Despite being a clothes and shoes obsessive, spending money continuously and shopping beyond any necessary requirements, when it comes to holiday shopping, I really go unprepared. I absolutely never do seasonal or holiday shopping as I pretty much shop continuously 24/7 and just by what I want whenever I happen to find it. Clearly this does have it's perks, but also does occasionally leave me a little unprepared. Mainly this is with Bikini's. These are obviously a purchase you don't just make all year round, and are generally something you do in advance of going away.
My lack of planned shopping does often mean that I go on holiday with seriously recycled bikini's and often mismatched prints. I personally have no issue with this unorganised way, and to be honest it saves me the hell of trying to generate the emotional strength required to go into stores, in their hideous changing rooms and bare my pale body in a brand new bikini. So I have a few staple bikini's collected over the years, that I happily swap in and out of, I usually take about 8 with me on holiday, and just mix and match as I go :)
. Boux Avenue Floral Bikini Set £36 (C/O) .
However this year, is a tiny bit different in that I have a special new bikini to add to my mix. Not only this, it required no hellish changing rooms & baring of all in a tiny sqaure foot poorly lighted curtained area. That's right, this was delivered to my home, so I could try it on in the comfort and safety of my bedroom. What's even better, is this:
As a girl who is a UK size 8, but happens to have a butt and boobs, specifically 30E boobs, buying a bikini on the high street is absolutely near impossible. I mean seriously, who are H&M creating bikini's for, 7 year old girls? Their prints are stunning but seriously, no girl with tits could wear them. Topshop, catering for those of us who do not own a buttocks and have thighs which are 16 inches. Brilliant. I could go on, but I'll spare you the rant. But every now and then a company comes along and actually takes a moment to understand what us girls want and actually need, properly fitting but still pretty swimwear. La Senza do it, even New Look occasionally do it to (many thanks to Kelly Brooke), but my new favourite of all (a new discovery of mine also) is Boux Avenue.
I was offered the chance to pick some of their gorgeous underwear quite recently, and opposed to getting a nice new set of lingerie, I decided i'd treat myself to a new bikini. I was so happy to see that their range is actually designed and covers every size possible from a 36A to a 30F ... no problem, they have it sorted. Bottoms are also done by size, and you know what a size 8 ACTUALLY IS A SIZE 8. Its a miracle & I'm so happy with my new bikini set ... when the holiday pics peek their head out, expect to see this on me 24 /7 :)
Do you struggle with finding good fitting bikinis? What's your favorite place to find nice swim wear?