Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Plus Size Swimwear Challenge - Tesco

Hello! A couple of months ago as people started booking holidays and talking of summer escapes I thought it might be nice to feature some swimwear on the blog. Then I thought what would be even better, would be to get a group of plus bloggers all different heights, dress sizes, shapes together to look at various brands offerings, road test different swimsuits and give thier opinions. So, well.... Here it is!!!

As the title suggests this week we're looking at Tesco and what they have to offer. Tesco have a vast range of swimwear, a large proportion of their mainstream range goes up to size 22, they also have a small range of swimwear available upto a size 28 in their F+F Range and they have brands available such as Zoggs & Panache

The swimsuit I chose to review was the Zoggs 50's retro swimsuit (of course I did!!) 


It boasts...

"High fabric elasticity for perfect comfort and fit with fantastic shape retention, ultra lightweight quick drying, breathable fabric, Xtra Life Lycra for tough and long lasting wear, chlorine resistant up to 240 pool hours, UPF 50+"

And from a brand like Zoggs you wouldn't expect any less!

So what does it look like?..... WARNING Chunky chick in a swimsuit, do not adjust your screen, that's right AND I'm actually at a swimming pool!! HOORAH!!!



Me in all my glory, orange peel legs, the LOT




The swimsuit is a full suit parading as a tankini, the bottom section is attached to an inner mesh and the top sits on top of this. You can rouche the side as much or as little as you like.

So what did I think?

Appearance - I love the appearance of this swimsuit, we all know I'm a sucker for retro styling and this ticks all the boxes! 5/5

Fit - I found the suit true to size, I ordered my usual 22, it wasn't restrictive in anyway, nor was it baggy, a great all round fit. 5/5

Comfort - The suit was really comfortable, it didn't dig in or feel uncomfortable in anyway. 5/5

Coverage - Overall I found the coverage good, although I only have a D/DD cup I did feel a little exposed in the boob area, but apart from that it was good. 4/5

Performance - My swimming activity nowadays involves taking a very active 2 year old for major splash time, so lots of bending, stretching, jumping and moving. No strenuous swimming activity though. I found the suits performance good, but with it being a tied halterneck there was a small amount of slippage. I also found that the top part did ride up on occasion exposing the mesh layer underneath. One thing I was very pleased with though was that it did not ride up my bum once!! Come on girls, you know what I'm talking about, those swimsuits which you are constantly un-wedgying!! This is NOT one of those. 3/5

Value - This suit comes in at £43 so it is very much at the upper end of the scale. It does boast high SPF protection and the styling is great. It's very well made and has some lovely features, but for me, the price is too high for my budget. 3/5

Overall I loved this suit and can see it fast becoming a favourite! Head over to the other swimwear challenge team to see which swimsuits they picked and what they thought of them!

Mhairi - Lilybobombs 
Gina - Fat Fit Fine



Disclaimer: This item/s was gifted to me for review. I have not been paid to write this article or comment favourably on the item/brand, all opinions are my own.



29 comments:

  1. Yey!! I love the cossie, and great review. I think it's a very brave thing you have done. Your Blue Peter badge is in the post!! ;)

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  2. I love this costume - and even more, I love these reviews! Very informative and very very detailed. MWAH x

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  3. I really love this suit, so different from mine but love the styling of it. Great review!!!

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  4. I love this costume. Great review too. You look fab! X

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    1. Thanks Linz, think its going to be fun, more brands to come!

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  5. Just stunning. I am glad one of us reviewed this suit. You look fabulous. X x

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  6. Gargh! Halternecks! My boobies NEVER work in a halterneck, but I like that one of you selected them for your reviews. The one piece tankini style is also really interesting. I can't see the bust support written in, what's that like?

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    1. Hey Em!! The support is just a standard shelf bra, but it is pretty supportive although I'm not sure how it would cope with boobs bigger than mine and under a bit more of a strenuous work out (aqua aerobics for example)
      Hope this helps xxx

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    2. I'm a total underwire girl in the pool! Thanks for the follow up. Great suit. x.

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  7. Gorgeous! I am sort of sad I chickened out of doing a review but you all look fabulous! This was the suit I would of chosen, it is fab! xx

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    1. Maybe another time honey or a different type of clothing, you have to do what you're comfortable with at the time!! xxx

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  8. gorgeous!!! I love this swim suit!!! xx

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  9. Gorgeous! I can see you on a beach with cocktail in hand. Sunglasses and sun hat with a good book. Bettie Page poses and guys drooling! :) x

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    1. LOL this is favourite comment of the day! I LOVE it!! xx

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  10. That is a lovely suit! I tend to go for tankinis because I find a full suit gives me neckache due to the drag of the weight of the boobs! It is pricey though!

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    1. Yes it is a bit pricey, but it is very good quality and I guess its all relative! xx

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  11. I think it looks great! I have a swimsuit to review but am a bitnervous about being in it on the old blog. Will have to be as brave as you! x

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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    1. Just take a deep breath and go for it. I know its scary to think that's it, its out there, but its for the greater good. Women need to see figures they are more familiar with other than the industry standard xxx

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  12. Really good review thank you! I have been desperately trying to find a good a nice swimsuit before I go away in two weeks. Has anyone worn a Freya bikini before? I read a review that they are supposed to be really good for bustier girls? A review on this would be amazing too! thanks x

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    1. Hi Liz, I asked around and my 2 favourite fuller busted ladies have both reviewed Freya bikini's try
      http://fullerfigurefullerbust.com/
      and
      http://curvywordy.blogspot.co.uk/
      Hope this helps
      B xx

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  13. I love swimming and go 3 times a week, I am a size 16 and used to feel so self concious in the pool. Now I have a couple of Zoggs and Fraya swimsuits I feel fab and love wearing them. I choose ones that are perfect for me and the curvier figure. This one is also very supportive and looks great:
    http://www.very.co.uk/zoggs-verona-swimsuit/1020874665.prd?aff=google&affsrc=acquisition&cm_mmc=google-_-Womens-_-CLOTHING_AND_FOOTWEAR_LADIESWEAR_LADIES_1_PIECE_SWIMSUIT_LADIES_NB_1_PIECE_SWIMWEAR_7DZB5-_-Verona_Swimsuit_ds0w8fhH

    With the suit that was reviewed I sewed the straps onto the top of the suit a bit more. I have FF boobs and it gave me perfect support once I'd done this.

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Thank you for your comment, I love reading what everyone has to say! B x