Want it, Need it: One-Piece Swimsuits

One-piece swimsuits get a bad rap — and understandably so. I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to my mind is swim period in high school, when super conservative (cough, boring) one-pieces were required to keep girls covered up and looking anything but sexy.

Though my super-embarrassing gym class memories gave me PTSD (Post-Traumatic Swimsuit Disorder), I recently rediscovered the beauty of the one-piece. After a little celeb stalking and runway rummaging, I’ve found some fun and stylish one-pieces that are seriously flattering — and far from anything your high school swim coach would’ve worn. Sold.

One-piece bathing suits have some clear advantages over bikinis: They’re instantly eye-catching and are easy to slip right on. And unlike your string bikini bottoms, these swimsuits won’t fall off as soon as you jump into the water.

Since you’ll be making a statement by wearing a one-piece anyway, why not make it an uber-trendy suit? These styles range from bold and printed to strapless and cutout. Even better? They’re cute enough to wear all day long — on your way to the beach with some distressed denim cutoffs and post-pool party with a sheer maxi skirt. You can get some serious mileage out of these suits and my prediction is you’ll be hooked on your faves all summer long.

Ready to dive in and check out the hottest one-piece swimsuits of the season?