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Holiday nightmare? Make sure it’s not your swimwear!

Getting your holiday swimwear right –

Well, as I write this (first day of June) it certainly doesn’t feel like summer is upon us. It’s really chilly but the forecast is looking brighter and many of you may well be contemplating a summer holiday this year. Sun, sea and… oh no, is my swimwear still up to the job? So, if you think you might need something new, here are a few tips to ensure you make the right choices.

In my Insta Live the other day I was talking with Steph Thanhausser, fabric designer, illustrator and sewing teacher, about holiday planning. Something we didn’t touch on however was applying the same preparation to your swimwear. Check if what you wore last year is still ok. Does it fit, has it disintegrated by too much chlorine/salt water exposure and does it give you the coverage and support you need?

And don’t forget those beach coverup’s and sarongs! Large colourful scarves will work just as well for this but also double up as a warm layer in the evening or even protect you from the often chilly AC on your flight if you are travelling abroad.

If you do need to purchase new swimwear, first consider the style you’re looking for, which will of course depend on your body shape. So, here’s some guidelines:

Large bust – I’d recommend sticking with underwired for extra support and always make sure you go for a brand that offers cup sized bikini tops or swimsuits and look out for wide straps. If you’ve got a generous bust, you’re not going to be able to skimp on price as you’ll need a well-made costume in quality fabric. Try John Lewis, they have some good brands and also Figleaves which you can now get through Next.

Small bust – you might want to consider padded or push up tops. Any gathering, frills or pattern can also work well, particularly if you’ve got a pear-shaped figure.

Tummy area – this is something lots of ladies struggle with but the good news is that retailers have cottoned onto this and now there are lots of swimwear available with tummy control panels. Also, look for styles that gather or ruche around the stomach. Tankinis can also be a good option if you want to go for the convenience of a 2 piece (makes going to the loo so much easier!) but make sure that when you raise your arms the top is long enough to still give you good coverage.









Selection from M&S, Boden and John Lewis






Heavy thighs – look for high legged swimsuits or bikini bottoms. This will also have the effect of elongating your legs. Avoid ‘boy shorts’ as they will draw attention to your thighs. If you are really conscious of this area, walk round in a sarong tied at your waist.

Darker colours will always be more flattering if you have a particular area you are more self-conscious of. You will always notice the lighter colour first, so make sure this is placed at the part of your body you consider your best feature.

So where should you be looking to purchase your swimwear? If you’re doing it online you can find some great sustainable options at –
https://directory.goodonyou.eco/categories/swimwear and consider https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/ethical-eco-swimwear-brands-if-you-are-searching-for-the-perfect-fit/

But for UK brands have a look at M&S and Boden. Boden occasionally have offers, use recycled polyester and polymide, use recycled packaging and their returns system is easy; which let’s face it, with swimwear ordering you’re probably going to need!

And Fat Face now has B Corp certification – https://www.fatface.com/women/clothing/swimwear?s_kwcid=AL!9601!3!656675893612!b!!g!!bikinis&gclid=CjwKCAjwg-GjBhBnEiwAMUvNWxSQZgcOcRbmbabtSaWPjW17Jf8M3XyiulOwHdI_OruKItmFPv-l0BoCBUwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds








Tankini and Kimono from Fat Face


I’d love to hear how you get on with your swimwear purchases, so please share with me. And as always, if you need any further help, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Happy Holidays!

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