By now, you’ve probably heard all about the gorgeous, stylish 32-year-old mom of 3 who made headlines by baring her slightly-imperfect post baby belly. The bold move bought her instant fame and made her an inspiration to other moms everywhere.
Why didn’t I think of that?
I’ll tell you why. Because I prefer to keep my belly under wraps. Call me a coward, but I wear a one piece bathing suit for the same reason I wear concealer under my eyes. Some things are better left unseen. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate my belly, but I do feel that my short-torsoed frame looks better with the long unbroken line created by a maillot. And if it also covers a less than toned abdomen and a belly button that has inexplicably developed a post-baby hood, even better. I am old enough now to know what works on my body, and what doesn’t, and I’m confident enough to stay away from the unflattering. And to change my mind. Should fitness week (next week, by the way!) result in a sudden sixpack (a girl can dream!) and I decide I feel truly comfortable in a bikini again, then I might give one another shot. But I’m not holding my breath.
Fortunately, as is the case with flats, there has never been a better time to be shopping for a one piece. There are so many gorgeous, flattering, and (I’m going to say it!) hot options out there, that the link between the one-piece and the mom-suit has been severed forever. Good riddance. Here, 20 one piece suits that are stunning, sassy and far from frumpy.
1. Sleek and Sexy
This maillot offers classic styling with a twist.
2. Cool Coverage
High neck suits are super trendy (if a little challenging to the tan line) and this suit combines pretty and sporty.
3. Jeweled Chic
A built-in necklace and cool cutouts make this a standout.
4. Strappy Style
Trendy straps and sleek black make this super flattering.
5. Lacy and Luxe
A daring lace inset adorns an otherwise simple suit. This suit would be great for drawing the eye up and downplaying hips.
6. Wild Style
A zebra print, sharp V and sheer mesh add up to a gorgeous suit.
7. Palms and Panels
Mesh panels and a pretty palm print combine in this unusual suit.
8. Lacy and Racy
This black lacy suit has coverage where it counts for just the right amount of daring.
9. Flirty and Fun
The bow adds a playful touch to a sophisticated black suit.
10. Metallic Glam
A sleek silver suit is super flattering and chic, for a high end look at a very affordable price.
11. Sweet and Strappy
A pretty simple maillot gets interest from strategically placed straps
12. Sporty Spice
A clean lined suit gets a serious slashing.
12. Woven and Wonderful
This style is a little sassy, yes, but the quality and fit keep it from being over the top.
13. Net Gain
So many of the best suits seem made for a smaller bust, and this unique suit is one of them.
14. Skirting the Issue
Proof that a skirted suit doesn’t have to be frumpy, this avant garde suit is couture quality, with a price to match.
15. Golden Gleam
Understated glamour, this metallic suit is dazzling.
16. Scuba Style
Black neoprene and a zipper combine for a sporty look.
17. Pinup in Pastels
Retro shaping, soft colors and modern mesh combine in this unusual suit.
18. Scalloped Style
A high-end masterpiece, this suit will last you for years.
19. Deluxe Details
This sassy suit features only a touch of Hoffman’s signature prints, but has plenty of style.
20. Fantasy Floral
Lace and a flowery print combine in a suit that’s pretty without being too precious.
So there you have it – 20 reasons you should consider a one piece this season. And if some of these styles are too sassy or too spendy, don’t dismay. The massive selection this season virtually guarantees that will you’ll find a modest suit on a modest budget.