by Ali Conway September 21, 2020

The one-piece swimsuit has been around for decades. One-pieces can be incredibly flattering and comfortable, which makes them a staple that will never go out of style. But you may grow a bit tired of the basic solid color options or the same patterns that everyone else on the beach is wearing. If you are looking to add some unique one-piece options that nobody else is wearing, there are a few ideas for finding the perfect one-piece that will stand out from the crowd. Hallelujah, strangers.

Forego Major Retailers

The best way to end up with the same one-piece that everyone else has is by purchasing one from a major retailer. Major retailers often only pick up on trends after they have had widespread adoption. It’s generally not profitable for them to try to sell emerging trends. If you consider yourself a trendsetter, then you likely already understand that you aren’t going to find what you are looking for at a major retailer.  

Do Your Research

Doing your research is especially important when you are shopping online. If you just do an internet search for one-piece swimwear, you can be sure that your search results are similar to everyone else’s – and that the top displayed matches are going to be the ones that most people order. It’s worth taking some extra time to scroll down on the list and browse through some of the options further down on the results page. The further you go down, the more likely you are to find options that are different from the top picks. 

Look at Boutique Shops 

You will always find more options by shopping boutique retailers rather than mainstream big-box stores. These boutique retailers often create trends that hit large retailers a few years later. In most instances, you will find a better-quality one-piece swimsuit at a boutique store than major retailers. Many boutiques, like *ehm* yours truly, offer handmade options, and their staff will know enough to discuss emerging trends and the popularity of certain styles.Check out some of our strange one-pieces

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Look at Some Influencers – But with Caution 

The use of social media influencers to select a one-piece swimsuit can be contentious – and depending upon how you go about it, it can yield mixed results. On the one hand, some influencers have a tremendous number of followers. If you use these individuals as inspiration or decide to order the same brand or suit that they have, you will likely end up with the same thing everyone else has.

But if you look at influencers who are emerging and have fewer followers - but they still have great ideas – you can get some great ideas that can help you find something that is truly unique.

Identify Embellishments You Want

One-piece bathing suits have steadily become more varied through the use of embellishments such as cut-outs, embellished straps, different patterns, ( yes!) ruching, and other options. Many individuals stick to classic advice when searching for swimwear, such as selecting solid colors and classic cuts. But you can achieve a much more unique look if you consider the types of embellishments and features you want that still work well with your body type.

Don’t Forget to Accessorize

Accessories can also change the way your one-piece looks. You can employ certain accessories, like a hat, fanny pack, socks with Birkenstocks- that can totally change the way the suit looks and how it illuminates your features. You can also boost your look by adding other accessories, such as a matching headscarf or sari, jewelry, sunglasses, hats, or footwear. These features can work toward a unique overall look, especially when combined with a trending style for a one-piece swimsuit.

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Finding the Perfect Unique One-Piece Bathing Suit  

While searching for a one-of-a-kind one-piece swimsuit, it can be easy to focus on the complexity of the design and how well it stands out from other options. But it’s always good to remember that some trends die quickly because they can be unflattering for the majority of wearer’s. Before selecting any one-piece swimsuit, it’s also a good idea to review the style and how it will accentuate certain features. To get a great look, you need to be sure that you have a suit that matches your body type. For example, if you have a small bust, you may want to select a suit with embellishments on the bust. This will accentuate the area and give you a more balanced appearance. 

There are certaingeneral rules for purchasing a one-piece that may come in handy too, including:

  • Avoid detailing and patterns around the waist or tummy if you are looking for a slimming effect.
  • Embellishments should be minimized in problem areas and maximized in areas where you want to draw attention.
  • Too much color or patterns can also give you a fuller overall look. 
  • Solid colors can be slimming.
  • Reviews and photos of others wearing a specific one-suit can give you a better idea of how well it may fit you and the quality you can expect – which is important if you are trying a new brand. 

And pay particular attention to how the suit may fit. Lots of retailers (even boutique shops) have detailed sizing information that you can reference. It’s crucial that you review this to ensure a great fit. Because no matter how unique your suit may be, it won’t look great if it doesn’t fit well. If possible, it’s always best to try a suit on before purchasing, although if the details you need aren’t online, remember you can always call the retailer and speak with a sales associate to get extra information. This process may be especially useful if you are shopping at a small or start-up swimwear manufacturer. Also, make sure that you are of the retailers return and exchange policy.

A great, unique one-piece swimsuit can give you the perfect summer look – and one that will be sure to turn heads. But if you are looking for something that no one else will be wearing, you are going to have to leave the beaten path and do some research before making a purchase. But it’ll be well worth the work when you have that sexy summer one-piece that marks you as a trendsetter!



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