Fashion: Beach

Mini bikinis have been seen in America for years. Stores have draped them over bronzed mannequins, fashion magazines have displayed them on their pages, and movies have made them a top box-office attraction. Some U.S. women bought them, but they wore them only in the privacy of their own swimming pools or not at all. Rarely did the bare look make it down to the sea.

This summer the Nude Wave finally washed onto U.S. beaches, and women from Los Angeles to Long Island have been wearing all manner of suits of which...

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