Welcome back to Style and Senses.
I am back with a one-piece swimsuit review featuring two styles from one my my favorite UK swimsuit brands, Hunza G. And as the title suggests, it is really one of the most flattering one-piece swimsuits I’ve ever come across.
Since I couldn’t choose which style looks better on me, I bought two to compare and contrast. Make sure to read until the end of this post to see which one I keep and which one I return.
about Hunza G
Hunza G is a London-based contemporary beachwear brand, known for their crinkle-cut fabrics with powerful hues.
Hunza G was originally Hunza, born in 1984 under the direction of Peter Meadows.
The brand became instantly recognizable after being worn by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman back in the 90s.
In 2015, Hunza added the G when Georgiana Huddart relaunched the brand and became creative director.
Learn about their sustainability, here.
SHOP HUNZA G’S POPULAR STYLES
For reference, I am 5ft5, 32B in bras, and 25 – 26 in jeans.
SIZING & FIT
Hunza G pieces are made from crinkle fabric with super flattering cuts, and they are ultra-stretchy and comfortable. However, they are one size fit, so they can fit up to size 14. That’s still a pretty limited size range, and I do hope they’ll expand their sizing to be more inclusive in the near future.
Styling these Hunza G pieces is surprisingly quite easy. Whether you’re opting for bikinis (separates) or one-pieces, you can totally style them as tops. I’ve seen a girl in their Hunza G lilac one-piece swimsuit styled with a pair of light-washed jeans at the park, and she looks so cute. I’d do an oversized cotton or linen shirt, worn with a few buttons on or unbuttoned as an overshirt and a pair of comfy shorts for the beach.
Mid-weight crinkle knit
Composition:96% nylon, 4% elastane (according to the Matches website) or 88% nylon, 12% elastane (according to the Net-a-Porter website)
Made in the UK
CARE: hand wash
I’ve had this square neck one-piece saved in my wishlist for many years. It’s just because I can never make it to the beach or pool as often as I’d like, so swimwear is sitting very low on my priority list. The black and white colors of this style are always sold out so quickly on Matches Fashion, so I kinda give up many times. However, this time, I got lucky with the in-stock email notification, so I clicked check-out as fast as I could.
It’s so stretchy, comfortable, and extremely flattering. I especially love the fact that I can pull the leg opening as high as I want. It’s a simple trick, the same as me in high-waisted bottoms, to make my legs look and appear longer. One piece, in this case, does my body a huge favor that a bikini cannot. You’ve got to try it on to see it for yourself!
SHOP ON MATCHES $151
SHOP ON NET-A-PORTER $215
SHOP ON SHOPBOP $215
The fabric is not sheer and thick enough that you can totally skip the underwear. If you’d prefer some nipple coverage, I’d recommend these nippies. In reality, I don’t or wouldn’t wear undies at all. But do you?
Lastly, note that this white color is a bright true white. I think a muted white or off-white would look better on my skin tone, but I don’t mind brighter colors and fun patterns for the beach.
Mid-weight crinkle knit
Composition: 96% nylon, 4% elastane (on Matches and Net-a-Porter)
Scoop neck, tortoiseshell-effect acetate rings
Made in the UK
CARE: hand wash
I love the acetate ring addition to the straps. Compared to the white square-neck swimsuit above, this style feels a bit more snug. It’s tighter around the neckline and the leg openings, and the fabric seems to not have as much stretch. It fits me perfectly though.
SHOP ON MATCHES $225
SHOP ON NET-A-PORTER $225
SHOP ON FARFETCH $224
I’ve seen this exact color on Monikh in a few of her Instagram posts, and I cannot get it off my mind because it looks so great on her. However, on my skin tone, it is just a few shades of nude, darker, but not as dark as I’d like a swimsuit to look. I think, in a pinch, I can get away with it, but in this case, I have two to choose from. The white square neck wins over the nudy brown scoop neck. Again, the difference between the square neck and scoop neck in these styles is so subtle because the fabric is crinkly, thick, and stretchy. They both look so flattering!
I’d definitely pick up the chocolate Domino swimsuit if it gets dropped in price on a later date, but not right now. because I’ve already had way too many brown pieces in my wardrobe at the moment.
WHAT I RETURNED VS. KEPT
In terms of my body proportion, I have a smaller waist but chunkier thighs and arms and flatter butts. I love the idea and look of wearing a bikini, but one piece seems to flatter my body the most, especially when looking back at a lot of photos of me in swim pieces over the years. I do have to look at photos of myself a lot, so I learn what works for my body.
If you don’t have a model body type, one-pieces, generally, photograph better.
So, did you guess which swimsuit I kept?
I kept the square neck white piece. Of course!
They fit very similarly, and as mentioned above, the brown one is a bit tighter. If you know me, I cannot bother wearing tight-fitted clothes anymore. I know I will reach for the white one a lot! In addition, I picked the white one-piece over the brown because this shade of nude doesn’t quite work for my skin tone plus I’d prefer a square neck over a scoop neck.
Note that the white swimsuit is a true white, so it’s pretty bright if you have a medium-ish skin tone like me. You can never go wrong with black and white, you know?
LASTLY, LET’S TALK FABRICS!
Hunza G’s fabric is a knitted lycra and elastane combination, made on a circular loom which means it is tubular and has no seams.
Hunza G’s crinkle seersucker fabric very much reminds me of the pleated fabric from Pleats Please by Issey Miyake. I have a very old blog post where I reviewed my Pleats Please pants, here. Did you also know that Pleats Please has recently added ‘Thicker’ bottoms, which means it’s a thicker pleated fabric with a better fit and flow.
So far, I’ve seen many brands try to rip off these types of fabrics, but it’s never with the same quality or stretch. Quality-made fabrics are not cheap, so do your research because I can assure you it’s worth your investment in the long term.