Thursday, 28 June 2012

Retro-esque Swimwear from Swim Boutique


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.

Ready?


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!



Beachcomber Cool Floral Printed Skirt Swimsuit 05602 Beachcomber Black Dotty Swim-dress 05708 Beachcomber Hibiscus Fluted Skirt Swimsuit 05712

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!




40 comments:

  1. Oh my! You look gorgeous!! I love the pattern on that swimsuit, too.

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  2. You look absolutely lovely!

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  4. Lovely cossie!

    And useful whether we eventually get to sunbathe or it rains so much we have to swim to work.

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  5. You beach beauty you! I haven’t bought a modern swimmer in years and I still have the one I bought when I was 15 (not worn in years I may add!). I love the skirted styles and yours is a real cutie :)
    Tupps x

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  6. That suit is lovely, and you look lovely in it, and you had such good stuff to say about a) swimwear and b) body image in this post. Everything is lovely!

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  7. That swim suit is so cute! I had to hunt high and low on the high street for mine since I wanted a one piece not an itty bitty bikini. Wish I had known about this shop sooner. You look stunning in yours.

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  8. I love your pretty cossie and you look great! M x

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  9. Good on you for this revealing post, you look fantastic! Long may today's heatwave last so you can get your cossie on!
    Hen x

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  10. Love this post! That cossie looks good on you and I completely agree that we all feel more comfy a bit more covered up! Although my bottom is the allegedly coverted size 10 my chest most certainly is not and I love the fact that this swimsuit style provides a semblence of balance to the body too.
    A great post- well done! (Now, we wait for frying eggs....)

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  11. I think you look just gorgeous in it!!

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  12. You look wonderful in it. I've never worn a swimming costume in my life but if I did swim it's the style I'd choose.

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  13. You look fab, and at the risk of sounding like an odd bloke in a mac rubbing his thighs, you have very shapely legs! I don't own a swimming costume at the moment, I find them a proper arse to get to fit properly.

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  14. Wow this looks great on you! You look fabarooo! Will be getting myself down to Swim Boutique - online of course.
    Thanks for this review!

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  15. You look bloody gorgeous. Like Lakota says, at the risk of sounding like an old perv you really do have fabulous legs. The print and the cut are just stunning. If Swim Boutique have any sense they should use you as a model on their site, I bet there's been a few hits since you posted this! x

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  16. Ohh, I love this! I think it looks amazing on you! It's so hard to find a good fitting swim suit.

    xo,
    Em

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  17. You look stellar! Fantastic, cheerfully pretty suit, the colours of which look sublime with your hair and skin colouring. Marvelous warm weather look!!!

    ♥ Jessica

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  18. You look great & what a fab swimsuit :) x

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  19. You look gorgeous and WOW your legs are amazing

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  21. You look gorgeous and WOW your legs are amazing

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  22. You look gorgeous and WOW your legs are amazing

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  23. You look gorgeous and WOW your legs are amazing

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  24. You look gorgeous and WOW your legs are amazing

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  25. You look gorgeous and WOW your legs are amazing

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  26. You look gorgeous and WOW your legs are amazing

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  27. *blush* - THANK YOU EVERY ONE! I am very humbled. And your cheques for saying such lovely things are in the post :)

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  28. AY CARAMBA! You look fantastic in that swimsuit.

    I shall check out their other cossies.

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  29. I love it!! You look fabulous in it! x

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  30. Tres flattering, the cut, colour and fit!!!

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  31. I love that costume, the print and cut is amazing! And you look stunning in it :) HOT HOT HOT!!! I may have to go purchase one of these myself, yum!

    xxx

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  32. That has to be THE nicest and most flattering swimsuit I have ever seen, it suits you and you rock it! I will definitely bookmark it for the day when I pluck up the courage to bare my legs to the world! Thank you so much for modelling so fantastically and giving me a little nudge to stop being a scaredy cat & go swimming again.

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  33. You have a fabulous shaped figure. It's beautifully proportioned.

    I have a wonderful swimsuit that Lakota sent to me a while ago. 5 weeks until my holiday, so the sun will shine then (hopefully)

    Caroline
    xxx

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  34. Thank you all for such wonderful comments :D You are too kind. Glad you like the costume :D

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  35. damn it, that polka dot one was everywhere on the isle of wight, I knew I should've got it! x

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  36. Thank you thank you thank you for this!!! I have been seeking a longer legged swimming costume for as long as I care to remember as I feel terribly self-conscious in the high-legged varieties! This looks really lovely on you and I would definitely consider buying one after reading this post!

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  37. You look very lovely, that is the type of a swimsuit I would wear, as I normally dont like to show too much and I also just adore retro swimsuits :) I must also say I like your blog's design a lot!

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  38. You look fab! Love the costume, it looks really glam :o)

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  39. Thanks for doing this,it can't have been easy for you but this post and this type of costume is just what I need for my holiday later this year. I am not currently happy with my figure, as I am larger than I have ever been, but you look fabulous, you have lovely skin and I will be rushing over there to buy my own asap so I can enjoy the pool as I used to ;)

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