Not wearing bikinis did nothing to diminish the sex appeal of Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, Lana Turner, or Jane Russell. Your figure can be seen in all its glory; classes were not for naught. A bit of hidden skin means something is left to the imagination. These days, unless you’re on a team, one piece suits most often have built-in shaping and, let’s face it, who can’t use a little help to smooth out and tighten? There’s a lot to be said for the style of old fashioned glamour.
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Gottex Molded Cup Halter One Piece -Fresh and natural looking. For women who live in cottons and bare feet. Pull on your jeans or a gauze maxi skirt for a finished summer look. Coming from a company that has known about shapewear since before most of you were born speaks to reliable, fitted stretch. Classic scarf motif. Polyamide/elastane. Hand wash. $168.00
Marc by Marc Jacobs Colorblock Peplum Maillot - On trend, but classically-no neon here. A ladylike suit. Perfect for flirting at either end of the spectrum-young ingénue (Zooey again?) or older vintage (this one fully covers the hips and fanny.) Retro-inspired halter and girly peplum details. Flame microfiber with navy accents. Straight neckline with collar detail. Thin halter strap. Back zipper. $177.00
A practical name for something of an Athenian Goddess outfit. Stand out from the crowd. Simple but oh so chic with just enough gold. And strappy! Men like strappy. For the 2000’s Esther Williams. Imagine the sun catching its gold when you dive or –just lie there reading Homer. Metallic gold wrap-around and crossover straps, cut-out back. Fully lined. Plastic speed clip fastening at the waist. Polyester/spandex. Hand wash. On sale at 50% off: $157.50!
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Lisa Marie for Peter Pilotto Leigh Maillot - Perfect for an aspiring Bond (James Bond) girl. Be confident. Imagine bossa nova in your head as you walk across the sand or deck…slowly. Drip on him. Flattering colors, terrific shape. Body sculpting (note paneling) scuba style strapless with a sweetheart neckline, back boned seams and a center-front black zipper. Blue, turquoise, beige and white print. Nylon/elastane. $566.00
Twisted Sister Bandeau Maillot - Pale and mermaid like. Keep accessories pastel or silver metallic, please-white, silver, crystal. That goes for lipstick too-pink, pale coral or none. Flattering ruching for slimmer bodies. Don’t expect this one to hold you in. Pretty alternative color in the banding, tiny polka dots, and its narrow bow tie make this one rather feminine. Nylon/spandex. Hand wash. $160.00
This sunny yellow suit printed with roses has such an unusually fetching, laced back you’ll try to think of ways to turn it on people. If it looks this attractive on pale skin, you can imagine what the contrast of a tan will effect. How about a big white picture hat and a copy of Variety? Removable halter strap, No boning-you need a nice figure here. Nylon/spandex. Fully lined. Hand wash. $173.00
All the glamour of an old fashioned pin-up. Emerald green polyester with extensive Marilyn Monroe-type ruching, low, low neckline and back. Strike a pose but remember posture in this one! Good for a womanly body. Space for breasts while nicely hugging shapely hips and rear. Wear enormous sunglasses and retro sandals. RED lipstick. Bask. Fully lined. Hand wash. $350.00
Wide shirred shoulder straps create a retro feel to this flattering suit. The neckline frames your face, head, and shoulders like no other. It looks like the top of a gown in which you’d go dancing really. Hidden curve defining panels wrap the front for smooth fit. Built-in molded cups. Fully lined nylon/elastane. Hand wash. In five different colors. $110.00
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