The BEST One-Piece Swimsuits, Courtesy Of 10 Fashion Icons

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Finding the perfect one-piece swimsuit is no easy task. Fit, pattern, rise — we’ve gotta worry about them all. Yes, we desperately need a guide. And, who better than some of the original fashion icons to give us that necessary assist?
Ahead, we take cues from Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and more to find the 10 chicest one-piece suits, all inspired by the ladies who wore ‘em best. It doesn't get more classic than this.
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The Icon: Debbie Reynolds
Her Suit Style: A pale-pink-and-black-striped one-piece suit with a halter tie perfectly complements the lively, young, girl-next-door style that Ms. Reynolds loved to play into.
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Ete Swim Mimi Striped Ruched-Front Swimsuit, $350, available at Moda Operandi.
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The Icon: Marilyn Monroe
Her Suit Style: To be fair, Ms. Monroe posed frequently for the camera in various styles of swimwear. That said, this all-white number is without a doubt our favorite. It manages to be both glamorous and approachable, resulting in a look that's somehow both subtle and striking.
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The Icon: Ann-Margret
Her Suit Style: How does one compete when standing next to the hunkiest of men? Follow Ann-Margret's lead and go bold in a bright-yellow suit.
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The Icon: Esther Williams
Her Suit Style: Williams perfectly showcases her petite frame by opting for a strapless, bandeau one-piece suit. Plus, for those convinced that white bathing suits only look good on a super-pale, Marilyn-esque complexion, take a look at just how well the bright-white one-piece complements Ms. Williams' bronzed, olive tone. Case dismissed!
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The Icon: Brigitte Bardot
Her Suit Style: Before she turned into one of the most famous blonde bombshells of all time, a younger Bardot paired her dark locks with a vampy, almost dangerous look: a black suit featuring a high-cut leg and a dramatic, one-shoulder strap.
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The Icon: Janet Leigh
Her Suit Style: With her petite — but busty — frame, Leigh exhibits how a ruched, red one-piece manages to draw eyes to just the right places.
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The Icon: Audrey Hepburn
Her Suit Style: Want a bit of attention? Go Ms. Hepburn's route and swap out your bikini for a bright, printed, one-piece suit.
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The Icon: Natalie Wood
Her Suit Style: If you want something a little more conservative, take a cue from Wood. This suit covers her chest and derrière, but the thin straps give the illusion of something a bit skimpier. How clever!
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The Icon: Sophia Loren
Her Suit Style: What can we say about Ms. Loren? If you're going for the pinup look, you might as well really go for it. Knowing your angles doesn't hurt, either.
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The Icon: Grace Kelly
Her Suit Style: The queen of timeless, classically chic style, Kelly sports a suit that's unsurprisingly on point and flawless. Opt for a similar version if you're looking for a totally foolproof bathing suit.
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