This is a product review.
How do you feel about shopping for bathers?
Me — I do not enjoy it. At all. In fact, I’ll live in old board shorts and singlets for months before admitting that I need to go bather shopping. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but every time I shop for new swimmers, the stores either have skimpy, stringy things that I will never ever wear, or full one pieces that my mother would consider buying. (Though to be honest, I’m not sure she owns bathers either. This may be a family trait.)
My main issue with bathers is simply a matter of confidence. Although, unlike my friend Bec, who shared her own insecurities recently, my problem is not the fairness of my skin, but just that I’m not always the biggest fan of my body. And yes, I know, we are all supposed be proud of our bodies, and thankful for what they can do, and I am. But I’m also being honest here. Some days I don’t like how I look in the mirror. I’m working on it, but I’m not there yet.
The idea Sirens Swimwear put to me, definitely appealed. Their Ship the Shop option means that for $199.00, you can select five swimsuits to try on at home. You keep the one(s) you like, then send the rest back in the reply-paid satchel. Any differences in price are refunded or charged to your credit card. I liked this idea for a couple of reasons: one, I wasn’t going to spend ages in oddly lit dressing rooms feeling not that great about myself. And two, it would give me time to make a decision. (I spent about three days deliberating over which of these I liked the best, and I was glad to have that opportunity.)
Of course the only problem I didn’t consider was that for the purpose of review, you’re supposed to show photos of yourself in your togs. Which, I’ve just discovered, is not my favourite thing. Ridiculous animal selfies however…
Anyway, on to the review.
I chose three swimsuits and got two of them in two sizes. I used the sizing guide online and found it to be pretty accurate, but I was a little in-between in some of my measurements. I also found that different styles made a difference in the sizes. But more on that later.
The first one I tried was the Grace Halter Neck, in Royal Blue with polka dots.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting to like this one. One piece bathing suits and I don’t usually get along; I feel I end up looking quite brick-like. The Grace was a welcome change. It was supportive and waist affirming, and I always find a halter neck flattering. This was Boatman’s favourite of the set, but my only issue was I couldn’t wear it with boardies, and like I said, I’m rather self-conscious, and Board shorts are like a security blanket for the beach.
I loved the Marilyn Flattering Swim Dress from the moment I saw it.
This swimsuit is all glam; I imagined myself reclining with a glass of bubbly and a good book, and I think that’s exactly what this swimsuit is made for.
I nearly chose this one, until I realised that as glam as I would like to be, I’m not a sit on the beach with a book kind of person. I would rather be in the water, or on a jet ski, or attempting to learn how to surf. (Because I think it would only be an attempt at learning with my level of coordination. 😉 ) While the Marilyn allows for all of that, I would just feel a little odd going Kayaking in a dress. 🙂 If you wouldn’t, this may be the bather suit for you.
I thought that Cate would be my favourite, and she was.
As a two-piece, with a long line tankini that provides lots of support and coverage, this was the easy winner. It’s classy and a little bit fun, and the high back means less sun exposure. Best of all, I can wear this one with boardshorts if I’m feeling a little more self-conscious. The tummy control through the centre is very effective. I bought these boardies a year ago, but rarely wear them as the elastic digs into my hips and in my other bathers, it’s very obvious. With the high-waisted bottoms and the longer top, the Cate covered all that up nicely, and for the first time in a long time, I actually felt good in a pair of swimmers. Which is actually saying a lot.
I also went down a size in this one, so I’m glad I got it in two sizes. The smaller size is a little snugger, but it feels like it’s holding everything in better as well.
Ship to the Shop is a great bather buying option. You’ve got two weeks to return any unwanted items, and everything was in pristine, hygienic condition. I would definitely look at this option again when it comes to preparing for summer; although I’m hoping my new togs will last me a good long time.
Now bring on Summer!
How do you feel about shopping for bathers?
Sirens Swimwear is offering all EssentiallyJess readers free shipping on their orders. Simply use the code essentiallyjess at the checkout, and you’re on your way. 🙂
Disclaimer: I was gifted a Ship the Shop voucher for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Free shipping is valid until the 15th of December, 2015