REVIEWS: One Piece Swimsuits

One Piece Swimsuit Try Ons

One Piece Swimsuit Try Ons

I mentioned last week that I need to up my swimwear game in anticipation of all the time Addie will probably want to spend at the splash pad, Waterfront Park, and the beach this summer.  So, today we’re doing one piece swimsuit reviews!  I’m looking for ones that provide full rear coverage, flatter my bust, and hold in my tummy.  I don’t need a ton of chest support, so if you need that my reviews may not be very helpful for you.  Hopefully I can at least point you to some brands with decent quality. on

I reviewed some at different price points, ranging from $19.99 to above $100.  Here we go!

SIZING INFO: I’m 5’6″ with a short torso and usually 6/8 or S/M in clothes.  I tend to wear size L in swimsuits.

A note on measurements: Someone asked me to share measurements of all the suits, like torso length.  It proved fairly difficult to do because several of these had adjustable straps that allowed you to shorten or lengthen the suit.  And not all of them had a clear beginning or end to the torso, so I couldn’t measure that either.  Out of the suits I ended up keeping, they are all 21.5-23″ from the top of the bust to the bottom of the suit.  And around 18″ in the torso.  But straps are adjustable to lengthen or shorten the whole thing!

 

Black Floral One Piece Swimsuit Review

Black Floral Swimsuit – size L
We’ll start with one I’ve shown before from ModCloth.  This one is gorgeous!  It provides full coverage on the rear and flattens a tummy as well.  The downside is that it provides very little chest support, the least of all these suits.  I don’t have a lot going on there so it’s alright for me, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable chasing around a toddler in this.  Sudden movements might make something pop out! 😆  But the plus side is that it’s really easy to nurse in!

This suit is ON SALE for 30% off!  I’m wearing size L and you can find it HERE.  It also comes in a blue floral!

 

Black Halter Top One Piece Swimsuit Review

Black Ruched Halter Top – size L
This is probably the most flattering swimsuit out of everything I’m reviewing today.  The material is really thick, the back fully covers your bum, and the ruching at the waist is SUPER flattering on your midsection. The waist provides a lot of support at the midsection and feels secure without being uncomfortable.  The top is incredibly flattering for my smaller bust, giving me a little bit of help with ruching.  It would probably not provide enough support for someone with a very large bust.  However, ModCloth has tons of swimsuits and is very mindful of different body sizes, so they have lots of other suits that are better for larger busts.  I always skim the reviews to know if it’d work better for a smaller or larger chest!

This is quite expensive, but it is the most flattering suit on me out of the bunch.  I’m wearing size L and you can find it HERE.  I wish this came in a brighter color!

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SUITS UNDER $27

After trying several ModCloth suits I can safely say ModCloth suits are thicker, have a lot of construction that flatters your chest and slims your tummy, and provide a lot more support in the midsection and in the chest (—if you get the right suit.  They have some that are better or worse for smaller or larger chests.)  But they are also a billion times more expensive!

SO, I tried on some cheaper pairs.

Also, for as flattering as the two suits above are, I want some sportier suits.  Especially for the splash pad!  A fancy black suit just seems too…fancy.  🙂

The suits below are under $27!

 

American Eagle One Piece Swimsuit Review

Tie Back One Piece Swimsuit – size L
I’ve seen multiple bloggers rave about this suit. Those bloggers are all significantly thinner than I am so I was skeptical about it.  But it is extremely cheap at only $19.99 so I figured why not try?

My thoughts: On my body it’s good for the price, but not amazing overall.  This doesn’t have a lot of structure and is not that thick.  It’s okay at holding in my tummy.  And despite the teensy bit of padding at the chest, I feel it squishes or flattens my chest more than it flatters it.  It’s not terrible, but not amazing either.  On the rear, it claims to be full coverage and is decent, but some of the other suits I’m reviewing today provide more.

That said, I like how simple and sporty this suit is and that it has decent rear coverage.  I prefer it to other suits I’ve tried at this price range that do not fully cover the bum and are even worse in the tummy section.  The straps in the back make the suit adjustable, so you can move them around for a better fit.

I am 90% sure I’m keeping this one.  While it’s not as amazing as ModCloth suits, it does the job just fine.  Like I keep saying, it’s not amazinggggg, but it’s not bad either.  The main reason I’m keeping it is because it’s sportier than the rest, which feels more appropriate for a couple hours at the splash pad.  I think I’d actually get the most use out of this for that reason.

This comes in olive, navy, and black in XS to XXL in both regular and long sizing.  The olive is nearly sold out, but navy and black are fully stocked.  I wear this in L.   Get it HERE!

You can nurse in this one by pulling off the shoulder strap completely, then the front will come down. 

 

Eyelet American Eagle One Piece Swimsuit Review

Olive and White Eyelet Suits – size L
I thought those would be similar to the one above but with some texture, but they weren’t quite as good. The chest flattened me out even more, and the rear didn’t provide as much coverage. Also, I felt like if I bent over you could see my chest from the sides with the way the bust is.  I returned it as the one above is a better option for me.  But this is really cute and only $19.99 right now, so if you want to give it a try find it HERE.

P.S. My legs are not this dark.  Lighting is weird!

 

Striped One Piece Swimsuit Review from Cupshe

Striped One Piece Suit – size L
This is from one of those cheap Asian brands, Cupshe.  Usually I’m skeptical of those places, but Kilee from One Little Momma has been rocking Cupshe suits, and she has a better feel for good quality than I do.  If that weren’t enough, Katie ordered some suits and gave them the thumbs up, at least for the price.

It provides full rear coverage, is thicker than the olive one above, and has a bit of construction at the bust that flatters a chest rather than squishes it.  And when I bend over, I don’t feel like my chest hangs out or gets exposed.  This one is easy to nurse too.  It also has straps in the back that make it adjustable.  And it’s only $26.99!

I’m keeping this one as well as a more flattering alternative to the green one.  The green one would be my go-to at the splash pad, and this would probably be my go-to at the beach.  I’m wearing this in size L.  Get it HERE.

 

Floral One Piece Swimsuit Review from Cupshe

Floral High Waisted Suit – size L
This one has a ton of reviews for the all black version.  You can’t see it well, but the bust has a very cute scalloped detail which is more prominent in black.  It is also only $27!

Unfortunately I didn’t love this on me.  The bust really flattened out my chest, and while the high waist was nice for smoothing out my tummy, it didn’t do much to help flatten or flatter it, especially in comparison to the other suits I’ve reviewed today.  It wasn’t bad, but there were better options for me at the same price range, so this one got returned.

You should totally check out the black one though! There are 702 customer reviews (!!) and tons of pics of people wearing it with a variety of body shapes.  It looks really cute on so many of them!  Check them out HERE.

Black Flyaway Swimsuit Review

Crochet Flyaway Tankini – size M
Last up is this crochet flyaway tankini that I saw Erin from Cotton Stem rave about.  She said that it was great for women at all stages since the midsection floats away from the body.  It’s even great for pregnant women because the middle section actually opens up, so it’ll work over a bump.  The bust has a lot of construction as well as ruching, so it’s pretty flattering.    It comes with a strap if you want more support.

My thoughts: I like it and think it’s really pretty, but I need to think more about whether I’ll keep this or not.  I’m leaning towards no, as I think the black ruched halter top above is more flattering on me and is kind of in the same vein of fanciness, not sporty.  However, if this were available in white, that’d be a different story.  😀  The main reason I’m still considering keeping this is because it’s a tankini and makes going to the bathroom easier!  It *is* cheaper than the black halter top ModCloth suit, even with having to purchase bottoms too, so that’s a plus.  The other downside is that there is nothing adjustable about this, and that makes it kind of difficult to get on and take off.

Anyway, Erin suggested pairing it with high waisted bottoms like THESE.  I tried both M and L and preferred L.  M fit but squeezed some things that I’d rather not look squeezed.  Haha!

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OVERALL THOUGHTS ON BRANDS

I tried a couple of suits from Abercrombie and read reviews for J.Crew Factory suits.  Abercrombie’s didn’t provide enough rear coverage, and several reviews for multiple J.Crew Factory suits critiqued that the suits were either too thin or did not provide any lining at the bust.

Overall, ModCloth swimsuits are quite expensive but are very good quality.  And Cupshe suits, though not as thick as ModCloth suits, have been surprising for their price point!  That said, if you need a suit that will hold things together a bit more, I feel more confident that a ModCloth suit could do that.  I’ve also heard very, very good things about Land’s End suits, though I couldn’t find a style I loved.  Where have you found a great swimsuit that fully covers your rear, is one piece or a tankini, and is flattering for curves?

P.S. If you’re looking for July 4th sales, there are TONS!  Check out my post from Friday highlighting some of my favorite items on sale HERE.  

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Florentina Scusi
    July 2, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Love your swimsuits! esp. the second one!

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    Wuselbibi
    July 2, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Hello, I’m a first time commenter and don’t know any of your recommended brands, since I live in Europe. However, I do own and love a Land’s End one piece swimsuit! Quite pricey, I ended up paying around 90€, the regular price was about 120€. I’m curvy, have a large chest and need lots of support. The style I chose is absolutely flattering in person.
    There’s an option with cups available too. I can’t recommend this swimsuit enough.
    http://www.landsend.de/de_DE/Slender-Tunika-Badeanzug/pp/P_32776.html

    Love your style!! All the best, M.

  • Reply
    Nay
    July 2, 2018 at 7:25 am

    I wish this post were out a month ago! I also bought the AE tie back suit based on the amazing reviews and it isn’t my favorite – I think that it could use a little ruching in the front, and I have trouble with the padding in the bust moving around. I kept it, but it isn’t my go-to suit.

    I purchased a super flattering one piece from target a few years ago with macrame style straps and the have a new version this year (my straps don’t cross in back and mine is maroon): https://www.target.com/p/women-s-shirred-macrame-strap-one-piece-merona-153/-/A-52679452

    I also bought this target tankini this year and am happy with it – the bottoms are full coverage which is really important to me and I like the pattern on the top:
    https://www.target.com/p/women-s-racerback-tankini-top-mossimo-153/-/A-52712151

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    Karen L. Grohs
    July 2, 2018 at 7:41 am

    I have always liked Lands End suits. I buy tankinis since I am long waisted, and one-piece swimsuits just don’t work for me. Lately, though, I haven’t liked the color selection there (the good ones sell out fast). After much searching, I found DM fashion. It advertises itself as modest women’s clothing, but the styles are fashionable. I found a suit that covers the rear and isn’t so low cut in the bust that I worried about falling out – but was still cute and didn’t look like something grandma would wear. The suits are cheap, but it’s great quality.

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    Spoonful of Easy
    July 2, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Great review! Tip on the final black one is sometimes those get real swirly in the water and make it tough to grab your kid, or your kids give it a big lift up for you. I have the best luck with ones where there’s nothing for the grabby hands to pull on or move, lol. Also, a little tip from my lifeguard days: just pull the one piece over to go to the bathroom. It’s very achievable and will save you tons of time trying to shimmy in and out of a wet suit. Especially when you need to get in and out fast if you’ve got a little one with you. Great round up!

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    Megan Peltier
    July 2, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for this, Audrey! I just bought a few one pieces from Boden that are really well made. They’re more expensive (around $75) than I typically spend on a suit, but I’ve come to realize that something with better materials and construction is worth it these days. Maybe I’ll be brave and post some photos in the PMTChallenge facebook group.

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    Thu Nguyen
    July 2, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Always appreciate your detailed reviews and that it’s usually mom friendly and mindful of all the different body types! Last year I bought an affordable tankini set from amazon that was meh for me as quality didn’t seem the greatest and wasn’t crazy about the design, but did the job fine. But I’ve been wanting to a suit that’s even more modest (no bikini bottom!). Been seeing Facebook ads for Jessica Rey swimwear and was intrigued by all the great reviews, but suits I liked were always sold out or didn’t have my size. Plus pricey!! But thanks to them, it made me search amazon for swimsuit dresses that come with boy shorts, and found some cute ones that are good quality and don’t break the bank! Just ordered the WantDo brand. Hoping it’ll work as reviews were really positive!

  • Reply
    Jessica Susie
    July 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    A word of caution on Cupshe – they’re very difficult to work with on returns. I ordered a few suits there for a vacation over the winter. One of the three fit, and I tried to return the other two. They kept trying to negotiate partial credit with me and acted super annoyed and inconvenienced by the returns. The suits are cute, but the sizing was really inconsistent. I won’t order from them again and recommend against it.

  • Reply
    Kim Hankins
    July 2, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for this roundup! So helpful! If you’re looking for a two-piece with good coverage, I really like Hapari suits which I think are well made and decent prices (especially if you catch the sale items). Totally customizable in terms of bottoms and tops (both in pattern, color, and shape/coverage), and the tankinis are long so they definitely cover the tummy. They have more sporty options too since you were looking for more movement-friendly suits. They do have one-piece options too, but I’ve never tried theirs. I tend to appreciate 2 piece suits for ease of nursing and using the bathroom.

  • Reply
    LW
    July 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    LandsEnd – hands down. Their suits are an investment but last for years and are excellent quality/construction/lined. My current fave is a blue and white striped swim dress. I get so many compliments on it and it’s very flattering. Their swim dress styles the past 2 years haven’t been as cute.

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    Michelle Wilson
    July 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I pretty much have to wear underwire…and Athleta is amazing for “mom” friendly suits that aren’t matronly! Catch a sale and it’s worth it. Not on sale…very $$$$!

  • Reply
    Lexie
    July 2, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    I swear by Anthropologie swimsuits! They are pricy (watch for sale), but it’s like they’re made with magical fairy dust that makes you look and feel fabulous.

  • Reply
    Meg M
    July 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    I bought a tankini from Land’s End this year. I bought the high-waist bikini bottoms with tummy control for more coverage (really does cover the butt!) and since I’m prone to burning like crazy, I also bought the high-neck tankini top. I am loving it and may also consider buying a different style top to mix and match with the bottoms. Lands End has a 50% off swim sale going on right now too! https://www.landsend.com/products/womens-high-neck-tankini-top/id_318434

  • Reply
    Roenna Alegre
    July 5, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    I pre-ordered this swimsuit and can’t wait to try it! https://beaheart.com/shop/bathingsuit

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