26.5.10

Debenhams: Swimwear + H! by Henry Holland review!


Perfectly timed with my decision to take up swimming as my exercise of choice, the kind folk at Debenhams sent me one of their Floozie bikinis to add a bit of glamour to my incompetent flailing.

Floozie is the underwear range by design duo Frost French, and I've been a fan for a while now. I've always found Debenhams underwear to be great for the, erm, 'young boob'. I am quite well endowed in this department and I find it can be quite a mission finding a big bra that fits without underwire that's so wide it jabs my sides. I'm not sure why I've decided in my mind these bras are for 'old boobs'... I just have. But I've found Debenham's Floozie and Red Herring ranges are perfect for the young & busty, offering support with super cute design - and without excessive width. I had wanted to try the black polka dot bikini below, but it wasn't available so I opted for this sweet 'spinning top' print one.



Due to these bloody headaches, I haven't taken it for a test-swim yet, but I did wear the top sunbathing a couple of days ago which was a good chance to test out the comfort factor. I found the balcony style to be very supportive and the sizing was very true (no 4-boob syndrome here!) I think It's important when you find an undie brand you like that you can trust the sizing to be consistent, and that's definitely the case with Floozie. The bikini top did feel a bit stiff but I'm sure it'll be more comfy once it's been in the wash. Another bonus is that you can wear the top as a halterneck or strapless, which makes it flexible for all your beach outfits. I'm going to Madrid in July (can't wait!), and I'll be opting for strapless. I don't want a shoulder tan-line in sight!

Debenham's is also home to the amazingly good value H! by Henry Holland range. Here are my favourite swimwear picks from Floozie, H! and Red Herring:


(Top Row: Floozie Spinning top print, top: £18, bottoms: £14. Floozie black polka-dot print, top: £18, bottoms £14.Red Herring bird & flower print, top: £10, bottoms: £8. Bottom Row: H! by HH ditsy frill top: £12, bottoms: sold out. H! White ditsy bandeau: £32. H! Plaid bustier: £18, bottoms: £12)

Speaking of Henners Holland, I nipped to the Debenhams press day last week, and his designs totally stole the show. It was a mixture of Rihanna-goes-girl-scout (bodycon khaki, leather[ish] dress straps), and countryside cool (EPIC brogues, satchels and an amazing plaid cape) with an injection of cute heart and lips prints. If that sounds a bit fragmented, it's probably due to my poor description skills, but in person, the collection makes perfect sense. I really feel like the H! collection goes some way to filling the gaping void Luella has left behind for 'fun fashion'. And I just can't believe it's almost all under £30!




Enough of my ranting, have you tried Debenhams underwear or the H! range? I'm going to London tomorrow and I feel a little H! spree coming on!

xo

Disclaimer: I know I probably don't need to explain this to you guys, but just so you know, everything I write is my honest opinion. I'm not obligated to write about freebies I receive or events I go to, if I don't like it, I'll either tell you or just not post about it at all. I get a bit enthusiastic when I write about stuff I love, and I just don't want you thinking I'm not being myself. ♥

21 comments:

  1. Really cute swimming costumes, I might try out Debenhams range.

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  2. wish henners did some mens stuff for debs too

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  3. that giraffe sweater is so so cute! and the heart print dress! when is this in the shops, do you know?

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  4. I went into Debenhams the other day on a mission to get the H! (faux) leather shorts and, when I got there, they were half price AND in my size - the stuff of dreams.

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  5. I love that satchel! Will be checking out this collection! x

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  6. Liking the look of the HH collection! That bikini is fab, so summery and bright!

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  7. That H range looks brilliant!!!

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  8. Whoa that bustier dress on the bottom right is AMAZZZING! Looks like I need to check out Debenhams when I come to England this summer!

    <3<3<3

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  9. That H! range looks brilliant! I regret the fact that I live in the other rainy country more and more when I read your posts.
    I love the bikini's as well, although I don't fall into the 'young and busty' category at all haha!

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  11. Oh, I love HH's range! That giraffe jumper is so cute! x

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  12. loveeeee the new H! range. I love Henry Holland in general though, and he's SUCH a nice guy in person :)

    I was meant to be at this press day too, and the tesco event, so missed you both times! how annoying. maybe see you at LFW in sept?

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    xx

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  13. I would happily wear every one of those bikinis every day. Even to class. And work. And people would accept it, because they're so awesome.
    I'm in the process of trying to find one for the summer...I don't suppose any of those are available for us in the states...? I'm sure you'll totally rock yours!! The rest of the line looks pretty kickass too, especially the leather satchel and giraffe sweater

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  14. I will be going to Debenhams soon, the clothes look so cute - not what I imagine from there so I shall be pleasantly suprised! x

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  15. Im needing a new bikini for this summer, and some casual but cool travel friendly clothes for going around europe for a month. I only have one henry holland piece but looks like hes gradually adding more and more to the collection, I'll need to his debenhams for a nosy soon! :) thanks for sharing! xx

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  16. That cape is that stuff of dreams! I must own it! Is this the current collection or the stuff thats coming out in Autumn? xx

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  17. I like the horse jumper and varsity jacket so much, CUUUTE!

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  18. I may have to purchase the polka dot Floozie bikini! Hadn't thought about checking out the range in Debenhams before, thanks!

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  19. I love the Henry Holland at Debenhams collection. Next season looks even better than this season. I love the bag in the second pic.

    I love all the designer at Debenhams collections. Ben De Lisi has some really classic and elegant basics and Matthew Williamson some great coloured prints.

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  20. love the first one so cute, and the shoes beautiful :)

    www.likeblackorchid.com

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  21. love the H! stuff
    they never have it in my store.. well not the stuff I want.

    http://aforteforfashion.blogspot.com

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