One-piece wonders: 17 chic alternatives to the bikini
We’re going to let you in on a little secret: A one-piece bathing suit is the key to the perfect summer wardrobe. Don’t get us wrong, a bikini is classic, but a one-piece is the way to go if you want to transition from the beach to dinner without missing a beat (or having to change clothes).
Because, honestly, who really has the time or energy to swap outfits a million times when “sweltering” is the only way to describe the weather?
The one-piece is your staple for any water-related event. Throw on your favorite pair of high-waisted shorts or a breezy skirt for a simple daytime look. And if you’re in a bind, some styles can double as sports bras. Simply put, your wardrobe will seriously be missing out on functionality and style if you don’t have one of the season’s “It” bathing suits.
Oh, and we have another secret, too… You can never have too many one-pieces.
Solid & Striped Anne-Marie One-piece Swimsuit
We love a good stripe, especially when it’s nautical and ever so flattering.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $168
Flagpole Lynn Cutout Swimsuit
From the runways, to the red carpets, to the swim-up bars — cutouts are everywhere this season.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $375
J.Crew V-neck One-piece Swimsuit
A good one-piece combines style and coverage; this J.Crew one-piece excels in both areas.
To buy: jcrew.com, $98
Mara Hoffman Marimba Printed Swimsuit
Never be intimidated by a bright pattern, especially when looking for a swimsuit.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $225
Marysia Palm Springs Lace-up Scalloped Swimsuit
Details are everything (even when it’s 95 degrees with 90 percent humidity).
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $350
Billabong Bella Beach One-piece
Florals for summer? Groundbreaking. (And chic!)
To buy: zappos.com, $80
MICHAEL Michael Kors Regatta V-neck One-piece
If you’re looking for something a bit more classic, you can never go wrong with black and white.
To buy: zappos.com, $114
Splendid Watercolor Horizon One-piece
If you head in the horizontal stripe direction, make sure the neckline is slimming.
To buy: swimspot.com, $108
Lands’ End Women's Scoopneck One-piece Swimsuit
Just like diamonds, color-blocking is forever (at least when it comes to swimwear).
To buy: landsend.com, $90
L.L. Bean Squareneck Tanksuit
Every summer wardrobe needs a little black one-piece.
To buy: llbean.com, $70
Kiini Tasmin Scoop-back Crochet-trimmed Swimsuit
If you’re not feeling exactly beach-ready, opt for a suit with seams that flatter your figure.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $315
Adriana Degreas Ginkgo-print Halterneck Swimsuit
The halterneck is back, and it’s here to stay — for good this time.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $259
Aerie Macrame One-piece Swimsuit
Macrame isn’t just for bracelets; it also makes a killer statement on a one-piece.
To buy: ae.com, $55
Dolce & Gabbana Sunflower-print Balconette Swimsuit
Daisies are a girl’s best friend, and they scream summertime.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $595
Seafolly Castaway Stripe Bandeau Maillot One-piece
A bandeau top one-piece will save you from any weird arm or shoulder tanlines. You’re welcome.
To buy: zappos.com, $202
La Blanca Flirtatious One-Piece Swimsuit
Not only is the one-shoulder ruffle a chic statement, but figure-flattering shirring at the waist means you can opt for one more poolside cocktail without worry.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $129
Chubbies Fine-Apple Swimsuit
We dare you not to have fun in the sun in this retro-inspired suit.
To buy: chubbiesshorts.com, $80