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
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.