I was umming and ahhing about whether I wanted to actually publish this post, but with beach holidays season upon us I’ve been talking about a lot with friends who are in a similar situation – what to wear when you’re not entirely comfortable with your ‘beach body’ (God I hate that phrase).
I obviously want to start with a disclaimer to this post, and say that I am happy with my body – It is healthy and strong, and usually sits at a size UK 10/12 dependent on the shop, and I am lucky enough that my size is stocked in the UK high street. I don’t want this post to come across as preaching to people that they should cover up certain areas, it’s just what I think are great items for a beach holiday if you’re not happy with certain areas of your bod as I am.
Over the years and throughout my travels – for Australia especially – I have perfected a holiday wardrobe that I love, and I use to help me feel confident and Summery, whilst also covering up areas I don’t want on show. Like I said, this is not a preachy post at all, I always say, you do you. But if you want to see the products I am a huge fan of for hot holidays, then look no further.
High Waisted Bikinis
God bless the gal/guy who thought to make bikini bottoms high waisted. Regardless of whether you’re flat-tummed or not, everyone can agree that by the end of the holiday when you’ve had a few too many beers and ice creams the holiday bloat can arrive.
I personally think they’re a great shout, and they look super flattering – especially H&M ones which seem to have magical holding-in powers. I had a plain black high-waisted pair of bottoms from a few years back, and this year I’ve spruced it up by buying two new bikini tops to match.
Failing a high-waisted bikinis, I feel like there are some really good-looking swimming costumes around right now. Long gone are the days of looking like an Olympic swimmer in your Speedo swimsuit, as now we have plunging, tummy-tucking and gorgeously printed options. I am always a fan of H&M swimwear as I think they really nail the cheap-but-good swimwear options, but I have also seen and heard good things about Figleaves and ASOS own brand.
I picked up a few pairs of these for my trip to Australia and I have to say they were an absolute game changer. I used to feel like the only holiday options for shorts were either tiny, tight denim ones or long, chino-style safari Susan ones.
The flowy cotton shorts look super flattering – thanks to the high waist – and the cotton material is breezy and stretchy. I also always make sure to bring them along with me to festivals, because they’re just so easy to wear and still look great paired with a fancy top (also not a faff to take off in a portaloo… TMI?).
They’re great for beach holidays as they’re so easy to slip in and out of you can pop on a pair with your bikini when you’re on the beach, as you need to cover up when you’re on the search for ice cream after all…
I am super happy that midi skirts have made a return and that they’re no longer just granny-chic. This Summer especially I’ve noticed some great midi skirt selections and have picked up a few for myself – because paired with a smart shirt and shoes these also work really well for the office.
I particularly love midi skirts for us gals who don’t particularly like the tops of our legs, and also don’t want to be caught short (excuse the pun) wearing a mini skirt in the UK when the weather turns. I’ve put a few of my favourites below, and I own a few of them and can confirm the light, breezy material of them is super beneficial when it’s sweltering outside.
i.e A dress sent from the gods for us curvy girls. I have not seen one wrap dress that isn’t unflattering, and thanks to the wrap function they can be pulled as tight as the wearer chooses which means it’s perfect for hot weather, because you’re not getting too sticky in the heat. I picked up a wrap dress in Brighton when were hit with a sudden heat wave and I was caught short (i.e wearing black jeans) and I love it.
I’m planning on bringing it on my holidays whilst also wearing it in the UK on out-out nights, it’s got it all.
The Cherry on the Top – Hats
I have – many times – in the past, forgotten this little life saver and have ended up with a burnt scalp, which isn’t fun or pretty at all. Thing is it is really hard to find a nice hat of your holiday, as I’m (personally) not a fan of fedoras and don’t really fancy a cheesy slogan written across my hat, as seems to be the rage right now.
In absence of $400 to buy the Gucci boater hat, I wanted to look a bit closer to home – and more reasonably priced. I actually picked up this little beauty in Primark for £4. It sits nicely on the back of my head, has a nice little bow t the back and I don’t feel it looks fedora-y at all.
Links to items in this post can be found below:
- Yellow H&M Swimsuit
- H&M High Waisted Bikini Bottoms
- South Beach Tie Swimsuit
- H&M Paper Bag Shorts
- ASOS Design Paper Bag Shorts
- H&M Shorts with Tie Belt
- & Other Stories Crepe Skirt
- Nobody’s Child Split Skirt
- ASOS Design Floral Skirt
- South Beach Straw Hat
- & Other Stories Straw Hat
- Pieces Straw Hat
I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s slightly different to the usual on here, but I hope it’s helped if you’re in need of some Summer fashion inspiration. For more travel updates and pictures you can check out my Instagram @GrundyTravels. Thanks for reading!