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06 Sep

Here’s How to Style the Sometimes Tricky Monokini

What is a monokini, you ask? See below — it's part bikini, part one-piece, letting you show off your curves without compromising on coverage. It's comfortable yet stylish, and perfect for low-maintenance beach days.

First, a bit of history: Fabricated for the first time in 1964, the original monokini — radically different from what you'll see below — initally served as a way to promote the acceptance of nudity. The design was essentially a topless swimsuit: a full bottom with shoestring-like laces that tied around the neck. (Before you go and Google it, just know it's super-NSFW.) Over time, the monokini has morphed into what it is now: a one-piece swimsuit with large cut-outs at the side. Sometimes tricky to style, this suit shines when paired with pieces that pay homage to its heritage.


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1. Missoni Striped Metallic Headband, $280 — Bring back the '70s headband trend.

2. Solid & Striped The Bella One-Piece, $158 — Have you heard shades of green are in?

3. ERTH Hoop Earring, $450 — Add some flavor with these 14k gold hoops.

4. No Tox Life Blacktop Coffee Bar, $10 — Keep your midsection looking smooth and dimpled skin at bay.

5. Amuse Society North Shore Towel, $65 — This fringed towel is basically a magic carpet for the beach.

6. Castañer Carina, $126.26 — The beach shoes you don't need a pedicure for.

7. Sun n Sand Manresa Tote, $46 — Perfect for toting sunglasses, snacks, sunscreen — you name it.

8. RE/DONE Levi's High Rise Mini, $230 — A denim mini you can pair with basically anything.

9. Pared Eyewear Tutti & Frutti Sunglasses, $250 — Now these are sunglasses seventies-era Mary Tyler Moore would approve of.