bikini of the day: sleek with leaves


An old school triange-style offering from Victoria’s Secret*. This was something I saw and instantaneously liked, and instantaneously bought. If only all acquisitions were so straightforward and satisfying.

*I think most of their swimsuits are too much, if you know what I mean, but then I keep finding options I like, especially in the cache of retired suits.

This was a case, too, wherein I had this immediate vision of an outfit and a context for the piece. This top, a pair of loose white linen drawstring pants, leather sandals, standing on a dock or a pier of some kind in the late afternoon sun…

I’ll show you sometime.

Sticking that  metal tube around the string in the middle makes such a difference, somehow! Adds such sophistication, in its little way. The tapered triangles, too, rather than the standard tangle of strings, seem a bit more sleek and streamlined. I don’t know. The appeal of this bikini seems to me so obvious that it sounds kind of dumb to explain. I want to engage in casual yet elegant activities in this bikini.

When you go to take a photo of an item of clothing you really see how wrinkled it is, which is invariably more wrinkled than you thought. I’ve picked up a kind of fancy steamer to address this issue (not for bathing suits…for normal stuff). I have some pieces I avoid wearing because they are too much work to iron and not worth wearing if you don’t iron them. [Possibly I shouldn’t have gotten these things. Much better are the things that look good wrinkled.] While I can enjoy the domestic repetition of ironing, it is in many cases impracticable. So we’ll see if I stick to the plan of actually steaming clothes or just use it for cleaning the bathroom. I have great hopes of doing both.


pockets and drapery

This fabric is a bit too heavy for this style, keeps dragging down and is really too warm, but I like the shape and the draping of it anyway. Even if it is a bit reminiscent of a repurposed parachute. I wanted the khaki version but it wasn’t in my size, so figured would give the blue a chance. Keep forgetting about blue as an option, somehow, when it comes to clothes that aren’t jeans.




Drape pocket maxi dress from asos, Spektre sunglasses, gladiator sandals from eBay, dyed freshwater pearls from eBay, dyed freshwater studs from Pearl Paradise, Scotch & Soda wrap bracelet, cloisonné fox ring from eBay. On the lips: Maybelline color sensational lipstick in Coral Crush.