Sometimes one is better than two: first place over second place, those moments when you crave some downtime and no one else is around, and when you only have one floor to mop and not two!
And sometimes, even in fashion, one beats two. No matter how much you might enjoy swim related activities, and how good of shape you may be in, there are times when wearing a one piece bathing suit trumps dressing your divine self in a two piece.
Not only are one piece bathing suits extremely cute and stylish, but they are also quite comfortable. And if you still want to be a sexy bathing beauty, there are one piece suits on the market that are downright sensual and slinky!
A one piece swimsuit most commonly refers to swimwear worn by women and girls when swimming in the ocean or in a pool, or when participating in sun activity, such as sun bathing. The one piece swimsuit is usually a skin-tight garment that covers a female’s torso, although the back or upper chest may be exposed.
Before the popularity of the two piece swimsuit, and then the bikini, virtually all female swimwear completely covered at least the wearer’s torso. Some people prefer the one piece suit over a two piece swimsuit for both modest and practical reasons, as well as functionality.
Have you ever come down a water slide at such fast speed that when you hit the water, your two piece slinky swimsuit slinks right off?
One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: The modern one piece swimsuit made its appearance in the mid 1900s, when the style was widely described as a maillot. The one piece swimsuit’s widespread acceptance is attributed to Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman, who attracted further attention to the style in 1907, when she was arrested on a Boston beach for indecent exposure because her swimsuit showed her arms, legs and neck. Kellerman marketed these bathing suits and the style came to be known as “the Annette Kellerman”.
The one piece swimsuit became accepted swimsuit attire for women in parts of Europe by 1910 and was the authorized attire for women’s swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics, the first at which women competed.
One in a million in that one piece bathing suit!
Swim in style in a one piece wonder!
The most common type of one piece swimsuit is the maillot or tank suit, which resembles a sleeveless leotard or body suit. There are variants of the one piece swimsuit, including halterneck styles and plunge front swimsuits, as well as wrap-round and bandeau styles. The pretzel swimsuit is another style of the one piece bathing suit.
One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Recently, athletic swimsuits have used a variety of new shoulder strap styles, including the racerback, fastback and flyback styles.
The bathing beauty wears a one piece wonder!
I myself think that one piece bathing suits are quite flattering to a female figure. Not to mention, merely because there is more material to work with, also more stylish as a true fashion garment. If you’re a lover of clothing with an eye for fashion, the more fabric you have to work with, the more opportunity you have to put together an aesthetically pleasing garment. This doesn’t take away from the two piece swimsuit or the bikini in any stretch of the imagination.
Simply wear whatever swimsuit that you feel makes a splash! And you’ll look like a smash!
One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: By the 1920s and 1930s, people began to shift from “taking in the water” to “taking in the sun” at bathhouses and spas, and swimsuit designs shifted from functional considerations to incorporate more decorative features. Rayon was used in the 1920s in the manufacture of tight-fitting swimsuits, but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic, with jersey and silk also being used.
By the 1930s the necklines of women’s swimwear plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away and tightened. With the development of new clothing materials, particularly latex and nylon, swimsuits gradually began hugging the body, with shoulder straps that could be lowered for tanning.
Whether worn for swimming or to get a tan, the one piece bathing suit deserves a hand!
The one piece bathing suit is fashion and functionality mixed together at its finest!
Although the bikini has gained popular acceptance since the 1960s, the one piece bathing suit lives on! A one piece swimsuit is still mandatory in the case of most school swimming events. Olympic women’s swimming and other international swimming events still use the one piece swimsuit.
Swimwear Fun Fact: Public nudity was a major concern in designing early swimwear. It was a major factor behind the non-participation of American women in the 1912 Olympics. Even men wore one piece swimsuits that covered the body from hips to shoulders up to the 1940s.
Heading to the beach and you’re not sure of slipping into a one piece or a two? Perhaps both will do! Start out with one an change into the other. The only thing you’ll mess up are your tan lines!
“You slipped quite nicely into that one piece swimsuit.”
“I’m heading to the water. Step out of my way or I’ll give you the boot.”
“Pardon me but your flattering figure in that suit is beyond compare.”
“A compliment is nice but you don’t have to stare.”
“May I join you in the ocean for a frolic or two?”
“I guess that is ok. We’ll have fun, me and you!”
Have fun in your one piece swimsuit. So full of fashion and flair people can’t help but stare!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846