Top Bikini Picks for Summer

August 6, 2011

During my very short and sweet holiday, away from cloudy England and on to beautiful higher climates, I got a chance to test out my new bikinis.

The First bikini on my list, is the Freya Zodiac. Unfortunately, since I bought it earlier this year, my size has increased, and it is now to small for me. So, the only picture I have to show you, is one I took after I first bought it. Sadly, on holiday I couldn’t bring myself to wear something that was too small (not in front of others anyway!)

Freya 'Zodiac' Bikini

However, I did go for a quick dip in the pool with it very early one morning, while no one else was around. I can safely say that it water tested very well; it didn’t try to slip off and was comfy to swim in. Not only that, but it has a lovely pattern with bunnies and cats on it, which I love. The bikini briefs also have a flap that you can fold down, or pull up to cover your tummy if you so choose. I found it quite true to size, I tend to wear my bikinis in 32 rather than 30, as I don’t want too much squidgy-ness when in public.

The one down side that I find with most Freya bikinis, and in fact, most bikinis in general, is that there is a very limited size choice for briefs. They come in XS, S, M, L and XL. Knowing how unlikely I am to fit into most bikini briefs, I always opt for XL. I can tell you that these are the equivalent of a size 14-16..which is not very big at all for an XL. I really wish companies would expand their swimwear, not only in the brief department, but over G cups as well! I have many frustrated H, J and K cup friends who really struggle to find decent swimwear. Fantasie is one of the few brands that do – good on them!

This however, this is a small downside for a very lovely bikini. I would definitely recommend it.

My next review is for the Pour Moi Azure bikini. As  beautiful as I find it with its striking cobalt colour, and as much as I want to give it a good review, I just can’t. When I first bought this bikini, I found it huge in the cup. I immediately sent it back for a smaller size because it swamped me. On getting the correct size, it was a better fit…in the cup at least. The problem is, the back does not give any support whatsoever. I ordered a 32, which near enough makes no difference, as it is a tie back bikini, and even the 32 didn’t have that much extra tie -up material. No matter how tight I tied the back (and I had help from someone tie-ing it as tight as possible), I could still, every time, manage to pull the front of the band inches from my chest. I took a good look at the design of this bikini, and saw that the tie back straps and the band were separate pieces of fabric feebly stitched together. Because of this join, the back half cannot pull the front half any tighter.

Pour Moi 'Azure' Cobalt - Unsupportive Band

What a shame to have such a huge design flaw in what would otherwise be a fabulous bikini. I went in the sea with this on, swam for about 5 minutes; on my way out, my other half had to run over and adjust me, because everything had already fallen out underneath!

Pour Moi 'Azure' Cobalt

The top appears fine in the picture, before you start to move around or swim in it. If you plan to stay completely still the entire time, then that is the only time I would recommend this bikini.
I really did like having the option of tie-side briefs though, 
because that can work for so many different sizes. 

Next, is one I wouldn’t normally go for, but I took a risk anyway. A La Senza bikini. Generally I’m not a fan of La Senza bras, their sizing is usually off, and anything above a DD cup appears to be badly designed, or designed by someone who does not have a larger chest. They also incorrectly measured me; never a good sign.

However, I’m more open in terms of their swimwear, and spied a very pretty bikini, the Marbella, which I was pleased to discover came in a GG. I actually really liked it, and even though it had a similar build to the badly designed Azure bikini, because this time it had a clip-up band and not a tie back, it wasn’t a problem. It’s lightly padded which I liked as it gave me a little added support. It was also very uplifting, but without huge amounts of in-your-face cleavage.

La Senza 'Marbella' Bikini

At the time I couldn’t afford the briefs as well, so I made do with a pair of white tie side briefs that I found on ebay for £2. I quite like mixing and matching bikinis, I’m not really a person who tries to match their underwear either, so for me, anything with a complimentary colour will do.

La Senza 'Marbella' Bikini - Ebay Briefs

Last but definitely not least my favourite bikini of all; Freya’s Pier bikini. For a while it only came in red, green and black, all very lovely colours. However, I opted for the new pink pier! I have trouble resisting something sparkly and new to the lingerie/swimwear scene, so I pre-ordered it as soon as I could. It has not let me down. I love the way it’s made; it gives a little bit of cleavage, whilst being very supportive and comfortable. It has a clip back, which is always my preference, and the cutest ruffles on the edge of the bikini top, and on the sides of the bikini briefs. Again, the only downside is that I need to order XL briefs again, and they didn’t have my preferential tie-sides. I actually wore my Slinky Dip bikini bottoms (mentioned in a previous post) with it, just so I could feel a bit more relaxed in the briefs.

Freya 'Pier' Pink

I spent most of my holiday in this bikini, and I found it very comfortable to swim in. Not only that, but because of the wonderful support, I found that even though it lacks padding, when I untied the neck straps and wore it as a bandeau bikini, it worked perfectly!  The one thing I cannot quite understand though, is why Freya can’t make this in bigger sizes. I’ve been looking at the design of it, and it seems more than feasible. I tell you Freya, the sales you would get if you brought this out in something bigger than a GG!

Freya 'Pier' Pink

This is a thoroughly worthy bikini, and a staple swimwear item for any larger cupped woman. If you don’t already own this bikini, you should go get one now!

One other bikini that I tried on in store, and loved, but couldn’t get in my size, is the Freya Waves bikini. It is really bright blue and beautiful, but in store I couldn’t find anything bigger than a G. I felt that bikini ran small as the 32G was so tight on me in the cup; in the correct size, I have no doubt it will be fabulous.

Freya 'Waves' Bikini

Hopefully this will be useful to anyone searching for a good bikini this summer, and if you are looking for some entertaining summer reading, I very much recommend Caitlin Moran’s ‘How to be a Woman’. Beckie over at Busts for Justice recommended it to me, and it had me laughing out loud for a great deal of my holiday!


Sophia xxx


  1. Super useful, thank you! Almost bought the pour moi, so glad I didn’t. As a fellow 30gg with a similar shape to yours, I love your blog.

    • Thank you Kate! Glad to know I helped, it’s such a pain because I have a 36HH friend who swears by the Azure, but then she also says she wouldn’t wear it if she was going to be doing anything active. Oh how I wanted it to work 😦

  2. From your bikini choices i can tell you must had a fun vacation indeed. You look better then that models!!

    • Thanks Angela 🙂
      It was lots of fun!

  3. I’ve got the Freya Eden bikini with tie bottoms and they’re reversible, with the other side being the same pink polka dot print as the Freya Pier! So that’s always an option if you really wanted tie bottoms to go with your Pier halter neck 🙂 Think I’m going to get the Pier halter neck so I can mix and match with my Eden, even though the biggest it comes in is a GG and I need a 30H! But I’m going to try it in a 30GG and a 32GG anyway! Oh and love the blog by the way, keep up the good work 😀 xxx

    • Hi Holley, thanks so much for letting me know! That’s actually great because I LOVE the look of the Eden bikini, it wasn’t available when I did my bikini shopping (and bought the pink pier) so I was utterly devastated not to be able to get the Eden when it came out. It’s definitely next on my list. Let me know how the sizing works out! 🙂 xx

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  5. I’m actually in search of a new bikini top so this was really helpful! I bought a slightly different style Pour Moi bikini top and had the same problem (zero support!), it also didn’t help that the fit was off too. 😦 I’ll try the Freya Pier, although I’ll have to go up a cupsize and down a band size to get it in my size. It stinks being an H cup sometimes.

    • Oh I know, it’s such a pain, but that’s what the blog is for! Hopefully to find some nice fitting undies for bigger busts, and make our lives a little bit easier! 🙂
      Interesting to hear you had the same problems with Pour Moi. x

  6. Hi, could you please help me with a size of Freya Pier bikini and the Polka Dot Halterneck Bikini Set by SlinkyDip ? I have no experience with freya, I have all padded Curvy Kate in 30GG, I also have tried unpadded Curvy Kate, this I would nead smaller, than 30GG. Thank you very much, love your blog, Katy

    • Hi Katy, the Freya Pier bikini runs size wise along the same lines as the curvy kate unpadded bras. It’s pretty spot on with sizing, and is a snug fit in the cup. Freya bras on the other hand, run fairly loose in the band.
      I would be wary when it comes to the slinky dip bikini, simply because a lot of girls have had difficulty with it. It’s not underwired, and only lightly padded, so gives quite minimal support. The cups also run as either D-F or FF-H – as a GG I still found the FF-H too big in the cup for me. Glad you like the blog 🙂 x

  7. I was hoping for some help with Freya Pier bikini sizing too. I have a 28FF freya deco bra, but I’m not sure if this size would carry across to freya’s swimwear collection too. =( Any ideas?

    • Hiya, well the deco runs quite loose in the band. How is the fit on you? Is the 28 a perfect fit, or loose? If it fits perfectly, I imagine that a 30F would work best in the freya pier. Freya as a brand runs looser in their bras than bikinis, but if in other brands like panache or curvy kate, you still wear 28, then chances are 28 is better instead. x

      • thansk for the advice. 28 is a good fit in deco, so i might give 30F a go. I really wish that shops in Australia would just stock my size so that I wouldn’t have to order everything online =(

      • No problem. I know the feeling well. Here, the only place that really has my size is Bravissimo, and I can’t get there very often. I end up buying everything online!

  8. Hey Girl! I was wondering if you could give me a little bit of a advice… I always wear a 32G in La Senza, and i’m looking to try a pour moi? bikini like you reviewed on here.. how did the size compare to La Senza’s? Should i order a FF or F do you think? Thank you so much!! I’m ordering internationally so i want it to be right (and america doesn’t do anything above a D in stores – crazy!!!)

    • Hmm, well because the Pour Moi is a tie band, the band-size doesn’t matter too much. I would just go for your usual 32. The cup size is a tad loose though, a little looser than La Senza I’d say. I’d either just try a 32G or possibly a 32FF. It’s hard to tell, because I did find it a bit of an awkward bikini, even if very pretty. You could try Freya, they do some really lovely bikinis – you can order from Brastop to the US I think. Let me know how you get on!

      • Thank you!! This blog is so useful, especially trying to figure out things in the US where people believe that a D is gigantic and nothing above it exists! haha I’m going to try a few brands/designs and i’ll let you know how i get on… thanks again 🙂

      • Yayyy bikinis just arrived! I see what you mean about the lack of support in the pour moi bikini but it’s no where near as bad as i thought it would be and perfect for a lazy week in the sun! The 32F ended up fitting me the best (i usually wear a 32FF/G in la senza)
        Thanks for your advice 🙂

      • Glad it’s working for your Sherridan! 🙂

  9. hi, love your helpful reviews and need some help with information about padded bras as some beautiful bras are out there but as I’m in the 36/38EE/FF range it worries me to add extra bulk with padding. I understand your problem with the Pour Moi one but how was the padding and is it removable? Thank you,

    • Hiya, no the padding in the pour moi wasn’t removable. To be honest, the main problem with that bikini is the band which isn’t tight enough to give any real support for a larger bust.
      Are you looking for bras or bikinis? I would recommend Freya and Fantasie, they do great bras and bikinis, and in your size 🙂

  10. Can you tell me I have just order a Pour Moi in 36e, just wondered in your opinion if in clip back fastening would you say it is tight for the size or is generous. thanks

    • From what I remember, it is generous in the band. However this was a few years ago when I tried them.

  11. The Pour moi bikini, is it a push up bikini? Has he got pads? Thank you for your answer 🙂

    • It hasn’t got pads, but it is lightly padded all over. Hope that helps!

  12. Hey! So I know this is a really old post, but on the off-chance that you still have that azure top and it fits you- I have a solution! I have the exact same top in a 34FF. Since I am a 30HH I just added a plastic clasp to the back where I wanted it! You can find them at craft stores. The cups are too small for me obviously, but I will probably buy it in a 34G or 36G and do the same thing since it’s a great bikini!

    • Thank you, that’s a brilliant idea!
      I doubt I would fit into it anymore, but it’s a great solution for problems like that.

  13. Wow.. I was just looking for bikinies, but now I want a body like yours as well 🙂

  14. Hello, I love your blog! I’m very interested in bikini freya ‘ in doubt on size. my measurements in cm: Bust 98 cm and 78 cm back which size you think you should buy?

    Luciana, Brazil.

    • Luciana – my apologies that I wasn’t able to get back to you. I have been out of action for some time! If you still have questions, let me know. x

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