A one-piece swimsuit refers to a swimsuit that covers the whole body, also called a monokini. The earliest one-piece swimsuits were made of wool and appeared in the 1930s. Today, they’re usually made out of nylon or spandex to give them more stretch and make them better suited for water activities like diving.

Factors to consider when buying a one-piece swimsuit

1. Price and Quality

All one-piece swimsuits are cheap because they are not made to last long. It is not uncommon for a swimsuit to last for only a month or two after the day it is bought. Even if they’re pretty, they’re likely to start falling apart after heavy use. They are, however, decent enough for workouts. Ensure that the design looks great, and if it does, it should be fine for everyday use.

2. Appearance

The main purpose of purchasing a one-piece swimsuit is to appear sexy in the water, so swimsuits with floral prints or patterns are usually not recommended. This is because you will not be able to hide your body from the others in the water, and you will only see them out of the corner of your eye when they happen to glance at you. If you want to appear sexy in the water, you may go for a suit with vertical stripe patterns or a bikini instead of a one-piece swimsuit.

3. Swimsuit material

One-piece swimsuits are made of nylon or spandex, which make them stretchable and suitable for water activities that require flexibility like diving or swimming. But nylon and spandex cause them to wear out easily as they dry very slowly. They are not ideal for the water because they retain water and feel heavy after a matter of time. Swimsuits made of silk or cotton don’t stretch as much as nylon so they’re not ideal for water activities. But this is because silk and cotton are more comfortable on the skin, so if comfort is your priority, you can go for one of them.

Swimsuits that cover the whole body, one-piece swimsuits, have been around for quite some time. In the late 1930s and 1940s, women wore wool one-piece suits that were designed from a fashion perspective. Women usually wore them to swim in but later switched to more practical water suits because of the man-made fibers available at that time.