Bikini fear

Things that go through my head when trying to buy a bikini…the world’s most difficult item to shop for

I think stores do it on purpose. Either to make you sit there for longer trying on yet another bikini…and then hating life. Or maybe because the experience is so dreadful it puts immense pressure on you to buy that 1/2 a meter of fabric, which then costs R1500.

That wasn’t even the worst of my rant. Sorry there’s more…

Okay so what’s up with bikinis that are sold in pairs only fitting like 2% of the population? Who out there is actually both a S on the top and S on the bottom??

Then there’s the issue of those tiny straps that are meant to hold your boobs up safely (you know from waves stripping you half naked and other beach terrors). To all the bikini designers out there: If it won’t work on a bra its highly unlikely it will work on the beach.

So you’ve finally purchased a costume (can’t say for certain it’s the one of your dreams but hey life goes on) and you go for a swim in the pool and in a weeks time it looks like it’s aged 2 years. What is up with that?

In my frustration for a summer cozi I’ve sourced some cute swimwear that are all under the R800 mark. Whoop.

Summer Heart

Based in Cape Town this brand produces all their garments locally and empowers local women through their social initiative (click here to find out more). All their pieces are fully lined and come in bright colours and classic silhouettes. You can purchase bikinis individually, yay!

Delilah Top

Bra style triangle bikini top with clasp at the back. This item comes in a variety of colours. The Scarlett Top is also very similar with just a thicker strap, which I assume might be better for a bigger bust as it gives extra support. Shop here

R399 – shop here

summer heart bikini top

Serena (header image)

One piece costume in bright red/”Firecoal” that accentuates a low black and deep side loops. Available in 7 different colours all of which are fully lined.

R799 – shop here

Earthling and Moon

A South African company that sources pieces around the world. Every item on their site has a unique bohemian feel. And best of all you’re able to buy the top and bottom as separate items. Cha-ching! Below are two of my favourite pieces.

Aurora Bikini Top Black

This black cross over bikini top is one size fits all with the ability to tighten/loosen it as you please, which I think is pretty ideal for bigger breasted ladies.

R440.00 – shop here

bikini top, earthling and moon, south africa

Cove Bikini Top Tangerine

A classic triangle top in a bright tangerine. This item has no padding or underwire but provides support with it’s double set of adjustable straps. There are also matching bottoms available in black or tangerine that you can buy separately.

R440 – shop here / bottoms R440 here

tangerine costume top

My Scattered Heart

Another local bohemian brand based in the Eastern Cape. They started off just selling swimwear and have branched out into other items. I especially love all their dresses, this Star Gazer dress I wore here is one of my ultimate favourites. Anyway back to costumes… MSH sells their 2 pieces separately just ensure you write in their comment section what size you would like for top/bottom.

Palm Island Two Piece

This bikini had me at green leaves. Plus the cross-over back detailing, which is carried through on the side straps of the bottoms, very cute I might add.

R599 – shop here

MSH island palm bikini

Solar one piece

A bright coloured full costume with cross-over detail at the back. I personally love the vibrant pattern and the flattering fit.

R599 – shop here

one piece from msh

Cancun one piece

This is a classic black, fully lined costume with a low back and adjustable straps at the back. What makes this piece cool is the crochet detailing in the front. Wear this as is to the beach or with denim frayed shorts as a body suit.

R599 – shop here

my scattered heart full black costume

Mono & Me

Local company by two farm girls who showcase their love for minimal sexy swimwear. Their costumes are all made in South African with quality fabrics and simple designs. Tops and bottoms sold separately.

Madison Top

A high neck with detailed multi strap at the back that gives good support. I would recommend going for a tight fit to ensure all the straps at the back look good. Available in different colours.

R449 – shop here

madison bikini top from mono & me


A plunging one piece with a low back and semi-deep side loops. Pictured below is the white which I love but it’s also available in other colours like neon pink (my second fave).

R579 – shop here

mon & me one piece white

Bikini Love (via Superbalist)

This brand has a variety of popular styles using different fabrics such as neoprene and crochet. They’re really affordable and if you sign up to the Superbalist newsletter you might just be able to grab one on a day they’re running a promo. Otherwise they have their own online store here.

Knot range

I like the mix of neoprene with crochet (100% cotton) – the mix of those materials makes it stand out. I just bought this bikini and the fit of the bottom is good, I could have gone for slightly smaller but I prefer to have my bum covered a bit more. The top I have to tie really tight to get any support, so not ideal for a bigger bust. I bought a M bottom and L top.

Top: R299 – shop here

Bottom: R299 – shop here

bikini love knot bikini

Full piece or two piece you’ve probably at least once hated the process of shopping for a costume. And if you haven’t then you’re weird or a model who’s been featured in the images above. Lucky you. In a move to try make the bikini shopping experience better you can view and purchase these items from the comfort of you bed – the way all things in life should be done.

Happy summer southern hemisphere people, let me know which cozi you like 🙂



Images do not belong to The Leather Marshmallow, they are sourced from brands mentioned above. Header image from Summer Heart here



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