Posts tagged swimming costume

Part of the fun for me of going on a Summer holiday is the outfits I get to wear.  I love digging out the summer clothes bag and getting a few new things to update it and planning what i'm going to wear in a climate that you can (hopefully) guarantee is going to be hot and sunny.

I always take a few (or more) swimming costumes and bikinis. There are so many different shapes and styles around at the moment but I look for ones with boob support. Since having children/breastfeeding/getting old... my breasts aren't so perky and shall I say self supporting as they used to be. I know to avoid styles that offer no support and that therefore give me 'flat tit' and go for slightly padded underwired ones instead.

These two are great - they have support in the cup, a detachable strap and are flattering on the mum-tum because they have Secret Slimming™ - an inner layer of control fabric that holds and flatters (and they really work!).

Secret Slimming™ Parrot Print Swimsuit £19.50 / Secret Slimming™ Tile Print Swimsuit £19.50

Generally for Summer holidays I pack 2 outfits per day plus a few extras tops/ bottoms for if I change my mind. I am aware that this possibly isn't the most efficient way of packing or that it isn't very excess baggage friendly but i've found that it works for me. I like to have options so I take tops and bottoms that can be dressed up or down, mixed and matched.

I love this pale blue crochet vest top (also availble in white) - it works equally well with a bright skirt as it does with denim cut offs.

Cotton Rich Textured Crochet Strap Vest Top £19.50 / Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £25 / Denim Shorts £12.50

Denim shorts are a Summer holiday staple for me - these are good ones if you prefer a longer length. They are also flattering on waist as they come up higher.

This is a great, versatile and comfortable skirt. I love the colour and the elasticated waist band. 

Beach cover ups and kaftans are great things - perfect for mooching (an activity only done on holidays) around in pre or post the beach or for having lunch at the beach cafe. I love this snake skin print one - very chic and looks great with gold.

Animal Print Embellished Kaftan £29.50 / Coin Detailed Sandals £35

This black and white dress would be a great investment and would get worn a lot. It is slightly thicker fabric (linen) than I would wear on a super hot holiday but perfect for the UK or when it gets cooler in the evening.

Linen Blend Printed Tassel Tunic Dress £29.50 / Leather Eyelet Across Body Bag £79.00

This post was very kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers - a shop I shop in and guenienly love!

Photography by @janelookerphotography


A few people have requested I do a post on Swimming costumes - so here it is! A lot of women's bodies change after they have children and as they get older and along with that so can their choice of swimwear.

Personally my breasts aren't as 'perky' as they used to be so swimsuits without support in this area can make them look a bit 'flat' (nice!). I also prefer to cover up/ get some help holding in my tummy (which i can't blame entirely on having kids) so I have started to prefer to wear swimming costumes as opposed to flimsy bikinis - although saying that there are some cool high waisted bikini bottoms around at the moment that show off the most flattering part of the tummy  - the ribs!

Things to look for are - support around the boobs, avoid weird cut outs or straps, pale or nude shades are never good,  low V necks aren't the most flattering on a flat cleavage and swimming costumes with no support or shape to them will not look good.

Swimming costumes are things that you really need to try on to see how they fit - so if you are shopping online order a few styles and sizes and don't be afraid to go for fun bold prints or patterns. From personal experience when i have spent a bit more on a swimwear i have not regretted it as it lasts longer and holds it shape better.

Good news is that one piece swimsuits are in at the moment so there are a lot to choose from. Here are a few i've seen that tick all the boxes:

TOPSHOP £36 / Laura Ashley £31.50 (was £45) / Ted Baker £55.30 / John Lewis £39 / Phase Eight £55.20 / & Other Stories £39