Wednesday 26 June 2013


One summer essential I didn’t mention in my holiday style diary was swimwear. Prior to my trip, Florence & Fred kindly offered me a bikini to review from their SS13 collection. I am feeling sportswear inspired swimwear this season, so I picked this black mesh-insert bikini.  What impressed me about this bikini was that the bralet top can be ordered according to  cup size; I have seen a  similar style to this in a leading high street store this season that only comes in dress sizes and the fit was really bad. In contrast, the F&F bikini was super comfortable and a perfect fit. I appreciated that the bikini was true to size- nothing puts me in a worse mood swimwear shopping than having to go up a size in a swimwear that is akin to dental floss!

 Style-wise, the subtle mesh panels give a nod to this season's sport luxe trend without fashion overkill; this is a bikini that you will wear for seasons to come. I've styled the two piece with a sporty and urban Alexander Wang feel below, but you can wear black swimwear with pretty much any trend.

My only criticism? Well whilst I like the on-trend peekaboo detail in between the cups of the bralet, it didn't make for easy sun cream application! Hence why I ended up with some pretty comedic sunburn after day 1 spent lounging by the pool. So cream up carefully ladies! But overall I'm extremely impressed with quality and will be heading back to F&F for future swimwear purchases. 

1. Bralet bikini top, F&F, £8.
2. Mesh insert bikini briefs, F&f, £5. 
3. Janet drawstring bag, Vince Camuto, £115
4. Sporty gladiators, Next, £35
5. Saint Laurent Bold 1 Square sunglasses,, £189
6. Hot makeup Golden Sun nail polish,, £6.95.  
6. Bumble & Bumble surf spray, Urban Retreat Beautique, £14.40


  1. The bikini is gorgeous!!
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  2. Such a great shape! As for the sun cream - the rule is to apply protection 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, so I guess doing it before putting the bikini on would help. :)
    And that little sun mark you've already got will be such a sweet reminder of your holiday...

    1. Hey Natalia you are right it is best to apply the cream first- I learnt that lesson the hard way after day 1 of the trip! But I do have a nice little momento that is true :) Thanks for your comment Sophie :) x

  3. I love that bikini I top and it is so well priced! Xx

  4. Cool bikini and I love that yellow bag.


  5. I *adore* the yellow bag! Just had a look on the site and they don't seem to stock them anymore? :( Ann x