Iâ€™m still on a bit of a swimwear kick even though I should really consider myself done shopping at this point. But Iâ€™m newly obsessed with the bikini being worn by big-busted model Kate Upton on the cover of Juneâ€™s Vogue UK. I meanâ€¦look at it!
Is that not the perfect bikini? Itâ€™s totally on trend with its super high waist and vintage-style top with fabulous yet not overwhelming cleavage and just a little bit of the â€œbulletâ€ shape. Also, the print. I die. Itâ€™s so pretty and sophisticated.
As soon as I saw this, I just had to know who the designer is and how much it costs. If itâ€™s on the cover of Vogue, itâ€™s a safe bet that itâ€™s laughably out of my budget, but I still needed to know!
Figuring out the designer was easyâ€”itâ€™s Dolce & Gabbana. But I canâ€™t find the set for sale anywhere! Itâ€™s not on the D&G website even though the rest of the matching collection of â€™50s-inspired dresses, pants, tops, and even accessories are all there. Thereâ€™s a photo of it among the runway images:
But itâ€™s not listed in D&Gâ€™s own online store, or anywhere else for that matter. I guess that could mean itâ€™s sold out. But I just want to know the price. There is a hideous bodysuit version for sale on D&Gâ€™s website for $573 (down from $1,145!), and I found a similar bikini on the designer markdown site Net-a-Porter for $469 (originally $670). So I guess itâ€™s safe to assume the Vogue set is somewhere between there.
Anyhow, the one bright spot of news is that ASOS has a cute feature listing a few bikini sets they sell that are similar to the cover, one of which really is quite nice.
Itâ€™s the Gossard Birds Of Paradise set. Again itâ€™s a print that is just lovely. Gossard is also a good fit for me in their bras, though I do have to size up in the band and cup. This top is a bit of a wild card, though. The front is the same shape as the Gossard Super Egoboost Strapless I tried some time ago, which in a 30 band was too tight to even close. But the back of this top isnâ€™t as wide as the bra and uses a standard non-adjustable clip, not hooks and eyes. Since the 30G is sold out on ASOS, Iâ€™d definitely have to get at least a 32, but the 30 was so tight, and I prefer bikinis to be a little looser than my bras, so itâ€™s actually a tossup as to whether Iâ€™d want a 32 or 34. Of course, I could always behave myself and just not buy it at all!