How to Look Good in a One-Piece Swimsuit

Updated on July 29, 2017

So you’re not exactly a bikini-loving gal. Or maybe you are, and you just want to try something new! If you want to rock a hot summer trend, the one-piece bathing suit might be what you're looking for. But before you purchase one, learn the dos and don'ts of wearing a one-piece.

Details in unwanted areas draw attention to that area.
Details in unwanted areas draw attention to that area. | Source

Don't Get Details in Unwanted Places

  • You don’t want a one-piece that has a lot of detailing and patterns around the waist and tummy area because this will create the illusion that you are fuller than you really are in those regions.
  • Avoid big details like the crisscross patterns on the blue swimsuit shown here. Patterns and busy designs will only draw unwanted attention to that area.
  • Choose something that minimizes detailing in problem areas and focuses on areas where you need extra oomph.
  • Let’s say you have a smaller bust. Get a one-piece that has accent pieces, such as ruffles, around your chest.
  • If you're going to hang out by the pool, I suggest buying a pair of wedges instead of the traditional flip flops. They give you extra height and will force you to stand up straight, giving your body a more streamlined look.

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A perfect example of a one-piece that is slimming, yet accentuates your bust.
A perfect example of a one-piece that is slimming, yet accentuates your bust.
A perfect example of a one-piece that is slimming, yet accentuates your bust. | Source

Do Choose Simple, Slimming Colors

  • If you need to look slimmer, black is the way to go. If you want some color, a navy or dark purple will work just as well!
  • A rule-of-thumb to remember for all occasions is to wear something that is the same color from top to bottom. This is why a little black dress flatters everyone!
  • Avoid suits with too many colors and detailing because they will fill you out.

An Example of an Unflattering One-Piece

The picture below is an example of what an overly-detailed one-piece swimsuit can do to even a fit model. Although it looks nice, the detailing and the flush of contrasting colors fill her in all the wrong places.


Can I Wear a White One-Piece?

  • There is an exception to this “one color” rule. White is not the best color to work with when dealing with a one-piece swimsuit — or any bikini for that matter. Although black instantly slims you, white is the polar opposite and adds pounds to your appearance.
  • White is an amazing color to wear if you are very fit or very slim because it will give you the appearance of having good proportions. But if you are going for a slimming effect, take white off of your shopping list.

The best of both worlds.
The best of both worlds. | Source

The Best One-Piece Ever Invented

  • Sometimes you will see women wearing bikinis that are white on top and black on the bottom. Whoever came up with this idea is a genius designer!
  • If black slims and white fills you in, then why not put black on the bottom to slim your thighs and tummy, and add white on top to fill out and accentuate your chest. Brilliant!

How to Accessorize a One-Piece Swimsuit

When you keep your swimsuit simple, you can afford to go all out with accessories. It’s generally a good idea to avoid going in the water while wearing jewelry. But if you are planning a day at the beach with minimal water exposure, then accessories can make you look fabulous.

  • Purchase a pair of feathery earrings or any other dangly design.
  • Avoid metal earrings because sea salt and humidity will react with the metal and leave you with green ears.
  • Wear a long dangly necklace in a color that contrasts the color of your bikini. As long as your swimsuit is not brown, this should be fine.
  • Don't choose a necklace that is metal, otherwise you'll stain your bathing suit.
  • The necklace below is made of stone, plastic, and wood. It’s colorful and fun.

Boho Colorful Necklace
Boho Colorful Necklace | Source


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    • vibesites profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Lovin' the tips there, including choosing the right colors to wear -- I also love one piece swimsuits. Up and useful. :)

    • Londonlady profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Writes 

      6 years ago

      That particular swimsuit was showcased on and they stated they found it at JcPenny. However that was over a year ago, so here is something I found more recently. Hope it works out for you.


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      Caity Sue Treadwell 

      6 years ago

      OK....where do I find that beautiful white-on-top-black-on-bottom one-piece swimsuit? There is nothing about where you can buy it, which I find pretty frustrating. I am going on a cruise VERY soon and have not been able to find the "perfect" suit for my 4'9" top heavy frame!

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      My Moments 

      6 years ago

      I love one piece suits, but I am so tall that it has been hard to find one that fits me, without riding up in a certain area! I find tankini's fun and almost like a one piece. This was a fun and informational hub.

    • Darknlovely3436 profile image


      8 years ago from NewYork

      interesting piece love the swimwear

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      8 years ago

      Londonlady, great ideas for wearing a one piece swimsuit.


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