On this day in 1946, the bikini was invented by Parisian fashion designer Louis Réard — and needless to say, the world has never been the same. The two-piece wonder is responsible for a lot of memorable moments in fashion and pop culture, from the teen stars gone bad in Spring Breakers
Phoebe Cates's red bikini scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
to, well, many, many a Maxim
The thing about this suit is that there's a variation for everyone, no matter your shape or style. Many of us can probably remember our very first bikini — and reminisce on all the bikinis that have come and gone from our swim drawers over the years (no matter how embarrassing some of them may be). One thing's for sure: This classic style's popularity shows no signs of waning, despite all the loud one-pieces
and new takes on the tankini
that threaten to take its place. To celebrate National Bikini Day, click on for 15 fresh suits to refresh your go-to two-piece.