Call off the search for that perfect black one-piece.*
*Or just send me your bookmarked links. Im still struggling.
It turns out this summers hottest swimwear trend is not, as we thought, classic swimsuits or even the upside-down bikini, but tape.
Yes, tape, as gloriously shown off by Black Tape Project at Miami Swim Week.
Black Tape Project is the work of Joel Alvarez, a tape artist who sells, well, tape. So it makes sense that hes pitching the idea of tape in place of swimsuits.
Hes decked out models in tape arranged in pretty out-there designs, strategically placed to cover up the pubic area and nips.
The fun thing about tape is that it doesnt sag or droop as a regular swimsuit would, and it doesnt need to be one piece of fabric to stay up, so its possible to create more daring designs.
Think gravity defying bikini tops, unconnected tape decorating the legs and vulva area, and fancy stripes along the ab area.
The designs do look pretty cool, but we have some concerns.
Will the tape stay stuck when slathered with sun cream, sea water, or our own sweat? Will we be left with both nips exposed and tape hanging down from our bellies if we dare to do anything other than sit still and look pretty?
More importantly: How do we remove the tape without giving ourselves a dodgy wax job in the process? Just the thought of yanking tape off our nipples is enough to make us wince.
On the plus side, making your own tape bikini means you dont have to faff around with swimwear shopping and working out your best size – you can just stick the tape wherever you need it.
Plus the trend will finally give us a use for all that washi tape weve been keeping in our drawers for Pinterest projects.
Take a look at the designs below for further inspo.