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I've owned the Adidas 3-Stripes Authentic One Piece Bathing Suit for about two years after I took up regular swimming in order to try to get fit. I can't remember exactly what I paid for it back then, but I can tell you that it is currently available from JJB Sports (www.jjbsports.com) for £19.99. I think this price is okay, although obviously there are cheaper swimming costumes available, but probably none with a sports name like Adidas.
The design of the swimming costume is quite plain although it is designed for functionality rather than to make a fashion statement. It is plain black with a round neck and dipped crossed rounded back, with the only pattern being three orange stripes that go up the side of the swimming costume and a little orange Adidas logo on the upper left hand corner. It seems designed to hold everything in and to allow your body to be better streamlined and so the costume does feel quite tight, but it is still comfortable and the straps etc. do not dig in.
The material is made of nylon and elastane and so it's like lycra and it clings to the body whilst being stretchy. The material is comfortable and it is perfect for swimming - and it allows me full movement while I'm in the swimming pool. In addition to this, the material does dry quickly and so this is also good for comfort. It is machine washable and always washes well.
Over the last two years, it has maintained its shape and the material is still intact without any thinning of the material. Also the material has not faded and so it looks practically as good as new. For these reasons I would recommend that this is a good swimming costume if you're wearing it for sporting purposes rather than for fashion purposes.
So a few months ago I went ahead and bought something I never thought I would buy, a one piece swimming costume!! I have always been a bikini girl and being half Californian a bikini is the only thing you can wear on the beach or by the pool but after two babies my stomach really shouldn't ben seen in public anymore. The stretch marks are horrible and there is quite a bit more stomach than I would like at the moment so even though I am working on getting my bikini body back for now it needs to be covered up.
I was pretty determined that I would not buy a mumsy swimming costume, one that would make me look about fifty and so I decided to purchase a more athletic one which is why I bought this Adidas one, at least that way I would look more like a swimmer than someone in some awful flowery monstrosity. They had this for sale at my local pool so thats where I bought it about six months ago now after my baby boy was born. We go swimming every Sunday morning as a family so I needed something practical yet stylish.
This suit is nice and plain and fits really well. It is black which is always slimming and it has the famous three Adidas three white stripes down the side which gives it some definition and this also adds to the slimming effect of the suit in my opinion. This suit fits really really well. It hugs my body in all the right places and actually keeps my tummy held in quite nicely as like most swimming costumes it is quite tight but not overly so. I really like the back of this suit. It has straps that come together in a racer back effect so the straps stay up when you are int he swimming pool and you do not have to keep on adjusting them and pulling them up like you often do with a bikini top. I don't really have a chance to swim properly in the suit as I am always looking after the kids in it but I know if I were to do proper laps in this suit it would perform really well.
I rinse out my swimming costume whenever I have been in the pool to get rid of the chlorine and also wash it as soon as I get home but so far after six months it shows no sign of wear and tear from the chlorine and I can see this suit lasting for quite a few more months yet, perhaps then I will be ready to purchase my bikini again!!
Well here is another item that i purchased for my holiday yet again from soccersport for £15.99p. I bought it in the colour black.
The material is made up of 78% nylon and 22% elastane, it is pretty stretchable, so i would advise to get the correct size, or even maybe a size smaller so that it does not hang off you. The material seems pretty hard wearing and does not seem to be affected by the chlorine in the swimming pool, i have worn this many times, while on holiday and when i have just taken the kids to the local baths, and it is still in just as good a condition as when i first bought it.
The design of the costume is pretty basic, plain in colour with a white adidas logo at the front, the knicker line does come in pretty sharp and close, so you must make sure you have shaved your bikini line, or else you will be showing them loose hairs off lol. When the costume is turned around you have the straps going into a sort of x shape, before you have a big circle that shows off your back and rejoins just above your bottom. Now back to the front of your costume, well i know i aint big in the boobs department, but when i put this costume on i looked totally flat chested lol. Maybe some sort of breast support is needed so that it does not flatten your chest down, and well when you get out of the pool and your cold thats just not a good look at what sticks out, so i would surely say that all costumes should have breat support fitted lol.
My overall opinon
Well i did find this a little bit pricey just for a swimming costume, but so far it has been money well spent and i would recommend buying it, but ,more so to the women with larger breasts as it looks like you have none if you have only got little ones in this lol. But saying that i have not seen a swimming costume so far that has breat support, maybe i am just looking in the wrong places. But that is really the only downside i can find with the costume, its not too clingy to the skin if the right size is purchased, and feels comfortable to wear. I would buy another one of these if needed, unless of course i did find one with chest support.