Mod Cloth Swimsuit ReviewPosted: July 15, 2009
Last week I received a gift from the lovely people at Modcloth in the way of a swimsuit from the range they currently have on their website. I’ve visited the Modcloth website before and have pored over their accessory collections but I must admit, I’ve never spent much time looking at the clothing because they don’t do plus sizes. Well times are a changin’.
There are very few items of clothing up to a 3x, but what they do have is a selection of plus size swimsuits by Esther Williams that are available in sizes 16- 26.
The suits are available in six colours including this one below that I especially like-
I’ve only ever bought one swimsuit in my adult life and its black, underwired and it came in a specific bra size. I was a little apprehensive about this one working for me because I have huge boobs, its not underwired and I really need the support, but I tried it out anyhow. I took a leap away from a plain black suit, opted for the gold and was relieved to see that it’s constructed with a fuller figure in mind and comes with some added extras.
Its lined throughout the back and bust section with nude colour lycra and has supportive power mesh across the lower part of the front and offers good all round support without being restrictive. My concerns about inadequate bust supported were allayed when I saw the shelf bra and soft bra cups. So far so good.
There is also a small bit of boning in the side seam at bust level for even more support.
First impression? I love it. I loved it as soon as I opened the packaging and saw it without even trying it on. I of course put it on immediately and liked it so much I wore it around the house for a few hours until the doorbell rang and I had to get changed. I even sat and wrote a blog post in it.
OK it looks great but how does it perform? I know its a fashion swimsuit not a suit for anyone on the swim team but it still has to do the job, non? Well, what better way is there of reviewing a swimsuit that to- uh- go swimming? That wasn’t a problem but I’ve not actually “swam” since I was twelve. Splashing around on a lilo at Butlins doesn’t count and wading around in the Caribbean sea definitely doesn’t count. Can I even still swim? I’d love to be a water baby but you know- it messes with the hair *shrugs*
So off I went to the local pool with a newly purchased swimming cap in hand (you don’t need a swimming cap for messing around in the sea) and a new incentive for swimming. Now the last time I visited this particular pool I was at primary school earning my 50m badge and I was interested to see if I could beat my previous swimming record some twenty years later and of course really put the swimsuit through its paces to see how it fares.
Firstly, it didn’t start to sag as soon as I hit the water. Good so far. So I did some actual swimming. Two lengths later I checked to see if I was doing any unintentional flashing and I was happy to see that I was still properly covered. I stayed in the pool for around 40 mins and the suit performed well, keeping its form and my modesty intact.
It was comfortable to wear and even though there are metallic threads throughout, it wasn’t itchy. I won’t hesitate to say that I love this suit to bits and felt quite the starlet while wearing it. I adore the sexy retro styling and I have surprised myself to discover that I actually can wear a halterneck suit and it will hold me up. The only slight downside for me was that the bra cups were not big enough for my bust ( no surprise there) so you could see the outline of the cups around my boobies as they were hardly covered. However, that wouldn’t put me off wearing it again or buying it in another colour as I like it far too much. Highly reccommended.
To see other suits available at Modcloth click here.