As summer stretches lazily before us, the maillot offers an appealing, graphic counterpoint. High on the thigh like Nanette Lepore's or conservatively cut, the one-piece swimsuit offers a surprisingly generous expanse of real estate to establish brand identification (Chanel's double C logo), proclaim animal affinity (We Are Handsome) or to sport jailhouse stripes (Norma Kamali).
Some of the looks featured above:
Center left: Nanette Lepore at nanettelepore.com for stores.
Center right: Chanel at chanel.com for stores.
Right bottom: Hot Property Polarized, from the eyebobs by Iris Apfel collection, $125 at eyebobs.com.