Style Watch: The Monokini

Style Watch: The Monokini

You’ve heard of the one-piece, the bikini, and even the tankini, but what on earth is the monokini?  Learn all about the biggest bathing suit trend to hit the beaches this summer and see some of our personal favorites. 

So what exactly is a monokini?  Essentially, a monokini is a one-piece swimsuit with side, back, and sometimes chest, cutouts that make it resemble a cross between a one-piece and a bikini.  The extent of the cutouts varies from suit to suit.  Monokinis can range from a modest flash of skin to just a tiny strip of fabric connecting the top and bottom pieces.

Monokinis are great for women who are proud of their bodies but don’t feel completely comfortable in a bikini.  They offer a bit of extra tummy coverage that many women are looking for, while still giving you a sexy beach look.  When it comes to wearing one, though, be carefull.  Depending on what level of coverage you choose, a monokini can actually appear to be more revealing than a bikini.  Keep it classy and stick with subtle to moderate cutouts. 

Here are a few of our favorite monokinis of the summer:
You’ll definitely stand out in this purple and black number from Forever 21!  And it’s only $19.80- what a steal!

This monokini is simple but sexy, and it’s the color of the summer: turquoise!  You can find it at for $69.00.

This black monokini has some cute criss-cross straps across the front that’ll definitely turn heads!  Get yours from Target for just $29.99.

This beautiful crocheted monokini has more detail than you ever thought a swimsuit could have!  If you’re willing to splash out and spend a bit more on your monokini, this one is well worth it.  Yours for $94.00 at Ralph Lauren.