One of the biggest challenges that I have is getting the correct sized swimwear and I swear it is getting harder and harder, and a lot more expensive. Last year I discovered Simply Beach, a website that contains many of my favourite lingerie and swimwear brands such as Pour Moi, Panache and Freya. With my trip to Bali being the biggest holiday I’ve been on in quite sometime, I wanted everything to be perfect as well as wanting to feel confidence in swimwear. I’m quite open with the fact that I have piled on the pounds lately, which is making me look like a ball with big boobs and I’m not happy about it so the need to feel good was at the highest priority. Heading over to Simply Beach was a natural choice after last summers hit and I’ve found some gorgeous swimwear as well as cover ups.
I do wish that I was braver whilst away and had some bikini pictures taken but it was just too intimate for me. What I will say though, is that I felt great. Each set that I wore supported me, fit correctly and didn’t dig into my muffin top. I chose standard bikini tops, no halter necks and no fancy designs that would give random white bits.
My favourite of the three has to be the tropical print Panache Elle set. Apart from the fact that the design was so typically Anoushka, the cut and the fit was the best. I’ve worn Panache bras for years and I am able to choose the size that I wear with ease. I find that Panache Elle Bikini top runs at the correct size, and that the wider straps and band give me ultimate support. The Panache Elle Bikini bottoms are a standard cut and hug my curves without digging in. They also run true to size. The cute Panache Sun Dress was also a good choice. The cut work pattern gave a glimpse to what was underneath without exposing, and I wore it alongside a pair of shorts for travelling over from Gili T back to Bali. I did find that it ran quite short in length, however I am 5ft 10 and have the bust to contend with. With anything that is white, you always run the risk of it being discoloured with suncream but after a quick wash, they’ve come up like new.
The Freya Electro Beach tropical print set was the second set that I wore quite frequently. With Freya, I do find that the bottoms run smaller than true size but the bikini tops are the right size. Again, the fit was great and the way the cups sat were similar to the Pananche set so I didn’t have to worry about my white marks. I never tuck my straps down when sunbathing as I can never wear anything without straps so I don’t tend to bother so much, but I do like some uniformity when it comes to managing the white bits! I really liked the shape of the Freya Electro Bikini top and whilst the Freya Electro Tanga brief bottoms did run to size, the thin strap sides do sit in any excess flesh. As a whole, the shape is really flattering.
The final set was from Pour Moi and I love the design on this one. The Pour Moi Costa Rica briefs have a great fold over to disguise lumps and bumps, but I did find that they ran a tad smaller in size. I find Pour Moi quite notorious for giving me a four boob effect even when wearing the correct size but I am pleased that the Pour Moi Costa Rica bikini top didn’t. I also found that it ran more to the true size than they have done in the past which leads to the 4 boob issues.
I did wear my Pia Rossini kaftan with this bikini for a touch of glam. It does look like a proper kaftan from the website, however in real life it is a piece of fabric with a hole for your head cut in. Whilst gorgeous on with its sequinned glitter pattern, I was very conscious of my stomach being on show when walking. I think a belt or a few stitches to hold the sides today would be perfect in this instance, however it doesn’t take away just how fabulous I felt in it. Like, full on glamour in an instant.
Whilst I’ve not been brave enough to do full on bikini shots, I did grab some outfit of the day Style shots with some close ups of the designs so you can see just how pretty they all are. I would definitely recommend Simply Beach if you are a busty girl like me. They have a great selection with some brands up to a K cup. As I’m starting the gym and going swimming, I’ll be back on the website to get myself kitted out for my quest to become swimmer of the year!