OK, fine. It's not officially summer yet, but judging by the fact that I'm already sporting a sweatstache and have the A/C in my apartment on full blast, it's as good a time as any to really start talking about swimwear. Now, before you look down at your pale legs and begin weeping uncontrollably, rest assured that it's just a matter of time before you're sporting a gorgeous glow for all to see— which, of course, means the reappearance of those inevitable tan lines. Here's the deal, though: there are a LOT of cute swimsuits out there, and these days designers aren't afraid to get a little crazy with cut-outs, straps, buckles, holes, laser-cutting, basically anything. This means after a day at the beach, you run the risk of going home with some unfortunate leopard-spotted skin. In lieu of that, I rounded up the cutest swimsuits that'll leave you with some seriously questionable tan lines—consider this post part PSA/part swimsuit market for badass beach babes. I mean, I can say with utter confidence that if you turned up to a pool party in any one of these suits, you'd certainly be making a statement.
OBSCENELY STRAPPY ONE-PIECES
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It seems the key to the worst tan lines begins with one-pieces. Chromat designed a seriously strap-happy, metal-inspired number that, yes, features a pentagram on the chest. Just the THOUGHT of derobing in this thing while it's wet feels like the work of the devil; but then again, you did buy a swimsuit with a pentagram on it. Beach Riot also makes a killer swimsuit that, from the front, looks like any ol' one-piece with angry black panthers. Tut from the back, this little number also displays some seriously intricate latticework. I mean, a suit this cool makes those weird tan lines totally worth it.