Thank God for The Maillot!

As far as I’m concerned, the maillot couldn’t have picked a better time to make a comeback.  Maillot (pronounced my-oh) is just the french word for one-piece bathing suit, but it sounds fancier, no?  Well, either way, it’s still the answer to my pre-summer dilemma.  While we’re still a few good weeks of spin class away from baking on the Jersey shore (or the Long Island shore), M and I are going on a tropical vacation much sooner than that — and sad to say, I’m not beach-ready.  Luckily for me and my post-Easter tummy pooch, maillots are a summer trend this year!  While the one-piece selection is usually scarce, this year there are some fantastic suits in bright colors, eye-catching prints, and wonderful textures at all price points.

Note: When I shop for a swimsuit, 3 things are important to me and I tried to stick to that criteria when I chose these.

  1. It is a fun color or has a great pattern
  2. It properly supports ‘the girls’
  3. It doesn’t cause weird tan lines (I think there’s one exception on this list….)

Here are my faves.  And stay tuned below to see which two I picked up (and one that I didn’t):

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I took a trip to Nordy’s recently and picked up the following for my upcoming vacation.

Robin Piccone ‘Penelope’ Crochet Overlay One Piece Swimsuit in white (although it’s only available in black and blush on the Nordy website).  I love the tan-through detail around the torso.  It’s just revealing enough to be sexy but it does a wonderful job of concealing imperfections.

La Blanca ‘Glimmer Girl’ Shirred One Piece Bandeau.  I just fell in love with the fit of this suit.  It’s flattering and vibrant and I can’t wait to wear it on the beach.

While browsing the Bloomie’s website before my shopping trip, I saw this Marc Jacobs Peplum Finch-Printed suit and absolutely fell in love with everything about it.  But alas it wasn’t meant to be.  Because I’m top heavy, the flaps on the top portion didn’t sit right :(.  But it’s completely adorable for someone who’s smaller on top.  I still love it…

So, what’s your favorite type of ‘hide my flaws’ swimsuit?  Do you ever venture away from the two-piece and into one-piece territory?



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12 responses to “Thank God for The Maillot!

  1. i don’t know if there is a suit that hides my flaws…but i wear them anyways! i really love that marc jacobs one. too bad it didn’t work for you! but the other ones are gorgeous as well. i love the crochet one!

  2. I am def a bikini type of girl but these suits are really cute! Which beach do you go to when you visit the Jersey shore? Have a great weekend!

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    • Hey Sharon, we used to rent a summer house in Point Pleasant Beach — but lately we’ve both been heading into Long Island. Do you go to the Jersey Shore too?

  3. I despise swimsuit shopping lol…you have posted some adorable choices though!

    • Occasionally, I’ll just order a bunch of suits online and try them on in the comfort of my home. Then I’ll send back the ones I don’t like… makes the experience a bit more bearable. 🙂

  4. Lovely bathing suits! I especially love the ones that have more of a 50s vintage style to them. I just found your guys’ blog, I love the city and ‘burbs concept, so adorable!

    Suzie Q

    • Thanks Suzie! I’m such a huge fan of the suits with a little 50s flair. That Marc Jacobs peplum one is so adorable!

      I just took a little looksie around your blog and I love it too! Just added you to my reader 🙂

  5. I love one-pieces…I mean, maillots : ) It makes going to the beach so much more fun. I’m not stressing about what I look like as much if I’m a little more covered up, so I can focus on enjoying myself in the sunshine.

    And I personally kind of like weird tan lines. They can be kind of fun. Hahaha. Weird, right?

  6. Giselle

    This is exactly what i needed 🙂 Love it

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