You might've noticed I've been rather absent here of late. It happened for myriad reasons but mostly because I have simply been busy with life (mainly my work life). It takes a LONG time to put together a blog review post, and I just haven't had the energy or the time to do it for the past few weeks.
However, it's relatively quick and easy to pop a short review on Instagram, and that's where you'll mostly find me these days. For those not in the know, Instagram is a photo sharing social media platform where people post all sorts of pictures on their profiles to share with the world. IG is my favourite of all the social media platforms because it is mostly friendly - in my experience, at least - and I love scrolling through my timeline to discover all sorts of beautiful images and inspirational posts. If you don't already, you can follow me on Instagram here.
Over the past few weeks, I have shared on Instagram a number of photos of swimwear and beachwear that I have tried, and I wanted to compile them in a blog post so that they were all in one place. Some of the items are either not available on the internet at all (such as the items from Primark) and some are no longer available. In both cases I will link to alternatives for anyone who wants to go for a similar look.
The first swimsuit I posted this year was the Palm Print Strappy Back V-Neck Swimsuit from F&F Clothing at Tesco:
This is a size 14 and it's a good fit overall. I also tried an 18 and a 16 but neither were quite right. This size 14 is a tight fit but it supports my boobs well and isn't baggy on my waist. You can also get this swimsuit in plain black here.
Next, I shared the George at Asda High Shine Strappy Swimsuit.
This one was a big favourite with my followers on social media. People seemed to particularly like the design of the straps on the back, which I agree are very beautiful. Again, I am wearing a size 14 here as having tried a couple of sizes it was the best fit overall. Unfortunately this swimsuit has long since sold out but there are similar options here, here, here and here.
My following posts were of this Zipped Bikini Top and Splattered Abstract High-Waisted Bottoms from Forever 21+.
I am wearing size 1X in both and they are a good fit. The top is not wired but it has boning at the sides. The snug fit on the bust helps to give support to my boobs, and I like the fact the zip is functioning ;-) I have since ruined the top in the wash as the colour in a jumpsuit I'd dyed ran horribly so I have rebought the top and nabbed the matching bottoms (and got the top in olive green) whilst I was at it. I am sure I will post a picture of the full matching set at some point.
I went on holiday to Spain in May and the lovely folk at Brastop sent me a couple of Curvy Kate bikinis to wear whilst I was there. Unfortunately the weather was mostly not conducive to sunbathing so I didn't get much wear out of them, but I featured them on social media anyway. Here's the first one:
The Curvy Kate Casablanca Padded Balconette Bikini Top and Skirted Brief are so pretty. I'm wearing a 34K in the top and a 20 in the briefs; both are a good fit. I really would like a larger cup in CK bras and bikinis but in order to get that I'd have to wear a bigger band and that wouldn't be comfortable. So I compromise with too small a cup but a good fit in the band, which is ok as it's swimwear and it's not such a big deal to have the perfect fit.
Update: I loved wearing it on holiday in Greece in August!
The next swimsuit I posted ended up getting a lot of attention.
I love the slogan on this Forever 21+ swimsuit: You Can Swim With Us. Fashion should be about inclusiveness, not exclusivity, and this costume sums it up for me. I am wearing my usual 1X here and the fit is good, although the suit has no proper bust support. Sadly the suit is no longer available on the F21 website and I struggled to find other plus size slogan swimsuits, sorry.
Now let's shift our focus for a few moments to beach cover-ups. I bought this one at Primark:
Unfortunately Primark items are not available online, so I found similar alternatives here, here, and here. I love how this cover-up will double as both beachwear and bedroom wear as it looks beautiful when worn with sexy lingerie.
I am wearing the cover-up with my Ewa Michalak S Saint-Tropez Bikini, which I absolutely adore. At some point I will get around to posting a full review of it here on the blog, but for the meantime I am wearing a 32M/70M in the top and size 48/20 in the high-waisted briefs. The top is perfect - fantastic fit, amazing shape and support - but the briefs are definitely on the large side so I would've like to size down to a 46/18.
I next shared a bikini that I'd got from two separate retailers.
The top is from Raisins Plus at ASOS (here) and the briefs are from F&F Clothing at Tesco (here), and I am wearing a size 18 in both. I love how the top looks like a halterneck from the front but when you see the back it's clear that it's not a standard halterneck. The neck straps cleverly attach to the back band to take the strain off the neck, which is a fantastic design for us bigger-boobed girls. For most of my life I have had to avoid halterneck bikinis and swimsuits because the weight of my bust is too much for my neck, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover this ingenious engineering.
A couple of weeks after I tried the George at Asda black swimsuit from earlier in this post, I noticed that they'd brought out the same shape suit in a patterned print, so I of course had to give it a try.
This is the George at Asda Geometric Print Swimsuit and again I am wearing a size 14. I felt like it came up a little smaller than the original suit but it was still a reasonable fit and snugly supported my boobs. Love those back straps!
I still have lots more swimwear and beachwear to share with you, but to avoid making this a very lengthy post I have decided to stop here and do another post later. So this post marks the start of a series showcasing the swimwear I have tried and shared on social media. If you have enjoyed this post please look out for the next one, which will be coming soon. In the meantime, please tell me which of these pieces so far is your favourite and why by commenting below. Also do let me know if there are any particular items you'd like me to try - I can't promise anything but I am always open to ideas.