Monokini

Monokinis are nothing new, although the designers have made it look like a new outfit. Born in 1964, its creator Rudi Gernereich, an Austrian-American designer, invited the wrath of the orthodox society for his sin. What else can be expected of a conservative society of 1960’s? For, this was an outfit called a swimwear, having a bottom piece with a set of straps running over the shoulder wide enough to cover the nipples before hooking on to the bottom piece.

However, 3000 pieces were sold in that season, which was an unexpected, very pleasant surprise even to the creator himself. In spite of the rage of a sale, monokini did not appear in the open. They were used only in the privacy of a backyard pool. Thus, it went into hibernation for a while, until the sexual revolution in the US, by the end of the decade. Encouraged by this event, the sensational swimwear reappeared in the market to the liking of the liberated.

Egged by the acceptance, the designers flooded the markets with many versions of monokini in colors and fabrics to become a big hit and never looked back again to this day.

In the present, the monokinis have taken many shapes to suit the varying body structure and tastes. From a modest style, that covers busts to hips with minimal cuts on the sides. To the extreme style with a set of narrow strips running down from shoulders over the nipples, to hold a bottom piece that hardly covers the buttocks, leaving nothing much for imagination. The monokini is not for all. It takes a proportional physique, to look attractive in the outfit.

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