That’s right, the edit that says “I’m feeling myself but hoe is not life”.
Now you guys know I’m not into producing loads of shopping edits. As much as I love to peruse my multiple open tabs to e-tailers, the culture of disposable fashion perpetuated by social media is like, not cool. But since January, I’ve been scouring the internet for cute swim tops that didn’t reveal the edges of my areolas or a one-piece that wouldn’t leave weird tan lines and I realised that this already tortuous process has gotten way harder. No longer are classic black bikinis ‘good enough’. We’re at a time where crochet may or may not be in (depends who you ask) and aesthetics often override comfort. And omg the amount of swimwear I’ve had to return – there was one piece in particular that made my already small breasts look so flat that they actually resembled pecks. So since then, any time I’ve found anything eye-catching and poolside appropriate, I’ve had it bookmarked and this is the fruit of that labour. Have fun perusing the swimwear edit for 2018!
1. Floozie by Frost French Gingham swimsuit | 2. Topshop Zig Zag trim bikini top | 3. Topshop Zig Zag trim bikini bottoms | 4. Na-kd Cote d’Azur one piece | 5. River Island pom pom trim bardot bikini top | 6. River Island pom pom trim bikini bottom | 7. Missguided white bandeau lace up front swimsuit
I’ve had my eye on that ASOS gingham one-piece for the longest time, who doesn’t have a huge soft spot for embroidered flowers? And with back details as cute as that, I’d wear it with high waisted shorts and ankle boots before I head poolside. I usually have reservations about high street swimwear; the clothes aren’t always consistent in quality or fit and that’s not something you can risk when all your stuff is out on display. But there’s a bright side, with this selection it’s much easier to do free online returns. Ideal if you dare not brave the harsh light of a public changing room. But cynicism aside, I’ve found that Missguided bikinis have really good support to areas that need it the most and it’s so affordable it’s worth stocking up on the basics.
1. Solid & Striped The Mackenzie striped bandeau bikini top | 2. Solid & Striped The Mackenzie striped briefs | 3. RYE Oh My Bikini top | 4. RYE Oh My Bikini briefs | 5. Melissa Odabash Angola embellished stretch-piqué bandeau bikini top | 6. Tularosa Thessy bottom
Who isn’t totally in love with Solid & Striped with their mix of retro silhouettes and candy colours? a particular nod to their off the shoulder bandeaus and high waisted bottoms. Then there’s Aussie swimwear label RYE that makes head-turning pieces using psychedelic lines in brilliant hues. The best part is that getting yourself one of these up and coming brands is not going to eat into your rosé fund. Because we all know that’s an important beach accompaniment.
With this selection, I found some unique statement styles that will get you noticed. Whether or not this is what you’re going for, you have to admit that these are some pretty flattering, fun and timeless pieces. I’m particularly crushing on the Lovers + Friends one piece (also seen on Aimee Song) which would look amazing paired with a maxi skirt and some sandals to go dancing into the night.
1. Zimmermann Jaya one-shoulder swimsuit | 2. Zimmermann Corsair Corset frill one-piece | 3. Tabula Rasa Toque off-the-shoulder ribbed stretch-knit bikini | 4. Dolce & Gabbana floral-print balconette swimsuit | 5. Araks pink Jireh cutout swimsuit
Why does the most luxe swimwear look like an entire outfit, even if most of your body is on display? Just take one of my favourite designers Zimmermann, where each romantic and intricately detailed piece looks like a fairytale waiting to happen. Even if you’re not a ‘whisk me away to a secluded beach and take my photo for Instagram’ kind of girl (umm, who isn’t?) cool-girl brands like Tabula Rasa are serving up the heat in pop-coloured separates that can double up as cute day tops. Yes, totally worth the £400. Right??
Swimwear shopping always makes me feel a little self-conscious. Read my thoughts on self-love for a little motivation and a lot of ‘you go girl’.