Review: Swimming Costumes for Mama!

What happens to us mamas when we have babies?  There's a sudden switch in the brain that renders many of us incapable of spending money on ourselves, almost ever.  The switch definitely worked on me, so I have been making do with the same pre-pregnancy tankini for the past six years!  When we're on holiday I have to rinse and dry one night to be ready for the pool the next day, and the chlorine-battered fabric is starting to get a bit worn out.  Thankfully, this summer I have been offered the chance to review some gorgeous swimsuits and my holiday wardrobe is now replete.

My first cossie is from the huge range of swimsuits at House of Fraser and is the Speedo Sculpture One piece in Watermelon.  I just love the colour of this suit, such a stunning shade of pink and perfect for summer sunshine.  It is made from a firmer body-shaping fabric designed to smooth and shape the body, enhancing and flattering curves, enhancing an hourglass figure.

I'm really impressed with how well it fits around the bust (excuse the banger photos!) and the adjustable, non-slip straps are great.  Love it.

I was also sent the Speedo Sculpture Simplyglow one piece in Black, although I found this one to be not such a good fit.  Maybe because it has a halterneck, which is a bit of a no-no with big boobs!  I really like the tie bow feature on the side though.  I was also impressed to learn that Speedo's Sculpture range is tested in up to 40 hours of chlorine to ensure the best quality.  It should then last up to 10 times longer than conventional swimsuits.

My third new swimming costume is this gorgeous two-piece from Surania, an innovative new Spanish company that allows you to make and customise your own swimwear, whether bikini, tankini or one piece.  There are a huge range of fabrics in both plain and patterned designs; lots of top and bottom, and one piece, styles; and other choices such as straps, ties and more.  In fact there are over 6000 possible combinations!

I loved this floral print as soon as I saw it, and after playing around on the site decided to match it with this pink for the shorts.  After another play around I chose a tankini style, then tried different top and bottom styles until I got a set I was happy with.  It's great fun - remember those cut-out dresses from Twinkle?  Just like that!

I like the ruched sides with tie feature that you can push up or down, and the fit around the bottom is very good.  The integral bust support is a good feature and actually works, and the cute spaghetti straps are also supportive and adjustable.  And best of all this pattern makes me smile!

As my Twitter bio says, you'll find me at the beach...

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  1. Lucky girl! Gorgeous summery colours! My swimsuit is also a few years old, but as I wear it for one week a year, I hope I can still manage to wear it for a while. :)


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