Several summers ago, the New York-based fashion community unofficially-officially banded together under one simple crusade: to resurrect one of J.Crew's most timeless pieces of inventory, its scoop-back one-piece swimsuit. (Specifically, The Cut's open letter seemed to have the strongest effect.) Based on an overtly '90s silhouette, this perfect specimen was equal parts Dara Torres and "Baywatch," providing full coverage with a hint of beach-going sex appeal. The tireless campaigning worked, and we, collectively, couldn’t have been happier when the powers that be (Jenna Lyons) gave into the request.
And so, this season, the bathing suit is back — and it's just as deeply perfect as we remembered. With its signature scoop-back, high-cut legs and retro straps, the one-piece certainly gives any triangular bikini a run for its money in terms of steaminess. Plus, added side zips offer a sportiness other swimsuits may lack, ensuring you're just as ready to hit the volleyball court as you are to bask under a sun umbrella.
Bonuses: 1) There's free shipping, and 2) select colors are on sale.
Italian Matte Side-Zip One-Piece Swimsuit, $74.99 (from $125), available at J.Crew.
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