So, many a moon ago, I agreed to take part in a swimwear challenge organised by the lovely Becky. She, alongside myself , Gina and Mhairi all got graciously sent a swimming costume of our choice by Tesco – actually their swimwear range didn’t look too bad on the website. Sure, not tons of choice for those of us that are past their core ranges’ sizes, but then I find that their plus size range generally to not be as extensive as their main range. Which is fair enough – their clothing arm is huge!
Anyhoot, I decided to take part in this challenge as it was me being incredibly brave. Although, I’ve not once felt any fear or hesitation in taking part, and think for me, that’s the most telling. A sign of my confidence having gotten to a point where even baring my shape in a tight-fitting swimsuit doesn’t phase me. But I should shut up and review it, really.
I will just say that I’ve not had a chance to test it in water and I will update this post when I have – a combination of being ill and the local swimming pool being shut throwing spanners into the works!!
I’m a bit of an odd size, in that my bottom half is a size 28, my top half a 26 but I’ve got small boobs for a fat girl – 42 b/c (I’ve got one boob a whole cup size bigger than the other, just to make matters more complicated!)
So, I chose the F&F True Twist Swimsuit
Look! No makeup! Wet hair for that just jumped out the pool style! My dodgy feet on display!
The colour is to die for – I’m definitely a turquoise fan, and this didn’t disappoint. Its got an almost mermaid-esque quality to it, and the metallic detailing and the ruching on the side are all touches that just add a bit of something to an otherwise plan style 5/5
It actually fit really well. Swimwear has always been a bit of a nightmare for me – yes, I probably should brave a tankini or bikini so I could do a different size on my bottom and top half, but for some reason I’ve always stuck with the humble swimming costume. Anyway, it fitted nicely around my bum, whilst the straps felt nice and tight, rather than lose like they do sometimes when I’ve got a swimsuit. The only area it didn’t fit perfectly was the boob area, but then that’s a familiar story for me! 4/5
Now, on first looks I had entirely branded this as a beach/pool swimming costume, but actually, it was so comfortable on, I could have easily done some laps in it. It had plenty of material in the rear, so I didn’t feel like it would go up my backside after a while, and the ruching was function in that it made me feel properly in the suit. 5/5
The banding underneath my boobs and the padding inside the cups made me feel pretty secure – well, apart from the edges near my cleavage – those I felt like I might have a wardrobe malfunction with! Like I’ve said, I felt the rear was plenty covered – something I sometimes have the odd problem with! 4/5
So I’ve not given it a run up and down my local swimming pool, so that’s something I intend to do and post an update on when I can. However, having done a few lunges and strolls about in it, and comparing it to other swimming costumes I own, I think that for the casual swimming it definitely would hold up to that. Which is what makes me think that this is the perfect beach/pool costume. I don’t know about endless lengths – for me alone, I’d be a little concerned that the front bumps might fall out of the cleavage making front! 4/5
This costume costs only £14. Seriously, £14, that’s all. So in terms of value, for the overall performance of the costume, I think it’s a ruddy bargain! Larger ladies, get your hands on one sharpish!
Overall, I really loved this suit and I felt amazing in it, even when I was posing in my living room! If you’re wanting to nosy at what my other ladies have gotten and reviewed, the links are below.
Becky – The Ramblings of Mrs BeBe
Mhairi – Lilybobombs
Gina – Fit Fat Fine