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Not since the debut season of Baywatch have the words “sexy” and “one-piece” belonged in the same sentence, let alone described the same garment. But this season, sexy one-piece swimsuits are back with a vengeance, and they’re here to dethrone bikinis as the must-have beachwear silhouette of 2021. Personally, I like a lil’ coverage at the beach or pool—of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look sexy AF this summer.
Instead, I’m on the hunt for a suit that shows off only the parts of my body that I love the most, whether that’s a one-shoulder moment to highlight my collarbone, a backless style with coverage for the girls up front, or a suit with cutouts at the waist to show off those abs I’ve been working on. Super-hot one-piece styles are everywhere this year—trust me. To make your life a little easier, I’ve rounded up a ton of suits for you to choose from right now from, including ones from all of your favorite swimwear brands. I’m talking about options from PrettyLittleThing, Frankies Bikinis, L*Space and more.
To sweeten the deal, allow me to present you with a key cost-per-wear pro tip: Throw your favorite one-piece suit on with a pair of high-waisted pants, shorts, or a mini skirt when it’s time for happy hour. Everyone will be complimenting your cute new top in no time. They’ll never know you wore it to the pool just hours earlier—I won’t tell if you don’t.
Read on to find 10 sexy one-piece bathing suits that’ll have you forgetting that bikinis ever existed. Seriously—I’m truly a one-piece convert.
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Croft High Cut One Piece Swimsuit
Frankies Bikinis has some pretty sexy suits on their site, but the Croft High Cut One Piece is one of my forever faves. The tie-waist design gives it a retro ’80s-inspired feel that I am 100 percent trying to channel in 2021.
The Bailey Jungle Print Swimsuit
Feel free to get a little wild this summer in this printed cutout one-piece swimsuit from Solid + Striped. I can’t wait to get to the beach in this pick, tan lines be damned!
Echo One-Piece Swimsuit
The Echo One-Piece is one of Riot Swim’s best-selling suits and it’s not hard to see why. This pick comes with a plunging neckline and super-high rise at the leg that makes you look like a true beach babe.
Mesh Long Sleeve One Piece
Of course Sports Illustrated knows a thing or two about creating sexy swimsuits—it’s kind of their thing, after all! This black one-piece may have long sleeves, but the mesh detailing and cutouts keep it looking hot.
Prepare to look white-hot at the beach in this cute (and affordable!) belted one-piece suit from Curvy Sense. It’s available to shop in sizes 1X through 3X and has an added zipper in the front to show off even more skin if you’re into that!
Mini Crinkle Underwired Cutout Swimsuit
Lavender is one of 2021’s most in-demand colors, so I just had to include a purple suit on this list! This pick from PrettyLittleThing offers support up top courtesy of the cupped design, but the cutout right under the bust really kicks the whole look up a notch.
Pointelle Rib Gianna One Piece
This ribbed one-piece from L*Space may look simple, but it actually features a super sexy lace-up design in the back! Plus, this peachy hue will highlight your glowing summer tan.
Ruched Cut Out One Piece Swimsuit
BRB—buying all of my suits in this olive green shade! Seriously—it’s everywhere right now. This affordable pick from Aerie is a great way to show off a little more skin this summer without going totally overboard.
Layout One Piece
In my humble opinion, there is nothing sexier than a well-fitting one-piece. This simple, ’90s-inspired pick from Good American is all of that and then some. Plus, I’m obsessing over the chocolate hue!
One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit
One-shoulder suits are always so sexy to me, no matter the color or shape. Case in point: This navy and white option from CUPSHE. It’s also priced at just under $25, so you have no reason not to pick one up for yourself.
A version of this article previously appeared in April 2020.