The Bikini vs the Swimsuit

3 years ago

In 2009, when Los Angeles-based designer Maria Dobrzanska Reeves decided to launch Marysia, she knew it had to be swimwear. Years of being a lifeguard, through school and college, had ensured she knew her way around them.

She couldn’t have imagined just how soon they would become fashion-favourites though. Anja Rubik, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Emma Roberts and more have been spotted in her genius designs.

The label stands out with its immaculate fits, playful prints and signature scalloped details, which is what makes it an important new addition to the Le Mill roster. It also happens to be the label that threatened to divide us! It sparked that age-old debate between our co-founders Julie and Cecilia: bikini or swimsuit, which is the greater of the two?

Julie makes a case for the one-piece swimsuit

Well, for one it’s just so practical. It’s not fiddly in the way that bikinis (the ill-fitting ones) sometimes can be, so I find it easier to swim with – any risks of wardrobe malfunctions are safely averted!

It’s versatile enough for me to team it with a pareo for lunch, or a maxi skirt by evening to go out to dance.

There are so many styles to play with. More so since the birth of the trikini. Ruffles, cut-out details, lace-ups, graphic prints…you see where I’m going with this?

It’s equal parts modest and sexy; I personally think it’s super sexy to flaunt your back. Who says you have to contend with the kind you wore in school!

After three babies and a heavy lunch, I am more likely to slip into a one-piece, if only for the comfort it allows. Okay, if I’m being honest, also for how it takes the spotlight away from my little belly.

Cecilia argues the case for wearing a bikini

Given a choice, I’ll always reach for a bikini. It’s convenient enough to roll around in on the beach; you don’t get sand stuck near your stomach or in impossible-to-reach pockets – unlike with a one piece.

It lends itself to a uniform tan. Of course, I’ve got to pay heed to Baz Luhrmann’s immortal words and load up on sunscreen.

It will do justice to my hard-earned flat abs (especially before the inevitable child number two).

The sheer number of options far outweigh its modest one-piece cousin. Bandeaus, microkinis, tankinis… I mean, we practically have a new vocabulary for these.

Over and above everything, to me, they’re symbols of female empowerment. In 1946, Parisian engineer Louis Réard, the designer of the bikini, named it after Bikini Atoll, where the nuclear bomb was being tested. It was just that revolutionary.

Marysia is available at Le Mill