By Katie Wright, PA Fashion and Beauty Editor
Move over basic bikini, because there’s a sizzling new swimwear trend in town and it’s blowing up this summer.
After Love Island contestant Tasha Ghouri was spotted in a marble print bikini and matching ruched dress on the romantic reality show, New Look reported a 250 per cent rise in searches for ‘3 piece bikini set’, and beach co-ords are proving very popular with Instagram style stars, too.
So, what exactly is a three-piece bikini?
Essentially, it’s a traditional bikini with an added garment in a matching fabric. But there are lots of different options for that extra piece – and that’s the beauty of the trend.
It might be, for example, a printed sarong to tie around your waist…
New Look White Chain Print Moulded Triangle Bikini Top; White Chain Print V Front Bikini Bottoms; White Chain Print Sarong
A long-sleeved crop top or loose shirt to throw on when you need a bit of protection from the sun (or a chilly breeze)…
Nasty Gal Recycled Landscape Print 3 Piece Bikini Set
Or a pair of breezy trousers, perfect for strolling to the beach and back.
FatFace Sea Floral Ruffle Bikini Top; Sea Floral Wide Leg Trousers
There are even three-piece sets offering matching bucket hats or adorable little headscarves.
Bold prints – everything from vintage Versace-inspired to modern marble – are huge this year, and with these coordinating sets you know you’ll be bang on trend, whether you’re hanging at a pool party or frolicking on the beach.
And the great thing about that extra garment is that you can style it as part of your summer wardrobe too – team a bright crop top with jeans and heels for a night out, or wear those trousers with a white tee and trainers for a comfy plane outfit.
PrettyLittleThing Cream Amalfi Island Print Ruffle Sleeve Halterneck Bikini Top; Cream Amalfi Island Print Ruffle Bikini Bottoms; Cream Amalfi Print Sarong
Some brands, like FatFace, have entire ranges of swimwear and separates in the same print, so you can curate your own three-piece set.
So if you’re heading off on holiday and wondering what to pack, now you know: the three-piece bikini is the swimwear to be seen in right now.