I’m still on a bit of a swimwear kick even though I should really consider myself done shopping at this point. But I’m newly obsessed with the bikini being worn by big-busted model Kate Upton on the cover of June’s Vogue UK. I mean—look at it!
Is that not the perfect bikini? It’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 “bullet” shape. Also, the print. I die. It’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 it’s on the cover of Vogue, it’s a safe bet that it’s laughably out of my budget, but I still needed to know!
Figuring out the designer was easy—it’s Dolce & Gabbana. But I can’t find the set for sale anywhere! It’s not on the D&G website even though the rest of the matching collection of ’50s-inspired dresses, pants, tops, and even accessories are all there. There’s a photo of it among the runway images:
But it’s not listed in D&G’s own online store, or anywhere else for that matter. I guess that could mean it’s sold out. But I just want to know the price. There is a hideous bodysuit version for sale on D&G’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 it’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.
It’s the Gossard Birds Of Paradise set. Again it’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 isn’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, I’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 it’s actually a tossup as to whether I’d want a 32 or 34. Of course, I could always behave myself and just not buy it at all!