I Refuse to Wear Boring Swimsuits—These Stunning One-Pieces Are the Solution


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From season to season, I tend to stick with one thing and wear it till it's on its last legs. Last year, it was the three-piece swim set. This year, I'm zeroing in on the dramatic one-piece. In my book, the one-piece swimsuit doesn't get the credit it deserves. (I've noticed bikini domination among influencers and brands alike.) Maybe it's because of the style's reputation as somewhat dull and plain, but if the versions on the market today are any indication, that perception couldn't be further from the truth. 

In preparation for my vacation earlier this month, I made sure to stock up on them, packing a range of cool printed ones (like the Louisa Ballou suit above) and those with shocking cutouts. Off the beach, my plan was to also style them with pants for laid-back nights out. And from a packing perspective, it's much easier to keep track of one piece versus two. Since I'm on a mission to help others realize the thrill of the underrated one-piece, I'm sharing 29 cool versions to add to your summer outfit list immediately. Get ready for the barrage of compliments.

Next up: I Used to Hate This Swimsuit Style, But These 29 Bikinis Convinced Me Otherwise

Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.