In our new blog series, Making Waves, we talk to a different Deakin and Blue customer once a fortnight to find out more about what they get up to in their cossie.
First in our series is one of our favourite outdoor swimmers: Ella Foote. Ella swims year round in lakes, rivers, the sea and basically any pool of water she can get into. A champion of body positivity and mental health, Ella is a free spirit, water wanderer and cheerleader of women.
Ella, how did you first get into outdoor swimming?
All credit to my Mum and Dad who used to take us to Dorset for our summer hols. We would swim in the sea, dodge jellyfish, build sandcastles and catch crabs. I would freak out about swimming over weed, but my Dad would push me and eventually in my twenties it became natural to return to the sea and find rivers more locally.
What is it about swimming in the outdoors that appeals to you?
Fresh air, natural light, wildlife and the zing! Swimming outdoors is a feast for the senses. Smelling the dirt dampness of the riverbank, the sensations of sand and silt on your skin, hearing birds or wooshing waves, salty lips or earthy splashes in your nose and seeing the day unfold or end in the water!
How do you prepare for a swim?
Depends on the conditions on the day, weather, season and type of swim. Making sure I have warm layers and hot drink in winter, or ensuring I have eaten and slept well for a long swim or event. The best swims are when it isn't planned or becomes surprising. Always keep a swimsuit in my car.
What have you learned from outdoor swimming? About yourself? About the world? About the activity?
I am a lot stronger and more resilient than I ever actually think I am. Long swims or tough conditions is more about the mind than physical strength. The world is full of kind strangers, joy and childlike playground conditions - you just have to find them. Swimming is the solution for any problem. It helps you get physically and mentally fit.
What advice would you give to others looking to try outdoor swimming? Why should they?
Discover places where swimming is safe and people already swim, seek them for company. Build up slowly - dip toes in, then do a little bit and get out and next time do a little more. You won't regret starting swimming outdoors - be careful it is addictive.
What feeling do you get after a dip in a lake, river or the sea?
Elation. Peace. Strength. Invincible!
Thanks to Ella for chatting to us - if you don't already follow her on Instagram then please do - her feed is outdoor swimspo for the soul.
We've developed our unique Muse Measurement sizing system to offer a comfortable, sleek and sculpting fit, whatever your shape or size.
We know that no two “size 12” bodies are the same, so our sizing is tailored to three different body shapes:
Step One: Pick your usual UK dress size from 8-20.
Step Two: Pick your bust size based on our Muse Measurements system:
|BRA CUP SIZE||AA - B||C - E||F - HH|
So if you typically wear a UK size 14 and wear a 34A bra, you’d order a 14 Hepburn. Likewise if you’re a UK size 10 and wear a 30F bra, you’d order a 10 Hendricks.
All our pieces are designed to offer stretch. However, if you’re in between sizes we recommend sizing up.
If you are very long in the body, we also recommend going up a dress size to offer additional length.
Our Swimbras & Swim Crops are designed to fit snugly so that you feel 100% secure as you move. We have developed a precise Bikini Sizing System to help you identify your correct size.
|BIKINI TOP SIZING||Cup Size|
Band Size (inches)
|26-28||8 Hepburn||8 Monroe||8 Hendricks|
|28-30||10 Hepburn||10 Monroe||10 Hendricks|
|30-32||12 Hepburn||12 Monroe||12 Hendricks|
|34-36||14 Hepburn||14 Monroe||14 Hendricks|
|38-40||16 Hepburn||16 Monroe||16 Hendricks|
|42-44||18 Hepburn||18 Monroe||18 Hendricks|
All our knickers come in standard UK dress sizes from size 8 - 18.
We currently offer all bikinis in sizes 8-18 and all swimsuits in sizes 8-20.
We are very aware that our size range is still relatively limited. We’re a small independent brand, and have focused initially on offering a highly comprehensive and effective set of products to women who wear dress sizes 8-20.
However we are very responsive to demand. If you would like to see more sizes in different types of products please get in touch at email@example.com - we'd love to hear from you.
For example, when we first launched back in June 2017 we tested customer demand for our products in sizes 8-16. So many of you got in touch to say that you were interested in our swimwear but needed larger sizes that within six months we expanded our size range up to UK size 20. We're really listening to you.
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