Stylish Swim: the Maillot

Anthropologie Marysia Molokai Swimsuit
{Anthropologie Marysia Molokai One-Piece |}

With so many cute swimwear trends out there for summer 2013, I couldn’t stop at one bathing suit post!  A close second, in my book, to the retro/vintage swim trend is the ever-popular and universally flattering maillot.  It’s a go-to suit when you envision yourself chasing little ones around the pool, participating in any sport or athletic activity or just chilling poolside if you’re a little on the modest side.

But forget the one-pieces you grew up with {or have seen your mom wear for ages}, these suits are so stylish, you won’t sacrifice a bit of panache with your pool mates.  Great details ~ like little gold belts that accentuate your waist, gold accents, ruched sides and deep-V necks will have you turning heads as you sashay along the seashore!

As I was gathering these stylish shots, I kept thinking how cute any one these maillots would be worn under colorful skinny jeans, or even with black slacks as you head from the water’s edge to the to the restaurant for dinner or drinks.  Carry a soft pashmina with you to drape over your shoulders in the cool AC inside, and you’ve got a darling outfit for a night out!

For the next six photos, I pulled from Vogue’s great, “Dive In: 45+ Suits for Summer” spread that you can find here.

Kriss Soonik Swim Splash Swimsuit
{Kriss Soonik Swim Splash One-Piece |}
Emilio Pucci Light Suit
{Emilio Pucci Light Suit |}
Charlie by Matthew Zink Frankie Underwire One-Piece
{Charlie by Matthew Zink Frankie Underwire One-Piece |}
Shoshanna Twist Bandeau One-Piece
{Shoshanna Twist Bandeau One-Piece |}
Ete Mimi One-Piece
{Ete Mimi One-Piece |}
Miu Miu Swimsuit - $215
{Miu Miu One-Piece | 212.334.5156}
Norma Kamali Kamali Kulture Shirred Dot Mio One-Piece - $74
{Norma Kamali Shirred Dot Mio One-Piece |}

Per the norm, I love Tory Burch and found swim style tips from the designer.  When asked about classic styles and what she prefers to wear, she said, “Certain looks never go out of style and work for anyone, like a classic maillot with gold hardware.  I love looks with color and a little extra detail like O- or D- rings or ties.  If I’m going to do something active, like surf lessons, I wear maillots.  I also wear bikinis with boy-cut shorts…”  Here are a couple of maillots in her summer 2013 collection:

TB Solemar One-Piece - $225
{Tory Burch Solemar One-Piece |}
TB Logo One-Shoulder Maillot - $225
{Tory Burch Logo One-Shoulder Maillot |}

Happy Summer!

Claire Signature

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