Athleisure is huge right now; sporty, functional clothing that looks perfectly stylish whether being worn to work out or just popping out for brunch with the girls.
However, plus size are often excluded from the Athleisure world. Sure, the likes of ASOS and Nike has released limited ranges in the size 18 + market, but they’re still limited and not as aesthetically pleasing as their regular sized ranges.
When it comes to swimwear, the choices are even more limited. Yet swimwear, for me at least, has an even greater appeal. Sporty swimsuits and bikinis that can see me through paddle boarding, (badly) playing volleyball, or splashing about at water polo whilst on vacation are a dream that I’ve had for a very long time. However, trying to pull a heavily strapped croptop with mesh panel over my H cup breasts has often turned into more of a nightmare than a dream.
I’m off on holiday again soon – it won’t be a full on beach holiday as I want to explore Sardinia’s rich history and archeological heritage but I’ll definitely be spending a little bit of time relaxing on a beach or splashing in the sea. So when FashionWorld asked if I’d like to review some of their beachwear, I jumped at the chance and was so surprised to find so many items that fitted my athleisure needs.
Now, before you read the reviews, let me apologise for the quality of these images. I have broken my camera, and my old camera just doesn’t shoot well indoors. I had also planned to shoot these on the beach – however, the snow and rain isn’t helping this plan! I will, however, be taking these to Sardinia with me next month and will be certain to get you some better pictures then … pinky promise!
Red + Mesh + Faux Plunge Neckline + Race Back = Athleisure Bikini Heaven.
This bikini comes in sizes 12 – 28 and both looks and feels great. The red is deep and vibrant and the mesh sports panels give shape and contour to the fabric. The racer back of the crop top gives mild support, and the full coverage of the breasts means that they’re safely encase, lifted and supported. I’m not going to suggest I can go jogging in this bikini top but I can definitely move freely without fear of my breasts flopping out of their fabric encasement and there hasn’t been a single *clap* of breast tissue when jogging up and down the stairs to take picture in this set.
The briefs are a mid-rise and stayed firmly in place whilst taking photos. I haven’t tried swimming in them yet but feel comfortable enough to give a dive into the pool a go!
I’m wearing the size 18 and it is a perfect fit, suggesting it comes very true to size. The crop top is a little snug but this helps with the support.
It’s also only priced at £14.75 so this is such a bargain of a swimsuit. I’m hoping they bring it out in prints next!
I feel like I could grab a surf board and hit up California in this swimwear. The fact I wouldn’t even be able to pull my bodyweight up to standing is of no consequence, I’d still look hot with that surf board tucked beneath my arm!
The tankini has a rash vest feel to it. It is tightly fitted which means it gives quite a bit of support to your breasts and I definitely have a whole range of movement when wearing this tankini. It has a keyhole opening in the back to allow a little bit of sun to reach our torso.
I’m wearing a size 18 on top and it fits perfectly but does sometimes threaten to roll up over my tummy. The briefs are sized up to a 20 to give a little more coverage but sizing up isn’t needed if you’re happy with a lower slung brief.
The set comes in at £35 making it more expensive than the red bikini but I feel this is a more practical option if you’re always on the go whilst wanting to maintain that athleisure look. The top also comes in a tankini option which is definitely on my wish list for any future beach holidays!
I love a one piece; especially a one piece that has minimal coverage.
With an open back and cut out sides, this tummy control swimsuit really does take a little bit of self love to wear. There is minimal support to the torso, with a plunging side and a deep cut armhole the swimsuit threatens side boob.
A disaster waiting to happen?
Maybe not – the body of the swimsuit comes stitched with small foam cups that, whilst not offering conventional bra support, do place your breast to avoid any slippage. This means you can move about comfortably in this swimsuit without fear of flashing the beach/pool.
It is enclosed with a conventional snap lock and a tie-halter neck. I can ofter find halter neck swimwear to be restrictive, placing substantial wait around my neck and inevitably dragging me down. I wore this swimsuit for quite a while around the house and haven’t, yet, experienced that drag down feeling.
I don’t, however, feel that the tummy support promise is correct. There really isn’t enough coverage in the swimsuit to offer any shaping. Instead, the cut outsides create an illusion hourglass to the shape of the fabric … perhaps this is what they meant by control?
This is the least size inclusive of the swimwear reviewed in this post, maxing out at a size 18. However, I feel I’m on the teetering edge of a 20 at the moment and this swimsuit is fairly generous on me so I feel it would fit larger – the back band, especially, has a give of an inch or two in it!
It is also the most expensive of the bunch, retailing at £45 but I still feel that isn’t too pricey for such an aesthetically pleasing swimsuit.
That is all for my reviews and I hope you enjoyed – even if the pictures are diabolically grainy (blame the Beast from the East). And stay tuned for better quality pictures coming again after my Sardinia trip!