Orange is the colour of the moment and it’s easy to see why. It’s is Bright, bold and fun plus it’s easier to wear than you might think. Here are a few ideas on how to wear this stunning shade this summer plus you can see our top picks of orange beachwear and orange swimwear from this season’s collections.
A Swimwear Review A chance meeting in a local playground with the lovely Belinda Robinson (co-founder of Coco Bay) and a passing comment about the hassle of packing for a family holiday abroad, has, quite bizarrely led me to write a swimsuit review! I was moaning about the amount of things that you have to pack when you holiday with young children. I’m usually left with a small corner of the suitcase to stick a couple of well-worn swimsuits, a sarong and flip flops! Like many women my family’s needs are a priority and l give little thought to my own beach look and try to avoid thinking about my beach body! What a surprise then when a parcel arrived from Coco Bay the following day containing 3 amazing swimsuits from their S/S 2014 collections. Rather excitedly I spotted they were by leading international swimwear designers Seafolly and Baku, brands I’d heard of but never dreamt of wearing! A short note explained that the swimwear would love to take up a corner of my suitcase in return for an honest review. Who could refuse? So that’s how for the first time an Ordinary Girl got to wear Extraordinary Swimwear. To set the scene, I’m in my 40s and a size 10 – so not huge – but fairly short, a bit round in the middle without much of a bust. For these reasons I avoid bikinis and favour a swimsuit or Maillot, as I now know to call them! So, best foot forward and the family and I find ourselves on the beautiful island of Majorca during half term. Stepping out pool side on Day 1 (always a tricky one) I chose Seafolly’s Summer Garden Soft Cup Maillot in Black. The double layers of the swimsuit gave me more confidence than I had ever experienced before. I could adjust the halter tie top and back to fit my shape, they also looked really pretty from the back. The front was ruched to the left and right and appeared to disguise my lumpy middle bits! The top was underwired, slightly padded and had great little push up bits to add more shape if required – they were also removable, but I didn’t! Day 2 and time for Baku’s Casablanca Tie Front Maillot in Marine. Such a pretty colour and a slight lustre or sheen to the finish – wished I had a better tan! The sides were gathered which created a very subtle ruched effect, which was really slimming. It had an inner bra support with removable cups, over a triangular bra with adjustable straps – this gave extra support and also meant I could adjust it to suit my shape. It was great to swim in and mess around with the kids in the water. Day 3 and swimsuit number 3 – Seafolly’s Goddess Boy Leg Maillot in Indigo. I have to admit to being a bit worried about this one, hence leaving it till last! It had a halter top and super flattering ruched bra top and ruched panel down the front. Really surprisingly the boy leg or short style bottoms worked well, and rather than shortening my legs just added a different dimension to what is actually quite a sexy swimming costume. The difference I found with Seafolly and Baku’s Maillots over my usual high street buys was the structure and cut. They really are cleverly designed (disguising even my wobbly bra bulge bits!) But they were still super comfortable and I’m told last a lifetime. Designer swimwear comes with a slightly higher price tag, which was something that had previously put me off. But now, do I think it’s worth it – honestly? Well, yes I do!