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Today, I have another lovely swimwear review for you – just in time for all those impending summer holidays. Oh gosh do I need one of those! I’ve just spent 4 days in the Peak District and it was wonderful – unfortunately, it was also wet and dreary the whole time. It was a walking holiday so the weather didn’t really get me down but I do need some summer sun soon.
I’m hoping my upcoming trip to Devon will be delightfully warm and I can spend my days on a beach, eating ice cream, rock pooling, and jumping over those cold British sea waves. Is that asking too much?
Thankfully, I have pretty much guaranteed sunshine in December when I head to Cuba for the Havana Jazz festival – my bikinis will definitely be out in full force then.
The Cubana is a wondrously tropical set with a vibrant red, blue and green print that reminds me of a floral jungle scene. It is made from a relatively simply construction – a subtle plunge bra with black trim contrasting against the bold print.
I’m wearing the bra in a 36GG and it fits very well, giving a high round shape to my breast tissues and encasing all over spill and side boob slippage (this is when breast tissue migrates to beneath your armpit from not being encased properly in the bra cup – and can be rectified, over time, by swooping the tissue back into the cup several times a day).
The cup has a slight stretch to it meaning it works well with my wonky breasts (the left is smaller) and that it will deal well with monthly swellings. The band is wide and supportive and sits low on my back. As with most Elomi bras I find the band to be slightly firmer than sister brands Freya or Fantasie where I frequently size down to a 34.
The briefs are a mid-rise fit and sit just below my belly button. I know many people don’t like mid-rise briefs and prefer them to either sit below the belly, or high on their waistline. I actually dislike the aforementioned as find briefs that sit low on my hips are at risk of being sucked off when tumble turning, jumping from boots, or generally pratting about in the water. Mid-rise, however, give a little more stability and coverage, and if they do get sucked down a little bit, its rarely enough to show crack – a huge bonus in my books.
I’m wearing a size 18 and they fit perfectly. Again, there is a little bit of stretch and give in the material so those between sizes can easily drop down a size.
The simply cut of the bikini means it offers great support whilst the vibrant patterns gives it a little oomph, elevating if from a simple black plunge into something a little more playful.
I’m wearing the Cubana in these pictures with an amazing tassel top from ASOS that I can see myself living in this summer. It is sadly sold out but they have similar ones, available in white here and red here. In fact, the white may make its way into my Cuba suitcase if its still around later in the year!
The Cubana is priced at around £70 – 90 for the set (depending where you purchase it from) so it isn’t the cheapest on the market. However, it is well made, supportive and unlikely to ever go out of style. I see it as an investment piece to see you through year after year of beach adventures – which is always something I look for in my bikini choices. The bikini also comes in Tankini and Swimsuit options making it a really versatile piece that you could easily mix and match.
I hope you enjoyed the review and please don’t forget to check out my others in the series:
The bikini featured in this post had been gifted by Elomi for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.