In My Most Worn, Bazaar editors share the style gadgets they cherish greater than any others of their closets. Right here, senior style editor Tara Gonzalez explains why a swimsuit made by an Icelandic model recognized for its puffer jackets is an sudden summer time go-to.
For a very long time, I used to be satisfied Pamela Anderson had ruined one-piece swimsuits. She appeared so divine and so good in her signature purple swimsuit, all hope for the remainder of us appeared misplaced. After being raised on images of her operating throughout the seashore on Baywatch, I discovered a swimsuit just like hers in highschool—solely to be left confused after I didn’t immediately remodel into an earthbound goddess after slipping it on.
There’s simply one thing in regards to the simplicity of a one-piece swimsuit. And for many of my life, I used to be satisfied that one thing was possessed solely by Anderson, and that the remainder of us simply didn’t have it. She made a reputation for herself by exhibiting pores and skin, however she made the easy purple swimsuit look attractive as a result of she oozed her signature confidence even whereas extra covered-up. Chasing that refined sensuality felt not possible to me.
Till I went to Iceland.
The Nordic area shouldn’t be a spot usually related to swimwear. After I packed my bag for a visit there final December, I completely forgot to deliver a swimsuit, regardless of realizing I might be visiting the well-known blue lagoon close to the capital of Reykjavík. Then, at 66°North’s flagship retailer, I picked up a one-piece that made me perceive the silhouette’s enchantment. The Icelandic model first made a reputation for itself in 1926 with puffer coats made for the nation’s search-and-rescue groups, and extra lately for its standard style collaborations with manufacturers like Ganni and Charlie Constantinou. It additionally makes a signature one-piece that stood out amongst its different choices constructed for a lot extra excessive circumstances.
The Alda swimsuit by 66°North doesn’t come within the fiery purple Anderson made standard. However the 4 colours which might be out there embrace “Elf Queen,” a lightweight purple whose title was sufficient to persuade me that if I wore it, I might emerge from the water with the eccentric ethereal vitality of Björk. The inside track-neck design has a particular emblem cross strap and excessive leg, and the swimsuit is crafted out of a chlorine-resistant materials from Italian cloth producer Carvico. Regardless of my failure to fall in love with related fits up to now, this one felt completely different.
Maybe it was that, like all the pieces 66°North makes, the swimsuit was designed with goal. I’ve greater than a handful of bikinis and one-pieces that immediately invite wardrobe malfunctions after encountering a singular giant wave. I’ve even relegated a few of them to a particular pile, solely to be worn after I’m sure I received’t be transferring a lot on the seashore, or swimming in any respect. However the Alda is one thing I might simply do laps in, with out a fear on the planet. And the convenience with which I might put on it provides me that confidence I’ve been looking for in related swimsuits.
I wore it to the blue lagoon out of necessity—I had nothing else with me—however I’ve since packed it on each seaside trip or seashore weekend I’ve gone on. I’ve additionally discovered myself desirous to put on it out as a bodysuit, styled with chunky cardigans within the winter and lengthy maxi skirts in the summertime. It’s essentially the most sudden swimwear staple I’ve, which I feel additionally lies on the core of its enchantment. And it’s the kind of factor high-school me was desperately looking for however didn’t understand might solely be discovered 2,737 miles away, in a spot the place I least anticipated it.
Tara Gonzalez is the Senior Trend Editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Beforehand, she was the type author at InStyle, founding commerce editor at Glamour, and style editor at Coveteur.