As I mentioned in my last post, Stace and I have just got back from our first ever joint beach-pool-all-inclusive resort summer holiday. We got a reasonably good deal on a week in a lovely hotel in Lanzarote – but like lots of people this summer, we didn’t want to spend a fortune on clothes and stuff just for a week away… It seems silly to spend loads on money on clothes for a holiday when we’re still trying to save for a house deposit! However, one area where neither Stace nor I could get away with not buying some new stuff was (often a girl’s worst nightmare!) swimwear.
For this trip, we both knew we’d need three or four different swimwear outfits – seeing as we were away for a week and I particularly love a swim during the day. I’m generally content in a bikini; I wrote back here about hating the pictures of myself from my last ‘beach holiday’ but since then I have lost a little weight and feel slightly better in my own skin… Although I still struggle without a t-shirt or cover-up some days.
Stacey is much the same. Whilst she doesn’t mind bikini tops, she’s not a fan of tiny little bikini bottoms. When we’re shopping I find it hilarious when I hold up a bikini and I can just see her face saying ‘seriously that wouldn’t cover a Barbie’s bum’ – so she mostly looks for board shorts or sometimes mens swimming trunks. Quite often, I don’t blame her – some of the mens trunks are far quirkier – and cheaper! – than a bikini.
Carley’s Bikini Favourites
When it comes to my swimwear choices, you’re likely to find me eyeing up one of two types of bikini; either padded bras and boy shorts, or cool bandeau strapless styles. I love different bikinis – for this trip, I bought an awesome bikini with bows at the hips and in the centre of the top in navy and white, but I’m also a big fan of awesome high necked bikinis and I was close to buying a flamingo patterned swimsuit too.
I’ve found that looking for quirky swimwear can be hard – I started by looking around online, and I created a pinterest board for some of my favourites (you can find that Holiday Wardrobe board here!). ASOS is generally my starting point, but I also saw some great options on Littlewoods online and Debenhams this year. My top three swimsuits are below!
Stacey’s Swimwear Choices
Stacey is also a fan of unique and quirky swimwear – her favourite shorts over our week away were the cosmos / space shorts which are technically mens and she teamed with a plain black bikini top. She also loves the surfing board style shorts which are a bit longer – Roxy and the other American sportwear brands do some really nice ones.
With her Scottish skin, Stace also always looks out for cool t-shirts or beach cover-ups when it comes to shopping for holiday stuff. Whilst the women’s swimwear departments are often the first place I look for a sundress or a sarong, Stace much prefers a men’s thin t-shirt. This year she had a sky blue men’s shirt with clouds all across it, which was perfect because she can now wear it with shorts through the ‘British summer’ (if it ever actually starts!) too.
I think that for non-lipstick lesbians (or even those who don’t always want to appear femme) finding swimwear can be quite hard. A beach / pool outfit is something which you almost always have to buy from a women’s department, whether you’re super femme, super butch or anywhere in between – and many high street stores don’t offer much more than string bottoms and triangle bikini tops. Both Stacey and I often struggle to find stuff we like when were out shopping, which is one of the reasons online shopping is a godsend some days. I took a lot of inspiration this year from The Lingerie Lesbian who wrote a brilliant post in April – and if anyone wants to buy me that tuxedo bikini or OYE chevron swimsuit for next year, I’d be eternally grateful!
(The last post I wrote must have had some kind of positive impact, because in the last few days I’ve thought of a whole host of things to write about! Sometimes just getting your thoughts down on a piece of paper / blank screen helps work out what was really wrong, you know?)Carley