Object Lesson: Summer Fling

A sizzlingly simple suit that hits the highs and the lows. By Loryn Hatch
cheapmondaybikini_olThough there's no scientific proof that rising global temperatures have had a direct effect on waistlines across the country, it's hard not to speculate on the cause of the season's trend. High-waisted jeans, skirts, and shorts have popped-up at warm-weather fêtes near and far, and now, thanks to Cheap Monday, a tall order two-piece will also be hitting the beach.
More basic than overboard, this simple variation on the skimpy string bikini features a classic triangle top balanced by 1950s full-coverage bottoms with vertical hip-hugging drawstrings that allow you to raise and lower the rise as you see fit. The perfect quick-fix solution for a fresh summer look, the all black suit also hits a surprising low in the price department. Rounding out at just under $30, it's cheap enough for a guilt-free summer romance—even if there are strings attached.
Cheap Monday's High-Waisted bikini, $28, is available at Den, 330 East 11th Street (between First and Second avenues); 212-475-0079.
A sizzlingly simple suit that hits the highs and the lows.