How to: Choose the right swimsuit for every activity.

Entry #6

How to: Choose the right swimsuit for every activity.

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Fit, fashion and functionality, this Aussie mum covers it all.

Between sunbathers on the beach and the influx of Euro ‘23 Instagram posts, discerning which swimwear pieces offer the best bang for your buck can be daunting.

Enter Natalie Angel, better known by her social handle @letmetrybeforeyoubuy. With her impeccable eye for detail and refreshingly honest reviews, Natalie is the go-to guru for online shopping enthusiasts or those looking for Australian plus-size swimwear.

Recently, Natalie reviewed Sheila, diving into the fit, design, and overall vibe of the collection. Curious about her thoughts? Dive in below for her in-depth review.fabulous and ready to take on the day. So, what are you waiting for? Say goodbye to uncomfort and hello to the ultimate comfort and style with Sheila's swimwear collection.

Check out video content of what Natalie had to say about Sheila here and here.

Nellie Scoop Bikini Top - Sheila

1. Nellie Scoop Bikini Top

When evaluating the fit, Natalie appreciated that the XL size was impeccably designed for those in the 18-20 range or with a D-E cup size. The clever three-tiered structure, paired with moulded cups, meant she could say goodbye to wardrobe malfunctions. As for design, she was all praises for the adjustable, thick straps that promised nothing short of total control and support. And of course, the colours weren't lost on her; she particularly loved the shade 'Golden Hour.'

Alyssa Mid Swim Short - Sheila

2. Alyssa Mid Swim Short 

Natalie felt that the XL size hit the sweet spot for herself and those similarly sized who are in search of women's beach shorts. She loved the supportive wide waistband and gave a thumbs-up to the seam quality, pointing out they won’t ride up or down. Alyssa’s premium material earned high marks from her. And for those who lean towards more modest swimwear? Natalie believes this design's got your back (and bum)!

Grace Mini Swim Short - Sheila

3. Grace Mini Short

With a waistband designed for smooth contouring over any beautiful lumps and bumps, this piece is Natalie top pick for a flattering tummy fit. Natalie dons an XL and gives a nod to the sustainable blend of 75% recycled nylon and 25% elastane, mentioning its dual-layered stretch. She appreciates the modest coverage both front and back, once again highlighting its supreme comfort.

Mina One Piece - Sheila

4. Mina One-Piece

“For the lady who likes to mix her swimwear and activewear, or the lady that likes to be modest, this is such a good style,” Natalie raved. The Mina One-Piece is not only stylish but also feels as luxurious as it looks. Natalie gave a nod to its suitability for up to an E cup. The adjustable wide straps and the cut-out at the back were also something she loved. With four layers around the bust and two from the waist down, plus a supportive 15 cm inseam, it’s no wonder Natalie counts this as a favourite.

Sia Triangle Bikini Top - Sheila

5. Sia Triangle Top

This piece was beloved for its blending of eco-consciousness and comfort, being made from 75% recycled nylon and 25% elastane. We recommend this style for cup sizes A-D but Natalie recommended sizing up a size (she sized up to a 2XL) if you’re an E cup. She also noted the adjustable band, the three-layer design and the moulded cup that underscore both style and stability.

Miranda Long Swim Short - Sheila

6. Miranda Long Line Short:

Natalie points out the unique absence of a thigh band in this piece. However, its generous design still guarantees sustained comfort, support and wiggle room. Be it a bike ride or a beach adventure, this short is your go-to companion.

Ash Cropped Rashguard - Sheila

7. Ash Cropped Rash Vest:

“This feels fantastic on the skin.” Natalie loved the high neckline, supportive band, plus the beautiful shelf bra. As with the Sia Triangle Bikini Top, we recommend this style for cup sizes A-D. Her suggestion? If you have a broad back or fuller bust, opt for a size up (she sized up to a 2XL). If not, your regular size offers the perfect fit for this woman's rashie. Plus, the eco-friendly material ensures it’s comfortable for you, and the planet. 

After diving deep into the collection, it's clear that Natalie loved our luxurious fabric, precision fit, modest swimwear and size-inclusive swimwear options, and the contemporary twist on classic swimwear. For those on the hunt for comfortable, high-quality swimwear for women, you know where to go (hint hint: here!).

And for more of Natalie’s reviews, be sure to follow her on: @letmetrybeforeyoubuy

For every ebb and flow, there’s Sheila: swimwear for land, sea, and life.