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Originally an emblem of the sexual revolution in the early ‘60s, the monokini has inched its way onto modern-day beaches, thanks to the way it effortlessly marries the provocative appeal of a bikini with the athleticism of a one-piece. Plus, it’s a simple solution for those of us who can never make it though even one summer without losing a bikini top or bottom. (Not that we’re guilty of that or anything.)
And, even though a monokini technically covers more skin than most two-pieces, there’s something undeniably coquettish about the silhouette, making it the perfect option for anyone looking to step up their swimwear game. So, from a geometric, hip-baring, black-and-white number to a printed, floral, halter style, click through for our favorite monokinis on the market.
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