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Iâ€™ve been avoiding one-piece swimsuits for the past decade, ever since the summer I was a camp counselor and had to wear one during swim lessons. Itâ€™s not that I dislike the aesthetic, but in a fit of rebellion against the mandatory uniform, I chose an unlined, unpadded, not-very-functional suit from American Apparel. It looked retro, but was no help when I was getting punched in the chest by 4-year-olds in floaties. For the next ten years, I favored more conservative bikinis.
This summer, though, my swimwear priorities changed. I wanted to surf, which meant I needed something that could keep my bust in place while being knocked around by waves. I also wanted the most butt stretch-mark coverage coupled with the least boob sag. Inevitably, that led me to the one-piece market.
The problem is the bulk of popular one-pieces right now donâ€™t take tan lines into account. (Belly cutouts seem especially popular.) If they didnâ€™t reveal my waist in the least practical way, they required that I pay more attention to my bikini line than thereâ€™s time for. I wanted a stylish, playful swimsuit that didnâ€™t seem too thirsty. Lucky for me, the swimwear gods didnâ€™t care what I wanted. I accidentally got a thirsty suit in the mail, and Iâ€™m so glad I did.
What I wanted was a timeless, ruffled, off-the-shoulder one-piece in black. Maybe itâ€™d make Rockaway feel like Saint-Tropez? Except thatâ€™s not what came â€” I received the brandâ€™sBlack Cruise Control suit instead. The style felt trendy, with a high-cut bottom, open back, and a lace-up front that from the right angle showed everything between my navel and bra line. â€œOh, it is sexy,â€ my colleague said on Slack when I showed her what arrived. (Oddly enough, my boyfriend didnâ€™t think there was anything overly revealing about it at all.)
If thereâ€™s one beach for test-driving a more revealing swimsuit than youâ€™re used to, itâ€™s Brighton in Brooklyn. Itâ€™s full of of women (and men) of all ages and body types making the case for thong bottoms â€” thereâ€™s no room for shame. What better place to take a bag of cherries and my semi-exposed butt?
Getting ready for the beach, I realized under cutoffs, the suit could pass as the kind of lace-up going-out top everyone wore last year. I took the padding out, though I can see how it might come in handy on a chillier day, or for the extra support.Â My rack did stay in place â€” though, full disclosure, there were hardly any waves. Another perk: You can be as modest about your cleavage you want, thanks to the option to tighten or loosen the front.
The silhouetteâ€™s open back managed to make me feel pretty sexy evenÂ after a meal of Nathanâ€™s cheese fries and funnel cake. I did have to walk around with my hands down my shorts to keep the high cut from riding up, but that was a small price to pay (in addition to $109) for the suitâ€™s food-baby coverage, made possible by its adjustable string.
Most importantly, the suit seems durable, so if Iâ€™m lucky itâ€™ll be a very long time before I shop for one again. Bless shipping errors, for making me realize a starter thirsty suit was exactly what I needed.
This Baywatch-on-a-budget suit makes the cost of regular bikini waxes seem less daunting.
Mesh is the perfect material for teasing a little bit of skin, if thatâ€™s all youâ€™re comfortable with.
Athena Amoya Solid Soft Cup One Piece Swimsuit $98, Amazon
Accidentally flashing everyone on the beach doesnâ€™t seem likely with this suit. While it doesnâ€™t show a ton of cleavage, donâ€™t let that stop you from making your own Survivor video in it.
Seafolly Core Keyhole Maillot One-Piece Swimsuit $99, Amazon
If you want the look of a lace-up suit, but are too lazy to deal with retying it all day this style is the perfect solution.
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