While bikinis and tankinis have reigned for the last decade, the one-piece has suddenly made a major comeback. “Everyone’s wearing them now, including celebrities who definitely don’t have to cover up their gym bodies,” says our in-house swim expert Jeni Doherty. “They’re for everyone. Swimwear designers are offering really cute one piece swimsuits in every coverage level, for all body types. It’s also an ageless look.”
Swimdresses have the added advantage of upper thigh and tush coverage. “If you do a lot of bending down at the beach, these offer a measure of reassurance that you’re not flashing anyone—always a good idea,” Jeni says.
Another benefit over bikinis: Designers can do some serious engineering with more fabric to play with. Many one-pieces and swimdresses have built-in bras and shapewear capabilities. “It’s surprising to be able to get this level of support out of a bathing suit,” Jeni says.
Add to the love list a little extra sun protection, and we’re all in. Jeni has handpicked some of the best one piece swimsuits and swimdresses right here: