us skip Pilates from time to time."


* Go for an all-black suit. It will always be slimming and elegant. If you can find it with an attachable belt, or pair it up with one of your own choosing, even better.

* An all-white one-piece can be slimming and elegant too—but just be sure it's not see-through. Beyond tacky.

* Look for suites during the off-season, too. This will take the stress out of having to shop for one that you may need that very afternoon and/or weekend.

* See designers in Bikini (#8) for my favorites. (Onda de Mar, Rosa Chá, Eres, Ralph Lauren, Thomas Maier)


"Eres swimsuits have been a French institution since 1968, and fashion insiders have been bringing them back from Paris for decades. The appeal of the Eres swimsuit is that the fabric is as light as possible, contours to the body like a second skin, and there is a skill to the cut that magically disguises any flaws. It is impeccably designed to be both flattering and fashionable, and every season the company comes out with a suit that is sure to be the one that the hottest A-list celebrity wears, which then means the piece is completely sold out the very next day. Luckily, you no longer have to be a fashion insider with a plane ticket to Paris to get your hands on one of these suits, too. In 2000, Eres launched in the United States and has since become a true favorite among American women."

(All of the information above is from the book.)

As Ms. Garcia mentioned, shopping for a swimsuit off-season will help take the stress out of finding the perfect one, not to mention you may find a really great deal on an otherwise expensive suit that is perfect for you. Here are a handful to look at, some of which are her preferred designers:

*La Blanca by Rod Beattie 'Sweetheart' One Piece

Are you a fan of the One-Piece swimsuit? Do you have a preferred designer or brand? Do you purchase off-season or wait until the warm weather returns before buying? Please do share! :)



  1. I have never had a one piece, this spring I will buy my first. I can't get in the mood to buy in the off season. My winter is so short in Arizona, I want to enjoy the cool weather clothes. I'll head out in April or May for a new bathing suit.

    Love the choices, FFM. The Verushka is speaking to me. I'd speak back to her if I could afford her :)

  2. I finally broke down and bought a one piece this last summer. It was hard to embrace the idea because I usually think of the one-piece as being frumpy. There are a lot more options out there now, though, so I hope I can shake that feeling when I take my one-piece out next time.

  3. Hi Collette! Thanks for stopping by today! :)

    Desert Flower: I don't have a one-piece right now, either. After I had each of my children I actually bought one with ruching and a little skirt though...very cute and covered all the *after baby* areas I wanted to hide. I may try one next year. It would be good to have one in case I needed it for a certain occasion. I usually buy off-season but didn't this past year and paid more than I would have liked for my suits.

    Mother of Style: I agree that there are a lot more options now, and a lot less frumpiness. J.Crew had some really pretty one-pieces this past year that I had considered trying but in the end never did. Maybe I will try to get one on super sale this winter though.

    Thank you all for stopping by!

  4. I love a one piece. All my one pieces are JCrew suits. I swim a lot so I have about 15 JCRew suits. 2 are bikinis.

    I do own one Land's End Suit and two Speedos for competition/masters swimming events.