Channel Marilyn Monroe With The Chicest High-Waisted Bikinis

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by Grazia |

It’s the ultimate sartorial tool in the pursuit of retro-inspired beach style. Be it stripes, polka dots or monochrome- the high-waisted bikini is a suitcase must.

Designed to make all figures look great, there isn’t a better investment piece come the summer months. Simply throw on espadrilles, a wide-brimmed straw hat and woven bag - you're beach ready.

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The perennially stylish two-piece was first introduced by French designer Jacques Heims in 1946. And who knew it would have such an impact on the world of beachwear?

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Fast forward to the late 1950’s and Hollywood stars Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe were the sartorial heroes of the trend, donning high-waisted numbers on the beach throughout the pin-up era. And who better to seek inspiration from?

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But these days there are so many choices to be made. With swimwear brands such as Marysia and Bikyni flooding our Insta feeds, we're overwhelmed with everything from panelled pants to crochet bottoms.

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Tracking down the perfect bikini can be time-consuming (and - let's face it- mentally draining) so to make life easier we’ve done the work for you. Whether you seek a 60's inspired halterneck number or a classic bandeau shape, we've rounded up the very best beachy numbers you need to get your hands on this summer in the gallery below:

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Lisa Marie Fernandez Poppy Bandeau Bikini, £305, Net-A-Porter

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Lisa Marie Fernandez Davina Denim Halterneck Bikini, £305, Net-A-Porter

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Monochrome Floral Bandeau Bikini, £260, Net-A-Porter

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Lisa Marie Fernandez Black Bandeau Bikini, £300, Harvey Nichols

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Neon Orange Scuba Bikini, £28, Topshop

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Solid and Striped Bikini, £120, Net-A-Porter

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Lisa Marie Fernandez Genevieve Denim Bikini, £295, Net-A-Porter

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Jenni Kayne x Marysia Hamptons Black Bikini, Marysia

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Palm Springs Scalloped Bikini, Marysia

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Santa Monica Scalloped High-Waisted Bikini, Marysia

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Marysia Scalloped Bandeau Bikini, £118, Net-A-Porter

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Kiini Crochet Bikini, £255, Net-A-Porter

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Metallic Triangle Top, £19, & Other Stories

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Metallic High-Waisted Bottoms, £19, & Other Stories

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Polka Dot Bikini Top, £20, Monki

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Polka Dot High-Waisted Bottoms, £10, Monki

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High-Waisted Navy Bottoms, £17, & Other Stories

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Buckle Detail Navy Halterneck, £19, & Other Stories

Happy holidaying!

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