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Singular sensations: Chic one-piece swimsuits

June 7, 2010 | 10:56 am


The reign of the bikini is officially over. Sure, two-piece swimwear will always be popular — especially in Los Angeles, one of the bikini's greatest all-time runways.

But if you've been tempted to test drive a fashion-forward one-piece bathing suit, this is the season to do it. Designers and brands have debuted some seriously stylish uni-suits for summer. Some are as sexy as their two-piece sisters, but most are refreshingly modest — a welcome change from decades of feckless flesh-flaunting.

A few of our favorites:

J. Crew Microluxe ruched femme tank, $125. This bronzed beige onesie complements most skin tones, and features a sweetly crinkled silhouette that provides full coverage without looking dowdy.

Gap Essential halter one-piece, $58. Super sexy (thanks to a very plunging neckline) but also Speedo-style sporty, this simple silhouette flatters toned upper bodies.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Lacey Garden Ruffled swimsuit, $164. This '80s-style strapless one-piece boasts a girly, flirty vibe — perfect for the young and young at heart.

Juicy Couture ruffled swim dress, $190. Hello, Ester Williams! This ruched, 1950s-inspired skirted number was made for vintage-loving style pioneers (and when was the last time you contemplated buying a swim dress?).

--Emili Vesilind


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Photos, from left: J. Crew tank; Gap halter swimsuit; Marc by Marc Jacobs suit; Juicy Couture swim dress. Credits: J. Crew, Gap, Neiman Marcus (photos three and four)