Why hello. Today's post is the first of my many, many (seriously, brace yourself) posts from St Lucia. A lot of you were asking about the swimwear I was wearing so, to start, I've put together a little round-up of my favourite Matalan pieces I wore, which - wait for it - are all under £20. I know, I know. It's madness. You may remember me banging on about my long-term love affair with their homewear in this post, but swimwear I wouldn't usually tend to associate so much with Matalan. Then, on one of my in-depth browses, I saw this bikini and was like, 'HOLD THE PHONE', and thus a bikini binge was born. So, let me talk you through my favies:
The High-Waisted One
Since this was the one that launched the spree, it seems only right to begin with it. I really love a high waisted bikini, but up until now this one was the only nice one I'd managed to find. And then Big Red came into my life. I love stripes, I love bright colours (on holiday I mean, let's not get too carried away) and I love that this shape sucks in your soft bits and lands on a more flattering part of your torso. Bring on the beach cocktails! And chips. And omelette, while you're at it.
The Crochet One
Like I say, I love bright colours on holiday so this one was a no-brainer. It's a bit more of an unusual shape - which I like - and has the lovely crochet detailing at the neckline too. A real winner winner chicken dinner. Sorry, I said I'd stop saying that didn't I.
The Frilly OneWhat an imaginative name, I know. This one I put on and instantly felt like I was on honeymoon. Is that a strange thing to say? I don't know, but what I mean is that I just felt all girly and glowy and... delicate? Well, as delicate as someone who falls over at least twice a day can be. I don't really know how to explain it, but try it on and you'll see for yourself. The little halterneck strap is detatchable so it's a good one for a tanning day!
I'm really scraping the barrel for names here. This one's, I guess, your more standard bikini shape and in the really lovely colour combo of aqua and pink, complete with cute pom-pom detailing. The Pom-Pom One... that's what I should have called it. Damnit.
The Lounging One
This one isn't actually a bikini - tricked you - but is a little cotton set that's perfect for, you guessed it, lounging around in. I love me some palm print, so it was a yes from the get-go. I can confirm that it is indeed very, very comfortable.
And there we have it! They're not all online yet, but if you've got your eye on one that's not then it should be from mid-March onwards. In the meantime, I'll link you two lovely ones that have come onsite since I got back (darnit): this suedette (that's right, suedette) one and this b-e-a-u-tifully colourful one. And you can expect the rest of me St Lucia posts soon!
Post in collaboration with ze wonderful Matalan