The Freya Cabaret bikini was so far under my swimwear radar this season that I couldn’t have picked it out of a line-up. With armfuls of amazing prints and cuts from Freya, Panache, Fantasie, Figleaves and Slinky Dip, I hadn’t even entertained the thought of buying such a basic swimsuit.
There’s nothing like a sale to change a girl’s mind. Upon my recent shopping
binge trip to London, I was fortunate enough to hit the Selfridges lingerie department within hours of the sale starting. After a frantic few minutes (mostly spent laughing at Mr B4J as he pulled 30G after 30G off the rails and dropped them in to my arms like a crazed Supermarket Sweep player), I left with five co-ordinating sets for under £90 and an incredibly broad grin on my face. One of those sets was a bright turquoise Freya Cabaret bikini, from Freya’s AW10 collection, for less than £20.
It wasn’t anywhere near my List Of Top 20 Bikinis I Planned To Buy That Day, but buying this Freya Cabaret may be one of the best things I never meant to do. It’s about four-million degrees here and I’ve been wearing it all day instead of what conventionally passes for workwear. It is so incredibly comfortable I keep forgetting I’m not wearing loungewear and find myself absent-mindedly loitering at the window watching the boats (not advisable in Amsterdam…). I actually think it might be more comfortable than my very favourite sunshine yellow balconette, and the plunge style gives a gorgeous rounded but subtly uplifted cleavage that gives a cheeky ‘hello sunshine’ without startling the seagulls.
The fit is great, the briefs are cut to flatter, and it always comes in a crisp, bright colour to suit the widest range of skin tones, from the very dark to the dead-a-while white of celtic throwbacks like me. I have but one niggle. The briefs are embellished with a strap detail that will only invite mischief. Think twice before deploying water balloons/cannonballs/ice cream theft: revenge is swift and sweet when you have a visible ripcord near your nether regions…
So Cabaret is the secret treasure of the Freya Swim chest, and is available this season in luscious purple. Avast!