Ma chère—what to look for in a great swimsuit when shopping in Paris? The cover-up, of course! Don’t leave home without it. We like a swimsuit that lends itself to a flattering, even suntan, so avoid one-shouldered pieces, halters and the like unless you are not planning to go in the sun.
In our opinion, a strapless suit that has an attachable strap for swimming—or a suit with straps you can take down easily—is best for style and comfort. Both are universally flattering, whether your shape is une pomme (larger on top, smaller hips), une poire (larger on bottom, smaller thighs) or une banane (straight up and down)!
Left to right:
Oscar de la Renta printed halter one-piece
Spanx halter one-piece
Gottex Palm d’Or V-neck cover-up
Gottex Palm d’Or one-piece
Gottex floral one-piece