The best – and the worst

The best – and the worst

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Love Island always promises a good watch when it comes to fashion. From 2021’s underbust to 2019’s plexiglass heels, the show undeniably creates trends that live on beyond the season’s finale.

With eBay as this year’s fashion sponsor, enthralled viewers were promised a change of direction, away from fast fashion and towards second-hand bargains on the internet. And thanks to Amy Bannerman, the stylist who created an archive of popular pieces for the show, there were some real fashion highlights.

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Tasha, who caused quite a stir as a fashion star at the villa, was spotted in a vintage Versace two-piece suit, a Diesel leather dress and a red Gaultier Junior suit, just to name a few of her best moments. And that’s not all – Indiyah has shown her fondness for old-season Poster Girl and Mark Fast designs, while Dami and Luca have opted for shirts by Pleats Please, Issey Miyake and Gucci respectively.

When sourcing clothes, Bannerman and her team have focused on curating looks around themes created with current runway inspirations and the Love Island aesthetic, like “Blurred Lines,” a gender-biased aesthetic that she feels also adopted by the boys as the girls did: “There was a silky satin cream satin shirt that some of the boys wore that crossed those lines very much. And of course, Tasha definitely shone for the trend in the Champion off-the-shoulder men’s bomber jacket.”

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Other categories include “Dopamine Dressing” as seen through Tasha’s bright dresses and the Poster Girl dresses, Y2K which is very popular with contestants as many islanders wear corsets, cargo pants and beaded jewelry throughout, and “Love Me Forever” a category Bannerman explains that she was taken over by Gemma: “Love Me Forever is very Gemma’s vibe with a lot of very classic, everlasting pieces of clothing that she dazzles in. As well as Tasha in this Diesel leather dress that really bucks all trends.”

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When it comes to her own clothes, however, things have been business as usual, with fast fashion brands PrettyLittleThing, Boohoo, Oh Polly and ASOS as some of her favorite labels. As you’d expect, the low-cut dress was a hot favorite alongside the usual barely-there bikinis and bodycons.

Bannerman explained in an interview with Glamour, “I know a lot of girls who like those bodycon looks, or brands they gravitate towards, like Shein or Oh Polly – so we looked at designers like Christopher Esber, who does a lot of necklines, vintage.” Mark Fast, who apparently started the whole hoop dress thing, and Hervé Leger,” the latter worn by Ekin-Su.

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Even better, she’s hoping this season will discourage her from buying fast fashion in future seasons: “I think this partnership with eBay would have hopefully encouraged her to buy pre-loved, look at unknown designers or post helping them find the brands they really like online.” And with searches for used fashion on eBay up 700 percent, we hope so too.

So, from corsets to cargos, midaxis to micro-minis, we’ve taken a look at the best (and worst) trends from this year’s show.

Are they only good on paper? You decide…

Inverted and three piece bikinis

Each season, the islanders forge a new swimwear style, from last year’s underboob to 2019’s neon styles.

This year’s edition is the upside down bikini favored by bombshell Antigoni (alongside the likes of Kendall and Kylie Jenner), which she has, by the way her own swimwear label. The three-piece bikini set, which includes a matching cover-up, also seemed to be very trendy.

According to data from New Look, searches for “three-piece bikini set” jumped 250 percent after the show began, so it looks like the swimwear trio is here to stay.

Inverted bikinis

To get the look, grab one of the bikinis below and flip it inside out.

UO Out From Under Black Floral Barbados Bikini

Top £20 and bottom £15

Shop now £20.00, Urban Outfitters

Ganni string bikini

Top £51 and bottom £51

Buy now £51.00, Farfetch

Jade Swim Via triangle bikini

Top £85 and bottom £85

Shop Now £85.00, MatchesFashion

Three piece bikinis

£0.00

PrettyLittleThing ORANGE RIBBED 3-PIECE SWIMWEAR SET

Buy now £25.00, PrettyLittleThing

I Saw It First Lime green 3 piece strappy marble print bikini set with mini skirt

Buy now £50.00 I saw it first

Shein 3 pack floral print triangle bikini swimsuit with cover skirt

Buy now £11.99, Shein

corsets

Popular since the 15th century, the corset is making its second comeback of the century and has been a top choice at the villa this season. First doing the rounds in the wee hours (think of the iconic Madonna/Britney Christina Aguilera moment at the 2003 VMAs), it’s back now as a Y2K reference starring islanders Ekin-Su, Indiyah, Tasha and Paige, wearing the versions of Oh Polly, Shein and Bershka.

Miaou Tati mesh tie top

Shop Now £179.00, End Clothing

Reformation Sorrento silk top

Buy now £130.00, Reformation

ASOS DESIGN corset top in black with lace up western style

Buy Now £20.00, ASOS

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In the style of Love Island, of course, the neckline has become the star of the show. From second-hand versions of Poster Girl and Mark Fast to new designs from House Of CB, PrettyLittleThing and Ego, just about every islander has chosen to show a little more skin in one reconnection or another. Whether they’ve opted for a micro mini, a midaxi, or even a blazer, cutouts come in all shapes and sizes and can be removed anywhere.

Poster Girl The Miranda Dress

Buy Now £156.00, Revolve

Weekday Liria dress with cutouts

Buy now £29.00, weekday

GAUGE81 Chaleg linen blend mini dress with cut out detailing

Buy now £270.00, Selfridges

denim

Denim has been in the spotlight this season, from Tasha’s Zara two-piece a la Miu Miu SS22 to Paige’s baggy noughties jeans from PrettyLittleThing, it was worn by almost everyone throughout the series. From Tasha pairing mini shorts with cowboy boots to Chyna pairing a corset top with high-waisted jeans, they’ve styled it a myriad of ways, and we’re here to help.

Free People Old West slouchy jeans

Buy Now £118.00, Free People

Zara denim mini skirt with pleats

Corset £25.99 and skirt £25.99

Buy now €25.99, Zara

Faith playsuit from Nobody’s Child

Buy now £30.00, Nobody’s Child

cargo pants

A favorite of Paige and Gemma and another Y2K revival, the cargo pants were a Season 8 winner. The pair not only wore them during their talent show performance singing the Black Eyed Peas “My Humps,” but opted for green, slim-fitting and oversized white styles throughout the season, pairing them with corsets and crop tops. Move over Xtina, Paige and Gemma have arrived.

Monki Black utility denim pants

Buy now £50.00 Monki

I Saw It First utility cargo pants in sage

Buy Now £35.00, ASOS

Bershka cargo pants in rustic fabric

Buy now £32.99, Bershka

Mesh sleeves and gloves

Forget about seeing your underarms for the foreseeable future as it seems the trend this season is to cover them up. Whether you prefer mesh sleeves or neon gloves, Summer, Danica, and Paige all gave us a lesson in underarm modesty.

White Fox Boutique Link Up Mini Dress Cyan Blue

Buy Now £47.00, White Fox Boutique

House Of CB Mina Black Textured Corset

Buy Now £99.00, House Of CB

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