I have to say, with weather like we’re having in the UK at the moment (and long may it continue, pretty please!) I have to admit that most days I’ve rarely been out of a bikini, whether I’ve been on the beach or in the office. When you’re a bit, ahem, hot and sweaty, there’s no bra that feels quite as comfortable as a bikini, and since mine rarely get an airing, I’ve been using any excuse to actually wear them for a change!
Not only this, I’ve also seen this as a pretty stellar excuse to get my hands on some more – and the Curvy Kate Horizon Halterneck bikini was one of the sets at the top of my list.
So simple, clean-looking and yet still pretty in a very ‘French Rivera’ kind of way, the fresh colour-way of true scarlet and bold white stripes is truly eye catching, yet still the height of ‘classic chic’.
I had some difficulty in choosing between the balcony version and the halter, but since I only actually own one other halter bikini, and in DD+ sizes it’s such a mission to get one that fits and flatters beautifully, I thought I’d go for the halter-neck. After all, what else can us busty gals wear with racer-back tops in this weather?
Unfortunately, The ‘Horizon’s fit and shape really didn’t match up with it’s design promise. The ‘profile’ of the cup is really something to behold, with a conical shape – yes, no other word could really describe it – which I found truly embarrassing and quite frankly, unwearable.
I was so so SO bitterly disappointed, as I was so desperate for this style to work for me. Now, I like a ‘natural shape’ as much as the next gal, and don’t insist on a perfectly rounded ‘Deco’ shape at all – but this really was something else.
Not only was the shape quite dangerous-looking (you could probably have someone’s eyes out with that point), it also wasn’t particularly uplifting. The shape was a downward-facing, sloping, sad conical point which will definitely not be seeing the light of day, let alone my long weekend in Ibiza.
Price vs. Quality: 4/10
Invest In Your Chest Rating: 3/10
Let me compare the fit to my ‘golden oldie’ Freya Zodiac bikini which I’ve now had for a few years. The shape is so utterly different, and the fit so amazing in comparison, that I know I would not part money for the Horizon when I can pick up something like this – it’s just a case of finding it.
I will definitely be looking in Freya’s direction for a halter in future, and really want to give one a go from Cleo’s swimwear line. It looks like Freya’s ‘Tootsie’ halterneck bikini has a similar fit to ‘Zodiac’, so I’m hoping that I can get my Riviera stripe fix from there, with the fit I love!
Do you have any halterneck bikinis that you love and would recommend?