Honeymoon attire - 6 sweet bathing suits
By the time the honeymoon rolls around - after all of the fuss and fanfare of the wedding day - it's a break that's most certainly well deserved. However (here's the rub), it's also something you need to prepare for. Now that you no longer have the wedding to discuss, what will you talk about? How will you spend your first few days as a married couple - and, perhaps most importantly*, what will you wear?!
We all know swimwear can be seriously hit and miss. While a good suit can make you feel like a million bucks, a bad one can leave you terrified to venture outside the hotel room or apartment.
Pick your swimsuit to fit your body - and we're talking about the body you have now, not the body you think you'll have when your pre-wedding detox has been completed. If you're seriously undergoing a body overhaul, buy your suit as close to your departure date as possible. Otherwise, try to base your purchases on reality, not fantasy - the best-looking suit will be the one that fits well and hugs your curves, not one that threatens to suffocate them completely!
We're taking our cues from Mad Men's Megan when she and Don went honeymooning in Hawaii; think retro cuts, bright patterns and OTT prints. Just don't take your cues on marital communication from this pair!
If you're blessed in the bust area, finding a decent bikini can be a challenge, to say the least! This bright number from Asos (left, $37.63) has a supportive underband and tie halterneck to give you a little extra lift - and it's also available with super-cute full bottoms, which we love.
Next up? Topshop (centre, $68) has done a great selection of retro two-pieces this season, with full briefs sitting firmly centre stage. You can take your pick from an array of patterns and prints (gingham, anyone?) and bikini tops are underwired, for a little extra support. The one caveat? They run along dress sizes, so if you're a size 10 with DDs, these bikini tops may not be your friend.
Then, for kicks, Dolce & Gabbana (right, $550) has come up trumps with this suit. We love the slightly lower cut on the legs - not as flattering on the limbs, but definitely better at concealing those bits you may not want to place centre stage! It's fully lined, too, which really marks it out from cheaper suits; this won't go transparent in the surf, which is crucial.
French Connection's geometric print two-piece ($45.15 for the top; $41.39 for bottoms) is a bit of a transition from the simple, organic prints above; this feels a little more like a 70s woman, experimenting with more psychedelic prints and moving away from super-girly shapes! For those of you who fear severe tan lines, there's also a lower brief available as part of the set.
Of course this centre number (very Stella McCartney!) just has to be Modcloth ($72.99), the rulers of vintage-style online clothing retail. Like the Dolce, it's a little lower on the leg - and the waistband gives a super-flattering cinching effect. The big difference? The price - this baby comes in at a whopping $427 dollars cheaper than Dolce & Gabbana's suit.
Last, but by no means least, New Look's palm tree print set (£14.99 for the top; £9.99 for the bottoms) is a rock-bottom bargain - but those ribbed bottoms won't be for the shrinking violets among you (imagine the muffin top!). The really good news is that they go up to a size US 14.
* Kidding, honest!