Friday, 17 June 2011

"Women talk bras" - Undercover Lingerista guest blogs for

The lovely Amanda from petite lingerie blog: contacted me a little while ago and asked me to share my opinions with the lingerie community about bra size and body image. Check out my guest blog for the site by clicking here!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Trend report: Brighten up your Summer with the Freya "Cabaret"

  Although the English weather is proving to be somewhat fickle at the moment, that should be no reason to shy away from one of Spring/Summer 2011's hottest trends...and we're talking colour, colour and more colour! What better way to feel summery, than by wearing eye-catching brights and colour-blocking (if you dare)..?

As showcased by Jil Sander, Gucci, Christian Dior and Diane von Furstenberg, the current catwalks are awash with paint-box brights, with purple emerging as one of this season's leading shades. With this in mind, Freya's swimwear collection for Summer 2011 and their "Cabaret" bikini is right on point...

Freya "Cabaret" triangle bikini top - £26 (left) and plunge bikini top - £29 (right)

It is often extremely hard for curvy girls to find well-fitting swimwear that also looks good, so the Freya "Cabaret" bikini is any fashion-conscious curvy girl's dream come true! The "Cabaret" comes in a sumptuous vivid purple, making it an absolute stand-out piece for the beach this summer and will suit a wide range of skin tones. I was sent both the "Cabaret" triangle bikini top (above left) and plunge style (above right) to try for fit. The triangle bikini top comes in back sizes 30-38 and in cup sizes D-FF, whereas the plunge version comes in a wider range of sizes, from 28-38 and cup sizes D-GG.

Freya "Cabaret" triangle bikini top

I originally received the "Cabaret" triangle bikini top, as I am a big fan of halterneck styles and loved the cut-out detail in the centre of the cups - sexy but understated. Due to the lack of a 28 back in this style, I went for a 30F. Although in some brands, bikinis can come up small in the back, the 30 in the "Cabaret" was too big for me - a shame, as it is such a pretty style.

I then tried the 28FF (my true size) in the "Cabaret" plunge and unsurprisingly, the fit was absolutely perfect! I find that Freya sizing is often a lot more accurate than other brands, so if you are thinking of purchasing this bikini, order your true size and your bust will thank you!

Freya "Cabaret" plunge bikini top

Most of the support from your bras and bikinis should come from the underband, so I noticed the difference in fit straight away when I tried on my true size in the "Cabaret" plunge. The plunge style is very comfortable and curve-friendly - perfect for posing, swimming, playing beach volley-ball and taking on the waterslides! This bikini is versatile in that it will appeal to a wide age-range, due to its vibrant colour and sophisticated style. The little glass-effect beads on the straps are great for adding a touch of glamour too! The Freya "Cabaret" is the perfect balance between sexy and modest, due to its cleavage-flattering, fuller cup style and supportive underwire, which provides support where you need it most!

To compliment the bikini tops, Freya have brought out matching shorts (£16.50), a classic brief (£15.50) and tie-side briefs (£13.50), depending on your desired level of coverage! My personal favourite are the tie-side briefs, which I got in my usual size small - they certainly have leg-lengthening 'wow' factor!

Once again, I can't recommend Freya enough! They score very highly on comfort, fit and practicality, but most importantly, Freya succeed in updating classic styles by tapping into current trends. True to its word, this bikini is bound to make you the star of the show wherever you wear it!

Kitty xo