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Moontide “Twist” Swimsuit Comparison Review – Full Bust vs. Small Bust

9 Jun

Summer has arrived in Finland – actually just three days ago. We are finally having 23 C instead of 5 C and that my friends, is an absolute miracle. So you can imagine where I have been the past two months: lurking in my bedroom, curtains closed and doing my uni work diligently without having to worry about missing out on the weather. Uni work or not, I have enjoyed going out in the sun for the past three days and will be doing so today when I finish this review. But a lovely and very interesting review it is so let’s not jump ahead of the business!

As sun comes out we often start to wonder what to get for those sweaty days on the beach or for a well-deserved long destination holiday. You know what I’m talking about – the dreaded swimsuits and bikinis, which are always a bit of a task to find for the fuller busted. “The bikini problem” is however something that not only us full-busted ladies suffer from but when you are in your skimpiest outfit, all body types and sizes want to find something that suits their taste and body perfectly – which is not always the easiest thing to do. I have usually resulted in swimsuits, as having two piece outfits is not my thang in general.

Today I am reviewing one of my favourite swim findings so far, the Moontide classic Twist swimsuit! This beauty was sent to me by the ever-so-patient and generous UK Swimwear team, who sent me not only one but TWO swimsuits (will tell you the story in a minute!) and also a lovely Ted Baker coverup to match my ultimate beach outfit.

The story behind this comparison post is that I was accidentally sent the regular Moontide Twist suit, which is designed to go up to D-cup and thus would not suit my bodytype. The UK Swimwear team was kind enough to send me the full-bust version of the suit as well so I could gift the regular version to a friend to make a comparison post on the fit. I was over the moon, as there is not a lot of info on this suit in the blogosphere so I could now give the firsthand information on this swimsuit and its sizing to you, my dear readers.

I called my burlesque buddy aka mega-babe Eeva to my help and she was happy to model the smaller swimsuit for me. The regular swimsuit was in a UK size 10 and the one I am wearing in the pics is 12 but I wouldn’t say there is a lot of different to them in the body section. I could easily wear a ten with this one as well, but wanted some extra rooms for the ol’ boobies so I could be sure they fit in.

(Isn’t she an absolute stunner?!) Eeva is a burlesque performer, a freelance dancer, model, singer and an all-around artist who works a lot through and with her body. She goes swimming now and then too and this is why I picked her to be my partner in crime. Also, she happened to be perfect size for the swimsuit!

So what is the sizing difference between the 10 Regular and 12 Full-bust? The difference on the bust department is quite remarkable. When talking to a Moontide representative a couple of years back, I recall him telling me that the regular swimsuit is meant for bust sizes A-D and the fuller bust version should fit sizes E-G. They also have cup sized swimwear but the classic Twist swimsuit, which is a best-seller for them, only comes in regular dress sizes and has two option for bust room.

For reference, Eeva usually wear a size 65F or 70E in UK bra sizes. Thus, she should technically be a bit out of the size range for the regular swimsuit but as her underbust is rather small, she can easily fit into the suit with no problem. I would say that the regular swimsuit would go up E-cup, as there seems to be no overspill on the bust for Eeva. The swimsuit’s material is very comfortable and super stretchy and thus it accommodates a plethora of breast sizes and shapes.

The full-bust version of the suit holds its promise about fitting up to a G and even though yours truly is a bit above that, I could actually comfortably swim in it with only a few adjusting moments along the way. You can see there is a lot of boobage and cleavage going on – and even some double boob – but I am proud of the suit as it still contained my 30H bust while swimming. After all, I am not about the perfect fit when it comes to swimwear – it’s more the comfort and practicality aspect that counts.

So does it hold up your girls while swimming? Well frankly, yes it does. I was a bit skeptical at first whether  a non-cupsized swimsuit would be supportive and practical for a girl like me who usually requires underwires and some separation (you know what I mean!) from her swimsuit. However, I was surprised how well the swimsuit held up my chest and kept me feeling sturdy on my swim. The straps are adjustable with both the regular and the full-bust swimsuit so you can make it work for your height and coverage preferences. As said, there are no underwires but as the swimsuit is well-constructed, it doesn’t need them per se. The bust part is lightly padded too, so if you prefer not to flash your nipples and like the feeling of no underwires, this is the suit for you!

When it comes to the look of the suit, I cannot see a lot of people hating the style of it either. We decided to style the suit into a 40’s kind of theme, as we both love pinup style and old Hollywood glamour. However, if pinup is not your thing, you can always wear this suit with a classic wide-rim hat and some huge sunglasses and it will turn you into a modern-day beach diva. This is probably not the most fashion-forward of swimsuits this season, but it is a classic that will hold its style after years and years of wear.

The perfect classic swimsuit always needs some accessories to make it relevant and here come in the beach coverups that can make your beach look even downtown appropriate, if you dare to bare a little. I chose to accessorize my Twist swimsuit with a Ted Baker beach coverup which almost resembles a real dress – it’s just a tiny bit more see-through 😉 Unfortunately I couldn’t find Ted Baker on the UK Swimwear site anymore, but the website has an array of different options to change your swim outfit’s style from sexy to cute or feminine in a instant.

If you are interested in the Moontide “Twist” swimsuit, you can find the regular version here in UK sizes 10-18 and the full-bust version here in sizes 10-16. Both of them cost a very reasonable £55.95 and are a great option for those who want something classic and flattering, no matter your bust size. Besides, the pound is sinking again so all the more reason to treat yoself 😉

Guest Post: Review of Panache “Portofino” Swimsuit in 30GG by Comics Girls Need Bras

16 Jul

*This is a guest post written by the lovely Wen from Comics Girls Need Bras. The swimsuit was kindly provided by Panache, but as my big butt prevented it from going past my hips, I decided to gift it to a fellow blogger I admired. Even though Panache was generous to provide us with this swimsuit, all opinions are our own! Many thanks to Wen for the review, she was a darling to jump in and help a damsel in distress.*

As a full-busted woman I’ve struggled for a very longtime trying to find a decent swimsuit that I could wear in any occasion either at the school swimming pool or on the beach. Usually the more simple option is a black or blue wireless swimsuit. The issue with these products is that they contain your breast tissue in a very unnatural way. This could be as uncomfortable as painful because the Lycra flattens your breasts. Even if everything stays in place, the result is rarely elegant because these pieces are basically created for a smaller bust. So when Mette asked me if I would like to review the Panache Portofino swimsuit, I was more than interested! I’ve tried some Panache Sport products and I knew that they usually do a great job hiding the wires of these kind of products to give a smooth look while they still perfectly do the job! However I had never tried any underwired swimsuit and happily, this experience hasn’t been disappointing!

DSC03717DSC03731The Design: To be honest when I saw the Panache Portofino swimsuit for the first time on Panache stock pictures I didn’t find it very attractive. It was a simple blue and white swimsuit that I wouldn’t have bought by myself. Then I received the parcel, and the feeling when I put it on was completely different…

First of all, it fits ! This is always a victory when you receive a garment by mail and it fits you well. Second, I LOVE my body in this swimsuit! The design makes me think of the show “The love boat”. It looks perfect for cruise holidays! In my opinion this range has something chic, old-fashioned and I really like its nautical inspiration.

You may have noticed that it seems to be 2 sets of straps: the inner pair is for the invisible “bra” which is hidden inside the bodysuit. That means that the actual straps are not fully adjustable and I have to say that I usually have troubles with half-adjustable straps. In this case, they are quite short and I don’t have to shorten them so much (on these pictures I had forgotten to shorten one of them and I didn’t realise it before I saw the pictures on my laptop). So, the inner bra is basically made like a non padded balconette bra with a good coverage and three-part cup construction.

The ruching in the front seems to make the belly area look more structured. Indeed, the draped fabric paired with the white edge accents at the top of the swimsuit makes it more elegant and flattering. The back also adds a nice finish to this piece with its deep keyhole and its lovely branded gold plate and I was happy to see that the metal finished on the straps are gold too. The plastic closure is easy to use and the « band » feels true to size. I was afraid that it was not “young”enough but finally I’m really happy with the design of this piece. It makes me feel like a really elegant pin-up.

DSC03737DSC03753The fit : Mette sent me the Portofino in a 30GG and I would say that it fits me pretty well. However I’d like to try a 30G for comparison. The wires are really wide and sit very low under my inframammary fold. Also the inner cups are a bit too big for my breasts : I had the same impression with Panache Sport bras but as this doesn’t show from the outside, I am not 100% sure if a 30G would fit or not. It is not something I can feel when I wear the swimsuit. It doesn’t bother me, I just notice it when I put it on. So I believe that the bust part of this swimsuit is on the larger side.

One positive thing about the wires placement is that the central gore is very very narrow. This is very good for my close set-breasts and overall, this swimsuit still manages to give me a great support and a natural, yet round shape to my bust. The body is perfect for my usual UK size 10 and it covers everything the right way. The bottom part while providing a great coverage has a nice cut which makes my legs and butt look just fine. I was very surprised to be honest, since I usually think that one-piece swimwears make my legs look shorter and flatten my butt in a weird way.

The only thing that bothers me is that it is not easy to put on. Every time I am afraid to damage it when it passes through my thighs and butt, so the first time I was afraid that it was too small. Fortunately, when I finally put it on properly, the fit is amazing and I don’t have so much to complain about.

DSC03750DSC03755Comfort: I think that I am going to wear this piece very often this summer! I love bikinis of course,but wearing a one-piece swimsuit has always given me a sensation of freedom! Let me explain: wearing a properly fitting swimsuit, you can do whatever you want, run, dance, sleep, swim, and while every sensitive part of your body is covered, you are free to move your four limbs! That’s how I feel wearing the Portofino. This piece follows the curves of my body and allows me to move without having to adjust it every now and then.

I think the worst thing I’ve experienced with a swimsuit/bodysuit is when the torso part is too short and makes it uncomfortable because your butt systematically tries to eat it. I didn’t experienced that with the Portofino. The inner bra and lining are made from a very soft mesh and although the crotch is slightly too wide for my body, the legs elastics are quite stretchy and I don’t feel any discomfort.

In a nutshell, I am very satisfied with this piece and I think the whole Portofino range can work, aesthetically-wise, for gals of a different ages, since it is very elegant and pretty! If I could put my hands on the bandeau swim top in my size I’ll be glad to give it a try ! The details of this range are freaking amazing ! If you would like to give the Portofino a try, you can find it on Figleaves for $78 and the size range for the product is 30-38 D-K.

xoxo,

Wen

Introducing Bolero Beachwear – Dresses for Busty Pinup Gals!

10 Dec

I love reviewing lingerie – it’s my passion, obviously – but I do have a great love affair with pretty dresses as well. The thing with pretty dresses though is, that not every dress I try fits me that well – not even half of them! I can rarely zip up UK size 10 past my boobs which is why I usually result in buying a size up and then cinching the waists with a belt. When I heard about Bolero Beachwear and saw some lovely fellow bloggers rocking their dresses, I decided to chat to Patricia, the owner of this lovely brand.

Bolero Beachwear started out when the recession hit the USA in late 00’s – many women were left without jobs and so was Patricia, as the beachwear company she was working for had to close down because of the owner’s cancer and customers closing down their own businesses. Patricia, the wonder woman behind Bolero, decided to start a business of her own and so she ended up founding Bolero Beachwear and designing her very own beach cover-ups. After consulting with a busty customer, Patricia decided to make additional dresses and other items for us well-endowed women, as she wanted to accommodate her customers’ needs. Today I am reviewing two of her DD+ clothing collection dresses – Erica and Carmen! *These dresses were gifted to me by Bolero Beachwear. All opinions are my own! Photos were taken by Nina Tulilahti Photography. *

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The Erica dress – named after Erica from the fabulous “Sophisticated Pair”!

Patricia was super excited to send me the dresses as she knew how much I would enjoy styling them with my pinup way! Both of the dresses are full circle style with deep pockets (!!!) so they can definitely be worn with or without a petticoat (I am wearing them with one in each pic), whatever suits your personal style the best. I really enjoyed both of the styles and opted them in basic colours, black and white, which makes them both perfect staples in my wardrobe.

The Erica dress is a 1/2 sleeved wrap-dress style which I loved the most of all Bolero dresses. It comes in a sweet polka dot print, but also in basic black and another, more modern monochrome print. I haven’t owned any polka dots in years which is why I wanted to be a bit nostalgic and try to style them to my current taste. Patricia was so kind to send a couple of different sashes along my dresses, and I paired the Erica with the classic red sash you can see in the pictures. I think it goes perfectly with some red lipstick and a hair flower (from Sophisticated Lady Hairflowers) which look quite Christmassy together!

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Carmen dress + the signature black bolero!

The Carmen is a more feisty little number which could easily work as the little black dress in any woman’s wardrobe, especially in the summer. As I live in Finland, I need a cover-up for this particular dress as it’s sleeveless, but luckily Patricia had included a lovely little black bolero in my parcel as well – the perfect pairing with anything sleeveless or even strapless! I rarely wear any boleros actually but find this style particularly flattering and simple enough to please me.

When it comes to the style of Carmen, I would prefer it with some small cap sleeves even, as I am a bit self-conscious about my arms. It’s probably a bit silly as I have worked hard for my biceps (lol!) but I do find them a bit masculine with my pretty dresses. So to conclude, I do like my dresses with sleeves as they soften out my features a bit. However, I can imagine this dress being perfect for anyone who lives in a warmer climate and does not like her armpits getting damp!

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When it comes to sizing, I found the dresses to run fairly true-to-size in the waist area. I went for my regular non-vintage-reproduction size (as repro usually runs smaller than high street) Small and was very happy with the result. The Small is perfect for my 28-29″ waist and even though the bust is meant for 36″, I can easily fit my 40″ boobs into it without any fabric pulling or distorting the polka dot print. Both dresses fit similarly and are really easy to get over your head and wear casually. The sleeves of the Erica dress are also roomy enough for my big guns (hehe) and the fabric is overall wonderfully stretchy. As a huge plus,s these dresses feature a reinforced back (an extra layer of fabric at the back part of the dress), meaning your bra bands are less likely to show through (I wore a tight Polish band in the shoot so you need to excuse me!).

What I wear my Bolero dresses most for, is everyday situations when I don’t want the hassle of closing a difficult back zipper or I know that I might get messy at some point. These dresses are really easy to clean, as you can just toss them in a washing machine and even if you spill something over yourself (don’t get me started on ketchup!), these materials are super easy to just rinse clean. I would say, if you work with kids and still want to stay fancy – you really need these dresses in your life! Another upside is that Bolero dresses don’t wrinkle whatsoever, so they are perfect for those active days, even while travelling.

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All in all I am very happy with my new Bolero dresses and regard them as a lovely option for anyone with a fuller bust and interest in a more casual pinup style. The Bolero garments are designed and manufactured in USA which adds up the awesomeness of the brand even more.

If you are interested in getting something from Bolero, they are having a sale right at this moment so go and snatch up a lovely wardrobe staple of your own! You can get free shipping and 20% off with a code HOLIDAY20. The Erica dress is now on sale for $140 and the Carmen dress for $120.

What are your go-to clothing brands for a fuller busted figure? Let me know, I am always open to any good tips on how to dress my boobs! xx

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