10 Summer Bikinis (and buying my first one in 10 years!)
Are you buying a bikini this year and if so, where from? I’d love to know!
Because the last time I wore one was a decade ago, on a holiday to Portugal. The following year I was pregnant with our third baby and since then we’ve staycay-ed in the UK, so bikini wearing hasn’t been high on the agenda (mercifully!)
This year, though, we are heading off to the sunshine for a holiday, and though I am excited about that, I’m less so at the thought of bikini shopping/wearing. (Even in my twenties, I remember swimwear shopping being hellish – as bad as trying to find a pair of jeans that fit.)
As a middle-aged mum of 3, I’m looking for styles that offer a bit more coverage and support than a lot of the skimpy designs on offer on the high street. But many of the bikinis aimed at ‘curvier’ women start with cup sizes too big for me – I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.
At least it’s nice to see that not every retailer thinks women are all pre-pubescent school boys – shout out to Simply Be for their #wearecurves campaign. So in no particular order, I thought I’d share today a few of the gazillion styles I’ve looked at recently and liked for one reason or another.
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For those looking for a maternity or mastectomy bikini, there are places out there, I discovered – try Seraphine for stylish maternity swimwear and Amoena for post-operative designs (beautifully modelled by Sky presenter Jacquie Beltrao by the way, who at a youthful 51 looks stunning in a bikini):
Meanwhile, over at M & S…
Marks & Spencer has teamed up with model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on a range of swimwear. I love the one shoulder design with gold foil detail on this bikini top, although it wouldn’t be great for tan lines – you’d have to slip off that strap while sunbathing. And at £35 for the top and £25 for the bottoms, it’s not the cheapest, but it does look fab.
Bravissimo is a brand that’s great for those who are fuller on top, as their cups sizes start at a D. For someone who prefers an understated style, this is a lovely classic navy – not too skimpy and just a touch of detailing, ideal if you don’t like fuss, frills and bold colours or patterns.
If you fancy being a boho beach babe (and who doesn’t!) this red crochet bikini from New Look could be ideal. Maybe not if you want to tan your top half, but I’m quite liking the look of that lace halter top, which is a bit different and probably good if you’re a bit smaller up top.
This one from Top Shop is a cutie – I mean, denim and pom poms, what’s not to love? The bandeau top and bigger bottoms mean that any age could get away with this one, I reckon.
Shame I don’t have the budget to match my tastes, as I spotted a lovely Stella McCartney bikini over at Asos, but it was £180. If you have designer tastes, Ted Baker is worth a look. They have some really pretty and feminine bikinis like this one, with rose gold toggles for a bit of fancier detailing. Not as pricey as Stella, either.
Ooh, now I like this one from Next and might give it a try – it comes with different cup sizes and mid-size pants for a bit of coverage. Plus I am a sucker for a tropical print (I blame all those wallpaper patterns I’ve been looking at recently!).
Lovely boho vibes from Matalan and I actually bought this one – great value at £14.
The Manteray range at Debenhams seems to have quite a few nice designs, some are reduced, too (great if they have your size) but I mainly like the fact you can buy different style bottoms, from skimpy to midi to actual shorts, that all match the top half. Nice to be given a choice!
There are lots of other places I’ve checked out and could have mentioned; H&M for example have got plenty of bikinis online and some were reversible which I think is a great idea so that you can get two different looks for the price of one – bargain!
So there you, go – just a little round up of some of the styles out there. Any you like and would buy? Or have you seen some better ones – do tell me please as I’m still looking!