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5 Secrets to snazz up a one-piece bathing suit

Suzi Milovanovic has been a mother of all kinds: stay at home mom, work from home mom, and go-the-office working mom. She blends all these perspectives in her contributions to various local and national print and online publications, tel...

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A one-piece bathing suit is the usual sought-after modest summer staple to hide the effects of winter inactivity or the slight imperfections we all have. With just a few accessories and tricks, the one-piece bathing suit can be just as exciting and sexy as its two-piece counterpart.

Woman with retro bathing suit

Chunky accessories

Picture a sleek and sophisticated black summer suit with your bronze tan and shiny new silver or turquoise accessories -- such as earrings or a necklace. If you go with a bold color or graphic-print one-piece, consider accessories that bring out one of the colors or provide contrast -- such as a brown suit with an orange cuff bracelet or bold pink earrings.

Trendspotting:

This summer, we think coral accessories are too hot not to trot.

Sunglasses

The retro, pin-up style (think Katy Perry meets Marilyn Monroe) is sure to turn heads while keeping a fun, flirty attitude. Don a pair of the currently chic cat-eye shades that are perfect for pulling off that '50s retro look. If you want to sport a full retro style on the beach this summer, polka-dot patterns, ruffle detailing along the bustline or a bandeau top paired with high-waisted bottoms are the best details for showcasing the retro look. Classic sunglasses like the Ray Ban Wayfarers and Jackie O. inspired oversized shades go great with animal and graphic prints.

Sandals

From bold utilitarian sandals to flip flops, footwear should never be overlooked! Summer sandal selection should depend on your location and desired look. If you're headed for the beach at some fancy-shmancy resort, consider something more chic, such as a gladiator sandal, embellished t-strap or even heeled slides. If you're thinking about just lounging around the pool, opt for the dependable flip-flop in a color that compliments your suit of choice.

Sarongs

It may not be winter, but oversized summer scarves (aka, sarongs) can be the key to snazzing up that one-piece bathing suit. If your suit is one color, consider a patterned sarong; if you've already got the prints covered, go with a more solid colored sarong that still provides pop. You can wrap these summer cover-ups in a variety of ways -- around the neck, at the waist and more -- whatever most flatters your figure.

Hats

Flawless tans and summertime go hand in hand but with so many ways to get the glow, there's just no reason to subject your skin to the sun's harmful and damaging rays. Spruce up your summer one-piece look with a sun hat that fits your face and your style. Stay on top of the latest trends by checking out the new and improved Panama hat.

One-piece bathing suits are back with a vengeance this summer in bold colors, graphic prints and sexy cutouts.

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