Today marks the first day of the Austin Fashion Week runway shows and I am SO excited! I’ve been to AFW every year since I started blogging (in 2015) and it is such a blast every time. I love how everyone comes together to support the local brands and businesses; it’s a fun week to celebrate my town and get to know new faces I haven’t met before. My blogger babes and I also use it at a fun excuse to get us all together, which can be difficult when you have such busy schedules like we all do! I can’t wait to spend the weekend with them.
This year, I was excited to connect with a new local swimwear brand called Lee Merritt! Their sleek and adorable one-piece designs (and bikinis!) are made with meticulous attention to detail as well as the softest fabrics, and they are going to be featured at the Friday runways shows! I chose this printed, lace-up one-piece for me for the summer and I couldn’t be more in love. It meets all my criteria for the perfect, flattering one-piece swimsuit. I felt so great in it for this shoot, and I have already let my roomie borrow it for a bachelorette party this past weekend and she loved it, too! I couldn’t recommend it more (and I might have to grab it in tribal pink or bone, as well!).
For tonight’s AFW runways, the designers will include the Project Runway stars Kelly Dempsey and Amanda Valentine, as well as local designers such as May Designs, This is Sloane, and University of Texas Fashion Students (Hook ‘Em!). I’ll be doing a recap next week to let you know all my favorites from the entire weekend, but until then, be sure to check out my Instagram stories to see some shots of the AFW runways and events! I’ll also be posting my outfits for each night on Insta. I have a very busy weekend ahead of me and I can’t wait to get it started!
One-piece swimsuits are not all created equal. In theory, they’re way more flattering than a bikini, but from my experience, you can sometimes find one-pieces that hit you in all the wrong places and don’t flatter your figure. After much shopping and trying on different suits, I found that there are some keys to choosing the one-piece swimsuit that’s juuuust right for you!
#1 Know Your “Problem” Areas
Loving your body is so important, and if you’re comfortable you should wear whatever you want, but I feel like I’m not alone when I say that I try to steer clear of certain styles that I know will not make my body look it’s best.
However, it’s tempting because sometimes the cutest, trendiest one-pieces will call out to me, so I’ll try them on, but they just don’t work for me. For me, I can’t wear the ones with the ladder-type cutouts that start at the hip and go all the way up your waist. I know my problem area, and this just happens to be one of the worst styles for me.
#2 Be Ready to Try a Lot of Options
It can be discouraging not to find a swimsuit that you like after trying on a few, but just be patient and know it will take some time. Think about it; swimsuits, just like any clothing, can be cheaply made. Fabric alone can make something unflattering, and you’re not going to know until you try it on. Knowing your body type and problem areas will help you choose better options to start out with, but you really won’t know until you try it on.
One thing I love about ASOS, which is where this ginghamone-piece swimsuit is from, is that they have free and easy returns. If this swimsuit hadn’t been good for me, I could have easily returned it. Also, they have the option to sign up for $20 2-day shipping for a whole year! It has been such a lifesaver when I need something last-minute.
#3 Choose Colors, Patterns and Fabric Carefully
In my opinion, the color and pattern can make or break a one-piece swimsuit. I have this beautiful, model-type friend who literally looks amazing in EVERYTHING, but she ended up hating this white one-piece she bought. The problem was, it was plain white, and it made it basically see-through. Unless it’s double lined with nice fabric, I’d steer clear of white, or any light pastel for that matter.
Patterns are great, like this gingham, because they distract the eye and imperfections can be more easily smoothed out. Darker colors are also awesome too if you’re really looking to flatter. Black, just like your favorite LBD, will slim you down.
Also, remember that you might shell out more cash than you normally would think to. When you buy a bikini, you’re buying two pieces, so think about that totally number when you buy a one-piece. The nicer fabric that will really flatter you will also tend to be a little more on the expensive side.
#4 Don’t Be Afraid of the Size
Just like with clothing, the sizing of a swimsuit can vary based on the brand, style, and fabric. I know I’m guilty of wanting to be the smaller size when I’m between two, but you have to choose what looks best based on fit and not a number. Having one of the girls pop out because you wanted to choose the smaller size just isn’t worth it!
#5 Have Fun with it
Keep all these guidelines in the back of your mind, but the most important thing you can do is not be afraid to try anything that draws your eye. You never know, it could end up looking great even if it’s not something that normally works for you. If it makes you happy, buy it! You’re always more comfortable and confident in clothing that’s truly your style.