Following the most relaxing and detoxing few days, lying in the sun and casually visiting world famous beaches in Queensland, I am back in Melbourne, and have crashed back down to reality. While I realise that I am so lucky to have this experience, and occasionally have to remind myself that the sole reason I am actually in Australia is for university (don’t seem to talk about that much anymore…) I’m feeling quite mopey.
Before you all stop reading and feel the need to shout at me through your screens, please hold tight, and let me attempt to justify myself. Today marks three months since I left London and it’s flown by, but unfortunately that was expected; the balls and formal dinners are over and I officially have no more crazy college events to look forward to, a.k.a, all dresses have been worn and all stilettos are well and truly ruined; the next three weeks are painfully marked by four essay deadlines, and finally, and worst of all, I will be moving out of college in just over a month. Convinced yet?
Another quick apology, as that I read the UK is in the midst of getting cooler and rainier by the day, I’m afraid this week’s column is about swimwear, but hey, there’s nothing I can do about living in a different hemisphere!
So, bikinis, one pieces, tankinis, even mankinis – you name it, I’ve realised that the Australians really know how to design swimwear. Of course, it comes at a price, but there are two high end brands in particular who seem to be slowly increasing their marketing campaign as the days heat up, and the months move ever closer to Summer. Seafolly, Australia’s largest swimwear brand has stores worldwide, but their prime customer remains on home ground.
Oh, I know just how bikini shopping can actually be one of the most difficult tasks. Stores are so often unable to cater for and recognise just how many individual body shapes and sizes they need to design, but I can guarantee that a quick browse of the Seafolly website will convince you that they have any shape, any size and any style you could possibly be after.
This premium brand screams class, as none of the styles look too revealing or overly stylish, but each collection would undoubtedly impress at least one of us. The ‘Sonic Bloom Busiter Bandeau’ instantly caught my eye. I’m a sucker for disty, floral prints, and this style is perfect for a petite frame. Of course, the bikini is sold separately, and the bandeau is $100 with $65 matching pants. Let me translate; that’s approximately £92 on a piece of clothing you won’t wear too often throughout the year, but I reckon it’s worth it, and you only know if you try, right?
If that seems just too extortionate for what is essentially underwear you can wear in the sea, Baku swimwear provides a very slightly cheaper alternative. Prints are similar, with interesting patterns and tribal styles – the ‘Turkish Splice Tri’ is my favourite and a bikini set is a whole £5 cheaper than Seafolly, at only £87!
Despite the price, it’s definitely worth checking out these gorgeous Aussie brands. Whether you’re procrastinating or just dreaming of that next holiday in the sunshine, surely it’s better to start thinking of a nice new bikini, rather than just a hot bikini bod?