So, swimwear, aye, Aussie Curves? Trying to throw the tough ones at me. Well played, sir, well played.
As a kid I was always in the water. I loved it. I would just chuck on my togs and jump in the pool. I was lucky enough to have a pool in our backyard from the age of eight – Dad dug the hole and put it in himself. With the help of a few other people, like my Granddad. But as soon as we had it, every year come October when it would start to warm up a bit, right through till about March, we would be in the pool regularly.
In fact, here is a photo of me as a kid (probably around the age of four or five?) at the local pool where we would go to swim before we had our own.
For the most part I didn’t worry about what I wore. I was a kid – what did I care? I was having fun. But at some point I became aware my body was different to everyone else’s. Perhaps I was bullied at some point about my swim suit, I can’t really remember. Mostly because there was always general bullying of me. Maybe it was just that. I was bullied about my size from a very young age and because of that, I didn’t want to show my body when swimming. I began wearing board shorts over my togs – even when swimming in my own back yard with no one else around! There was even a phase of wearing board shorts and a t-shirt when my confidence was so low about what I wore in the water that I didn’t even own a proper swimsuit. I then stopped even venturing into the water.
But a few years ago I had finally had enough. I wanted to go swimming because I loved it. I managed to find a swim suit that fit me and I ignored the size, because what did that matter anyway, as along as I was comfortable again doing something that I loved. That swimsuit was from Ezibuy’s Sara range. I still have it, it still fits and it is still in good condition.
But it is a few years old now and I wanted something new. Man Piece and I are heading to the Gold Coast for a few days between Christmas and New Year’s where I plan to do nothing but sit by the pool or on the beach and read. Every once in a while taking a dip to cool off again.
So I went looking for a new one and Autograph provided.
As soon as I saw these pieces hanging in the store, I knew they were for me. I kind of guessed the size I would need and headed to the changing rooms. I guessed right and everything fit perfectly. I was done. I headed straight to the register. I also had a lovely conversation with the store person and another lady in there. I love how supportive plus size clothing stores can be. Bonus: Autograph had 30% off its swimwear when I headed in there. Even better!
Unfortunately these photos aren’t what I wanted them to be. I originally wanted to head to the beach to get some great shots, but Sydney has been having some unusually bad weather. So that wasn’t going to happen. My back-up was to head to my usual place in the alley behind our apartment building. It would provide good light. Yet when I headed downstairs a whole bunch of cyclists were in the alley (we live above a cycle shop). To avoid the weird looks and the awkward conversation of trying to get them to move away from my wall, it was back to the apartment.
This cover-up also comes in the same turquoise colour, but I thought that would be a bit too much turquoise for one outfit. I think the black looks really good over top as the turquoise can pop through underneath. Alternatively, you could get the black top and turquoise cover-up, doing the reverse.
And finally without the cover-up. Please excuse my whiteness. Fake tan was going to happen, but then it didn’t. Long story.
I love this top for the colour. Currently I am drawn to all things that are within the teal/turquoise colour palettes and I buy them. This swimsuit was inevitable, really. It also makes the girls look amazing, while keeping them secure, plus the ruffles on the front help hide my tummy. Even though the ruffles and laser cut pattern on them are not really my thing, it works. This is a two-piece with both the tankini and pants having a secret mesh panel for a flattering shape. The pants are also high waisted, giving a smother line – they honestly are sitting just under my boobs. Added bonus is that they won’t be falling down anytime soon!
The best thing about the togs and the cover-up is that they make me feel awesome. So if I do manage to get to the beach or pool this summer in Sydney, I’m not going to give two F’s what people think. And I’m going to have so much fun on the Gold Coast this Christmas.
Lisa: 1, Haters: 0
Tankini, bottoms and cover-up: Autograph. Shop here, here and here, all are still available.
Shoes: Diana Ferrari
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