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I never imagined that showing photos of myself wearing a swimsuit would interest so many people. It wasn’t something I planned to do in advance, I just did it. It was the height of summer and I wanted to see ladies online wearing swimwear who were similar in size but there just weren’t as many as I hoped. For those of you who were inspired by the Embrace your Body
post and photos and submitted your own… YOU ROCK! Even my Mum got in on the action! I was proud as punch about my accidental positive body image post. Thank you to all those who commented and still continue to do so… you have no idea how much you have altered my own personal mindset (also many other similarly built women
) for the better. Publishing this post couldn’t have been at a better time as today is International Women’s Day
and even Cosmopolitan’s
recent issue is all about body love and building self esteem. GO GIRLS!
On a high from the posts success I contacted a few plus size swimwear businesses both in Australia and overseas to see if they would be interested in a collaboration and had no success… maybe, as much as customers loved seeing a larger woman in a swimsuit, their stockholders might not. By some miracle Pip from Meet Me at Mike’s
tweeted about her new pair of togs from a brilliant Australian company which distributes swimwear for all shapes and sizes, so I had look at her link and was really surprised. So I contacted Swimwear Galore
who were more than happy to show what they stocked. Within a few days I’d been shipped several pieces to review and as a thank you for spreading the news I was given the choice of keeping one of the suits or taking a gift voucher! psst, you can win a $200 gift voucher too, go and check it out the promotion on the Swimwear Galore website.
It was essentially a big risk for a small business who had never dealt with ‘blog advertising’ before but the team trusted me. I took it upon myself to go the extra mile (as usual) and organised a little swimwear photoshoot. Wanting to spread the love even further I offered the opportunity to a hair & make up artist Amy Goddard as well as photographer Cathy Topping to take it on as experience and to add to their portfolios. It really was a win-win for everyone involved and despite the drizzly, miserable weather it was still a great day. I also organised a slew of Lovisa jewellery to wear during the photoshoot, a few fun items from Swimwear Galore as well as a couple of personal props.
It wouldn’t be a successful review without my honest thoughts and feedback so I had my lovely friend Monica (who isn’t a photographer
) take some standard ‘everyday’ kind of photos of me wearing the suits whilst standing in a similar pose so you can clearly see the difference in shape, lift and tuck. I don’t think I really need to point it out but just in case, I haven’t edited myself in any of the images but I have tweeked expsoure and saturation.
I really adored this set. The striking v-neckline, the ruching under the bust and the long length of the top had me at hello! In this photo I’m wearing a size 24 as they were out of stock in my size but I got them to send me it anyway as I wanted to try it on, check out the fabric and you know what, even though it was looser than I preferred, it still knocked my socks off. I liked that the cut as flattering, that the fabric felt luxurious and the front had reinforced panelling. It does come with little soft thin breast inserts which sit within the lining to assist with lift and nipple situations but I took them out as I’m happy with the way my breasts naturally sit and a firm believer that nipples are perfectly normal chest accessories.
The briefs were awesome, I liked that they’re a wide cut, see how they cover they comfortably cover the width of my bum without creeping up my crack. They also were mid rise (also with the reinforced panel) which kept my tummy comfortable yet held in. This meant that I wasn’t constantly pulling my bottoms up over my belly and my top down over my belly. The top also has ruching across the stomach which fools the eyes of on-lookers that your roll is actually just how the fabric folds… sneaky swimsuit!
I guess the most important thing you need from a swimsuit is to feel good wearing it… and for it to stay on! Nothing quite like your top or bottoms flying off when you dive into the pool or a wave flinging it off in the surf… but I digress, even though I’d go a size smaller I still felt so sexy wearing it. The sizes for this suit are true as listed on the website which is awesome for those like me having to purchase online. Buy with confidence!
This is essentially the exact same suit as the one I just reviewed above but it’s a one piece. It still has the reinforced panelling at the front and ruching under the bust. The Ruby colour is amazing and really made me feel vibrant when I put it on. The only reason this one didn’t score 5/5 was due to the fact that I personally preferred the two piece as I liked the convenience for bathroom trips as well as the fact that top has ruching and also broke up the fabric across my bum. Again, the fabric feels expensive and I couldn’t see any faults in construction. I definitely felt like I was wearing a high end product which is good as I normally wouldn’t spend this much on a pair of togs.
I was apprehensive about trying this one on as it looked much smaller than all the other garments I’d been sent and it was. This was a size 22 and I felt like I should have ordered a size up. The shorts felt really good at the back but were unforgiving at the front, constantly rolling up my thighs as they sat quite high. The top also rolled up as it was quite short on my body. I think for someone who had a small hip/thigh size or was even just shorter in general it would look amazing on. The fabric didn’t feel as lovely and soft as the first two I’ve shown you, just felt like the everyday kind od swimwear fabric. I do like the straps and the way the top sits at the back. The built in shelf bra was pretty supportive, I was quite surprised by that actually! At the end of the day it just made me fidget too much so I wasn’t comfortable. The quality of the singlet set was great and I can imagine this being a summer staple for many women.
I’ll be completely honest, if they manufactured this piece in all black instead of the flower print I’d buy it in an instant. I love the silver chain detailing on the straps, the shape of the neckline and how high it rises up the back, it made my boobs feel really supported. This has an inbuilt shelf bra too and I found this one gave some lift yet also managed to minimise them at the same time. This one gave me the perfect shape and coverage on the hips and bum too. Tummy isn’t forgotten either with reinforced paneling on the front. Don’t get me wrong, the flower print is lovely but it’s just not me, personally I’d prefer a bright block colour like Ruby or Cyan.
Ladies, this is the one Steve asked me to keep, he loved it on me. I was apprehensive at first but with all the mainstream pin-up fashion pieces going around in the last few months I thought I’d give it ago. I really loved the fact that it slipped on like a once piece but it was constructed in such a way that even though it had a crotch, you couldn’t see it, it just looked like I was wearing a form fitting swimdress. I love how it covers my whole bum and slims down my hips… no need for shorts ladies! The bust is amazingly shaped, keeping the ‘girls’ firm and in place. The fabric feels expensive, it has the reinforced paneling at the front and I couldn’t find any fault in it’s construction. I’d be happy to wear this to the beach on holiday as well as taking Aidan to swimming lessons at the pool.
I really was in awe of the customer service I received from Swimwear Galore as well as the garments I was sent. I will definitely be purchasing from them in the future. You can find Swimwear Galore on Facebook
for current updates and also on YouTube
for cool behind-the-scenes clips.
As much as I loved the varied plus size
range, I also appreciated the extensive range of swimwear they stocked from E+ cup separates, mastectomy suits, maternity pieces
and shape wear
. They haven’t forgotten about the girls, boys
in our lives either. As well as their online store, there are five storefronts
across Victoria so if you live nearby and not really comfortable buying online
you can still buy from them in the old fashion way, I know I’ll be heading in store when I’m down there in April!
My hope with this post (besides showcasing a fabulous Australian business) was to remind women to like their bodies, dive head first into the moments that have proved awkward in the past like wearing swimmers without shorts and shed away the fear. Society can be judgemental but from my personal experience I’ve found that as women, we’re more often than not, our own worst enemies. Be kind to yourself and embrace your curves!
Please Note: Prices listed are accurate at time of publishing.