Hello and apologies blog readers for the lack of posts this fortnight, but I’ve been gallivanting around eastern Europe, having lots of delicious food and alcohol and generally having a wonderfully hedonistic time! I have quite a few photos to share later when I have access to a laptop and not just a smartphone. Suffice to say that the weather in Eastern Europe has been variable, and I’ve been waking up not knowing whether I’d need a tank top or a waterproof. I’ve also got some fab photos of Slavic monuments and churches which I will share when I can … I had a great holiday!
As we all know, holidays are often a time for indulgence and excess and this 12 day cruise has been no exception. There’s something about the easy availability of food via room service and 24 hour buffets that makes it hard to resist, especially combined with cocktails and alcohol! Despite then, my guzzling and sampling of all cakes and snackies available, this holiday has been one of the first that I’ve worn my swimsuit relatively un-selfconsciously, safe in the knowledge that my swimsuit was unbelievably gorgeous and I had absolutely nothing to feel ashamed about.
Any occasion requiring the donning of a swimsuit used to make me feel a bit sick. When the weather is hot and humid in Hong Kong there’s plenty of call for beach parties, beach barbecues, junk boat trips, midnight swims and a multitude of other activities requiring something skintight and waterproof. Added to that the fact that the majority of my girlfriends have gorgeous bodies and have no problem flaunting them in bikinis, meant that I usually skulked around in baggy tshirts and shorts, complacent in my role as the token fat girl.
Well, that happened the first few occasions that we (all 60 odd young people all teaching English with the sane company) enjoyed ourselves at the beach. It was hard to cavort like a carefree mermaid when I felt as dumpy as a beached whale next to my lithe companions. But man, does good swimwear make all the difference! Plus size swimwear is particularly hard to find in Hong Kong without burning a sizeable hole in your pocket, so I would recommend expats to stock up on swimsuits before arriving in Hong Kong. I particularly like Tesco’s range of plus size swimsuits, tankinis and bikinis that come in a fantastic range of styles and colours. Of particular note are their bikinis which come with fuller busts. All the swimsuits I’ve bought from Tesco have been supportive in the bust, and a good shape and cut. Their prices are fairly cheap too, ranging between £10-25. I’ll post some pictures of my swimsuits later to show you just how well they fit (and how stylish they are!) so keep checking back for updates on this post! And let me just say, I’m not being paid to sponsor Tesco or anything (I wish!), I just think that their plus size swimsuits are of the highest quality combined with best value that I’ve personally found so far!
This is the Tesco swimsuit my sister bought, and it’s absolutely stunning. Available up to size 20 (UK) from here: http://www.clothingattesco.com/swimwear/f+f-ombre-bandeau-swimsuit/invt/jo314399/&bklist=icat,4,shop,catgwomens,womens-swimwear, the light to dark shading is flattering on the hips and stomach, as well as being high cut on the thigh to balance the silhouette into an hourglass. My sister is so happy with it and wore it a lot, and she’s a size 14.
And this is the swimsuit that I bought, also from Tesco, available in sizes 8-22 here: http://www.clothingattesco.com/swimwear/f+f-floral-print-swimsuit/invt/jo313228/&bklist=icat,4,shop,catgwomens,womens-swimwear
What I love about this swimsuit is the shape. The style is so deliciously retro and 1950s, and when worn with some statement white sunglasses (or my prescription purple sunglasses!) it looks amazing. The black bands at the side of the costume, as well as the black silhouette of the back define an hourglass or pear-shaped figure, while the bust has built in padded cups for support, should you need it. The cut out detail is tiny and discreet, nodding at the current fashion for cut out swimwear without exposing too much flesh. I wore this by the pool and felt amazing in it, and I can’t wait to wear it again in Hong Kong!!
Here are some of my other picks for Tesco plus-sized swimwear. What’s similarly refreshing is that Tesco seems to actually USE plus sized models to advertise their swimwear specifically designed for larger women: and don’t all of these ladies look fabulous? The top tankini is my particular favourite, though I also love the exotic, jungle-like print of the second. They’re definitely both on my shopping list for Hong Kong so I can always look fierce at the beach … and so can you!!