The Flattering Summer Swimsuit You May Not Own Yet

Hilary George-Parkin
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It seems like every trip to the beach these days presents the same dilemma: bikini or one-piece? (To be fair, as far as dilemmas go, it's a good one to have.) But this summer, we propose an alternative: the monokini. Somewhere between a one-piece and a two-piece, this figure-flattering style features cutouts at the side and an open back.

Some, like the Solid & Striped version you see on Karlie Kloss above, feature a knotted middle and high-waisted bottoms while others may be skimpier or more covered up. Yes, there may be some interesting tan lines going on as a result, but in a summer where swimwear trends run the gamut from cap-sleeve bikinis to off-the-shoulder suits, who's afraid of those?

Below, shop 16 monokini styles to try this summer.

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