The One Piece

Mary Straton is guesting today! Always love having her make an appearance over here! Take it away, MS…

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It strikes fear in the hearts of women everywhere (except supermodels and high school cheerleaders): swimsuit shopping.

Never do I ever contort, suck in, stand on tiptoes or skinny-arm more than when I’m trying to find a swimsuit that does not make me feel like Jabba the Hut. What’s the answer, you ask? A Miraclesuit? Strategic ruching? The right pattern? A skirt? Board shorts?

I wasn’t blessed with legs for days like our girl Laurel or a metabolism like those women who say they just can’t keep weight on, so I tend to gravitate more to a one-piece. And let me say, I welcome the trend with open arms!

There are tons out there, and I am not a stylist, so I’ll just point you toward some that I particularly like. The last thing I want is to be uncomfortable, or worse – look old (gasp!), so I tend to choose styles that have some visual interest or a glam or boho vibe. And I’m also willing to spend a little more to get something of good quality and that makes me feel cute.

Here are a few I like. Jabba approved.

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The neckline on this one is very flattering, and the pattern and seaming detail keep the eyes busy and not focused on something you’d rather keep to yourself.

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This suit is even prettier in person than online! The colors are brighter and the embroidery is really nicely done. And if you’re a girl who loves a belt, this one has a similar effect!

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I actually own this suit in this color, and it is very flattering. The previously mentioned ruching is forgiving, and I think it looks very pin-up! Not to mention, the price is right!

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When I was in high school and college, JCrew was THE place to get your swimsuit. (I still wish I could find the one I had my junior year that had citrus fruits on it.) Anyway, my friends know I LOVE a wrap dress, and this is practically a wrap dress minus the dress.

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Hey-oooo! This little number is not for the wallflowers, but just look at it! That sash could cover up any pooch!

I hope I’ve shared a few selections that might make swimsuit shopping feel like less of a root canal. Do you have a flattering suit you love?

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