Once again I teamed up with fellow blogger and friend Becky Mount, co-founder of pressure group Busts 4 Justice, this time to try out some of the beautiful bikinis available from Mish Online.
First of all we went to local water park ‘Splashdown’ – a popular destination with water slides and rides; the perfect place to really test a bikini to its limits! If a strapless bikini can survive that it can survive anything! Both bikinis held up amazingly which was particularly impressive for the Panache Lucille as it is after all a strapless.
Test number two: The Beach
Secondly we headed to the beach for a frolic in the sea and sand, as well as a chance to properly judge what we thought of each other’s bikinis aesthetics-wise.
My opinion on the ‘Venetian’ by Freya:
I was sent the gorgeous and cute-as-a-button Freya ‘Venetian’ as it is one of the styles that are available as a bikini for the 28 back. I have had Freya bikinis before and always find them excellent – great support and style. They offer just as much support as a bra without looking at all like underwear. Freya bikinis I have had before include the Mystic and the Bamboo Island styles, so as a fan of colourful fun patterns this one was right up my street. I really like the colours as well as the summery cute print.
The fit was (as always with Freya) exemplary – the perfect band and cup size for me and not too tight, just as I like in a bikini. The briefs I got in a size small and found them to be comparable to a generous size 10, again something fairly typical with Freya fitting. At no point on the water-rides was I worried about any overspill or peeking out, but with my previous experience with Freya bikinis I was not surprised. We were running about on the sand, plunging into water at top-speeds today and I would certainly never do any of these things in a non-fitted or string bikini.
The only negative I an really think of for my bikini is that the cute little frilly skirt thing (couldn’t think of a more eloquent way of terming it) could be an issue for people who are trying to tan… in which case when it comes to bikini fabric ‘less is more’. It is, however, super flattering on curves, for someone who wants a bit more covering but doesn’t want to have to wear shorts or a sarong on the beach it adds a gorgeous bit of detailing and looks fab.
Becky’s opinion on the Venetian:
The Freya Venetian sure was a looker – Freya are undeniably brilliant for fit, and I liked how it fitted like a bra set, something which is a comfort as you know you’re going to be supported. The clashing prints and frill detail was adorable, a really striking set that I imagine could flatter anyone. If I wasn’t so smitten I would consider getting the Venetian as I’m already a fan of Freya bikinis. It’s nice to see a company taking into account the dreaded 28 back sector, but without compromising on style.
Price vs. Quality: 8/10
Invest In Your Chest Rating: 8/10
Becky on the ‘Lucille’ by Panache:
What can I say about the Lucille? I was completely blown away by it, without a doubt the most amazing piece of swimwear I’ve tried. Not only did it survive all our challenges, but I felt comfortable and supported, big issues for me. I was able to wear the bikini all day under a dress and it honestly felt like I was wearing a standard bra. There was no readjusting, hoiking it up, constant fiddling – nothing! To not only feel supported but confident enough to run around and go down numerous rides is quite frankly life changing and I cannot sing this bikinis praises enough. Fingers crossed they reinvent it in a series of different designs as I think I’d struggle to find a better suited set.
As for looks, I adore the Lucille. I’m a sucker for anything nautical and it hits the nail on the head, with cute button detailing and a flattering stripe pattern with complimentary colours. What I also like about the Lucille is that it comes with the options of straps for the less brave without compromising on looks. It’s so versatile, and the matching bottoms offer good coverage although the ten were a little forgiving and if anything the most haphazard part of the set!
I can’t quite believe how a strapless bikini can be so supportive. I had resigned myself to a life without bandeau bikinis for my G cup boobs, but the Lucille is beautiful and practical, I could sing its praises forever, an instant classic. Well done Panache, I love you!
My opinion on Panache’s Lucille:
I was very jealous when Becky was wearing the Lucille – such a classic, simple yet stylish and bang on trend for Spring/Summer with the nautical theme. It reminded me a lot of Panache’s brilliant Monroe range of last year but reworked with stripes instead of spots. I would love to try this bikini in a 30F as I tried Becky’s G on for size and found the back band (although not perfect) reasonably wearable as a 28 back… It would definitely be suitable for a beachy run-around bikini – just not sure how it would fare the tests we conducted today!
Price vs. Quality: 8/10
Invest In Your Chest Rating: 9/10
Mish Online are an online retailer of bras for bigger busts, catering from 28-40 band D to JJ. Hooray! Although some styles and sizes are not featured on the internet, they stress that they are more than happy to contact their suppliers to see if they can get your size shipped out to you at no extra cost.
Image credits: Promotional images by Mish Online, Panache and Eveden LTD