Friday, 13 June 2014

MATALAN: Get Beach Body Ready

Happy Holidays!
I'm off on my holiday in a few of days, so I thought I'd get all of you in the holiday mood by sharing my thoughts on 2 of many bikinis that I'll be taking away with me this year. I chose these 2 as they are new to Matalan this year and are quite frankly, my favourite!

If you've ever met me or seen me in pictures, you'll know that I am very slim but being slim isn't fabulous 24/7. As a size 6 with a bit of a bum, I find it hard to find bikini's that fit everywhere especially if they're a set; I'm not the kind of girl who has half her bottom hanging out on the beach. BUT I have finally found some that I love!
Matalan Bikinis - Animal Print Bandeau Bikini & Floral and Animal Print Bandeau Bikini
 I have various styles of bikini but a regular staple in my summer wardrobe has been the triangle moulded bikini. I have never stepped out from that comfort zone and tried anything different until I saw these Bandeau styles! In general, I can't wear bikini's that are sized by bra size as I'm a 30 - and where have you seen bikini's as small as a 30?!  Therefore I have to settle for sizes such as 8's and mix-and-match sets.

Honestly, my mum doesn't like the shape or style of the bandeau top but that's because I'm not exactly 'gifted' in that area of body shape and obviously it doesn't enhance anything but if a slim woman like Kate Moss can wear one, why can't I?
Animal Print Bandeau Bikini: Bandeau Top £6 - Shorts £5
Floral and Animal Print Bandeau Bikini: Bandeau Top £6 - Shorts £5
You can't go wrong with animal print and the animal print bandeau bikini is no exception! As soon as I tried it on it reminded me of Katy Perry's Roar video! Also, what better to get you in the summer holiday mood than a beautiful floral print?! The floral and animal print bandeau bikini is beautiful. The pictures really do not do the set justice. I cannot wait to wear this - the colours are really pigmented and as you can see, even the bees are loving it!!

Both are shaped by moulded cups and the shorts are especially flattering. The shorts are higher than most bottoms I've seen and as they come slightly higher - they cover up any little bits you're not comfortable with.  A major plus point about these pieces is that the bandeau tops have detachable straps -  meaning no tan lines! Also as I'm not top heavy, they both sit comfortably without the straps on. You can also mix and match pieces with the same print but in a different style. If shorts aren't your thing, there's normal bottoms too and if you're not a fan of the bandeau top then you can swap and change for the triangle moulded top instead!

Price: 5 STARS Both bikinis were £11 each (including the top and bottoms). As a student I had 10% off with my NUS student card but still, £11 is an amazing price for such amazing products!

Wearability: 4 STARS If I had better comments from my mum, I would have given these 5 stars. I am aware that bandeau tops do flatten you slightly but in my opinion I still love them!! I love the fact they have detachable straps too - versatile!

Would I Recommend to a Friend?: YES I love these prints. If you get the chance, have a look at Matalan's current holiday shop - they have amazing pieces in at the moment!


  1. Loveee these bikinis! You always hunt down the most cutest items! The zip on one of my favourite bikinis broke so i need to stock up on a few more and i think Matalan is the place to go!

    Great post Kirsty!

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


    1. Awh thankyou Sophia! I'm glad you liked it.

      I can't waut to wear them on holiday!! X


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