[disclosure: I got the swimsuit free of charge from ukswimwear.com, all opinions are my own.]
I recently (ahem, a few months ago) got the opportunity to pick a swimsuit from the ukswimwear sortiment to review. It was a hard choice, because there are a) a lot of nice styles available and b) I'm between sizes when it comes to onepiece suits - small boobs and big butt and all that.
I loved browsing the site since I never really looked at higher price swimwear before. I love luxury lingerie, but swimwear always remained functional only - until now! Since I started to do more aerial classes (I do pole dance, aerial hoop and aerial U-silks/hammock) I am feeling more and more comfortable in skimpier work out gear. That's why the ukswimwear team and me decided that I will chose a garment that I can not only use for swimming but also for workout - I do a lot more workout than swimming ;)
I ended up choosing this Gottex Cut Out Style Swimsuit in a size UK 10, which is a compromise: I would need the 8 for my boobs and the 12 for my bum. It retails for 95GBP.
I never heard of Gottex before and omg, I really should have! The israeli company designs gorgeous luxury swimwear, with incredibly intricate designs in the higher price range. I am absolutely stunned by this laser cut design retailing for 390GBP for example:
I'm particularly delighted to see that Gottex also goes up to a UK dress size 26 in some styles which is not that usual for higher price items! They have a lot of pieces that make me want to lie on a white sandy beach with a big hat and a cocktail in my hand. I like.
As for my Cocktail Party Swimsuit it's the first time I dared try anything with a cut out. I'm usually a bit selfconscious about my belly area, but on the other hand - who.cares. I need to work on my self esteem anyway. Because, newsflash, being body positive doesn't mean you always have to love your body. I don't. I just try to be ok with it, which is already a pretty hard fight. Long story short: I decided to challenge myself and go for the cut outs!
The cut out takes guts to try it (sry for bad puns I can't help myself) but I have to say I like it! As mentioned above the swimsuit is too small around the bum which means I get major muffin top - not something I'm comfortable with displaying - but on the other hand, as soon as I'm on the pole or hoop I really don't care about where my fat is located. I mostly concentrate on breathing.
The cups of the swimsuit are padded which is a good thing if you are small busted like me - I would not fill out the fabric in the cups otherwise. This is of course a smaller problem if you don't have such a large difference between your dress sizes in bottoms and tops as I do! The pads are not meant to be removable.
Considering this is the first time I've tried out a high quality swimwear item I have to say I'm considerably impressed by the quality of the fabric and stitching. There really is no comparing to my usual H&M bikinis :D
The fabric is a very nice Polyamide (72%) and Elastane (28%) blend, very smooth and a deep matte black. The whole swimsuit is fully lined with a smooth black net fabric that provides additional support and helps from stretching out the main fabric too much. The padding for the cups is neatly worked into the lining so you don't see any padding on the outside which is a very nice touch.
Considering that I often have problems with bodysuits being to short in the torso (although I really am not tall, it's just that most UK brands make ridiculously short bodysuits) I'm delighted that this bodysuit is comfortable even when moving around.
The swimsuit is adjustable with the bows in the back, once for the band and once in the neck, which makes it easier to adjust to your body and is the reason why it fits me so well even if it's not my ideal size.
Thank you ukswimwear.com for providing me with this gorgeous swimsuit, it made me try out something new!