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Advice
|1 Jul|3 mins

Turns out Pamela Anderson was right all along

The one-piece is back… to stay this time
Elle Glass
1 Jul
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For five glorious seasons, Pamela Anderson stole our hearts – and many a teenage boy’s dreams – with that Malibu County-issued red one-piece. She was CJ Parker, the hell-funny beach blonde with sun-kissed skin who was unafraid of anything. In that suit, she tackled treacherous conditions, broke many a man’s heart and told David Hasselhoff what was what.

Turns out, though, she wasn’t only saving lives. She was making a style statement: the one-piece.

Call it a full-piece, a one-piece or a maillot, it’s the ultimate MVP and one hell of a multitasker.  Swim in it, surf in it or double it up as a bodysuit. And, it’s transeasonal – Pam was a big fan of the denim cut-off combo, or in the cooler months, high-rise vintage-wash jeans. But it’s not a denim-only affair – team yours with a lightweight skirt for a day date and then some wide-leg pants for a sleek 70s vibe of an evening.

The style appeal

A one-piece is elegant and effortless. Not just low-fuss, it’s no-fuss, a slip-on and slip-off affair. No need to readjust – just wear it and go.

The one-piece’s appeal, too, lies in the mystery. Show a little chest, a little back and the rest you leave to the imagination. Even though Anderson might have fallen (slightly) short of the mark here, you get the drift.

Our one-piece picks?

Advice
|1 Jul|3 mins

Turns out Pamela Anderson was right all along

The one-piece is back… to stay this time
Elle Glass
1 Jul
Share:

For five glorious seasons, Pamela Anderson stole our hearts – and many a teenage boy’s dreams – with that Malibu County-issued red one-piece. She was CJ Parker, the hell-funny beach blonde with sun-kissed skin who was unafraid of anything. In that suit, she tackled treacherous conditions, broke many a man’s heart and told David Hasselhoff what was what.

Turns out, though, she wasn’t only saving lives. She was making a style statement: the one-piece.

Call it a full-piece, a one-piece or a maillot, it’s the ultimate MVP and one hell of a multitasker.  Swim in it, surf in it or double it up as a bodysuit. And, it’s transeasonal – Pam was a big fan of the denim cut-off combo, or in the cooler months, high-rise vintage-wash jeans. But it’s not a denim-only affair – team yours with a lightweight skirt for a day date and then some wide-leg pants for a sleek 70s vibe of an evening.

The style appeal

A one-piece is elegant and effortless. Not just low-fuss, it’s no-fuss, a slip-on and slip-off affair. No need to readjust – just wear it and go.

The one-piece’s appeal, too, lies in the mystery. Show a little chest, a little back and the rest you leave to the imagination. Even though Anderson might have fallen (slightly) short of the mark here, you get the drift.

Our one-piece picks?

Seafolly Sweetheart Maillot

The classic black

This is the no-need-think style solution. Classic and elegant. Perfect to pair with denim or just about anything. We love a light white shirt knotted on top and high-rise denim on bottom. Black, it’s back.

Bound The Maxam

The high-cut

The 80s gave us the high-cut and we’re never, ever giving it back. Ever the flatterer, it makes long legs longer and hugs you in all the right places. Be brave

Tanliines The Julie One-Piece

The block colour

Turns out, it’s OK to play favourites. Pam’s was red. A pop colour is the perfect way to stand out in the surf … and on the street.

Sunday Session Reversible One-Piece

The stripe

Get nautical with a classic stripe. Whether you go for vertical or horizontal, it’s a style that will see you through season after season. It’s time to read between the lines.

Baaby The Angelina

The square-neck

Classic and ultra-femme, this neckline brings back the sun-drench Italy of The Talented Mr Ripley. Take us there.

JETS Plunge One-Piece

The cut out

It’s time to throw some shapes, to show some skin. Make silhouettes your new staple as you bring some cut-aways to your summer wardrobe. Flattering, always.

Escaping to the sun? Choose your new swimwear hero and get packing.

Elle Glass
Writer
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