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I don’t wear bikinis because I’m not strong enough (yet!*) to fight against society’s ridiculous restrictions on what it’s ok for me to look like.

Also, my tummy is so white. It’s like it belongs to a different person.

It glows in the dark.

Anyway, the fact that one-pieces are in fashion again is a cause of major celebration for me, and I may have gotten a bit carried away! The front 5 are new and the back 6 are old favourites.

(I found a few more that I had forgotten about after I took this picture! I may need to have a swimsuit cull in the near future…)

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Back row (L-R):

Multicoloured: Marks & Spencer (LOVE this one, it’s underwired and everything)

Coral: River Island (really flattering but needed to sew in a strapless bikini top as it had zero support)

Ice cream and polka dots: Figleaves (very busty, not for the modest among us)

Orangey coral: River Island again,

Blue & White: Frost French Floozie (I needed to size down, the cups were massive)

Stripey: Marks & Spencer, bought mostly for “real” swimming, as in laps, not attempting to look attractive on the beach. I find halterneck swimsuits more flattering but so uncomfortable, I always get a bad neck after wearing them consistently, so for proper swimming I prefer normal shoulder straps.

Front row (L-R):

Black: Figleaves, has a built in bra, and is super comfy. It’s very plain but retro enough that it is still a ‘look’

Blue leopard: Marks & Spencer, possibly my new favourite

Chartreuse: Marks & Spencer again, flattering tummy ruching, and the colour almost makes me look tanned! (I had to size up as the body was quite short.)

Black one with sheer polka dot straps: Figleaves. They didn’t have my size but I liked it so much I bought it a size too small. Consequently I put it on then decided against it almost every day while I was on holiday. When will I learn…?! :-p

Stripey: M&S, same as the chartreuse one but I didn’t think it through. It has the same tummy ruching but because of the *ahem* hilly terrain it covers, the stripes don’t sit straight. They create a sort of optical illusion that makes my tummy look really weird! This one may be relegated to the “laps in the local leisure centre” league. (It is an M&S “long” one though for people with long torsos like myself, so it is super comfy.)

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I don’t know why I enjoy this effect so much. I think it’s just the Riverdance principle – one person doing it looks a bit whevs, several people at once = oooh!

Hope everyone’s having a great week!

Love,

The Styletterie

*(One day, I will be so ready. And society had better watch itself…)

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Some pictures from my August trip to visit my parents in Athens…

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The obligatory packing crisis…

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My nephew’s cool new hat! (That his mother hates, which of course only makes him love it more… It’s funny how a word means such different things to different generations. To my parents, in their 60s and 70s, a dope is someone a bit stupid. To my brother and sister-in-law, in their 40s, it means drugs. To my 10 year old nephew it just means cool.)

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Just chilling with my nephews on the beach…

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Wear sunscreen!!

(I actually did wear sunscreen, so this should read “wear sunscreen and re-apply every hour, and try and get even coverage! Gah!”)

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Left: Dress: Marks & Spencer, Flip Flops: Accessorize; Right: Dress: Asos, Shoes: Primark, Turquoise jewellery: Suite Blanco in Lisbon

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Dress scored from a clothes swap with friends. And giganto-peach!

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Trying stuff on in BSB. I quite liked this jumpsuit but my mother was very unimpressed! Plus, I couldn’t bend my legs, so it stayed behind 😦 Also, loads of the changing rooms in Athens don’t have mirrors in them which drove me crazy! I do not enjoy having to do all my embarrassing what-does-it-look-like-from-different-angles? posing (squatting to see what I’d look like sitting down etc.) in a room full of shoppers!

And the shop assistants hover. Which I hate.

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Swimsuit: River Island. I love this swimsuit, it’s a great colour and the ruching makes it uber-flattering but it had no support at all (why do shops do that?!) so I bought a cheap strapless bikini top bra from Asos and sewed it in. Not ideal but better than nothing! Shorts: Dorothy Perkins.

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Necklace: Bought from a stall in Monastiraki

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The Runner, my all-time favourite statue. Isn’t it cool?!

Thanks for reading, more pictures to come (I take too many photos!).

Love,

The Styletterie