The hottest most major must-have for the summer season this year is the one-shoulder bikini that turned heads at the London Fashion Show last season.
Inspired by one-strap wonders in haute couture that sashayed down the runway in 2008 - evoking all the beauty and power of the Greek goddess look - swimwear designers elegantly adopted the style into a bikini that's now all the rage from St. Tropez to California.
Sexy show-it-alls will also be wowed by another 2009 trend in swimwear, the cutaway monokini that cleverly uses a one-piece or "bandage" wraparound that provides a bikini-style optical illusion that can be breathtaking.
As the photos clearly show, 2009's cutting edge style is not for everyone - just yet. Although reedy 20-somethings will probably want to dive into the deep end, other designers are adopting the style to their clientele's particular tastes and shapes so watch for more variations on the theme as the summer continues.
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