A Mandatory History of Bikinis in Time for Tan Line Season

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Bikini. The word alone says it all. It’s fun, sexy, playful, and strangely suggestive. And though it may be the perfect tan’s perennial nemesis, it happens to be one of the best things about summer. But where does this holy shroud come from? And how long has it been enhancing the lives of men?

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In celebration of perhaps the greatest outfit ever invented (sorry, ass-less chaps), we take you back through the decades to uncover the rise (and fall) of the bikini.

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