Bikini Decisions…Your Help Needed!

I mentioned in my sales-shopping post that I was on the hunt for a bikini. I have been obsessing over the “reduced” items in the Net-a-Porter sale and have narrowed my choices down to three. I’m dilly-dallying, and all of them will probably get snapped up before I even make my decision! I could always buy all three, but I’m on a bit of a self-imposed spending-ban for the rest of the month. OK, week. OK, day.

Contestant number one, pictured above, is a cute little two-piece from Marni. Reduced from £135 to £54, which, to be honest, is probably the main appeal. I can’t resist a good price-reduction! I like the retro pattern and the flattering shades and there are no metal hoops and attachments that will heat up in the sun and brand my skin. Marni, £54, Net-a-Porter

Contestant number two, a sunny print from Diane von Furstenberg, Queen of the Wrap-Dress. Looks to be a flattering shape? Top is £42.50 down from £85, bottoms are £38.50, Net-a-Porter

The final contestant is a black crochet bikini designed by Claudia Schiffer. I think you’d have to have a good feel of this one to appreciate the crochet-ness of it, but I love the slightly high waist on the bottoms. £265 down to £79.50, Net-a-Porter.

Right. Which one? Or two? Or, indeed, three? I’m leaning towards contestants one and three, but two is bright and cheery – ARGH! Why am I so bloody indecisive?


  1. I pick contestant #1: the two-piece from Marni

  2. lols- do it! Down with the Sales Police! Give them the finger, (as they walk out the door of course), just before using it to elegantly click *buy me now*! xxx

  3. MARNI!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Eek! How the heck will you ever decide with all these differing opinions! lol xxx

    • Well, Sue, at the moment I have all three in the basket still. I’m waiting until Mr AMR goes out and then BHAM! x

  5. #2 reminds me of a print on a vintage blouse, has a great shape, and the colors are beautiful…though they may not look great on fresh out of winter skin.
    #3 is wonderful! So classic. And it’s fresh. I love the higher waist, and the cut and color would be flattering on not-quite-golden tanned skin. Throw on some red lips and shades and it’s classic pin up style.

    My final vote is the black number for early summer, and the DVF for late summer. :D

    (Also, great job and thanks for the lovely blog! Can’t wait for the next exclusive newsletter, the first was really great.)

  6. Anything Marni is a no-brainer for me. I adore the patterns and cuts. Plus I can imagine the bikini top working in your wardrobe with denim cut-offs or white jeans and denim jacket. PRESS the SOLD button!!!!

  7. you need to find a brazilian bikini store!

  8. I love the first one!

  9. I think you should go for number 1. Number 2 feels slightly childish and is a difficult to wear shade. I really love crochet on a suit as long as you just plan on lounging by the pool, but not if you plan on getting wet in it. It would leave you with some huge tan lines though. Where was I? Oh yes, number 1 I think.

  10. Definately number one!

  11. I would say number two. It is bright and very pretty – too many women are going for dark versions of swimsuits and bikinis just, because it seems to be safe choice. You are still young, so why not to embrace color? The yellow one will look beautiful on you and with a tan you’ll be a goddess :) let us know which one you’ll choose :) good luck

  12. No 1!!
    would look ab fab on you.

    as for 2…yellow? really? *raises eyebrow like old librarian*

    3 – crochet is never cool. never.

  13. I love the Marni one!

  14. All of them look very sweet but considering your boobyliciousness, I think you should go for no1 Marni. It looks more classic and long term investment than no2. x

  15. I love the Marni one, I’m desperately trying to work out what size I am in Italian sizes so I can buy it myself! X

  16. I’d go for the black crochet. The crochet detailing is probably gorgeous in person – this web photo probably doesn’t do it justice. If you weren’t a model, I wouldn’t worry about the tan lines, but you are so I’ll let you be the judge of that. I wouldn’t choose the yellow one b/c I think it would pop better against very dark skin.

  17. Apologies Ruth… Flipping iPad autocorrect. My comment should read ‘a good investment piece’ x

  18. Either 2 or 3. I think 3 is a lassie investment piece though. Number 1 doesn’t look the price…the pattern reminds me of a surf type make eg rip curl etc etc

  19. Definitely no.1, it’s gorgeous :)

  20. My vote is for number 2 – especially in bright sunshine where duller colours start to look really washed out. Whichever you choose enjoy your hols!

  21. DVF for defo, it’s gorgeous!

  22. lovvvve the first one babe, you’ll look awesome in it!

  23. I dont know if you snapped any up yet but definitely 3, 2 and not the Marni, sorry the other two are just so pretty!

  24. Hi Ruth, I think The Black one would look amazing on you and it is a timeless bikini if your looking for something classic….if not i would go for the first one it has a summer vibe to it an would also look good on you. But lets be honest any bikini would look good on you Ruth! Big fan of your videos ;-)

  25. DVF!! DVF! DVF!

  26. The DVF one definitely, it’s stunning! The first one’s colours are a bit off, a bit muddy for summer and the black one’s bottoms are really big and make the hips and legs on that model look quite wide and thick.
    Yellow one all the way! x

  27. #1 DEFINITELY! Oh my gosh, I love that one so much! The print, the cut, everything! (I’ve been looking for a bathing suit the the top cut like that since last summer!)

  28. Nr2 DVF is gorgeous!

  29. DvF definetely!!!

  30. I love number 2, it’s so striking and summery! Plus I just want to live out my dreams of wearing yellow in summer through you, as I’m far too pale, but you would look stunning in it!

  31. I’d snatch up the Marni one. The Claudia Schiffer one looks realy timeless and classy, but it’s a bit to covering for tanning.

    The DVF one is a great colour. But does yellow work for you? As a blonde I’m always scared to wear yellow. But then again, it’s not very close to the face. And knowing you, you’ll look fabulous in everything.


  32. Love in a mist

    I have to say my first choice was the black crochet one, but yes the tan lines would be potentially an issue, unless you felt inclined to whip them off for abit lol!
    So the top floral one would be my next best choice, not really a fan of yellow one TBH xxx

  33. Defo No.2, the DVF hits this seasons neon trend, but in a way you can still love next year. Think No.1’s appeal might be more about the price than prettiness?

    Just a suggestion have you tried any Zimmermann bikini’s – they’re super pretty. They sometimes have them on

    Liz. X

  34. Number 1 & 3 for me !
    Number 2 doesn’t look bad, but reminds me of the “marsupilami” (don’t know the name in english, but there: )

  35. The DVF one. Top one a bit dullsville. The crochet one will go all saggy.

  36. I bet you already have a black bikini ;-) I like the yellow one – I think it looks the most glam of the three and you can definitely rock it!

  37. either 1 or 2. i think the bottoms have a more flattering line ( not as boxy as 3) and looks like you can adjust the ties to your exact size.

  38. 2 and 3 look amazing! The first one isn’t anything special I find. xx

  39. Now I’m already a bit biased by the comments I’ve read! But I have imagined you wearing the bikini, and actually found the first one to be the most “Ruth Crilly”! I do like the yellow one as well, it’s what I’d pick for myself (and then be too shy to wear it).
    Not impressed by the third one, but high waisted bikini briefs are beautiful.

  40. N° 1 would look amazing on you. N° 3 covers up too much and you don’t need to do that! X

  41. The yellow one is the best!!

  42. Number 2 definitely, it’s so summery and cute! Other two look more high street than high end x

  43. Agree with Izzy! 2 and 3! (one is never enough!) The yellow DVF is sunny and gorgeous but not too loud and the black crochet is a classic cut and colour. And the first one doesn’t really particularly Marni. Blondes can get away with yellow, I’d say risk it for a biscuit and go for the DVF (and the black!)

  44. The second definitely! It is so unique and special. You could find a black one or a flowery one whenever. And your body is so gorgeous you can stand out with something eye-catching.Leave the black for the less confident girls.(Thats me)ha ha

  45. I honestly think you need two, because then when one is in the washing machine, you don’t have to go nude tanning ha-ha!

    But I think the DvF and Claudia Schiffer bikini’s would look great on you! (: xx

  46. I love the yellow DVF number! Not that I don’t love the others, but a) loads of people go for black or dark bikinis to help with the slimming effect and frankly with your enviable figure you should be showing off and b) that Claudia Schiffer bikini doesn’t half have wide sides, potential tanning nightmare…? At least with the other two you can hitch the tie sides up and down to reduce offensive tan lines.

    However, I say all this, but that model in the yellow has a definite tan (‘shopped, sprayed, natural or otherwise). I don’t know how pale you are, but the yellow could be draining without a golden glow. So maybe Marni to start the holiday, DVF to finish?

    I don’t think I’m being all that helpful really, sorry Ruth!

  47. 2 or 3, I reckon. The first one doesn’t look ‘Marni’ enough to justify the price tag, IMHO! :)

  48. I love the DVF bikini! I’m not usually a fan of yellow, but I think the print makes it a bit more fun.

  49. I’d go for 2 if you want something fun or 3 if you want something more classic (that’s my favourite).

  50. The DVF one without a doubt! Perfect cut, sexy and great color & pattern!

  51. the second one definitely!! think of how good that’ll look with a tan!

  52. I’d go for number one. Nice pattern and flattering colours, not too bright and shocking against pale skin.

  53. The DVF one is gorgeous, it’s a nice print without being too loud, I reckon. Also, without wanting to sound all sorts of weird, I think that bikini top will be most flattering on your chest! x

  54. Love 1 and 3! I find yellow very hard to wear (although you probably just can wear anything!)

  55. I think 2 and 3 are the ones that stand out the most (to be honest, I’m not fond of 1’s colours, I don’t like dark blue bikinis). If I had to pick a favourite, I’d pick 2 – it’s so summer-y, and I like the cut. Number 3 would leave massive tan gaps… It’s aesthetically pleasing, but what about those tan lines?

  56. I would totally go for number 1 and 3 :). A black bikini is always a good choice, and the 1st one is simply gorgeous. dont wait too long with your decision….xx

  57. The first / top one is the will look fabulous in it. I have to get my body bikini ready for my approaching (far too quickly) hols x

  58. The yellow one is so beautiful!! way more than the other ones, in my opinion…

  59. DVF and if you go for a second, then the Marni too! X

  60. Annette Thomas

    Like 1 & 3, 2 makes my eyes go funny, reminds me of those magic eye pics. However I’m positive you’ll look great on the beach whichever you choose :-)

  61. The DVF one – definitely!