Summer in the UK might be playing a never ending game of peek-a-boo, with today at the "boo" end of the spectrum, but I hold out hope for a long hot spell, dear people. I may be deluded, but I think in a months time it shall be so hot you will be able to cook eggs on the pavement.
Which shall give me even more to whinge about.
But, in the mean time, I have been thinking about what to wear when one is waterside. Be it the pool or the sea. There have been some grand round up posts in my feed of late, namely Retro Chick's highstreet finds and there are some delish bits available from Penny Dreadful Vintage if proper vintagey-goodness is what you prefer in your beach bag.
But, for me, I stumbled upon a gem of a company whilst looking for a skirted cossie.
Be prepared for more of me than you have ever seen.
There! I have done it! I am on the Internet, for all to see, in a swimming costume. What ever next?
As you are aware, I am far from a size 10. The fact that I have chosen to post these shots of me, indicate that I am comfortable in my own skin. I think others & the media like to label me plus-size, fat, curvy or obese, depending on their angle.
Personally, I am just me. I, like all women, love bits of myself and occasionally loathe others. I refuse to allow the bits I wrinkle my nose at stop me from living in any capacity.
Anywhoooooo... on with the review....
After having a twitter conversation with Betty Bee Vintage about where to find a longer-in-the-leg-than-average-retro-looking-swimwear she pointed me in the direction of searching for a "skirtini". I found one via an on-line catalogue, ordered and promptly returned on account of the shocking lack of support.
A big sigh was released, and I thought "waaaaaah".
And then, by chance, I found Swim Boutique. We had a lovely conversation over email, and they kindly offered to send me one their costumes for review. Thankfully, there was to be none of the immediate return and waaaahing of my previous attempt.
I had a scout through their skirted swimming costumes and decided upon a rather 50's looking print for my review. It arrived in excellent time, which made me a happy beach bunny (to be)
Made to a high quality, this costume has soft cups for support and is in a bold pattern to mask the bits I don't like all that much. It has a low scooped back, which I feel could be a little higher to aid with support amongst my larger chested chums, but I would be happy to lounge about in this on the beach or a villa poolside.
Based on this,I would recommend that this is a recreational-having-a-dip-getting-some-reading-done kind of garment. I am not too sure that the straps would stay put if faced with a 20 lengths front crawl. I think a higher back would sort this issue.
But then again, I think it too pretty to be for exercise alone.
I like that the front is skirted, which covers the tops of my thighs, although, I would prefer this to be about an inch longer for me to be truly confident. But that is just me. I also like the tie option at the side.
This costume is not skirted at the back, but it is quite long in the leg, which stops my bum hanging out. Hurrah!
And, on account of it being not so scorchio at the moment, or me living in the Med, my folks back garden had to do for the review. I have added some props to get you more in the mood for summery climes.
Mmmmmm.... the SUN!
Should you wish to have a butchers at Swim Boutique for your very self, you can find them here on the web and also follow them on FaceBook and Twitter.
Come on Summer... hurry up!