What: A one-piece women's swimsuit.
What's With The Name?: Is it really just a fancy word for a one-piece? In short, yes. Pam Anderson’s Baywatch suit and Marilyn Monroe's iconic skirted bandeau are both technically "maillots", but the term first referred to the then-scandalous fitted woolen beachwear that migrated from Paris in the 1800s ("maillot" means "shirt" in French). The word officially earned a spot in the OED in 1928, and has stuck around since, with Vogue proclaiming the maillot “the suit of the year” in 1947, featuring versions with bloomers, shirring, stripes and tied backs. When spandex was popularized in the '70s, the maillot became a sleek alternative to the bikini, with designers nixing straps, adding cutouts and producing ever-sexier styles.