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One Piece Swimsuit Round-Up

It’s always interesting to see what new trends come into existence each season. Sometimes it’s something wholly new, sometimes it’s a reboot of a vintage style.

And while I’m not much for chasing short-term trends, I always appreciate when something extremely wearable becomes all the rage.

Some recent trends I’ve enjoyed the last few season – Stylish tennis shoes, athleisure, flat slides, jumpsuits, mixing high-and-low, and, last but not least, the re-emergence of one piece swimsuits.

In an age when showing as much skin as possible seems to be the name of the game, it has been a breath of fresh air to see one piece suits come back into vogue.

Blame it on Baywatch if you want, but I’m thrilled.

But don’t worry – With lace-up details, ruffles, feminine florals, modern cut-outs, and bold, eye-catching prints, there’s a huge variety out there to choose from.

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{This stunning striped swimsuit from Dolce & Gabbana is retro-inspired and flattering. Don’t worry though, if you’re not up for spending Dolce & Gabbana-level prices, there are many other options. Anthroplogie has a cute gingham variety, Boys + Arrows is bringing back florals (groundbreaking!), Marysia is playing with sweet details, MiracleSuit has polka dots covered, and SAME Los Angeles has ladylike swimwear wrapped up in a bow.

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{Going for the chic minimalist look for your warm weather adventures this year? Be sure to check out this key hole cut-out maillot from Vitamin A, plunging necklines from Milly, mesh cut-outs from Kenneth Cole, and ruffled one-shouldered silhouettes from ASOS.

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{If a feminine, bohomenian style is more your speed, these sweet prints and hippie-inspired pieces will be just the thing. Trina Turk is showing stripes, florals, and cut-outs. Billabong has plunging necklines, laces, and crochet. Michael Kors is all about strapless bandeaus and halter straps. And Shoshanna is showing stripes, polka dots, and lace-up details.}

What’s YOUR favorite comfortable, easy-to-wear trend this season?

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Summer Style: Beach Ready

Summer style is all about finding beach-ready looks that are fun and flattering.

From sweet little sun dresses that are perfect for weekend errands to swimwear, cover-ups, and maxi dresses for wandering around the resort or sitting poolside on your next vacation.

Umbrella drink in hand – Mais bien sur!

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{I adore kimono wraps for the beach. Long or short – They’re a classic piece with a fun bohemian twist that suits nearly any situation.}

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{Feeling sporty? Try bold colors and active suits like this two-piece that’s perfect for everything from snorkeling to cliff jumping on your next trip.}

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{Be bold baby! Sequins and printed styles are the ideal way to make an entrance.}

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{Colorful, printed extras and accessories can take your beach look to the next level – Head scarves and casual, fun pants are two great choices.}

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{Don’t underestimate the value of a killer floppy hat – It gives your look a boost while simultaneously helping protect your skin from cancer-causing rays.}

{Images from Swimsuit Season Pinterest Board}

What’s YOUR Summer Style this year?

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Swimwear Must Have: Maillot One-Piece

During my recent trip down to Los Angeles there was some quality beach time with my best friend. My favorite part about going to the beach? The people watching! From teenagers sneaking a beer to wide-eyed tourists surprised by the water’s temperature to blasé locals with their perfected routine. It’s always fun to check out the various warm-weather styles making an appearance.

And who was the most memorable woman on the beach that day? It wasn’t the skimpy bikini clad Europeans near the lifeguard station or the sporty surfers carrying their boards – It was a pregnant woman who passed us on her morning walk.

What was so striking about her? It was a combination of factors including glowing, healthy skin, her perfect dancer’s posture, and the classic, oh-so-chic black one-piece swimsuit she was wearing. She may have been 7-8 months pregnant, but we couldn’t take our eyes off of her.

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Which got me thinking about the classic one-piece swimsuit that always seems to be in vogue year after year. Whether you love a retro silhouette a la Katherine Hepburn in Philadelphia Story or something sporty and modern, there’s a great maillot out there for you this season!


Are you looking for a flattering swimsuit that you can wear season after season? Try a simple but chic one-piece in a solid color, subtle print, or a classic design like stripes or polka dots.

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Get The Look: Classic Black & White // Graphic Print // One-Shoulder


If you’re like me and spend your vacations living it up in the water – You may be in the market for a swimsuit that can keep up with your active lifestyle. Something you can swim, dive, and run around in.

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Get The Look: Colorblock // Zip-Front // Racer-Front Suit


Love that glamorous feeling of wearing a killer retro piece? Try out a vintage-inspired one-piece swimsuit this season and you’ll have all eyes on you the second you step out onto the sand.

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Get The Look: Burgundy Draped Suit // Chic Black Maillot // Ruffles

What’s YOUR one-piece style?

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Swimsuit Season

Swimsuit season is often met with horrified shrieks of denial, frantic trips to the gym, or even late night Google searches for “How many calories are in red wine?” This year I decided to do things a little differently and try to get excited about swimsuit season instead.

I mean, tropical vacations, lazy days on the beach, and fun, flirty suits in bright colors, bold prints, and eye-catching cuts? Sign me up!

To help get you in the mood for swimsuit season Moi Contre La Vie has partnered with InStyle Swimwear to bring you some fun bathing suit styles to swoon over and even a little discount to get you started!


{Chloe Cozumel by L*Space}

I’m kind of obsessed with this suit!

I love the basic black and the rainbow print, and I even love them mixed together. This set is not only incredibly flattering, but quite functional. If you’re like me and enjoy spending your vacations being active {SCUBA diving, horse back riding, ATVing, parasailing…} then this is the suit for you. Really pretty and eye-catching, but it’ll stay on and stay comfortable for the day!


{The Ava by Vitamin A}

I love the lace-up details on this suit, they give it a flirty vibe, and the olive-green hue is really flattering – Not only will it look lovely against a tan, but it’s a great color for the ghostly pale like me as well.

Keep in mind though that strapless suits aren’t for everyone – If you’re heavier on top you may want to find a style with more support so you’re comfortable & secure.


{Savasana by L*Space}

Speaking of active – If you’re in the market for a suit that’s functional enough for your weekly lap swimming as well as knock-em-down cute, the Savasana should make the list.

I love the sporty chic style with the little cut-outs as well as the grey & yellow color combination, it’s both versatile and fun.


{Martini by Profile by Gottex}

If you’re in the mood for a one-piece don’t think for one moment that you’ll be relegated to the boring or frumpy section of the swimwear shop. This sleek one-piece is classic and flattering, but still sexy as hell.

And with something as beautiful and versatile as this suit you’ll probably want to just pull on a maxi skirt or wrap a sarong around your waist and head straight from the beach to the restaurant!


{Raja Bandeau by Pily Q}

If “less is more” is your go-to when it comes to your vacation style than this suit is a killer choice – The silhouette is minimal but the print & colors are fun and bold.

The simple bandeau style is really easy to wear – And accessorize – And the rolled sides on the bottoms will flatter a number of body types.

Related Reading: Get yourself ready for swimsuit season – Mentally and physically – Can be a challenge. Check out last year’s Swimsuit Season series for tips, recommendations, and inspiration! Swimsuit Season: How To Get Bikini Ready, Swimsuit Season: Travel Workouts & Swimsuit Season: Find The Perfect Swimsuit.

What’s YOUR favorite style of swimsuit?

If you’re as taken by these fun, flattering suits as I am you’ll be thrilled to hear that Instyle Swimwear is offering my lovely readers a little discount. Using the code MCLV10 you’ll get 10% off from 29 January to 12 February – So start shopping!

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part III

This post is devoted to the lines that I’m just discovering – Hey I never claimed to be on top of everything – and the designers are that just starting to hock their wares at New York Fashion Week. You can catch up on the earlier posts that you missed to see reviews of dozens more fashion shows – New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part I &  New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part II.

Veronica Beard:

This two-year old brand put out a lovely collection for Spring 2013 – Twenty-one looks that included colorful day dresses, loungewear, smart blazers, chic suits, and light outerwear.

You could see the Moroccan influence in the vivid colors and prints, and in the loose silhouettes and pajama-like styles of some of the pants, jumpsuits, and short suits.

Jil Sander Navy:

I’m not sure why, but I’ve never checked out the Loobook for Jil Sander Navy before – Thus its inclusion in the “new to me” Part III review of NYFW – And I enjoyed what I saw. The collection was full of crisp fabrics, clean lines, and basic separates that are the building block for every modern woman’s wardrobe.

When I look at this Lookbook I see all the casual but chic and stylish pieces that you need – Tennis skirts, sleeveless blouses, car coats, shirt dresses, patterned jackets, mod-inspired collarless shifts, and knee-length skirts – All in navy, white, red & blue with stripes and florals thrown in for good measure and paired with sporty wedges, t-straps, and platform tennis shoes.

I look forward to seeing what this brand comes out with next!


This was a pretty collection of pretty frocks in neutrals with hints of Spring-appropriate pink and green. Nature-based prints, lace, and brocades gave this collection a very sweet vibe – Everything looked fresh and ready for next Spring.

Light colors, delicate fabrics, and slightly oversized silhouettes gave many of the pieces the illusion that they were preparing to float away. In addition to satin pumps there were classic sandals in white and powder blue. I loved the shorts, pants, and high-neck blouses they were sweet and dreamy but still contemporary enough to imagine in your own closet.

Holmes & Yang:

Miss Katie Holmes continued to shed her Mrs. Tom Cruise title and joined with her long-time stylist to create a cute, functional group of looks for an early morning NYFW showing.

The clothes were chic and wearable with flats & heels, handbags, flowing silk maxi dresses & maxi skirts, slouchy cropped pants, cute day dresses, short suits, and plenty of fun prints and leather. The first look was my favorite, I liked the loose wide leg pants and the quilted motorcycle jacket.

Pierre Balmain:

While Balmain is the go-to brand for sexy, rock n’ roll fabulousness, its new sister line Pierre Balmain may become the go-to for chic, ladylike separates.

The 66 look collection featured Parisian black & white, pops of pink & yellow, peplums, lace, leather & eyelet, menswear, denim, all-over prints, and a great collection of blazers & jackets in varying lengths and fabrics. While Balmain pieces can often look more like couture than street wear, these clothes were ready to walk straight from the catwalk to the sidewalk!

Theyskens’ Theory:

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve never taken the time to look at Oliver Theyskens’ collection for Theory before. The shame!  And it was no surprise that I liked what I saw when I finally did.

It was a dark hued, wet looking group collection – filled with elegant suits, sleek leather, chunky knits, and some slouchy Alexander Wang-style separates, all paired with strappy heels and oversized, borrowed from the boys outerwear.

Thakoon Addition:

Cute. Feminine. Wearable. These were the first thoughts that popped into my head when I saw this collection – Nothing innovative or provocative, just stylish, contemporary separates and dresses for the modern girl.

The eyelet and mini flower prints were Spring-ready and the bloomer-style short shorts and long, open sweaters gave the collection some fun silhouettes. I especially liked the print mixing and the striped, open sweater-sets.

Katie Gallagher:

NYFW newbie Katie Gallagher was quite the topic of discussion this season and stood up to the scrutiny by showing a black & nude collection full of draping, swimwear, and cutouts.

Peplums, sheer fabrics, chainlink belts, lace-up strappy sandals, asymmetrical hemlines, shrunken outerwear, bathing suits, retro bandeau tops, and textured fabrics kept the collection from being boring.

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela:

The perfect Paris-meets-New-York-City looks this season came from MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, new to NYFW and one of the hottest tickets in town.

Urban cuts, dramatic drapping, and loose silhouettes featured heavily in the Lookbook, with washed out greys, browns, and white, all paired with over-the-shoulder and messenger bags.

Charlotte Ronson:

Flirty florals, calming deep blues & greens, multicolored stripes, colorblocking, rompers, sheer blouses, mesh, jumpsuits, and cute shrunken blazers all made an appearance in the Ocean themed collection.

The separates here really stole my heart, I loved the print mixing & matching, the layering, and the sweet patterns that she used. I was also a fan of the handbags and ankle strap platforms that accompanied the looks. These are the perfect types of pieces for throwing on during the Spring & Summer – Bathing suit cover ups, hot Summer nights, vacation clothes – Cute, easy, and wearable.

Sources: Style.com, Fashionologie, The Stylist, & Tom & Lorenzo

Previous NYFW Collections: New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part I, New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part II, New York Fashion Week Fall 2012, Pre-Fall 2012 Part I, Part II, Part III, and NYFW Spring 2012 Round-Up.

Additional reviews, photographs, shows, and videos: The Huffington Post’s New York Fashion Week 2012: The Top 5 Trends, The IFB’s Spring 2013 Collectionson Pinterest, or The Stylist’s The Pit, Model Critiques And More: A New York Fashion Week Photographer Diary (VIDEO).

What was your favorite trend so far from the Spring 2013 collections? I think I have to agree with Mr. Blasberg about one of my favorite emerging trends for next Spring – “NYFW trend: Long live the sexy secretary skirt! Low on the hips at Marc Jacobs, unzipped at Michael Kors, and in python at Reed Krakoff.” Looking forward to seeing how this trend is translated in London, Milan, and Paris.

Be sure to stay tuned for the fourth and final post from the tents at New York Fashion Week – The street style, nighttime glam, and fabulous front row fashion of New York City.

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