First a disclaimer. I am not a bikini person. I don’t think I have actually worn one since I was in my early 20s, even before my wardrobe moved into the plus size catagory, I simply hated my stomach area, the first place I would put on weight, and hence feel big and bloated. Yes, it has always been a swimsuit for me.
But the good news is that swimsuits have come a long way in recent years, they have become more fitted, sexier and desirable, as good for posing around the pool as well as actually swimming in it. One of the best places to look for stunning swimwear is UK Swimwear, who sell a range of styles that come in a wide range of sizes, from petite to plus size. UK Swimwear recently treated me to a new swimsuit for my holiday in Cyprus and I chose an absolute cracker, the Moontide Contours Twist Swimsuit in classic black.
Moontide is a design range from New Zealand, and Contours is their shapewear range. This means it has soft cups, adjustable straps, a ruched panel on the front, light control
and a medium rise on the leg = all things which help to make the costume flattering and wearable.
This costume has a real Hollywood Goddess circa 1956 feel, it has a glamorous shape and the thicker straps and ruching give it the look and feel of something Marilyn Monroe might’ve worn poolside whilst enjoying a glass of Champagne. It has all the things I look for in a cozzie – good support for the bust, a nice low back for tanning, and legs not cut too high.
This design comes in red and light blue, which are both glorious colours, but black is so practical if you are going to pack light – it will go with pretty much every colour of sarong, shorts or cover up. Plus, with the attractive bodice shape, it is ready for a spot of sightseeing with the addition of a pair of shorts or some denim cut offs.
The really great thing about this swimsuit is that it is pretty enough to pose in, but also practical enough to actually swim, or snorkel in. This is not a costume you are going to lose if you are hit by a big wave, you can feel comfortable in the design, and secure enough to know that it will save your blushes – an all round winner.
The Moontide Contours Twist costume costs £57.95 and is currently available in sizes 12-18.
*I was gifted the costume from UK Swimwear in exchange for an honest review.