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One Piece Swimwear

Updated on December 9, 2012

One Piece Swimwear is a usually skin tight one-piece swimsuit worn by women and girls when swimming in the sea or in a swimming pool, or for any activity in the sun, such as sun bathing. The one-piece swimsuit usually covers a female's torso. Some women wear a one-piece swimsuit because they consider it to be more modest than a two-piece bikini.

Prior to the popularity of the bikini, virtually all female swimsuits were one piece, and in older days men wore similar swimsuits that covered their whole torso.

The most frequent type of one-piece suit is the maillot or tank suit, which resembles a sleeveless leotard or bodysuit. Variants of this include halterneck and plunge front swimsuits, as well as wrap-round ("surplice") and bandeau styles. The pretzel suit is another special case of the one-piece swimsuit.

Of late, athletic swimsuits have used a variety of new shoulder strap styles, including the racerback, fastback, and flyback styles, some of which have also been used on other athletic wear.

An alternative innovation in one-piece swimsuits is the bodyskin, which superficially resembles a unitard or wetsuit. Although these cover the entire torso, arms and legs, their function is not modesty, but reducing friction through the water for professional swimmers. Their surfaces are made of textured technical fabrics which are engineered to cut through the water in the same way as fish or shark skin.

Choose The Right One Piece Swimsuit For Your Body Style

Assess your body. Decide on your desired features. Perhaps you have long legs, nice breasts or a small waist. Pick out one of your bestfeatures to emphasize with your one piece bathing suit. Choose a slimming suit if you want toemphasize or create a small waist. Try on a swimsuit that is one size larger than you usually wear because slenderizing suits usually contain thicker materials. Pick a suit with high thigh openings if you want to show off your lovely legs. Find a suit with a built in shelf or underwire bra if you have large breasts or would like a little lift. Select a suit with vertical strips, dark colors or a larger pattern if you feel self conscious about your size.

Swimsuit Care

  • We Suggest that you hand wash you suit in cool water.

    Appliance washing tends to damage suits & reduces their longevity.

    We advise that you line dry your suit in a shaded area or dry flat.

  • Bleach productsare extremley damaging to swimwear fabrics so please avoid bleach when at all possible.
  • It advised to rinse your suit after each use, especially after use in a hot tub or swimming pool.
  • Do not use an iron on swimwear!
  • Avoid abrasive rough surfaces when wearing your new swimsuit.


Swimwear Design

Fashion advocates are now providing lines of swim wear to outfit all body shapes and styles for today's woman. It is big business in the fashion world to have a complete line of swim wear for women that meets the needs of all individual tastes. Plus size women's swimwear was once a simple unattractive black one piece bathing suit that provided no support and was quite unappealing. Now fashion advocates as a result of the demand for such swim wear products, are now catering to the plus size woman demands for quality fashionable products.

Swimwear fashion design now havevibrant colours and exciting new mixes of fabric in the material. Earthen colours are being used to create a fashionable affect to the material used in the design of a swimsuit. It is not only plus size women who have benefited from the direction fashion designers are taking when compiling a swimwear line, they are also catering to other body shapes as well. This is confirmed by the addition of stretch fabric and double layer material to the midriff area and bra cup support to the breast area of the swim suit.

It is not unusual for a woman to try on a stretch fabric swimsuit to find that in some places the material pulls in, supports and shapes the areas providing a whole new look. For the slight breasted women, they now find that the top has added support and cup padding that enhances the shape of the breast. The same for larger busted women where support is added to augment the overall look of the swim wear from the top down maintaining style and modesty.

Additional fabric to the midriff area provides support and shape to the overall look of the swimsuit enhancing the shape to any body type of woman to meet their individual tastes in what they want from their swimwear.

When shopping for swim wear it is now not a simple matter of trying it on to see how it looks and feels, it is now a matter of examining the fabric for support, what material has been used in the design as well as the colour and stitching.

Women of all physical shapes and sizes are turning to swimwear that offers support and provides body appeal. If there is a textile at your disposal that will enhance your overall look, then consider purchasing new styled fashion swim wear for women that adds to your collection and will make you look and feel great for the summer season.

Ultimate one piece swimsuits for plus size women

Swimwear advocates have finally realised that plus-sized women require both style and functionality. Here are some helpful hints to overcome the “bathing suit blues!”

All WOmen dread the thought of shopping for a swimsuit, but for larger women, the challenge sometimes feels even more challenging. It used to be that swimsuits in large sizes were designed to cover up rather than augment. Suits were usually black or dark blue, with skirts "skirtinis" or unflattering boy-cut shorts. But in recent years, as water exercise has increased in popularity, larger women are requiring suits that are functional and flattering at the same time. Finally, swimwear designers are considering the needs of today's, active women, and the selection of plus-sized swimsuits is more exciting than ever. Here are some tips to help you pick exactly the right one-piece swimsuit for your body type.

First you need to consider what activity you will be doing when you are wearing the suit. The type of activity will dictate the style, shape and fabric of the swimsuit you purchase. If you are planning on wearing it to water exercise classes in a chlorinated pool, you will want to look for a fabric that is chlorine resistant and a swimsuit that gives you freedom of movement and a minimum of fabric that can interfere with your full range of motion. If the suit is to be more of a fashion item, these restrictions aren’t such a priority..

Cotton blend swimsuits will fade out fast if worn in chlorinated pools, and latex very quickly loses its elasticity and stretches out unattractively. Many suits today are made with polyester which is much more durable, holding their original shape and retaining their vibrant color.

For larger women, one of the main considerations should be full support and control. This is extremely important if you are going to be wearing the suit for exercising. Avoid suits with “shelf” bras or no bra at all, and instead look for those that offer a built in control bra, preferably in your size. Many companies offer suits with cup sizes as well. You will feel much more comfortable with some built-in support.

If you have a large breasts, you should avoid suits that are very low cut and opt instead for one that offers more coverage. There are lovely swimsuits that are higher in front but plunge in the back, accenting the back. Many swimsuits in this style offer built-in bras with cups and have the best support for the large-busted woman. Halter designs are also very sexy to the larger figure and the design offers excellent support and control as well.

The cut of the thigh or leg should also be considered. Contrary to popular opinion, a straight or “modest” cut may not be the most flattering. This cut hits at the fullest part of the thigh and focuses on this area. A higher cut leg or thigh rises above the fullest part of the thigh, making that area appear smaller by comparison. Make sure the back offers full coverage. A suit that rides up in the back is both uncomfortable and unflattering. Skirts can balloon up and make movement awkward.

Many Popular one-piece swimsuits are made with a slimming control panel in the front. This can slim down the mid section, and offer additional support. Make sure that the suit is not too small, though, because this can lead to unattractive bulges in areas where the suit does not cover.

Many larger women tend to like black or other darker colors, thinking that they are more slimming. For a bathing suit, though, look for patterned style, which distract the eye. Vertical stripes that form a "V" pattern are very flattering. Floral patterns on a dark background are also flattering and can be paired with a plain, flowing skirt as a cover-up.

Take the proper time to shop for your new swimsuit. Try on a number of styles by different designers and remember that sizes can vary. If you can’t find a suit in a retail store, considering shopping online. Today, there are a variety of websites offering swimwear for women of all shapes and sizes. If you are looking for a swimsuit to wear for water exercise, go to a site that sells suits specifically for that purpose.

With a wide range of styles, shapes and sizes available to today’s larger woman, finding the right suit is easier than ever. Don’t miss out on the benefits of working out in the water or enjoying a day at the beach because you don’t have a swimsuit. There is a swimsuit available for YOU>


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      5 years ago

      Making the one piece look great!


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