Can a Lesser Mortal cut the mustard in a bikini this summer?

Once Lesser Mortals get to a certain age, and particularly after having kids, I hear the words…..I will NEVER wear a bikini again. I would like to say, let’s not be too hasty, as recent vintage fashions and the awareness that some women have large/small breasts, have meant bikini designs are much more flattering than were previously available. Many retailers sell individually rather than in sets, giving greater flexibility. And they have even invented strapless bras in a K cup, so scaffolding IS available for larger assets. I have concentrated on bikinis, as most women feel comfortable hiding their tummies in a support swimsuit, but maybe haven’t dared to bare in a bikini yet. A bit of me thinks “who’s going to see me anyway?” providing holiday snaps are restricted to panoramas and evening wear. And whilst I am promoting bikinis, I don’t suggest you need to let it all hang out when you wander round the pool, or enter the dining area. There are plenty of sarongs and cover ups available. Here are some ideas to tickle your fancy.

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  1. Orange zigzag print halter neck bikini -Curvy Kate bikini at Debenhams. Currently 20% off. Sizes 28D/DD up to 38G. Inlcudes HH and J cups on some sizes. Bottoms are sizes 8-20. Hand washable. Underwired top without padding. Great support for large chests, with decent sized pants to balance.
  2. Frill top bikini. H and M top £3.99 bottoms £3.99. Sizes 8-18. Machine washable. The top has removable inserts and bottoms are fully lined. This is perfect for a flat chest, as the frills add volume to the top half, and bottoms are not too large to counter balance. Available in black too.


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  1. Coral spotted bow underwired bikini. Floozy by Frost French at Debenhams. Sizes 30-38 A to E cups. £26.50 Bottoms size 8-18. £16.50. Tops and bottoms sold separately. Machine washable. Cups lightly padded. Bottoms available in another style with a pretty frill around. Perfect for Pear shapes, as the top widens to shoulders and adds volume to the chest area. The bottoms balance larger hips, with the slightly higher waist shortening the body length. May not suit if it chops into your wobbly bits. The other bottoms are cut lower and may sit under your wobbles.
  2. Ruffle Bandeau bikini set. Tommy Hilfiger at House Of Fraser. Sizes 8-16. Reduced from £65 to £52. This will suit boyish figures, but not if you are very flat chested. The frills add curves.

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  1. Red spot shape enhancing bikini. Next. Top £16. Bottoms £12. Cup sizes A – G sizes 32 – 38.Bottoms size 6-20. Available in black spot and plain black too. These will be fab on any one who is confident about their figure. The pants don’t offer much forgiveness if you want to hide your tummy. Great on hourglass.
  2. Black bralet and shape enhancing pants. Next. Bra £20 sizes 32-38, A/B to F/G cups. Pants £14 sizes 6-20. Available in grey and black. Surely this bikini can convince you that you don’t need a one piece? Very Sophia Loren and flattering whatever your age. Frost French at Debenhams do some great ice cream coloured 50’s retro ones too. Perfect for hour glass figures.

I hope I’ve inspired you to try a bikini instead of covering yourself up. Let me know how you get on, via the comments bubble near the heading, or the reply box below.

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Further reading:

Finding the perfect bikini for your shape:

How to buy the best bathing suit for your body shape: college fashion