The Only Swimsuit You Need for Travel: The Black One-Piece
Updated: Jun 8
Don't get us wrong: We love a bright, cheery swimsuit. In fact, we look forward to picking out a brand new high-waisted bikini and matching cover-up as soon as the first hint of spring rears its head in March or April.
But there's something to be said for the black one-piece swimsuit. If you've read more than a post or two on Just Packed, you know "reliable" and "versatile" are two of our favorite (aka most-used) words when it comes to packing a suitcase. And the solid one-piece is both.
You can always count on the black one-piece for any situation involving sun and water. Maybe you found yourself on a chartered yacht in France; maybe you're at a friend's lake house in upstate New York and someone proposed water skiing and tubing. Or maybe you're going back and forth between the resort pool and a white sand beach in Mexico. Either way, packing a solid color one-piece will keep you comfortable and feeling prepared for a new adventure.
The black one-piece is also versatile because, like most suitcase staples, it can be worn with a variety of outfits: as a top with a pair of straight-leg jeans or jean shorts or paired with a floral cover-up. Think of it as an alternative to your classic tank top. That said, not all swimsuits are created equal, but we rounded up our favorite black one-pieces to travel with below.
Best Black One-Piece Swimsuit for Spring and Summer 2021
Notable swimwear brands like Marysia, Mara Hoffman, Andie, and Summersalt are always solid (albeit slightly more pricey) options. You can count on their silhouettes to be flattering and the fabrics to be of good quality. See our favorites for spring and summer trips below.
This one-piece style offers full support (with any annoying built-in bra cups), but the open back and one shoulder strap keep it from feeling too restrictive. Pair with one of Summersalt's Palazzo pants to take it from beach to dinner.
If you're looking for a classic, this no-frills, strictly business, black one-piece from Andie is the one for you. It's timeless and flattering—you'll wear it season after season.
Mara Hoffman knows how to dress women; this one-piece is fun while still simple. The playful cut-out is more mature than a ruffle, but still just as flirty.
Marysia makes some of the most flattering swimsuits, hands down. The iconic scalloped design (which we've seen replicated by other brands, albeit not as well) rests easily on top of your skin—there's no uncomfortable digging.