For as long as I can remember, the bikini has reigned supreme. In fact, it's been the sexier swimsuit choice since the 1960s — a time which marked a decade of great change for women. While it took time for everyone to get on board (as it does with any boundary-breaking trend), before long the once-risqué one-piece became the modest choice. Reserved mainly for athletes and women who craved a little extra coverage, one stroll down Bondi Beach up until 2016 and you would have been hard-pressed to spot anything but a bikini.
That was until this year when — as history would have it — what's old is new again. The fashion cycle kicked into gear and brought the one-piece back. But it's not the original maillot cut, nor the Speedo style you wore to school swimming carnivals (cringe). We're talking the sexy, leotard-like piece that Pamela Anderson paraded around on Baywatch in the '90s.
Cut above the hip, featuring a plunging neckline or naked back, and often hanging from spaghetti straps, the one-piece is pure perfection. The leg-lengthening, body-sculpting style that covers your stomach is decidedly sexier than the bikini. Need proof? Enter blonde bombshell, Stephanie Smith.
We tapped the Aussie model (Clinique's ambassador, co-founder of Keep It Cleaner and all-round babe) for our latest instalment of #popaushoots. Shot in our edit of this season's sleekest full-pieces and resort wear, one look below and we're sure Steph will convince you to hang up your bikinis for good. Scroll!