My stomach clenches. I suddenly feel nauseous and break into a cold sweat. My heart is pounding with nervous dread. Every summer this happens at least once. One hot and glorious day when I decide to be brave (ha) and go in search of a new bikini for the season. Swimsuit season. Can there be two more dreaded words for a large amount of the female population? I thought not. Every girl I know has some issue once bikini season rolls around~ I am very pale 365 days of the year and would strikingly resemble Caspar (the ghost, thank you very much) if I were to ever hit the beach (which I don't). Still, it doesn't have to be such an ordeal. Find what works for your body, embrace what you have, be brave and let go. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is perfect. A few years ago I stumbled upon J.Crew bikinis while on a trip in the States. I am now a faithful devotee and have bought several others since. Their fabrics are beautiful and come in a truly beautiful array of colours and patterns. They have a wealth of options so you can choose a top you like and a completely different bottom style to suit your own personality and in your appropriate size. Best of all, they are chic and fashionable without being too skimpy or trendy, so you don't have to feel like Gisele Bundchen to pull them off.
Jersey Lemollina Kauai Halter Top ($58US) and Foldover Bottom ($56US) in Soft Pine (my personal fave!)
Regal Paisley Twist Bandeau Top ($46US) and Paisley Bottom ($44US)
Solid Twist-Front Bandeau Top ($44US) and Twist Bottom ($40US) in Bistro Orange