Saturday, April 25, 2009

Maillot Moment

CC loves a good bikini, but maillots are de rigeur this summer, and flattering to nearly every shape! Check out the runway rampage, and CC’s suggestions for sassy swimwear!
At left, Abaeté's crisp deco lines and retro shape make this suit yellow yummy. All runway looks pictured via unless otherwise noted.
Badgley Mischka offers a sweet floral print.
Byblos boasts a tempting tartan.
Chanel Resort makes ombré water-ready.
Rosa Cha's chevron maillot is simply gorgeous!
Understated elegance in solid white at Derercuny.
Michael Kors' retro polka dot suit is chicly belted perfection!
Givenchy pale patterned maillot is pure elegance.
House of Holland's cutout floral suit is unexpected and fabulous!
Hussein Chalayan's deconstructed car door suit is every fashionista's dream come true!
Just Cavalli takes a catty plunge. Meow!
Matthew Williamson pre-fall is cut-out catchy.
Andres Sarda, via Sexy!
Oscar de la Renta's belted bustier is breathtaking.
Talbot Runhof is ruched and ready, with delicate cap sleeves.
Gucci's sleek black maillot is simply perfect.

Cut it out!
Gap leaf-printed halter, at
Jo de Mer Lancaster cutout suit with metallic trim, at
Pretty Patterns
Diane von Furstenberg one piece with removable halter strap. Visit
Floral sunburst bandeau tank, at
Juicy Couture metallic butterfly swimsuit; this and next at
Shoshanna chain link maillot.
Get the look for less with this ruched one-piece at
Sassy Solids
La Perla bejeweled metallic gray halter neck swim suit, at
Rachel Pally Barbados maillot, at
Take the plunge with this American Apparel nylon tricot maillot. Go to
Retro Ready
Longer torso boy short maillot. This and next two at
Plaid boy short one-piece.
Cinched bandeau one piece at
Barbie 50th Anniversary doll at
Follow Barbie’s lead with this Michael Kors Newport stripe one-piece, available at
J. Crew retro polka dot tie-front bandeau tank. Visit
Missoni Peschici bandeau swimsuit, at
Very Sexy sundial bandeau one-piece, at CC loves!
Carmen Marc Valvo twist bandeau swimsuit, at
Beach Sexy yellow retro skirted one-piece, at
Make it a maillot, darlings!

57 comments: said...

I totally love the third model! YAY!


Cassiopeia said...

wish i was going somewhere this summer that required pretty swimwear! sigh. ah well. i will have to content myself with daydreaming lol. pretty pretty pretty! xxxc

ivoreece said...

Such a pretty swimwear! Normally I prefer bikini, but those models are amazing!

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

Adore the vintage inspired shape & style...enjoy those 'Esther Jane Williams' old movies & the glorious pool scenes! Hope you have a lovely weekend darling! ~XO*

zupu said...

Oh I can't wait to get to the beach and this post was so insipiring! The one from Gucci is amazing, would look so elegant with sunnies, pashmina and a big hat at Italian & French Riviera..

Seeker said...

I must agree that a maillot can be so flatering and sexy!!!!
I'm more of a bikini fan, since the part I hate most of my body are my legs, so they'll be out with a one piece just as with two pieces LOL

Inspirational post, dear.


Zarna said...

love these suits!

check out my blog if you have a chance,

Kira Aderne said...

I love it so much! The fact is: they are so much more classy than a two pieces model...I so need one like these!


Angela said...

don't know what to pick. maillot are very flattering to various body shape uh.

Anonymous social worker said...

I don't know why girls don't wear one peice bathing suits that much, just because you are skinny does't mean you can only wear bikinies.
keep it sexy
franco out!

Fashion Moment said...

Those are wonderful pieces, dear!
Especially the last one.


Boubou said...

i really like the saphes ...this summer is gonna be so hot ;)

have a nice week end !


Swetha said...

i loved the orange!! i wish i fit into that swimsuit!

each and every piece is sexy!

Terence Sambo said...

oh yes!!!!!!!!11 the Michael Kors & Oscar de La Renta are magnificent :o)

Have a great weekend :)

Jojo said...

Oh the sun here in london has been making me dream of swimwear..although at the moment i'm far too pasty to even consider it..

Unknown said...

Hola guapa, vivo en Cadiz, aunque soy de Sevilla. He visto que has puesto cosas de Gap. Me encanta esa tienda, cuando estuve este veranoen EEUU arrase, compre muchas cosas pero ahora es una pena no poder comprar allí. Tu si puedes!

shopinchic said...

I love how the maillot has evolved over the decades. What used to be
matronly has turned more sexy~

Nia said...

I am obsessed with everything in this post!

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

yay summer is here. yesterday my thermometer said 100 degrees.

MizzJ said...

I agree with Franco, maillots are so hot! I've been lusting for one for awhile and those ones at VS and AA are totally cute! Now I'm gonna go get my shop on. Oh, and hit the gym :(

Graça Ventura Medeiros said...

I like maillots, but i like so much having a tan so i dont know if i would use them. but they are gorgeous anyway :)

Unknown said...

The black Gucci is hot! Perfect for a villa eve with family peeps, obviously trashy beach wear is another story entirely. Ooh tan lines, I feel summer xoxo

Eri said...

Hello darling,
The yellow one is so cute.
See you soon.

erika sorocco said...

Michael Kors and Abaete = love. I think I'm coveting an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot...maillot!"

Wanderlusting said...

Delias is actually my favourite, go figure! Well, that and Michael Kors - I just adore his resort wear..and everything else he does!

Shes Dressing Up said...

Ooh now Im desperate to go shopping for new beachwear!!

Zara said...

I'm buying that AA swimsuit for summer! :) xoxo

Unknown said...

I own like 25 bathing suits. I usually don't wear the same one twice during the summer LOL!

Brook and Lyn said...

I'm rarely tan since I live in NY but if I wasn't so concerned about tan lines I would grab a one piece suit in a heartbeat!

Natalie said...

love these suits! i might havta get one for this summer getting tired of the bikini.

Gabbi said...

These are lovely, I've always been such a fan of the one-pieces.

Your posts are fantastic... I love the way you threw Barbie in.xo

Her name was Lola... said...

I've been into retro bathing suits for a while, but I'm loving the incorporation of modern elements! Cool post! :)

paanie said...

i love how one-pieces are making a comeback. my faves are abaete and the belted oscar. j'adore.

Unknown said...

the "barbie" ones is pefect love stripes for the beach!

Kiki said...

i want the barbie one!!

Ella Gregory said...

I'm more a bikini girl. Mostly because I'm not going to buy designer swimwear because I live in London not Cali and I don't think the highstreet makes very nice suits.

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

So many adorable swimsuits!
I would go with the beautiful Chanel one
or with the Juicy Couture butterfly swimsuit!


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, super blog...!!

Reena Rai said...

I'm normally a bikini girl, but you have tempted me into a one piece. These looks are amazing! I love the more 50s style shapes

Geri Wu said...

they have such an old fashioned look to it! i like the yellow one at lacoste!

xx, Geri

Anonymous said...

yay i am so glad one piece styles are chic again! i especially love the ones with little skirts, either straight and retro or fluttery and sweet. wonderful choices, CC!

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

i love that 2nd floral, print one!

Elizabeth Victoria Clark said...

I am totally loving the one piece bathing suit for summer this year! All these styles are so gorgeous. The vintagey feeling ones are my favourites, like the Oscar de la Renta and the Michael Kors (I loveee the reference to Barbie!!) xx

MissBliss said...

Gorgeous hair and beautiful purple suits... ahh, reminds me of when I was in high school and Vogue magazine was my veritable Bible... my mom got me a subscription one year for Christmas and I felt very official and not to mention, had a great infusion of fashion in my mailbox....

Notion said...

damn i love it all ::drooling:: woman are such beautiful creatures

Natalia said...

Michael Kors did an awesome job with swimwear this season. His Hamptons-meets-pin-up styles are timeless and chic!!

Little Bow Prep said...

I adore the first and last ones!

HoneyBunny said...

These are so so beautiful! I have to buy one this summer:)

Incon said...

You know i have a newly found obsession with one piece swimwears. U can totally rock them as a top!!!

j'adore your blog carrie!
will be linking you. :)

Frankie said...

All of these are striking and chic! Where do you get your ideas from, CC? Your brain must be full of beautiful images! x

Anonymous said...

The Givenchy one TOTALLY wins.
Goood, pure love !

Aline said...

I love this post! I buy one bikini and at least one one-piece every year...I think that they are so much fun and sexy!

Anonymous said...

I love these--especially the second to last blue one...I have too many bikinis...I think I'm going to change it up for this summer!

T said...

I'm so excited for the summer time! I definitely need to go maillot-shopping soon!

Ana said...

loving this post (surprise surprise)...jetting off to Maui soon and really love the one piece look. thanks for the fantastic inspiration.

Unknown said...

Swimsuits are SO adorable, you know I love the retro feel of some of these ;~)

Anonymous said...

the vicoria secret skirted one piece
(yellow one)

is totally sold out!
but i found one on ebay, to small for me..