• Style Rethink
    When it comes to swimwear, CHRISTA D’SOUZA discovers that less is not always more

    Bikini or one-piece? Thus far, it has always been the former for me. Not because I feel fabulous about my body, not at all, more that: a) I hate a pale stomach if the rest of me is tanned, and b) why would I, if I’m not doing laps? But this is about to change. If there is one thing designers have deemed big this summer, it is the one-piece. There is no getting away from it: if you want to make a style statement on the beach, a bathing suit is the way to do it.

    Oh, well. Why should the bikini always reign supreme? I’m getting a little bored of the ones I have amassed over the years, anyway. I like dresses better than


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    Raquel Welch radiates glamor in a plunging white swimsuit, Los Angeles, 1980

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