I have a love/hate affair with bikinis, there were times when I would barely get into one because I felt “fat”/unattractive. Prior to my first ever proper holiday abroad at 19, I went on a drastic diet to try and lose weight.
I definitely wasn’t overweight but my weight fluctuated a LOT when I was younger and I was really uncomfortable with my body for years.
I remember feeling awkward and not remotely confident on that particular holiday but I’ve managed to gain a sliver of confidence since when it comes to donning a bikini.
Cashflow issues and ankle problems aside, these are some bikini trends I am absolutely in love with at the moment and some tips on what style to choose.
I’m obsessed with reworked bikinis and I’m always looking for them on Etsy. These are from one of my favourite Etsy shops Croptopchannel.
At just under €48, they aren’t what you’d call thrifty but bikinis aren’t really something you can pick up in a charity shop..nor would you want to!
I love all things Moschino but you can’t have a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget.
So, a reworked Moschino bikini is about as glam as it gets for me… How cute are these gingham and marble sets?
This cactus print bikini from Pretty Little Thing is adorable although it kinda looks more like underwear than swimwear.
The bottoms are plain but there’s a matching sarong if you’re a sarong kinda gal.. personally, once I’ve committed to wearing a bikini I’m not going to be half covered up and half not!
The top of this looks quite see-through so it’s probably more suitable for sunbathing than swimming.
River Island has gorgeous swimwear and bikinis every year.
Their take on the denim-look trend is this chambray bikini with cactus embroidery and tribal details.
Asos is a good pit stop for an unusual bikini and this 3D floral one is just fabulous. It’s so pretty!
If you’ve ever wanted to recreate this iconic Claudia Schiffer look, then say no more…
This is quite expensive with the top alone coming in at just under €30 but I always buy in sterling on Asos as it’s significantly cheaper. Check out my online shopping hacks post for more.
As the flowers add volume this would suit someone with smaller boobs, rather than large ones.
The high-waisted bottoms are great also if you don’t want your stomach on show.
Sequins & Metallics
I love this super shiny metallic blue bikini from PLT, I never wear bandeau bikinis but I do find halterneck bikinis sometimes give me headaches and neck pain if I’m wearing them for ages so perhaps I should give the bandeau style a shot.
My issue with bandeau bikinis is that they tend to flatter a smaller chest (which is not me ) This would look great on a slight or slim build.
If you’re heading to a party spot this year such as Ibiza, this green sequin bikini is the perfect addition to your suitcase.
It would be good for girls who need a larger top half as it offers plenty of coverage and the wraparound style may give some extra support.
I’ve never had a high-waisted bikini but they look super-flattering and the blue and white gingham print is really summery. This is also from PLT and comes in pink also.
It also offers plenty of coverage and would suit curvy and slim figures.
Gingham is a massive trend this summer and for a cheap little gingham number check out this beauty on sale from New Look.
The top and bottom were €32.98 altogether but now you can get both for €17! #bargain
It has a bra-style fitting so definitely more supportive than a tiny triangle bikini.
Hope you all enjoyed this brief post and got some inspiration for your holidays.
I’ve been struggling to blog between my broken ankle, looking for a place to live and working but it’s good to be back!