And just like that, the bikini became old news. Every year, I feel like I can’t really ring in spring without shopping a few new swimsuits in anticipation of sunny days ahead, but after seeing Kim Kardashian rocking a monokini on Instagram, I’m starting to wonder if I need to ditch all my two-piece suits in favor of chic cut-out one-pieces.
Personally, I’ve always been a one-piece fan—I’d argue they can be just as sexy as bikinis, if not even hotter! As a larger-chested gal with an equally curvy bum, I never really saw the appeal in risking it all in a revealing string bikini, so one-pieces with cut-outs or dramatic necklines were always more my speed.
This year, it seems I’m not the only one in favor. Kim Kardashian has been all over my Instagram feed with clips of her hot beach vacation with Pete Davidson (huge shoutout to Mr. Davidson for capturing content). Kardashian has been wearing every major swimwear trend this season including tiny string bikinis, short sleeve crop tops and of course, sexy one-pieces. While she looks incredible in every style, I’m partial to the look of a cut-out monokini.
I actually screenshotted this older Kardashian bikini pic from last April for future beachwear fashion reference. In the pic, Kim is posing on some steps in a black ribbed monokini, complete with white contrast stitching and a ring detail at either hip. Completely covered-up, but still super hot. Could it be the perfect swimsuit?
It seems like I wasn’t the only one who was plotting the return of the monokini. Celebrities like Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa have also been spotted in the cut-out style this summer which makes monokini summer official, people! Kardashian has officially set the tone and I’m 100 percent on board. If you don’t know, a monokini is basically just a one-piece with cut-outs, but these suits tend to give the illusion of a two-piece set from the front. There are a million and one different silhouettes that technically qualify as monokinis, but Kim’s pick by Haitian American designer Rielli is definitely one of my fave.
If you’re ready to stop squirming in uncomfortable bikinis and lean into the one-piece lifestyle, read on for a few monokinis that basically guarantee you a hot girl summer from the moment you slip them on. Now, we just need a little sunshine.
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Black Metallic Cut-Out Swimsuit
If you like Kardashian’s simple black suit, this one from PrettyLittleThing has a similar silhouette for under $40 bucks. Yes, you should buy it in gold too!
Side Scoop One-Piece Swimsuit
Another monokini with a similar wide tummy cut-out is this classic black option from Aerie with cute side-tie detailing.
Mel Mesh High Neck One Piece Swimsuit
If you prefer a brighter, more summery colorway, this Frankies Bikinis suit is for you. The mesh fabric reminds me of the early 2000’s and warm days cannonballing into the pool.
Ruffle Halter One Piece Swimsuit
Another Aerie pick, I’m obsessed with the ruffle detail on this one-piece swimsuit. This suit also comes in a longer-length option to ensure that the cut-out hits the right spot.
Sandro One Piece
A white monokini is a major statement-maker, so Camila Coelho is not for the faint of heart. I love the thin shoulder straps and key-hole cut-outs.
Laguna One Piece
The girly paisley pattern of this one-piece suit deserves a standout moment on your next vacation. It can also be worn as a bodysuit with a pair of denim shorts or linen pants for a night out (you never know when you’ll need to jump in a pool).