Hey there, beach babes! Let’s talk about one of the hottest one-piece swimsuit trends out there right now: a simple suit with a deeper-than-deep plunging neckline.
There are certain styles of swimsuits that might feel a little intimidating for some of us. The plunging neckline is one of them.
You might see that swimsuit on the rack and ask yourself, Can I pull this off? Do I have too much cleavage? Not enough? Is this gonna look silly on me? ... and so on and so forth.
It’s time to wake up and change our mindsets: It’s 2023, and we are ditching negative self-talk. All cup sizes can rock a swimsuit with a deep, deep neckline and look absolutely amazing doing so. Let’s do a deep dive into the deep chest bathing suit genre and talk about why you should try it out.
What Is a Deep Chest Bathing Suit?
If everything we’ve said so far feels like we are speaking a different language, let us explain. In 2023, swimsuit trends are, quite frankly, all over the place. From ruffles to ruched to low to high-cuts — there are so many more choices than the One-Piece vs. Two-Piece choice. This is a good thing.
It means that people are gearing up to wear what they want, what they feel comfortable in, and what speaks to them. However, a plunging neckline is one of the main trends that you can expect to see on the beach this summer.
A deep chest bathing suit can mean a few things, but essentially it is a swimsuit with an especially low v-neck neckline. It reveals more than your average suit but still keeps the girls in place, defying all odds … including gravity. Some come with push-up inserts, some have little sewn-in bralette tops, and some might feature fun cutouts, but all of them are trending.
What Is the History of the Plunging Neckline in Swimsuits?
The deep chest bathing suit can be traced back to the 1940s when actresses like Jean Harlow and Lana Turner started to wear more revealing swimsuits (read: two-piece suits) on the silver screen for the first time.
This was a big deal for women since, up until that point, the best-selling swimsuits had been pretty modest, to say the least. This swimwear movement continued into the 40s and 50s when halter bikini-style necklines were also gaining popularity.
A truly timeless trend, the plunging neckline suit is still an incredibly popular choice among many people today. Designers are constantly creating new and exciting styles for us to explore.
Why Should I Choose a Deep Chest Bathing Suit?
There are a few aspects of a bathing suit that has a plunging neckline which makes it an appealing choice for people of all ages, shapes, and body types.
1. It’s an Ultra Feminine Look
If you’re going for a super cute, sexy, feminine bathing suit, a deep chest suit is for you. That deep neckline highlights your cleavage and collarbones, giving your silhouette a ladylike vibe that is unparalleled. Can you say chic?
2. It’s Giving Length
The long, slimming line of the deep-chest bathing suit lengthens the appearance of the torso, chest, and neck. Oh yeah, baby.
3. It Elevates the Look
A plunging neckline can take a swimsuit from “Plain Jane” to stunning in two seconds flat. If you’re not a huge fan of bright colors and patterns, but you do want a little somethin’ somethin’ to your swimwear, then you should definitely try a suit with a deep chest.
4. It Balances Modesty and Sex Appeal
If you’re new to a plunging neckline, it might feel like you’re a bit naked. Never fear! You will get used to showing a little skin. Keep in mind that you are under no obligation to stay covered up at all times.
You are a goddess who can wear whatever makes you happy. If you’re someone who wants to feel sexy but still a little covered, the low neckline might just be the right choice for you.
Plus, you can always opt for a high-waisted bikini bottom if you’re looking for a little more coverage elsewhere. High-waisted bottoms give off a 1950s feel and present an incredible opportunity to show off your color-blocking skills.
5. Dress Them Up or Down
For those who like to take their outfit from the beach to the boardwalk, a swimsuit with a plunging neckline offers a certain level of versatility.
Throw on a pair of denim shorts and some sandals with your wrap one-piece, and you’ve got a great casual outfit. Grab a maxi or midi skirt and some heels, and you’ve got resort wear that makes waves.
Who Will This Style Work For?
In a word, anyone.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the concept of body positivity, it’s the concept that all bodies are created equally. They are all valuable and deserving of our love regardless of shape, size, or appearance.
Working on a body-positive mindset can help you to feel better about yourself and how you look in a swimsuit. One way to embrace body positivity on the regular is to wear clothes that make you feel confident and comfortable. This includes swimsuits with plunging necklines.
For those with larger busts, look for a swim top with underwire for a bit more bust support. If you have a smaller bra size and you’re worried about an ultra-low-cut bikini top, no stress! A cheeky little halter top suit with soft cups for extra support might just be the perfect fit.
Anyone can wear a swimsuit with a plunging neckline, regardless of body type. The trick is to choose a style that makes you feel good. By embracing your body and wearing a bathing suit that you love, you’re sending a message to the world that each and every body is deserving of respect, and of course, deserving of the best fashion.
Above all, confidence is key. Remember that your confidence is the most important accessory you can wear. Own your style and rock that plunging neckline with pride!
How Much Skin Is Too Much Skin?
If you ask us, this is all about personal choice. The amount of skin you choose to show at the beach is up to you and ultimately depends on your own comfort level and your own personal sense of style.
Some people prefer to cover up more, while others feel most comfortable showing all kinds of skin. Everyone has different preferences, and there’s no right or wrong way to dress at the beach.
One hot tip: Check with the dress code of wherever you may be headed. Some places, especially private pools at places like country clubs, have specific rules about what is and is not allowed.
How Can I Style a Deep Chest Bathing Suit?
Here are some different ideas of how you can style a swimsuit with a plunging neckline. But remember: These are just for inspiration. In the long run, anything goes, and you should wear whatever makes you shine.
1. Layer The Milos
Try layering your swimsuit with a kimono or a long cover-up for a boho-chic look. For a sportier layer, grab a T-shirt.
Evoke the feel of the Cyclades Islands with The Milos, named after the island known for its brilliant sandy beaches and volcanic landscape. It’s also the island where the statue of Aphrodite was found — the Venus de Milo in 1820. Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty, and wearing this suit of recycled Nylon (soft and sustainable), it’s a breeze to summon your inner goddess.
2. Wear Shorts With The Santorini
Throw on some cute high-waisted shorts or a skirt for a beach-to-street look. This is a great one to dress up or down since there are many styles of high-waisted shorts that can also play on the fancier side of things.
The Santorini One Piece offers a spunky twist on the classic tie-front that evokes the feeling of a super elevated monokini. Not only can you rock the deep neck, but the cutout below the crisscross tie is everything you’ve ever wanted — or needed — from a suit.
3. Accessorize The Tropez
Going for a sophisticated vibe? Get yourself a wide-brimmed beach hat and some ridiculously oversized sunglasses to channel your inner Jackie O. Necklaces are a must-have — shorter lengths (16 to 18 inches) bring the focus up, and longer (22 to 24 inches) make the outfit even more daring.
Looking for the ultimate high-quality base for your prized accessories? Nothing is more sophisticated than The Tropez. This daring semi-backless suit features adjustable straps and fabric made in Italy. This suit features light bust support, making it a favorite of women with smaller busts.
4. Go Casual With The Baia
Give your suit a casual sporty twist with some cutoff shorts and your cutest pair of white sneakers.
Keep it Sporty Spice with The Baia One Piece. This suit supports a full day of adventures, a full sense of style, and fuller busts. Thanks to the invisible underwire, this suit is (almost) as supportive as your fav sports bra. With cheeky bottom coverage and a high-leg cut, it’s as fresh as a bikini set — but you can feel totally comfortable running after your kids by the beach.
5. Pair The Belmar With a Long, Flowy Maxi Skirt
The ethereal appeal of a sheer maxi skirt blowing in the wind will absolutely never fade. If you have a solid, classic suit, choose a flowing skirt with a tropical or floral pattern for the ultimate summery vibe. What a simple way to elevate your bathing suit’s appeal.
The Belmar One Piece is here to bring summer to any day of the year. The crossover top, cross-back detail, and dainty tie belt are the dream team when it comes to design. It gives off an ethereal Mother Nature vibe that’s as at-home by a five-star resort as it is by the Amazon River. With full bottom coverage and medium bust support, there’s no adventure that you can’t handle.
6. Match The Malibu With a Cardigan and Jeans
Hear us out: the beach is not always super hot! Or maybe you’re lounging by the pool, and it’s getting on toward later afternoon. Picture it: you’re sitting in the shade, starting to get a tad chilly, and you throw on a lightweight cardigan to quell the chill.
If you need to take your look from the pool to dinner, toss on a pair of jeans and some chunky heels, and you’ve got a super simple look with a touch of elegance.
For a sea-to-shore look, try the Malibu. The Malibu is one of the best swimsuits for a low-chest style that is totally customizable. Unbutton this bodysuit to your heart’s content to find whatever degree of flaunt you want. The elastic underband supports large busts, too, so everyone can get in on this style.
A Deep Dive: Completed
Wearing a trendy swimsuit with a plunging neckline can be the perfect way to add a touch of glamor and sophistication to your regular poolside look. It can help accentuate your curves, elongate your neckline, and can make your collarbones pop. There are so many options for how to style this type of suit, and you can dress it up or down depending on your locale. Go for it!