One pieces used to be considered the frumpy older sisters of the sexier, more stylish bikini, but these days one pieces have come into their own, and are once again starting to be seen as a glamorous alternative to the bikini, rather than the last-ditch option for those who aren’t quite brave enough to bare all.
Far from being “frumpy”, one pieces can be hugely flattering on just about any figure. The right one piece will hold you in, create curves even if you don’t have any, and allow you to actually go for a swim without worrying about something falling out of your bikini. Oh, and you won’t have to worry about trying to suck in your stomach either: many of these one pieces are designed to either pull in the stomach like shapewear, or cunningly disguise it with some well-placed folds.
Perfect for those who love retro-inspired fashion, many one pieces play up the vintage look, with a liberal use of polka dots, stripes or brilliant, bold colours. Lower-cut legs, or skirted styles will flatter the thighs in a way bikinis don’t often manage, and underwired cups add extra support up top, if you need it. It used to be the case that if you wanted retro-style swimwear, you’d have to be prepared to pay extra for it, but these days many high street stores are selling affordable one pieces which look just as good as their more expensive counterparts – try Primark or George if you’re looking for retro-inspired swimwear on a serious budget.
We’ve selected ten wonderful one pieces for the gallery below, all from the UK high street. Take a look, and tell us – have you been converted to the wonder of one pieces, or do you prefer the good ol’ bikini?