What do sandy beaches, swimming pools and warm seas conjure up in your mind? Is it a gorgeous, relaxing holiday in the sun or a potential nightmare situation? Even though poolside holidays and summer trips to the coast are the highlights of the year, it can be difficult to enjoy them to the full if you don’t have the right attire for all the activities you’re going to do. If you’re like me, it’s tough finding swimwear that fits correctly, with the right amount of coverage (string-tied pants, I’m talking to you!) and is comfortable, so I’ve been on the hunt for something a little different this year.While there are plenty of swimwear options these days for fuller busts (my life changed when I found swimwear in bra sizes!) and there are tons different ways of pulling things in and pushing bits up, these sorts of swimsuits are not always made in the most flattering shapes or on-trend patterns. So what do you do if you know what you want but just can’t find it ‘off the peg’? Why, you have it custom-made, of course!
After searching online for innovative swimwear options I came across Surania. This company allows the customer to choose exactly the style of swimwear they like; bikini, swimsuit, tankini, swim dress etc and then fully customise the design. Not only can you choose the fabric patterns, trim colours and (of course) the ideal size for you, but you can even go as far as deciding between having a ring in the centre of your halter-neck or having it fixed, gathered or adjustable.
Your bandeau bikini can have ruffles, flounces, twists, outlines, fringes, braids and more – there are 12 options for this one style of bikini top and that’s before you’ve even started to look at fabric colours, patterns and prints. The number of options is mind-blowing, with over 6000 possible combinations for a Surania bikini and even more when you start to look at tankinis and swimsuits. You’ll never be caught wearing the same swimwear as someone else! Now you can probably understand why I am so excited that I found this swimwear store. I have an idea in my mind of the perfect swimwear for me – it’s a V-neck tankini top, with bra support and adjustable straps, and shorts (no thanks tie-sides!) in a matching print. So I found it easy to pick out my choice of design and the fun part really started when I began to choose my fabric combinations. In truth, I made about 4 excellent (if I do say so myself) designs with this year’s must-have patterns, such as the tropical palm tree style above, but I wanted something that would stand the test of time. I chose a classic rose pattern and paired it with a juicy watermelon pink trim. I love the vintage influence of the print and the navy blue is the ideal background colour for me. It was a toss up between having patterned shorts or choosing them in the matching plain pink – or why not both?!After a lot of deliberation and, lets be honest, fun playing around with the online design software, I put in my order and measured myself up to ensure that the swimwear would fit perfectly. I waited around two weeks for the tankini to be custom-made and delivered to my door and it was well worth the wait. I finally had my dream swimwear in my hands and now I can’t wait to head to the pool!
What do you think of my custom-made swimwear? What would you choose? Leave me a comment below or tweet me @Cassiefairy to chat.