Nothing beats a classic. When it comes to swimwear, the ultimate style (and color) is a one-piece black swimsuit. It’s a surefire go-to that withstands swimwear trends — and chlorinated waters. Not to mention — black always looks polished and sleek under any circumstances.
Swimsuits may get a lot of play in summer, but suits and bikinis lay dormant in drawers for most months of the year. When searching for swim styles, it’s important to keep in mind that your chosen suit has the possibility of lasting several years because of the seasonality of swim. Since black swimwear is timeless, you’re likely to turn to it summer after summer. You probably can’t say the same for neon.
Black? For summer? Sure, it does sound a touch groundbreaking. But forgoing tropical prints and bold colors doesn’t have to be boring. Playing with different cuts, necklines and materials can make any swimwear (yes, even a plain black one-piece) exciting.
Whether you’re dreaming of a goth-girl summer or simply want a suit with some sophistication, a black one-piece is a great choice. Take a look at these 11 swimsuits that will sell you on the all-black beach look.
A sweetheart neckline adds a saccharine touch to this all-black suit by Summersalt. The style has adjustable straps, built-in cups and a slightly cheeky cut. And it’s made of recycled materials. There’s so much to love.
2. SKIMS Swim Scoop Neck One-Piece, $88
The classic scoop neck suit gets a sultry makeover thanks to SKIMS. This head-turning suit features a deep scoop neck, a high-cut leg and a cheeky cut. Call it a confidence booster courtesy of Kim.
3. Athleta Maldives One-Piece Swimsuit, $88 (Orig. $98)
If you are looking for chest coverage, this pick by Athleta is perfection. Made for sport and swim, this suit is modestly designed with a slightly cheeky cut for a dose of fun. And, no, you don’t have to fit your head through that tiny neck hole. The suit has a back closure to help make pulling it on a breeze. Another selling point: It has UPF 50+ sun protection.
4. Old Navy Matching Twist-Back Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit, $35 ($44.99)
With a curved square neckline and a cute twist cutout at the back, this black one-piece swimsuit from Old Navy is a great cut for busty women. With a modestly cheeky back and elasticized leg openings, this swim pick will stay put while you splash around. Plus, it’s made with recycled materials and has UPF sun protection.
Lace-up swimwear is having a moment thanks to its body-contouring abilities. Just pull those laces tight, and watch your silhouette sing. This suit by Andie gives you that curve-hugging look with additional sultry details, like a cheeky back and a high-cut leg.
A suit with underwire? Yes, this pick by Miraclesuit is certainly some kind of miracle. Made of patented shaping fabric, this suit features a unique asymmetric neckline that will make heads turn. Even if you stand out, you’ll still stay secure thanks to a high neckline and a full-coverage seat.
No tan lines? No problem. This strapless suit by Tommy Bahama makes catching rays a breeze — just wear SPF. A sleek silhouette and a coy back cutout make this suit all the more special.
8. Swimsuits For All A-List Plunge One-Piece Swimsuit, $67 (Orig. $134)
Take the plunge in this pick by Swimsuits For All. Though the suit’s showstopping feature is the plunging V-neckline, it also features wide straps for support and a smoothing mesh lining. Plus, it features side ties to help you control the seat and leg coverage.
9. Bond-Eye Mara One-Piece Swimsuit, $175
Remember popcorn shirts? The strange ’90s style recently made a comeback — but now, the size-spanning fabric treatment is coming to swimwear. This scoop-neck suit by Bond-Eye is one-size-fits-most, thanks to its popcorn-like treatment. Though that term tends to exclude plus sizes, this supreme suit is notable for infusing current trends in a classic swim style.
Go surfer-chic in this long-sleeve suit by Lululemon. Whether you’re catching waves or want to protect your arm tattoos from summer rays, this suit comes in clutch, especially with its UPF 40+ sun protection. The zip-up back even comes with an extra-long zipper pull to make solo changing a breeze. A simple yet life-changing addition.
11. Summersalt The Sidestroke, $95
A one-shoulder suit is something special. This Summersalt suit is a best seller for the brand, featuring compression material and diagonal support seaming. The back cutout detailing is as gorgeous as an evening dress — pure sophistication.
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