One-piece vs bikini: which swimsuit style are you?
The ultimate compliment in fashion is to be told your look is effortless. It’s those with an ‘Oh, this?’ shrug of the shoulders, perfectly tousled hair and an easy nonchalance who are acclaimed as being truly stylish. This is what the one-piece is about. Streamlined, with a slip-on-slip-off ease, you don’t need to be wary of a strong rip at the beach, or any re- adjustment after diving in. Please, it’s summer – have some fun.
For those who claim the one-piece ruins a tan (the oft-heard refrain of bikini-wearers), the Cancer Council of Australia states: “Tanning is a sign that you have been exposed to enough UV radiation (from the sun or solarium) to damage your skin”, increasing your risk of skin cancer as well as causing skin discolouration and a loss of elasticity. Case closed on that one.
The one-piece also provides more of a canvas (literally and figuratively) for designers to display their design-driven flair and knack for flattering your shape, like Melissa Odabash’s clever ruching and Karla Colletto’s draped swimsuits. And, for those who think one-pieces are for the coy or not #bodyconfident, think again: take Zimmermann’s sheer panelling with or without the Swiss dots, Camp Cove’s navel-skimming necklines, and the cut-outs of Proenza Schouler’s and Ephemera’s offerings.
Trying times means leaner wardrobes – thank you, Marie Kondo! Clothes that work twice as hard are worth adding to your sartorial repertoire. Wear a Matteau one-piece as a bodysuit underneath a gauzy Iro mini-skirt on the way to the beach, and head straight out with a Peter Pilotto panel skirt for the evening. Sure – you could do that with a bikini top as well, but even with the validation of crop-tops appearing on the red carpet, the appropriateness of swathes of midriff on display more than 500 metres from the beach is questionable. A little bit of mystery never hurt anyone.
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