A Swimshop Swimwear review

Often when we talk about swimwear, we really mean the sort of stuff we wear for topping up our tans on the beach – i.e. something skimpy, pretty, and not really suitable for swimming in at all. If you are looking for swimwear this year that is actually fit for the purpose it was named for – i.e swimming, then Swimshop is the place you should be turning to. Here there is a great range of swimwear that looks good, but is substantial enough for doing lengths at your local pool.

I love swimming, last Summer I was taking Joe at least twice a week to our local baths and his swimming really improved, while I totally enjoyed the exercise, especially on those lovely warm days we enjoyed. I am definitely a swimsuit sort of girl – I don’t have the sort of body that I want to show off in a bikini, and I find tankini’s seem to roll up one way and roll down the other (anyone with a tum knows exactly what I’m talking about.) When Swimshop asked if I was interested in reviewing a piece from their swimwear collection, I headed straight to the cossies!

Swimshop has an extensive collection of swimwear, including pieces from Adiddas, Zoggs, Speedo and Funkita. There are sporty styles, and more traditional holiday swimsuits, and a good range of sizes ranging from petites to plus size. I chose the Zoggs ‘Womens Blue Bazaar Twist Booty Suit in Navy / Blue’. I liked the fact that the legs were low cut, and the neckline was a sweetheart style that I thought would work well on a bigger bust.  It also contained an inner bra shelf – I really didn’t realise how many women actually still wore their bra under their costume until I started reading blogs. I never have but still like the support an inner layer gives.

Zoggs Womens Blue Bazaar Twist Booty Suit - Navy / Blue now £23 click to visit Swimshop

Zoggs Womens Blue Bazaar Twist Booty Suit – Navy / Blue now £23 click to visit Swimshop

Back view.

Back view.

The costume is created in soft, high stretch and chlorine resistant HydroLife™ fabric, this means that the swimsuit offers fantastic shape and colour retention for at least 200 hours of pool use. This means it will last a lot longer than one holiday, and therefore offers great value for £23.


I think the swimsuit looks quite glam with this F&F kimono.


Beach ready

I found this swimsuit to be a comfortable fit due to the shape, although I would be tempted to size up if I was to order again – the fabric is slightly thicker than some swimsuits so the stretch feels less pliable. The design is pretty enough for you to wear this on your holidays, but this is definitely a swimsuit you can actually swim in, without fear of falling out. This does have a slightly more grown up feel to it, a little bit retro 1940s in style, and the sweetheart neckline is very pretty.

If you are going on holiday soon I would definitely recommend Swimshop, the range of designs means you will definitely find something to suit your taste.

*I was sent a swimsuit for the purpose of this review.

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My first Swimwear review – Lascana from Swimwear 365

When I attended the Look Again press event in February, I was really impressed by the swimwear brand Swimwear 365, who were also exhibiting their Spring/Summer range for 2014. I loved the fact that this was both a super stylish, but also inclusive, swimwear brand, with sizing going from a size 6 to a size 34, and cup sizes AA to K. I also loved the opportunity to mix and match pieces, so that you had the opportunity to find the perfect swimwear, whatever your body shape, or personal preference. But mostly, I loved the fact that there were swimming costumes that were sexy and sleek, for those of us who wouldn’t be seen dead in a bikini – i.e. ME!

Swimwear 365 very kindly gave me the opportunity to review a piece from the current range, and I was both really happy – I have a Summer holiday coming up and could definitely do with something new and stylish for around the pool. But I was also a little frightened – I am most definitely plus size, not the most body confident, certainly not toned and tanned. Would I really feel confident enough to post a picture on my blog of me in the said swimwear – after all, the best reviews show you what the item actually looked like on?

LASCANA Navy Ruched Swimsuit £49 click to visit Swimwear 365

LASCANA Navy Ruched Swimsuit £49 click to visit Swimwear 365

The swimsuit I chose just oozes glamour. From Lascana, the navy ruched swimsuit is one designed to enhance the body. With sequined beaded detail adding to the poolside glamour, and the ruching panel to help keep my jelly belly in place, this was a swimsuit I fell in love with from the image and description. I also loved that it wasn’t black, I liked the idea of accessorising with gold sandals.

DSCN7038[1]This is a really lovely swimsuit. I went for a size 18d (how great that you can choose both size and cup!) and felt it was a good fit. The panel at the front holds the stomach in and is really comfortable to wear, rather than feeling restrictive. The shoulder straps make a lovely change from the halter neck designs that often proliferate in swimwear, and they are both sturdy (always great with a bigger bust) and adjustable. The bust has a slight padding which again offers great level of support.  This is a costume that makes you feel glamorous, and because of that pretty sequined detail, you could just add some denim cut-offs and head to the bar.


Swimsuit – £49 Swimwear 365
Sarong Lands’ End (view current season here)
Sandals Dorothy Perkins (now £8.10 click here)

This swimsuit is really easy to accessorise, the lovely navy shade will look great against an array of colours, from white to gold, and red to silver. I added a bright coloured sarong and gold flip-flops which I think look good against the deep and vibrant blue. And, because this is meant to be a beach look – I went bare-faced, just as I do at the beach!


This swimsuit comes in a more classic black shade if this is more your choice. (You can view this colour way here.) Lascana also have a wider range of swimwear which is well worth a look if your choice of swimwear veers towards poolside glamour rather than sporty styles.

With thanks to Swimwear 365 for the lovely swimsuit.

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