This sum­mer it’s swim­suits, not biki­nis, caus­ing a stir on the beach. So­phie War­bur­ton and Emily Cronin ex­plain why we’re fnally cov­er­ing up

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - One-Piece Wonders -

What do women want from swimwear? It’s sim­ple: magic. Not a lot. Just enough to abra­cadabra our­selves into our sleek­est, least wob­bly selves. That’s quite the bur­den of ex­pec­ta­tion to place on a slip of stretchy fab­ric or two. So although Harper’s Bazaar’s leg­endary fash­ion edi­tor Diana Vree­land de­clared the bikini ‘the most im­por­tant thing since the atom bomb’, these days we’re look­ing for some­thing even more pow­er­ful.

En­ter the one-piece swim­suit. Poppy Delev­ingne and other sylphs (who pre­vi­ously had no time for a staid one-piece) are singing their praises. ‘I’m usu­ally a bikini girl, but it’s the one-pieces that are re­ally mak­ing my heart fut­ter,’ she says. Sofía Ver­gara and Margot Rob­bie, who wears a leop­ard-print Michael Kors Col­lec­tion swim­suit on the cover of Vogue, have also dis­cov­ered that show­ing less is more in­trigu­ing.

Marysia Swim’s scal­loped edges, Rok­sanda’s colour block­ing and Prism’s neu­tral, leo­tard-like de­signs present op­tions for ev­ery­one. ‘Peo­ple are much more open to wear­ing one-pieces these days,’ says Prism founder Anna Laub. And, now that leo­tards and ’80s-style bod­ies are all the rage, ‘You can also wear them with jeans or a skirt, and they’re su­per-fat­ter­ing and func­tional.’ Which, when you think about it, is al­most as good as magic.

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