Essential Swimsuit Black - Hendricks

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A swim-wardrobe staple combining a flattering soft V-neckline and our signature mesh in a sculpting black swimsuit with built-in bust support so you can feel fantastic wherever your swimsuit takes you.  

Our Hendricks shape fits F-HH cup busts. For AA-B busts, shop The Hepburn. For C-E busts, shop The Monroe.  


Dispatch w/c 8th July

Not sure about size?
  • Fits true to size or ever so slightly big. 
  • This style is slightly longer in the body than other styles. If you're short in the body, go down a dress size.
  • Low-cut under the arms for active use without chaffing.
  • Medium cut on the leg with flattering but full bottom coverage.
  • Our Hendricks model Jess is 5'11 / 183cm tall. She usually wears a UK size 14 and a 34G bra. Shown here wearing a Deakin and Blue size 14 Hendricks.
  • Super soft, high quality, sustainable Italian bonded Lycra® with neckline and hips highlighted in soft & sculpting Italian powernet mesh.
  • Lycra® made from a recycled yarn called ECONYL® - made from regenerated waste such as old fishing nets and industrial plastic scraps.
  • Durable and designed to last. Our chosen Lycra® is twice as resistant to chlorine, salt water and oils than standard Lycra. Full UV protection.
  • Designed and manufactured responsibly in London, UK.
  • Rinse after every use and hang to dry. Machine wash at 40° after every 2-3 uses. See full details on how to care for your swimwear.
  • 78% Recycled Polyamide, 22% Elastane.
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    Ann B.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Still my forever swimsuit

    I’ve just purchased my third Essential Black Swimsuit- the first one is still going strong after about 5 years and countless year round swims in the cold Atlantic off the west coast of Ireland. I have never found a swimsuit that fit me this well and when you find ‘the one’ you never let it go! What I love about this brand is (clearly ) the enduring sustainability and the fact that I can rely on my forever swimsuit still being in stock 5 years later. I rotate my 3 suits with the oldest still in great shape the colour has only faded slightly after a bazillion swims!

    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Best swimming costume EVER

    I love D&B swimming costumes and they are worth every penny! They look and feel amazing and last forever!

    Debs SVG verified by SHOP
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Superb swimsuit so comfortable I was cautious in terms of the price but it fits me really well so I was glad I made the investment

    Caroline M.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Lovely swimsuit

    It’s a great swimsuit, keeps everything in and feels good quality. I use it for lane swimming and Aquafit. My only comment is I’m 5’5”” and a normal size 14. For me it’s a little short in the body, but a bigger size would be too big everywhere else. I still love it.

    Jane H.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Lovely, flattering swimsuit

    I started swimming after I retired and now swim swim most days. I've bought 2 or 3 swimming costumes or tankinis in the last couple of years, and every one has changed colour within a couple of months, even if they said they were chlorine resistant. I've had my Deakin & Blue costume and it's still perfect. I'm a size 16 - 18 38F and went for a Hendricks in 16 because the 18 was a bit big. It's a lovely fit and I think it's quite flattering. I'll definitely buy another swimsuit from Deakin & Blue - I'd love some shorts that are shorter than the ones you currently sell.

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