Swimwear is a complicated one for me. With a fuller bust on top and pretty much a straight curve to the hips, my body type is considered "banana" or "straight." This means that my waist is not significantly (9 inches or more) smaller than my hips, giving me a "thick" appearance even when I'm actually quite slender. This is particularly annoying because fashion right now just doesn't tend to girls with this shape. In my case, the larger bust makes it difficult to wear backless pieces or loose clothing with a high neckline. It's also particularly difficult to find jeans that actually flatter my figure. That's why I never wear jeans! And I am not alone... if this sounds like you, check out the 1930's and 1940's ideal on this site.
According to this website, "A study of more than 6,000 women conducted at North Carolina State University in 2005 revealed that 46% of women were banana-shaped; just over 20% were pear-shaped; just under 14% were apple-shaped; and only 8% were hourglass-shaped. The hourglass is normally accepted as the "ideal" female shape in Western countries." As messed up as it is to rate women for something as natural as their shape, the fact remains that the Western world is seeking slender/fit pear shaped women most... or as Kanye West likes to say, "She got a ass that'll swallow up a g-string, and up top... two bee stings."
All of that being said, bikini shopping for virtually any gal with a bust larger than a C cup us hell. Like, actual torture. Each year I waste countless hours browsing locals shops for mix and match styles in which it just might be possible to find an L top that goes with an S bottom, but also happens to be in style and flattering. Crazy, you say? Not just crazy, impossible. This year, after spending an entire week deciding on what two-piece swimwear to get for the hotter months, I ordered a few to try on. So excited to try them out, I got a sad reality check when the top, already 2 sizes bigger than my usual clothing size, made my boobs like two smushed loafs of bread. The only solution would be to order a two-piece bikini in the "fuller bust" section, and with summer escaping me quickly, I didn't have time for that.
And so, frustrated from having to return my carefully planned bikinis, I made my way back to the shops to find a one-piece swimsuit. I found mine at Zara, but have taken the liberty of picking four more I'd totally buy from AdoreMe, a lingerie brand with some seriously tasteful undergarments (and swimwear!). Each of these cute swimsuits has something special about them: the black halter neck with cut outs for a sexy cleavage, the strappy white number shows off a well-tanned backside, the structured patterns of the blue piece are great for structure, and the black halter at the end has an interesting mesh pattern which can help create the illusion of a small waistline.
I love that one-piece swimwear can flatter literally any body shape, small or large, and I love that they don't float away when you're having a swim in the pool. For people who like to eat (like me), a one piece can be a great way to disguise a food baby or show off a feature that may otherwise go unnoticed in a boring triangle bikini. If you ever struggle with finding the right two-piece swimsuit, definitely try a one-piece bathing suit. They also work well as summer tops for those of whom could normally never go braless. Below, you'll find photos of how I wear my one-piece classic to the local waters.