I was chatting with a friend recently about swimwear. Just about this time of year – when you’re still debating whether to bare your lily white pins in a pair of shorts in case you dazzle a passing driver and cause some sort of accident – is, weirdly, the best time to buy your new swimwear. The shops are still full of all the lovely bits. But, woe betide that you leave it until a couple of weeks before your summer holiday – it will all be sold out and you’ll be left with the choice of a teeny tiny string bikini or a boring black sporty swimsuit left in your size. Happily, I’m here to help and yesterday I took a little sortie to Milton Keynes to check out the swim and beachwear from M&S. There aren’t many places better to buy swimwear – their fit is always good, the prices are reasonable, the fabrics wash well and don’t fade in the sun, and they always have nice matchy matchy bits too. Read on, then, for my best buys:
First up, how flipping cute is this palm print? Of course, palm print is everywhere are the moment, especially teamed with pink but I love this green/yellow combo. This woven flippy beach dress – an absolute bargain at £15 – features heavily in different colours and prints and I’d definitely think about bagging a couple of different ones. It’s mega flattering on and although it’s light, it’s not see through so I don’t think it should be saved just for the beach. I can see it being a winner for evening drinks teamed with a straw bag, some tan sandals and a bit of jewellery (talking of tan sandals, I’ve just bought these and I absolutely love them – the leather is really soft, and they’re mega comfy, plus they come in yellow, white and black too).
The bandeau ruffle bikini top (£22.50) seen here on the left in yellow is really pretty and comes in black and pink too. The matching hipster bikini bottoms have a really sweet (and mega flattering) ruffle too. I usually size up with bikini bottoms so they don’t squish you in unflattering places, but you don’t need to with these.
Here’s the woven vest dress again in the black – super flattering (and spookily reminiscent of the hush Grecian mini dress, but without the £45 price tag), delightfully swishy and light, and again just £15.
Okay, last flippy dress, I promise, but how cute is this co-ordinating flamingo print collection. The same dress, just in a really sweet flamingo pattern, plus a whole range of different bikini shapes, a tankini top, and a really cute playsuit (also only £15).
Also, can I just say, if you’re self conscious about your lower tummy at all, do check out the high leg bikini bottoms at M&S – they come up slightly higher than usual bikini bottoms (but not frumpy higher and not high waisted higher) and they’re a really nice fit on the bum too. I really like this black print one,
and the Rosie for Autograph palm print ones are lush too.
Ooh, also, this red cotton Bardot beach dress on the right here is lovely too. I’m just not a fan of strapless dresses with elasticated tops – I think they’re mega-unflattering in the boob department (they make it look like your boobs are really low) and nobody needs to see you hoiking up the top of your dress every five minutes. This one has got subtle straps and the material is really soft and floaty too. Lovely.
Lastly, you’ll need a lovely beach bag and this palm tree shopper is just gorgeous. Grab it while you can though because, like everything else it will disappear very quickly. Have a lovely weekend and happy shopping!