How Do I Love The One-Piece? Let Me Count The Ways…

June 30, 2009 • Male Box


Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine

The record rainfall seems a distant memory now that the summer sun
has finally decided to shine upon us all. Unfortunately for many of us,
the gloomy start to the summer season means that we may have put off that final sprint toward a perfectly beach-ready body. If you haven’t spent the past few months in hardcore bikini boot camp, the one-piece is here to save your summer!

Granted, a one-piece will only help help hide minor figure flaws, but it will buy you some valuable workout catch-up time. While
the one-piece provides added support and coverage – for the more modest
among you – creative color-blocking can further enhance your figure.
best known for the psychedelic 60’s-inspired prints that can cover up a
multitude of wintertime sins, offers a great multi-colored option that
uses black bands to trick the beach watcher’s eye. The black outline
reads as a much smaller one-piece than the overall silhouette and the
color blocking enhances the bust. Oscar de la Renta showed
a great grayscale option that uses color blocking along the princess
lines to reinforce the hourglass silhouette and black panels to erase
potential problem areas.

If you still adhere to that old fashion maxims that black is
“slimming” and “sexy”, you’re absolutely right and then there is no
shortage of options for you this summer. However, if you think that
“black = boring”, then you’re completely wrong! Stella McCartney slashed an otherwise modest tube top one-piece at the waist, making it undeniably sexy.
The bandeau she added that hits just below the shoulder brings the
focus to the collar bone and shoulders – a very flattering look for
many women with the added bonus that the waist looks thinner by

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