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.
The zig-zag laser cut-outs make this suit stand out.
You can never go wrong with nautical stripes.
Ideal for a long day by the pool.
Zimmermann's beautifully designed suits are a swimwear fan's dream.
So good, you'll want to wear it beyond the beach with a high-waisted skirt.
This color would be great with a tan.
How cool is this chain strap?
This pastel print is so pretty.
Sleek, simple, and sophisticated.
No surprise here: Proenza's swimwear is just as chic as everything else the brand puts out.
Opt for graphic lines and cool color-blocking.
The hand stitching is even more gorgeous in person.
Make like Karlie in Solid & Striped.
Proof you really can wear the ruffle trend everywhere.
Nothing says "I'm on vacation" like wearing a strappy swimsuit with macramé and cowrie shells down the back.