• separates, after all, and if you think about it, the one-piece is the ‘dress’ of bathing suits. So what makes the perfect one-piece and sets the tone for your holiday?

    Cut is crucial. If you are an ‘apple’, like me, it is all about creating a waist. And here the one-piece trumps the bikini in every way. A good, sturdy mummy panel? One doesn’t need to have just delivered to benefit from this little trick. Examine Karla Colletto’s miracle swimsuit with its hidden belly-control and underwiring, and see the difference it makes to your middle. Ditto Heidi Klein’s violet-hued, satin halterneck, with hidden underwiring and a cup-size that goes up to G.

    Ruching helps enormously on any not-so-Miranda-Kerr-like abdominals, too. It is the way one can play around with it, pull it up, pull it down, to get exactly the right silhouette. The Queen of Ruched swimwear is, of course, Norma Kamali. Take a look at her glam white halterneck – a tribute

    to Marilyn Monroe – or the retro strapless style in teal, with its clever boning down the sides. Wear with winged sunglasses, à la Lana Del Rey, and add a sarong to see you right through to evening.

    Remember the brilliant optical illusion dress by Stella McCartney that Kate Winslet wore to the Venice Film Festival in 2011, which instantly made her look Scarlett O’Hara-proportioned? Well, take it from me: the darker-color side-panel concept applies just as well to the bathing suit as the red carpet. Try the sporty sapphire and black tank by Karla Colletto and see how whittled away you suddenly feel once it is on.

    I confess, however, I will always gravitate towards black. A simple, well-cut black one-piece in the

    “A simple, well-cut black ONE-PIECE in the best fabric… Well, what is there not to LOVE?”

    hardest wearing, best-possible fabric… Well, what is there not to love about that?

    So, my top two? Lanvin’s demure, Death In Venice one-piece with a ’20s-style, low-cut leg, zig-zag stitching and made of an almost rubbery fabric that, for any ‘pears’ out there, affords the most stupendous bottom coverage.

    My second is a Lisa Marie Fernandez zipper-backed bathing suit that is frankly so flattering, I may never don a bikini again. There is something about the stiff fabric (which not only feels corrective, but dries in an instant), and the ’80s-style, high-cut leg. Then there’s the way one has to get zipped into it. Secure as anything, but at the same time you look like a Robert Palmer girl.

    It is all beginning to make such wonderful sense. It may be lovely to have the sun on your back during lunch, but who wants one’s belly on display while tucking into the baklava and that third glass of rosé? And another thing: it is so much warmer getting into
    the water.”

    how to do

    The chic one-piece

    Flattering and fashionable, the one-piece spells pure glamor

    Oversized shades are the way to go.

    Define your shape
    for the ultimate,
    womanly silhouette.

    Timeless noir for total beach style. Team with vivid sandals.

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