Friday, November 30, 2007

Swimwear in Stores

This is a muscle-back tank top I purchased from the Warehouse. I advise against swimming in white -- it becomes transparent when wet! I've used white here because a black one would have been hard to see on the mannequin. The white-on-black also shows the shelfbra support/bust lining which is not normally visible.

Stores in Australia and New Zealand:

The Warehouse (affectionately known as The Red Shed)

The Warehouse offers a wonderfully low-priced brand called "Active Intent". The useful sporting items include:

  • a shelf-bra muscle-back tank top that covers the hips -- make sure it's the type without the plunging neckline;
  • a sport short similar to boy-leg pants but with a much longer leg;
  • several types of t-shirt, some with shelf-bra support and some without;
  • and of course the colourful and varied board short.

Board shorts are fairly easy to come by in other stores, such as EziBuy, but tend to be much more expensive. I recommend you go for the dome-fastening board short -- avoid the lace-up version, as they're frustratingly tedious to get in and out of! and feature store locations, brand listings, and online viewing of catalogues/mailers. They are not online stores.

EziBuy and

Check the various women’s labels for swimwear sections. I didn’t get any joy out of typing ‘swimwear’ in the search feature.

My mannequin is wearing a rash vest on top of a muscle-back tank top. The bottom hem is elasticated to help prevent ride-up.

The Warehouse rarely stocks women’s rash vests, and I’ve never seen them at EziBuy. See the Rash Vest post for further ideas on where to get these.

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