When travelling, I always pack a swimsuit. Whether staying in a hotel with a pool, visiting a city with many spas, or heading to the coast for sea and sand, a swimsuit is a travel essential. This years favourite? The Sheer Class from Curvy Kate.
Who doesn’t love to spend at least an afternoon wallowing in water when travelling? It is refreshing. And there is something about allowing the water to support your body that is, quite simply, the ultimate relaxation.
On my recent trip to Tuscany, a dip in the pool after a hot day of exploring medieval towns (and hiking up the hills that they’re built on) was more than needed. We were blessed with weather in the 30 degree range and a beautiful pool in which to cool down. And the Sheer Class by Curvy Kate was the perfect pool-side companion.
The Sheer Class is a one piece swimsuit with built in bra support for the fuller bust. The swimsuit features a plunge bra constructed from two, soft pieces that give a subtle uplift to the breast tissue. The body is made from a bandage construction of sheer mesh panels and opaque strips. The straps are fully adjustable and can be crossed at the back.
The back of the swimsuit features a low scoop back below a single clasp fastening. The overall effective of the bandaged layers and swooping back is to create a contoured hourglass shape to the body. The sheer panels nip you in at the waist and the swimsuit sits slightly above the hip-bone to elongate your legs. The look of this swimsuit is reminiscent of swimsuits worn by 50s starlets and it certainly makes me feel every bit the bombshell by the pool.
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I’m wearing the Sheer Class Swimsuit in a size 36H. This is my usual size in Curvy Kate bras and I feel it is generally true to the brands sizing. The central gore sits flush against my sternum and the band sits low on my back. My breasts fill the soft cups in a natural shape.
There is very little uplift for my breast shape. I have narrow roots with bottom heavy breasts meaning my boobs are somewhat pendulum like. Due to this, a two part construction plunge never offers substantial uplift. It will for boobs with less narrow roots though. As I have discussed before, I like a natural shape to my breasts and tend to stay away from overly sculpted or uplifting bras.
The swimsuit is a snug fit on my size 16 – 18 body. The firm bandage construction means that there is not much give in the fabric. This aids with the sculpting nature of the suit but does mean I needed a substantial wiggle action for pulling the suit over my burgeoning hips.
Despite the snugness of fit, the swimsuit is exceptionally comfy – for both lounging and swimming. It doesn’t move when being more vigorous in the pool so there is no chance of accidental spillage when playing water volleyball (or being dragged under by your 40-turning-12 year old husband).
The Sheer Class is priced at £57 so is on the higher end of high street, fuller bust design. The impressive design and bold colour definitely make it worth the money. My experience of Curvy Kate swimsuits tells me that, with a little care, the suit will last for years. And with such a classic style, the swimsuit is timeless meaning it will never go out of style. The swimsuit is also available in black, which looks equally as classic and striking.
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And if swimsuits aren’t you’re thing, the Sheer Class also comes in a balconette and bandeau bikini as well as a tankini option. So, which would you choose?
This swimsuit has been gifted by BraStop for the purpose of review. All thought and opinions expressed remain true to my findings.