Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! I got to enjoy the South Florida sun, surf, and sand this past weekend in my new petite-friendly, white one-piece La Boheme bathing suit from Becca Swimwear. Becca swimwear comes in a variety of sizes, including plus sizes in their Becca Etc line.
Over the years, I’ve really grown to love and appreciate all the benefits of a one-piece bathing suit over a two-piece, and I wanted to share these with you.
We have to stop thinking of one-pieces as a way to “hide our flaws.” Rather, we need to approach them as a way to “enhance our assets.” If chosen correctly for your body type, the one-piece can definitely be sexier than any bikini.
I find nothing more elegant or classy than a white bathing suit – bright, breezy, and perfect for hot summer days. There is a misconception that white is not a flattering color, and thus most women opt for black swimwear. However, it’s all about finding the right one for you.
There are a few reasons I chose this particular one-piece.
First, it has plunging neckline to expose more of the collarbone and decolletage, which is one of the most alluring parts of any woman. Wearing an open neckline that shows off this area will make most women appear longer and leaner. It brings attention to your face and elongates your upper body, especially if you’re petite or have a short neck.
If you are large-breasted and need more coverage, you may consider a boat neck swimsuit. However, be careful because some boat necks and square necks may widen the chest, broaden the shoulders, and make your torso appear more square. Instead, choose a halter top, which is universally flattering and thus a very popular design for bathing suits. Halter tops provide support, but also expose the outer parts of the collarbones and the shoulders, the other alluring area of the body.
Secondly, instead of a blanket white fabric that envelopes the entire bathing suit and reveals every surface inch of the body, this piece has sheer crochet sides which help create the illusion of an hour-glass figure, all the while still covering and supporting any side bulges or love handles. As I mentioned in my first post, crochet is a very popular trend this summer. It gives a little boho-chicness to the bathing suit.
Thirdly, this suit is very petite-friendly because of the adjustable bra-straps and the extra single tie across the upper back. I love the sexy look of an low open back, but find that many bathing suits have standard-length shoulders straps which are too long for my shorter frame and tend to slide off my shoulders when swimming. These adjustable straps allow the suit to fit perfectly over my smaller torso. In addition, the tie string in between the shoulder straps provide one extra adjustment and added security.
Fourthly, this bathing suit comes with a drop shelf bra line to ensure your girls stay put. In addition, there are removable pads in the bra line to provide modesty, which is always my concern with white bathing suits, especially after getting out of the water.
Lastly, I only recently discovered the butt lift benefit of one-piece bathing suits! Having a small rear end, my behind doesn’t fill out most bikini bottoms very well, and I find that the bikini just ends up hanging on my hips. Not a very flattering look. One-pieces, on the other hand, help support and lift my bottom up.
It may be worth it to spend a little extra money for a well-designed one-piece bathing suit, made of solid quality fabric, that can nip, tuck, and pull in all the right places!
And of course, you can actually run, swim, and play in one-pieces and not worry about any wardrobe malfunction like you do with bikinis. These days, my beach entourage includes my one-year-old twins, whom I’m constantly picking up, carrying, and chasing around. Functionality is key.
Instead of covering up with a standard tunic or a wrap skirt, I threw on a double-slit maxi skirt from LF Stores, and had a ready-to-go outfit for a beachside lunch or romantic dinner, especially on any vacay, when you don’t want to have to go back to the hotel room to change clothes.
Please leave a comment and tell me what you think! Thanks!