Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cover Girls; Trends Teeny-Weeny Bikinis May Be a Hit in the Love Island Villa, but Swimwear with Substance Is Winning in the Style Stakes, Says Emma McCarthy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cover Girls; Trends Teeny-Weeny Bikinis May Be a Hit in the Love Island Villa, but Swimwear with Substance Is Winning in the Style Stakes, Says Emma McCarthy

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Byline: Emma McCarthy

IF, like me, you find yourself locked in the grip of Love Island fever, you'd be forgiven for thinking the swimwear pool has become a lot shallower this summer. For the sake of those who aren't falling over themselves to switch over to ITV2 at 9pm every night, here's all you need to know; muggy no longer just refers to high levels of humidity, and the girls have packed enough bikinis between them to fill Casa Amore's infinity pool twice. So far, the daily bikini parade has featured high Brazilian cut briefs, plunging lattice front tops and crochet cut-out styles with more bells and whistles than Chris and Olivia have had very public rows. Ruffles, sequins, lace, fringing, buckles, mirror finishes and every animal print under the Majorcan sun have also put in an appearance. But if there's one thing we've learned -- aside from the fact that Marcel was in Blazin' Squad -- it's that the villa's seemingly endless supply of swimwear options are really just a variation on one theme. Or to phrase it in a more Love Island friendly way, they have put all their eggs in one itsy bitsy teeny weeny basket. What is yet to emerge as a frontrunner is a bikini which prioritises practicality over peacocking.

Of course, let's not forget that this is a show where the chance to find true love -- and pocket PS50,000 in the Continued on Page 28 Continued from Page 27 process -- relies heavily on your ability to look good on a sun lounger. And in this survival of the fittest, less is more often refers only to the amount of fabric on display. Outside of the reality TV bubble, however, there are bountiful options for those who don't count a trip to the pool as an opportunity for maximum exposure as a host of brands are dipping into fuller coverage twopieces which don't skimp on style. New York's Solid & Striped swimwear label is "designed to be worn, lived in and welcome spontaneity", which roughly translates into bikinis which won't leave you red-faced after an impromptu encounter with a banana boat. …

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