Packing For Love Island: What Would You Need?*

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It’s not long until it’s back on our screens — everyone’s excited for Love Island 2018! As ITV2 lines up the next wave of wannabe islanders ready to find love on the popular show, we turn our attention to what they should be wearing.
A lot of the TV show is based on appearances and looking hot around the pool. In fact, getting their look right could even help them once they leave the villa. For example, former Islander Olivia Buckland’s quirky style impressed so much, she was snapped up by dresses retailer, QUIZ, to create her own capsule collection of party-ready styles.

Whether you’re heading to the island or are hoping to find your own holiday romance this year, here’s how to look your best.

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What swimwear should I take?
A trend has definitely emerged among the Love Island girls from the past couple of series — they love cut-out swimwear. Whether it’s criss-cross fronts or cut-out sides, it’s all about showing that skin! Some of our favourite looks include Amber Davies’ flattering wraparound swimsuit and Jess Shears’ vintage-inspired red bikini with cut-out high-waisted bottoms.

Plunging necklines are also popular when it comes to relaxing around the Love Island pool. The likes of Olivia Buckland and Olivia Attwood opted for this style in chic white and black for ultimate Bond girl glamour, while Montana Brown upped the style stakes with jewelled detailing and peacock feather prints.

It’s all about a bright and bold colour palette too. The island girls are fans of bright reds, pinks, oranges and blues, and never shy away from animal prints. These plainer basics are great for mixing and matching, creating a new look for each of your beach days. Don’t forget about molten metallics either — they’re perfect for catching the light as you chill by the pool.

Your swimwear checklist:
- Cut-out bikini.
- Plunge-neck swimsuit.
- Brightly coloured or metallic swimwear.
- Stylish dresses

What better way to complement your tan than with a stylish dress? The Love Island girls know exactly how to do it, choosing bodycon mini dresses that showcase their shape.

When it comes to bodycon, Montana Brown, Amber Davies, Kady McDermott and Olivia Attwood are all fans. Some of our favourites include Kady’s intricate cut-out turquoise dress that she wore to the Love Island final in 2016, Amber’s beaut sequinned head-turner and Montana’s chic wraparound dress.

On an evening, a maxi dress is a classic look too. Think thigh-high splits, plunging necklines, low backs and bold summer-inspired prints. For style inspiration, look to Olivia Buckland’s loose-fitting final dress; with a cutaway plunge neckline, double split and bright blue floral print, the dress delivers ultimate summer glamour.

Don’t want something as bold? Make like last year’s finalist Olivia Attwood in her light blue maxi, which featured a high halter-neck design, low back, and subtle split.

Your dresses checklist:
- Plunge-neck maxi.
- Sequin mini.
- Cut-out mini.
- Bold prints.
- Cute co-ords

Co-ords are a great way to look casual and dressy, whilst keeping cool in the Love Island sun. When it comes to memorable co-ords, they include Montana Brown’s gorgeous lilac strappy crop vest and matching palazzo trousers, as well as Georgia Harrison’s boho-inspired patchwork two-piece.

A co-ord doesn’t have to match to look stylish either. Previous contestants have loved creating new looks through a mix of different tops, skirts and shorts. Perhaps the queen of this is former contestant Camilla Thurlow, who effortlessly paired casual t-shirts with dressier miniskirts and cute frilled and floral shorts.

Your co-ord checklist:
- Matching crop top and palazzo pants combo.
- Bold formal shorts.
- Brightly coloured skirts.
- A mix of relaxed t-shirts and dressier vests.
- Flawless footwear

To avoid a moment like Olivia Attwood’s when she got her heel stuck between the decking in Love Island 2017, we suggest going for a chunky wedge. They’re the perfect summer shoe, working with virtually any outfit.

For lounging around the pool days, the Love Island ladies like to keep their look casual. Slip on a pair of pool sliders and you’ll have all you need to make your way from lounger to bar for those all-important cocktails!

Your shoe checklist:
- Pool sliders.
- Glam wedges.
- Flat sandals — perfect for those lunchtime catch-ups with the ladies.

Based on our suggestions — that’s the ultimate Love Island checklist! Follow our style tips and channel your inner islander style whether you’re spending your summer at home or away this year.

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