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Now’s your chance to get a swimsuit with a bunny on it, from Swash. I’m not sure when you’re going to have another shot, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by. —erica

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Ok, all of these Made by Dawn bikinis. The sweetness. —erica

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I know, I know—it’s a little late in the season to think about swimsuits. But the COLORS of this Waiwah number… —erica

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Go Way Back: Bikinis

Summer’s rushing to an end, but before you say adios to those bikinis, read all about when the world met them for the very first time and fell for ‘em over and over again. —bea koch

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The Origin: Romans wore bikinis, y’all. Peep these awesome mosaics from the Villa Romana Del Casale in Sicily, showing some 4th century athletes rocking bandeaus that wouldn’t look out of place on the beach today.


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The Evolution: World War II called for rationing, and manufacturers obliged by reducing the fabrics used in swimsuits. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Popular pin-up girls, like Rita Hayworth above, unveiled some patriotic bellies.


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After designing a suit “smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit,” Louis Réard decided, in 1946, to name his creation after the U.S. nuclear test site Bikini Atoll, hoping his masterpiece would be similarly explosive. Also: THIS PICTURE.


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Though most models were too afraid to wear the suit in public, nude dancer Micheline Bernardini stepped up (and out!) in one so small it could fit in a matchbox—so she accessorized with one, natch.


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Bond girls and bikinis—they go together like peanut butter and jelly. And who better to represent than Ursula Andress in Dr. Noe (1962), who’s banging bod and killer belt knife have stood the test of time so well that Halle Berry paid homage in Die Another Day (2002).


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The Right Now: Even if it’s lost its ability to shock, the bikini can still provoke—see Exhibit A: the up-to-no-good Spring Breakers foursome.  

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This Seea number wins for coolest, most covered-up swimsuit around. —erica

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A very Grace Kelly one-piece, brought to ya by Edith A. Miller. —erica

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Next Level: Chain Prints

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2 Chainz? Why not more? Here’s how to wear them all over your person. —erica

LEVEL I: The classic, girly shape of this Samantha Sung dress keeps that metal motif in check.

LEVEL II: This Equipment silk shirt—very AbFab, no?

LEVEL III: There’s something so *kewl* about the way the yellow and gold intermingle on this Jo De Mer bikini.

LEVEL IV: Jeffrey Campbell platform high-tops that really let you get your Nicki Minaj on.

Way more “Next Level” to be had if you’re looking…

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Forget making penny designs on your belly. Think of the crazy-cool tan lines this Chromat suit would give you. —erica

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Weather Vain: Maui, Hawaii - 77 With a Chance of Showers

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It’s summer surfin’ season in Maui. Here’s what to wear to make the most of a day at Waihe‘e, Ho‘okipa, or Puamana Beach. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Wax + Cruz hat to take your from water to lunch at Pranee’s Thai Food.

+ The tiniest Bing Bang ring that won’t get in the way of biking Haleakala National Park.

+ The sort of Lisa Marie Fernandez suit that cooperates with surfboards.

+ Baggu's brilliant (and still stylin') wetsuit bag, ready to be tossed in the back of a jeep. 

+ Frame Denim cutoffs—as green (well, nearly) as Julia’s Banana Bread Treehouse.  

+ The BEST way to keep tabs on your iPhone, c/o SFK.

+ A super-cute Nomia crop top that would also look killer with a high-waisted skirt for dinner at Pacific’o.

If you’re looking for more “Weather Vain” action, head this way. 

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Next Level: Seersucker

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Is there a fabric that screams “summer” more loudly than seersucker does? (That’s a rhetorical question, you guys.) Here, four ways to work it as we head into the weekend that kicks off the season. —erica

LEVEL I: A Pret-a-Surf bikini so classic in an Ashley Judd sort of way.

LEVEL II: This Rag & Bone tank leans toward sweet—but wearing it with some ragged jean shorts counteracts that.

LEVEL III: Seersucker, two ways, brought to you by 10 Crosby Derek Lam.

LEVEL IV: Oh, WELL. Didn’t see the leather shawl collar on this Boy by Band of Outsiders blazer coming.

Get a lot more “Next Level” with a single click.

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