One-piece swimsuits and statement sunglasses set the scene for summer

By Laura Coronado

Laundry by Shelli Segal, Riviera Asymmetrical One-Piece, $128, Everything But WaterLong overshadowed by the itsy bitsy bikini, the iconic one-piece swimsuit is making a defiant and definite comeback this summer with a fashionably fierce vengeance. What’s uncertain is who deserves the credit for the return. It could be the countless curvy celebrities, such as Beyoncé, Christina Hendricks and Sofia Vergara, who have been making a splash by sporting the swimsuit in public. Of course, designers are following suit and are adding the one-piece look to their summer collections. But when one considers that the average dress size of American women is 14, which, let’s face it, is not always flattered by a bikini, it would appear that the market itself is responsible for dictating this new trend.

Laundry by Shelli Segal, Pleated Solids One-Piece, $128, Everything But WaterLaundry by Shelli Segal, Desert Rain One-Piece, $124, Everything But WaterTommy Bahama, Meridian One-Piece in Pink Martini Floral, $147, Town Square Las VegasTommy Bahama, Lace Ahoy V-neck One-Piece, $142, Town Square Las Vegas

Ladies, rejoice! Your rebellion against the bikini has worked. Whether you are looking to camouflage some stretch marks or a not-so-taut tummy, this summer’s one-piece swimsuit has got you covered. And, yes, a one-piece swimsuit can be stylish, stunning and sexy. From asymmetrical one-shoulder designs to tantalizing cutouts to plunging necklines, this year’s maillot has been modernized. Good news: This is not your mother’s one piece.

Volcom, Dotted Line One-Piece, $90, Miracle Mile ShopsHervé Léger by Max Azria, Rhea, $890, Miracle Mile ShopsLauren by Ralph Lauren, Crochet One-Piece, $116, Everything But WaterHervé Léger by Max Azria, Nadina, $840, Miracle Mile Shops

Prada, Retro Pink Marble Acetate Frames, $310, Saks Fifth AvenueHowever, your look will not be complete without the right pair of eye-catching eyewear.
This season’s sunglasses make a bold statement. Shop for oversize shapes and bright colors. According to eyewear expert and chief designer at Morgenthal Frederics, Jeff Press, you should look to the past to influence your purchase.
He says,
“Retro styling continues to be a major trend that drives the industry. For this season, look for mirrored lenses to be a big look from many brands, as the ’80s inspired look has never been hotter.”

Morgenthal Frederics, Brigitte, $395, Optica  Valentino Cat-Eye Frames, $295, Saks Fifth AvenueKate Spade New York, Della Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $138, Neiman MarcusRoberto Cavalli, Serpent Open-Temple Sunglasses, $290, Neiman Marcus

More often than not, shopping for sunglasses can cause almost as much anxiety as shopping for a bikini, but Press reports that it doesn’t have to be that way. “Stay within your personal style goals,” the expert instructs. “Straying into a look that makes you feel totally uncomfortable is unwise. Look for something that looks great and feels great. Remember, sunglasses are your most important accessory, and they need to please you for function and fashion.”
Prada, Hexagon Sunglasses, $430, Neiman MarcusMorgenthal Frederics, Raquel $395, OpticaMorgenthal Frederics, Farrah, $395, OpticaMorgenthal Frederics, Sophia, $395, Optica

It’s important to consider the shape of your face when shopping for shades. Press advises to use fashion eyewear to create contrast and pretty angles. “For instance, complementing an oval face is generally easy, as most shapes work well, but a nice angular sunglass style in square or rectangle creates a fantastic overall profile,” he states. For a round face, the expert says to avoid rounded sunglasses and shop for angular-shaped eyewear; however, a squared face does need the softness that a rounded pair of sunglasses provides. “Heart-shaped faces work well with aviators, but in reality, a good aviator is a nice direction for all faces,” confirms Press.

So as you put together your poolside look this summer, go for sex kitten glamour with one-piece swimsuits topped off with statement-making sunglasses and enjoy your sunny season in comfort and confidence.