Dan Ahwa is fashion editor for Viva and Canvas magazines.

Fashion: The swimsuit you'll want this summer

The sporty one-piece swimsuit makes a welcome return in a multitude of colours and styles for every body shape.
New swimwear label Phylyda (phylyda.com) focuses on swimsuit designs that cater to women of all shapes and sizes.
New swimwear label Phylyda (phylyda.com) focuses on swimsuit designs that cater to women of all shapes and sizes.

A clean-cut one-piece swimsuit, preferably in a block colour, makes a statement this summer as retailers and designers celebrate the body with innovative shapes and fabrics. And what's more promising is the diversity around swimwear right now, as designers highlight more options for all sizes to enjoy.

In a year that's seen the bodysuit celebrated as a layering piece for everyday wear, it's no surprise that a no-fuss one-piece swimsuit is this season's key seller.

There's a wide variety of colours on offer, from jewel tones to classic white (just be sure to let that fake tan set first). Look to one-piece swimsuits with interesting neck and bust detailing: designers have explored these in subtle ways from multiple halterneck strings to elegant one-shoulder styles, adding a point of interest to classic shapes.


Lonely "Daphne" swimsuit $215.

Seafolly "Block Party" swimsuit, $165, from Blue Dude.

Simma Studios "Plunge" swimsuit $220.

Paula Ryan "Crossover ruched" swimsuit, $225, from Smith & Caughey's.

Rival "Essential Contour" swimsuit, $75, from Rebel Sport.

Piha mesh one-shoulder swimsuit $73,
from Blue Dude.

Witchery "Turi" swimsuit $169.90.

Eres "Les Essentiels Asia" swimsuit, about $624,
from Net-a-Porter.com.

Chromat Spring 2017.
Chromat Spring 2017.

Moontide "Plunge" swimsuit $150.

Moochi "Desert" swimsuit $240.

Matteau "The Square" swimsuit, about $275 from Matches.

- Canvas

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