Sponsored by Lilly & Lime Swimwear
Confidence is at the crux of all that I talk about in this community. Yes, there’s a lot of body image acceptance that goes hand in hand with that. Yes, it’s a work in progress for most of us.
And that’s ok.
My job is to help with that progress, to show you ways to find that confidence through what you wear.
In summer, that often means taking baby steps outside your comfort zone … to wear a pair of shorts, get your arms out or to pop on a swimsuit. Because it’s just too damn hot to not do those things.
Yet, still we do let ourselves, our minds, get in the way of staying cool and/or enjoying everything that summer has to offer.
I’m going to share on the blog with you some of my tips for getting over ourselves in the coming weeks in the lead up to summer.
This post is all about confidence in swimwear for those of us who have been blessed with boobs of the D cup and up variety, women who want swimwear that supports and uplifts.
And, yes, that very much includes me. Somewhere in my deep, distant past I was a C cup but my peri-menopausal girls now firmly sit in the D camp. And by sit, I mean flop.
I’d really love to blame breastfeeding my three kids for their south-facing, navel-graving position when left to own non-perky devices but they’ve always been that way. It takes A LOT of work to get those girls up where they should be and for too long my swimwear choices were not up for the job.
Two years ago, I first introduced you to independent swimwear label, Lilly & Lime Swimwear in my annual Swimsuit Edition (stay tuned for this year’s!) and then again last year with their expanded collection. This year they’ve just launch the Kokomo collection, which includes a new range of prints and styles. Read on for more.
The two women behind the brand – Emma-Jane Hughes (Bermuda) and Ashleigh Hill (Brisbane) – are friends who met while working in London. They’re proud owners of 30G and 30DD boobs and have made it their mission to help women who are bigger busted wear well-fitted swimwear. If you follow them on Instagram (and you should), you’ll discover a community of women from around the world who have embraced the confidence that comes from wearing a swimsuit that is supportive.
For me, it was a HUGE ah-hah moment. Whenever I wear a Lilly & Lime swimsuit or bikini, it feels like I have the support of a good, well-fitted bra. The result? I stand a little taller. I feel less concerned about other bits of my body that usually bring out the negative Nancy inner critic. And I’m not scared to jump in a pool or body surf for fear of a boob flash. The fear is real, my dear Stylers.
This season, Lilly and Lime are offering even more swimsuit options and brand new prints for D cups and up, including the first in their sun-safe range. This gets a big tick from me. The Australian sun is harsh. Wearing a rashie and staying out of the sun in the middle of the day is part of my summer sun-protection mantra.
The Lauren High-Neck bikini top: While not a sun-safe option on its own, the high-neck design of this top helps protect the incidental skin damage that can happen to our décolletage. Pop over the long-sleeve rashie and you’ll feel protected and supported. Where this top comes into its own is that this style is usually a no-go for D cups and up due to a lack of support. The Lilly & Lime version includes built-in underwire support and I find the cut away style to be extremely flattering across a broad chest/shoulder area.
The Juliette Cap Sleeve One-Piece: One-piece lovers, you are going to LOVE this swimsuit. It’s the swimsuit that’s going to allow you to be and feel sporty – and supportive. It’s ideal for swimming training, surfing, or just spending a morning at the beach with the kids. The built-in underwire bra keeps your girls lifted and in place, no matter how active you are. Add the long-sleeve rashie for extra sun protection.
The Rose Rash Guard: When hitting the pool or beach in the sun, think of this piece as the final layer to your bikini or one-piece. Pack it in your beach bag to slip on (zipped or unzipped) for stylish sun protection. This piece doesn’t include underwire support so is designed for wearing over a swimsuit.
(Oh, and for the “mini-me”s in your life, this season Lilly & Lime has also launched a girls’ sunsafe range. Check it out HERE.
There is a Lilly & Lime print for everyone with the stunning release of the Kokomo collection. Check out Kimono Ink, Kimono Forest, Rainbow Stripe, Suzani Indigo, Suzani Stone, Spot Stone Spot Forest HERE. Work separates together, back with a block colour or pattern clash your way to a beach near you.
Buying a swimsuit online
I know it’s not a natural thing for many but honestly I prefer it. Think about it, you can try on in the comfort of your own home without any harsh change-room lighting. If you shop online with a store that offers great pre-purchase customer service and easy returns/exchanges, then you can do so with confidence.
Lilly & Lime make it super easy to match you to the correct swimsuit size for your body and breast size with this fitting guide, size check form and online size calculator tool. Because their swimsuits offer the same support as a quality bra, these measurements are key to finding your perfect match.
A correctly fitted and supportive swimsuit top will feel comfortable on. Just like wearing a bra, it shouldn’t feel like it’s digging in to you. If the underwire is cutting in to you, then the back size is too small. If the underwire isn’t sitting flat on your chest, then you probably need to go up a cup size.
Buying separates also helps to get a swimsuit that is perfect for you. My top half is a bigger size than my pancake-flat bum, so I love being able to buy to suit.
Different bikini bottom styles will suit different people too. I’ve got a longer bottom-half torso, so I prefer a fuller (but not too high) brief. It’s all about playing with the proportions that work you. A smaller brief can give the illusion of elongating a shorter torso. A high-waist brief can look amazing on an hourglass with a longer torso. Check out the bikini bottom styles HERE.
Different bikini top styles work for different shaped breasts. Not only do my breasts have south-facing tendencies, they also venture sideways. They’re not full in the top of the breast either. With this shape of bust, I’m better suited to a balconette or supported bandeau-style swimsuit. The high-neck style also works for me. Conversely, if your boobs are full, top to bottom, then a full-cup or halter style might work best for you. Check out the bikini top styles HERE.
Get excited. One Styling You reader could win a $AU300 Lilly & Lime Swimwear gift card. Follow the steps below to enter.
- Head over to Lilly & Lime HERE. Fill in the form.
- Once filled in, you’ll be directed back here to answer this question in the comments below: Which Lilly & Lime swimsuit would help you most feel supported in the pool or at the beach this summer? And why?
Entries open on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5am (AEST) and close on Friday, November 9 at 5pm (AEST). The winner of the “answer the question” competition will be judged on originality and creativity. Both steps of the competition need to be fulfilled to be judged a winner. The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.