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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River Island Color Block Chevron Swimsuit $42.39, available at ASOS.
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Mara Hoffman Pow Wow Cutout One-Piece, $275, available at Madewell.
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6 Shore Road Kiyana Halter One Piece, $138, available at Shopbop.
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Roxy Sun Rebel Strapless Monokini, $74, available at Roxy.
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Shakuhachi Ultra One-Piece Swimsuit, $190, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Acacia Paris Full-Piece Swimsuit, $180, available at Vida Soleil.
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DVF Loves Roxy Print Monokini, $88, available at Nordstrom.
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Stella McCartney Cutout Printed Swimsuit, $246.05, available at The Outnet.
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Karla Colletto Cutout Halter Neck Swimsuit, $300, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Mileti Bright Pink Monokini, $89, available at Bluefly.