What To Look For In A One-Piece Bathing Suit

One-piece bathing suits are making a comeback! And this time around, they are not only popular with mothers and older women; younger women are picking up the trend too. Shopping for a one-piece can be a lot of fun, but it is quite different from shopping for a two-piece or a bikini, so it's a good idea to review what you should be looking for in a one-piece bathing suit.

Does it pull at the shoulder or crotch?

One of the hardest parts of finding a one-piece bathing suit is finding one that is the right length for you. Two people who are the same height can have very different torso sizes. You may wear a different size bathing suit than you wear pants or shirts if you have a very long or short torso. So, make sure you try a suit on before buying it and pay close attention to whether it pulls at the shoulders or crotch. If there's a lot of pressure and pulling in either of these areas, the suit is not long enough for you. You won't be comfortable moving around in it. On the other side, you don't want the suit to be sagging in the crotch or shoulders, or else it might slide off when you're swimming.

Does it offer enough support in the chest area?

You can find one-piece bathing suits with varying levels of breast support. Some suits have basically no support at all, other than being stretchy. Others basically have built-in bras. What is important is that you choose a suit with a level of support you're comfortable with. Remember that when you get wet and the material gets wet, it will become a little less supportive. So err on the side of choosing more support than you think you need.

Does it cover what you want to cover?

Many people have come to think of one-piece suits as modest because they compare them to bikinis and two-pieces. However, not all one-piece suits cover the same amount of body. Some are lower-cut than others. Others expose more of your backside than others. Look in the mirror and make sure you're happy with the coverage a suit offers; don't just assume that since it's a one-piece, it will be very modest.

If you follow the advice above, you will have an easier time choosing a classic one-piece bathing suit that you truly love. Good luck, and enjoy the shopping process.