One-piece swimsuit

A one-piece swimsuit is a usually skin-tight one-piece swimsuit used by women when swimming in the sea or a swimming pool. The one-piece swimsuit usually cover the genitalia, the breasts and all of the front of the body in between. Before the invention of the bikini, virtually all swimsuits were in one piece and in older days men used similar swimsuits that covered equal areas of the body.

The most common types of one-piece suit is the maillot or tank suit, which resembles a sleeveless leotard, or bodysuit. Variants of this include halterneck and plunge front swimsuits, as well as wrap-round ("surplice") and bandeau styles. The pretzel suit is another special case of one-piece swimsuit.