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Older Love Island fans bemoan the ‘barely-there swimwear’

It’s a bold trend that stylists have warned is indispensable — but would you be brave enough to try on a barely visible bikini this summer?

They’ve become a constant sight for Love Island fans as this year’s contestants compete for attention by wearing the “near-naked” swimwear as a “shock style” tactic, according to TV style expert Miranda Holder.

But it’s also been endorsed by celebrities like American model Emily Ratajkowski, 31, and Kim Kardashian, 41, who regularly show off their toned figures in mini two-piece pieces.

And Miranda, plus fellow celebrity stylist Rochelle White, have told FEMAIL the popular thong bikinis aren’t going anywhere — with body-positive women now more eager than ever to show off their assets, while others are choosing “the fun” option to wear next summer. to embrace the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, British fashion brands such as River Island, Boohoo and ASOS offer a range of barely-there bikinis – suggesting they’re certainly not out of style yet.

daring!  Love Islander Afia Tonkmor shows off her incredible figure in a barely there bikini

daring! Love Islander Afia Tonkmor shows off her incredible figure in a barely there bikini

They've become a constant sight for Love Island fans as this year's contestants (pictured) battle it out for attention by wearing the

They’ve become a constant sight for Love Island fans as this year’s contestants (pictured) battle it out for attention by wearing the “near-naked” swimwear as a “shock style” tactic, according to TV and celebrity -style expert Miranda Holder

British fashion brands such as River Island, Boohoo and ASOS (pictured) offer a range of barely there bikinis - suggesting they are certainly not out of style yet

Bikini found on the Boohoo website

British fashion brands such as River Island, Boohoo (right) and ASOS (left) offer a range of hard-to-find bikinis – suggesting they’re certainly not out of style yet

A model wears a bright orange barely-there bikini available from River Island

A model wears a bright orange barely-there bikini available from River Island

It has also been endorsed by celebrities such as American model Emily Ratajkowski (pictured), 31, and Kim Kardashian, 41, who regularly show off their toned figures in mini two-piece pieces.

It has also been endorsed by celebrities such as American model Emily Ratajkowski (pictured), 31, and Kim Kardashian, 41, who regularly show off their toned figures in mini two-piece pieces.

It comes as older Love Island fans bemoaned the barely there bikinis being paraded in the villa this season.

The eighth series of the hit ITV2 show has caused a stir online after viewers older than their 20s criticized their bikini choices.

In Wednesday’s episode, Tasha Ghouri, 23, turned heads in a small red two-piece, which offered very little coverage, while in Tuesday’s scenes Indiyah Polack, 23, Amber Beckford, 24, left little to the imagination with their barely present bikinis .

But it’s not just Love Islanders who are embracing this trend – celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski, who is known for her love of thong bikinis that are barely there, also show their strengths in the ensembles.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian recently showed off her voluptuous curves in a micro bikini thong from her SKIMS V-day collection. She wore the set as a bikini on the beach in the Bahamas in January 2022.

Miranda told FEMAIL that the trend is there to stay thanks to people wanting to have more fun after the coronavirus pandemic, and because of an increase in body positivity, meaning more women feel comfortable showing off their figure .

The eighth series of the hit ITV2 show has caused a stir online after viewers older than their 20s criticized their bikini choices.  On Wednesday's episode, Tasha Ghouri, 23, turned heads in a small red two-piece, which offered very little cover.

The eighth series of the hit ITV2 show has caused a stir online after viewers older than their 20s criticized their bikini choices. On Wednesday’s episode, Tasha Ghouri, 23, turned heads in a small red two-piece, which offered very little cover.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian (pictured), 41, recently showed off her voluptuous curves in a micro bikini ring from her SKIMS V-day collection.  She wore the set as a bikini on the beach in the Bahamas in January 2022

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian (pictured), 41, recently showed off her voluptuous curves in a micro bikini ring from her SKIMS V-day collection. She wore the set as a bikini on the beach in the Bahamas in January 2022

She said: “Looks like less is definitely more when it comes to the Love Island crew and their swimwear this year.

The shrinking bikini trend that first became popular in the hedonistic 80s has grown in popularity in recent years and this season’s hopeful reality TVs are embracing this trend with both buttocks.

“It’s almost like the contestants are trying to outdo each other in terms of who can carry the least and who can carry the most, but maybe this is the point.

“The one thing you can rely on when wearing such skimpy swimwear (as coverage certainly can’t be guaranteed) grabs all the attention.

“The hopefuls have their hearts set on stardom and are bringing their skinny sartorial A-game to this battle.”

Miranda continued: ‘Aside from the style tactics, there’s another reason why the barely-there bikini is on the rise, and that’s the mood of the nation.

Dua Lipa left little to the imagination when she slipped into barely-there crochet swimwear last summer

Dua Lipa, pictured

Dua Lipa left little to the imagination when she slipped into barely-there crochet swimwear last summer

Meanwhile, Demi Rose showed off her curves in a tiny bikini on a recent trip to Capri, Italy

Meanwhile, Demi Rose showed off her curves in a tiny bikini on a recent trip to Capri, Italy

We’ve all been locked up, stuck in our sweatpants and sweating during the ongoing pandemic and this summer it finally feels like we’re all getting our lives back.

“There’s a sense of catching up on lost time, we want to wear clothes that are fun, bring us joy and make us party, and the millennials of the Love Island villa lead from the (sparsely dressed) front.”

The fashion expert also said the rise of the barely there bikini is due to many more women feeling comfortable with their bodies following the rise of inclusivity in the fashion world.

‘Do you have to have a perfect body to rock a micro bikini? In short, these days — no,’ said Miranda.

“Inclusivity is the buzzword of the day, and thankfully, body positivity is on the rise, leading to all shapes and sizes exposing their midriffs and more.”

Celebrity stylist Rochelle White agreed, telling FEMAIL: “I feel like this current swimwear trend is having a moment due to the fact that we’ve been in lockdown for the past two years, living in casual wear and loungewear.

Kendall Jenner put on a breathtaking show on a previous trip to Miami.  The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star looked incredible in a scanty bikini with a tiny top and bottom that flashed her bum and a mass of underbust

Kendall Jenner put on a breathtaking show on a previous trip to Miami. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star looked incredible in a scanty bikini with a tiny top and bottom that flashed her bum and a mass of underbust

‘Then in 2021 there was an increase in hardly present clothing and fashion trends. With even designers and brands creating their own looks and pushing these trends.

“Then celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Dua Lipa and more started rocking their bikinis and the reverse trend.”

She added: “I feel like more people are more comfortable in their bodies and like to show them off. These styles are seen as fun and carefree.’

Some viewers took to Twitter to share their shock at the Love Island contestants’ bikinis.

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Response: Some viewers took to Twitter to share their shock at the Love Island contestants' bikinis

Response: Some viewers took to Twitter to share their shock at the Love Island contestants’ bikinis

One person said, “At the risk of sounding like an old fart…why are bikini bottoms so small these days?”

“Shops seem to stock only these tiny thong atrocities in the dental floss field. Now I love my ass, but no one needs to see so much of my derriere.’

Another wrote: “It’s tragic that so many girls on Love Island can’t find a bikini top in their size.”

A third added: “Okay first Love Island question, why are all the girls wearing bikini tops that don’t cover their breasts in any way?”

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