Summer style series: Maillot Mania

Summer style series: Maillot Mania

If all goes according to the plan, you’re reading this post on 6/21/17…. the first day of summer.


If all had gone according to plan, I’d be writing this while balancing my MacBook on my hard earned abs. #summerbody

1 out of the 2 isn’t so bad, right?

As it dawned on me that the coveted v cuts had eluded me, I also knew I had to write something about swimwear. It’s vacation-baecation-staycation-slaycation season… which means swimsuits are expected. *eye roll*

Whether you’re in the same boat as me or not, the maillot is here to enhance whatever it is you’re working with. Maillot is just fashion speak for one piece swimsuit. One piece for the one time!

Maillots aren’t just for the gymphobic and your grandmother anymore. Celebs and models and celebrity models have embraced this silhouette thereby cementing it’s cool factor for this summer.

Joan Smalls

Kourtney Kardashian

Jada Pinkett Smith

Ashley Graham

Emily Ratajowksi


The main objective with maillots is to find a style that accentuates the positives while maintaining the va va voom factor.

One pieces are no longer for old women or women with a little pouch or belly. I say that because the only time I even sought a one piece was when I didn’t want to suck my stomach in the whole time at the beach or pool. I always equated two pieces to young and sexy, but now there are so many one pieces that can make the same statement, especially when you find yourself at the pool with a bunch of children and don’t want to look like a Jezebel. Lol!

FIT IS KEY! For someone with my body type (natural breasts that sag a little… a lot, back rolls, hips, butt and thighs and a temperamental midsection), I NEED a thick swim suit of good material. That does NOT mean expensive swimsuit. A good one piece swimsuit can shape you and keep all the love handles tucked in. I rarely go for full backless because of my rolls. I always find one pieces that have fabric on the sides even if the back is out. The front needs to be cup sized or defined with padding or sections for the breasts. One pieces that feature the deep V plunge have me lifting my breasts for each picture. I do not really like halter tops. It irritates my neck and flattens my breasts. I do not like swim with the shape straight across the chest. It flattens the breasts also. I prefer a high rise cut to accentuate hips but as long as the swim suit doesn’t  cover all the hip area then it’s good for me. Covering the hips subtracts from the sex appeal in my opinion.

… And print. I NEED print. Why? To camouflage!!! I need colorful, busy patterns so I can breathe comfortably without sucking in my tummy the whole time. Lol.

My favorite swim lines are Luli Fami, Trina Turk, Asos and Camilla. —– CUTTY

With all swimwear (and clothes in general), the higher priced items will have more structure, support, GOOD stretch, and vibrancy. However, build your collection from any price point you like. Here are some picks BELOW:

Are you purchasing new swimsuits for the season? What’s one swimsuit secret you live by?  Share your thoughts below!




1 Comment
  • Dion
    Posted at 23:39h, 21 June

    I’m definitely looking for a few one pieces for summer!