Recently, I was lucky enough to get given the chance to try out some State Of Mind swimwear. They make beautiful sportswear and swimwear for size 16-26 women and use models who actually fit the brand – a rarity these days!

After telling the lovely Dawn my stats and preferences she sent me over some size 20-22 pieces to try out.

First up was this gorgeous tankini and the matching swim skirt.
As you can see the whole ensemble provides excellent coverage, especially for those who, like me, loathe their legs and stomachs being on show! The swim skirt has a built in pair of briefs that covered my big bum perfectly! The tankini was a little on the small side over my bust, although what it did cover it supported. It would be more suited to a woman less busty than I, but I love the concept. It flowed over my stomach without being uncomfortably tight or huge.

Next up was the Va Va Voom one piece suit worn with a few cover ups.
Sadly I was once again presented with a lack of boob room in the one pieces. However I did find them to be a good length and fit on me elsewhere, just too small across the tatas!
The cover ups were stunning. They are lightweight enough to be squashed into a beach bag and would no doubt dry off in an instant. I loves the fact that they could be slipped on like a waistcoat – no dislodging of sunglasses or getting stuck! Ideally they would also cover the arms but that is a personal preference.

Last but by no means least I tried my favourite piece – the ‘Rock the Kasbah floral silk kaftan’.
I ADORED this piece! The colours were amazing, the amount of cover up it gave me was perfect and once again it was lightweight and non creasable. Roll on my holiday to Australia, I know what I’ll be packing!

State Of Mind are a very promising brand. They design pieces for plus sizes women that are not frumpy, but do accommodate possible body insecurities. Some pieces may not work if you have a very full bust, but there is something to be found for every size 16-26 beach babe.

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