8 One-Pieces Perfect for Your Next Wet Adventure

SPRING 2018
By Karie Frost for Modern Muse

Not ready to bare all in a bikini for your next big waterfront outing? We've got you. Whether you're dipping a toe into a cool blue pool or paddling your way to the next big wave, these on-trend one-pieces will have you looking stylish and sexy.

Day-to-Night By the Sea

After whiling the day away sunbathing on the sand, we wouldn't blame you if you'd want to linger at a local beach bar to watch the sunset. And you're in luck — one of the hottest one-piece trends, the belted maillot, easily transitions from a day in the sun to an evening sipping margaritas. Just pair one, like Solid & Striped's The Victoria available at Nordstrom, with a loose, flowing pair of pants for a breezy look.

Surfing Abroad

A black neoprene rash guard? So basic. Catching waves in style requires a full-coverage bodysuit that's anything but boring black. If you're going to buck the basics, you might as well flaunt mismatched patterns with this Billabong Sun Tribe Bodysuit from Nordstrom as you rip that curl around the world.

Hamptons Getaway

Whether you venture by Jitney, automobile, or helicopter, a jaunt to the swanky seashores of the Hamptons demands a swimsuit that boasts sophistication, swankiness, and sex appeal. What could be better swim-suited than a gingham number like this Mara Hoffman Olympia Plaid One-Piece Tank from Everything But Water, which features flouncy front ties and just enough peek-a-boo skin to feel naughty yet nice?

Music Festival Pool Party

DJs, dancing, and desert sun: This fine mix often calls for slipping away to the nearest festival pool party to quell the scorching heat. Naturally, you'll want a swimsuit that's spot-on for Instagrammable moments, and anything that marries a head-turning print and a '90s high-cut — like this Onia Gold Pineapple One-Piece Tank from Everything But Water — will garner you plenty of social media likes.

Lounging Deckside

Setting out on the deep blue sea doesn't mean you have to be an expert sailor — especially if your one job is to lay out on the deck. But you could play the part of captain with your sartorial swimwear choice by slipping on a plunging, nautical-style one-piece, like Solid and Striped's The Juliette Faux-Wrap One-Piece Swimsuit, available at Neiman Marcus.

Beach Dance Party

Shimmying in the sand certainly takes a lot of stamina, but it also takes swimwear that won't bare any assets by accident. Not only does a festive, ruffled off-the-shoulder one-piece, like this Red Carter Smocked Swimsuit from Bloomingdale's, allow you to sizzle while you salsa by the surf, but it also grants good coverage for any shoulder-shaking moves you bust out.

Bronzing to the Maximum

So you're not feeling bikinis at this very moment? That's OK — you can still work on your tan in a one-piece. You'll want the following details for ultimate bronzing: an ultra-high cut, a super-low back, and a scoop neck that bares a bit of bosom from every angle. The Norma Kamali Marissa One-Piece Swimsuit from Neiman Marcus does all of that with plenty of pizzazz.

Being Seen, But Not Soaked

We get it: For some wet adventures, the goal is to look ravishing while catching rays next to the water, not in it. When you want to turn heads without sousing limbs, a lace maillot, like Becca by Rebecca Virtue's Colorplay High-Neck One-Piece Swimsuit, checks all the boxes: It's fashion-forward, stunning, and, above all, ready to get wet — if you change your mind.