Freya Charleston Bikini

We’re fast approaching that time of year where thoughts turn to swimwear and what to wear on the beach this summer.  I sometimes go sunbathing by the sea on the Kent coast and in my back garden but most of my soaking up the sun is done when on holiday abroad so it’s important I find a good bikini or two to take with me as it’s impossible to easily buy a replacement in my size when abroad.

Needless to say that I struggle each year to find a suitable bikini on the internet but always get something in the end that does the job ok.  This year however I have a new search as my body and opinion on how a bra/bikini should fit have changed somewhat and I now need a smaller back size and larger cups.

I have blogged before about my previous bikini successes and failures so I won’t go into it all again in this post.  Instead I would like to tell you about a bikini set I tried recently.

Last year, one of my great successes was the Freya Pier red halter neck bikini.  This year it’s available in black which is incredibly practical but, as in previous seasons, it only goes up to a GG cup which is no good for me in a smaller band size.  I tried on my red 36GG Pier bikini top from last year and it was way too big for me in the band, although I must say the cups were a reasonable fit.  If I was handier with a needle and thread I might have tried altering it to fit but I don’t trust myself to make a good job of it!

I was therefore really thrilled when the team at Eveden offered me the chance to try their new halter neck bikini for 2012 – the Freya Charleston Red Banded Halter Neck Bikini Top and Rio Brief

I love the design of this bikini with its red background and pretty off-white bow pattern. There are frills along the cups and on the briefs – these comprise a top layer of patterned material and a layer of plain red beneath, which makes a great contrast.

The bikini top is available up to an H cup in some back sizes so it gives us more boobily-blessed girls the chance to have a halter option, which is always appreciated.  From the pictures online, it looked to be a slightly more revealing cut than the Pier so I was very excited when my parcel arrived in the post a few days ago.

I went for the top in a 32H (biggest cup available in a 32 back) and the briefs in an XL.

On my first try-on of this set I must admit I was a little disappointed.  The cups definitely provide less coverage than the Pier so they seemed way too small for me (my usual issue with bras/bikini tops!) and I thought that there was no way of making the top work.  I took it off and put it aside for a couple of days.

For some reason, I felt compelled to try it on again the other day.  After some jiggling, tucking and adjusting I found that in fact the cups were a better fit than I’d first thought and although they are definitely a bit too small for me, the bikini works pretty well overall.

The 32 band is really good for me.  I did wonder if a 30H would have been even better but that would have meant the equivalent of a 32GG cup-wise so it would have been completely disastrous!

The halter ties have thick elastic inside them so they are very comfortable on the neck.  Obviously for girls with bigger breasts like me there will always be a bit of strain to hold up our boulders in a halter neck but you can of course adjust the straps as required.  I am thinking of sewing mine together to make a permanent length over-the-head style strap as the knot of the tie hits my neck just at the wrong place but this could be alleviated somewhat if I tied a bow instead of a knot.

The Rio briefs are really cute but for my ample bottom they are definitely too brief!  As I have said before, the XL is really not big enough for me in any case and I would be so thrilled if Freya made their briefs (bikinis and knickers) in an XXL and even an XXXL so that I could have some matching sets.  As it is, I think I will wear the plain red bikini briefs I wore last year when wearing the Pier top and see how I get on.

I really love this set and am looking forward to taking it on holiday with me.  If this style/design is not for you then do make sure you check out Freya’s website anyway as they have such a wide range available that there’s bound to be something to make you smile.  I am particularly impressed with the plunge bikinis which are made up to a JJ cup – I must try one of these out asap!



  1. contrary kiwi
    18 April 2012 / 01:07

    Wow, you've tried a lot of bikinis (having looked at your last post). I hope this set doesn't stretch out for you like the others. I get so sad looking at all the swimsuits (or togs, as my country calls them) because I really want ones that are supportive and have underwire but are retro-style too. I spent a lot of money on my last pair of togs and only after that did I discover that I really need underwires and so on.I also don't like to comment on bloggers' bodies, but I hope you don't mind in this case if I say I think yours is stunning. It was my very first thought on seeing your photos – and then I focused on the bikini. I hope it's not out of place for me to say that!

    • CurvyWordy
      18 April 2012 / 23:17

      Hi Contrary Kiwi,Thanks for your comment and kind words.Sorry to hear you also struggle to find bikinis that work for you – it can certainly be an expensive process! I have indeed tried many myself and the ones I've shown on this blog are not even the half of it!!I think it hasn't helped that I was wearing too big a band before now so I very quickly noticed that there was lots of movement in the bikini. Hopefully this year now I am in a smaller band it will prove much more comfortable and supportive for me.And thank you for your very kind compliment – it's not out of place at all. It's a bit of a mission to find things to fit/suit my figure sometimes but I keep persevering!Good luck with your search for bikinis – do let me know how you get on.

  2. Claire
    18 April 2012 / 15:51

    You have an absolutely stunning figure. Enjoy your holidays!

    • CurvyWordy
      18 April 2012 / 23:17

      Wow, thanks Claire; that's really kind 🙂

  3. Rebecca in Sweden
    18 April 2012 / 19:44

    Gorgeous bikini, I bought the Freya Pier in green with matching Rio briefs – looks gorgeous, but unfortenly the back band is to big for me in 32g and I end up tying the halterneck band reallyyyy hard to compensate/to get the support I need which doesn't really work-it just hurts my shoulders. I have to ask someone who can sew if it can be altered…//Rebecca

    • CurvyWordy
      18 April 2012 / 23:20

      Hi Rebecca in Sweden,Thanks for commenting. I loved the Pier in green last year and was sorely tempted to get it! In the end I settled for the red as it was easier to find plain briefs on eBay to match.The band makes such a difference in regard to support for one's breasts and this is particularly evident with a halterneck. I'm sorry your bikini is too big for you but fingers crossed you will be able to get it taken in. Let me know how you get on.

  4. Naomi
    18 April 2012 / 21:45

    Looks great! I have a Freya bikini, bought one for the first time this Summer (I'm in Oz so we are in Autumn) – great that they give a little bit of lift & support. So may larger cup bikinis are just that – larger cups, but with no additional structure.The top looks great on you (wouldn't be worried about not enough coverage).

    • CurvyWordy
      18 April 2012 / 23:24

      Hi Naomi,Thanks for your comment and kind words. I think Freya does really well with its swimwear, and especially the bikinis. It must be hard to make supportive cups in a stretchy fabric but they have definitely succeeded here.And thanks for your reassurance about coverage. As the cups are a little too small for me I do have to tuck and readjust here and there but it's manageable.

    18 April 2012 / 22:47

    WOW, I love you in this, you look fabulous, I want your body! and I mean to look like that 😉 xxx

    • CurvyWordy
      18 April 2012 / 23:25

      Aww thank you foxy lady…you can have my body anytime 😉 x

  6. Sia
    19 April 2012 / 02:53

    I think that is the cutest bikini.

    • CurvyWordy
      19 April 2012 / 23:23

      It's gorgeous, isn't it? 🙂

  7. Suz
    30 April 2012 / 13:18

    This are Gorgeous Freya swimwear bikini. And your figure looks absolutely amazing!

    • CurvyWordy
      30 April 2012 / 13:25

      Thanks Suz – it's certainly a great bikini 🙂

  8. monty
    27 July 2013 / 02:12

    I can't remember what search brought up your picture, but it was the picture of you in this bikini that brought me here. Gorgeous, womanly figure. Be proud.

  9. monty
    27 July 2013 / 02:16

    I can't remember what search brought your picture up, but it was your picture that brought me here. Gorgeous, womanly figure. Stunning.

  10. Tanooki O
    2 October 2013 / 22:16

    I know I'm a bit late to the party, but I must say that I disagree with your point about the Rio briefs. "…but for my ample bottom they are definitely too brief!" Nonsense! They look very nice on you, while certainly not drawing attention away from your chest, at all. The bit of ruffle distracts from what YOU may consider "too ample" curves (curves that some of us male-types might appreciate…), but the limited coverage DOES draw attention to the length of your legs, perhaps even making them appear just a bit longer. If you haven't already gotten rid of the bottoms (and both they and the top still fit as well or better than they did when this was posted), I'd suggest giving them another go!

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