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One piece or two? The swimsuit conundrum!

By Billie Criswell | May 30, 2013
Photo by: Daren Criswell In the end, what it all comes down to is how you see yourself. If you feel good in a two piece, rock it out, and if you feel delicious in a one piece, go for that.

I am now over the age of 25, and I am comfortable with that. Most of my friends still wear two-piece bathing suits, and I think we all look really good in them. But I have also noticed some people making the switch from two-piece suits to tankinis or one-piece suits. That got my brain working. Why do people choose the swimsuits they do? What’s the deal with making the switch? Does this happen naturally or do we feel an expectation to don a one piece because we are of a certain age, size, or simply because one has kids?

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What are the one piece/ two piece rules? Are there any? I know I am not the only person who has wondered about this situation. (Men have it so easy in this regard, don’t they?) For me, well, I do both. I can wear a two piece with the rest of them, but I also have a one piece that I wear when the mood strikes me. I like them both.

In my search for the answer to swimsuit selection I thought I should consult with some professionals. I went to two Fenwick Island swimsuit stores, Bikinis & More as well as Body Double to find out what people are buying and how to make the choice between the two and whether you need to choose at all!

Deanne Damus at Bikinis & More admits that for each woman, the decision is personal. “Body shape and comfort level determines what women buy,” she said. She says that separates help most women find the perfect fit as well as giving good selection. When deciding on a suit, consider your level of activity as well. If you are a sun goddess and prefer to bask in the rays, then you don’t need a lot of support. But if you are a swimmer or beach sport kind of gal, you might want a suit that gives more support.

Nancy Peschek Ruppert, owner at Body Double, talked about the pros and cons of different styles. “One pieces can be more flattering, but it also comes down to torso length, which is why tankinis are so popular,” she said. “They can also be more comfortable.” She also says that the reason most people choose a two piece has to do with comfortability. “Most people just want to be comfortable,” she said, and when it comes down to it, the two piece wins the day for ease of movement.

In the end, what it all comes down to is how you see yourself. If you feel good in a two piece, rock it out, and if you feel delicious in a one piece, go for that. Today, there are tons of takes on a variety of styles that will have you looking fantastic on the beach no matter what you choose. And don’t forget, whenever you are enjoying the hot sun of summer, wear your sunscreen!

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