Miss 3 and Miss 7 love anything to do with water, and they are growing so fast that every summer I have been buying new swimwear for them. This year I am eagerly trying out Platypus Swimwear. The gorgeous designs in their Girls Collection make it tricky to decide, but I settled on a fresh eye-catching Watermelon pattern for Miss 7 and a pretty floral (called Lace) in pastel colours for Miss 3.
Platypus Australia is an online swimwear brand that offers high quality UV sun protection for girls and boys (sizes 0–14). The mix-and-match swimwear range is designed to allow kids to be active yet comfortable and stylish, all while protected from the sun. Other designs include paisley and mosaic patterns, as well as roses and other florals in attractive and striking colour combinations.
The website is easy to navigate and there are clear pictures of all the products. I ordered online and my parcel arrived within a few days. For Miss 3 I ordered a set consisting of a Lycra Boardshort (with drawstrings) and a Short Sleeve Rash Guard. The sleeves actually reach to just beyond her elbows, so they provide good protection but don’t hamper her movements. The high collar of the Rashie helps protect the neck from the sun too.
To be extra sun cautious I also ordered the matching Lace collection Cap, which has a protective neck flap. It is lightweight with a gentle elastic fit and flexible peak, and is great for wearing in the water. With its quick drying fabric it can get wet and help keep her head cool but not stay soaked and uncomfortable.
Miss 7 desperately wanted a pretty swimsuit. With ruffles, a lovely bikini style neckline and crossover straps at the back, this singlet set met with her fashion savvy approval. She just loves the watermelon pattern with the green trim. I must say it’s bang on trend this season too with watermelon designs popping up everywhere. The adjustable straps also allow for a comfy and secure fit. The singlet is long so that no tummy is exposed, which as a fussy mum, I like.
All Platypus Swimwear blocks out more than 97.5% of Ultraviolet Radiation. The materials are UPF 50+ and are composed of 80% Nylon and 20% Lycra which gives the swimwear just the right amount of stretch without it being saggy. This material is said to last 10 times longer against Chlorine than Elastane, which ensures the swimwear is Ultra Chlorine Resistant. It also has good shape-retention and breathability.
My girls are fussy about labels, so it was an added bonus that there are no scratchy labels sewn into the Rashie or the Singlet. Instead the label is printed on the inside. The shorts and bottoms do have fabric labels but they are very soft and not scratchy at all.
As with most good quality swimwear one is still advised to rinse them after use, and treat them with care. The Platypus Australia website provides tips for how to care for your new Swimwear:
- Rinse well in cool water after use
- Lay flat in shade to dry
- Do not pack or store while wet
- Hand wash with mild detergent
- Do not machine wash
- Do not bleach, soak or iron
- Drip dry in shade, do not tumble dry
- Be careful with rough surfaces such as concrete and swimming pool edges
- Because of the tight weave of the fabric, sand can easily be trapped. Remove all sand grains by rinsing your garment or carefully stretch dry fabric over thumbnail and sand will drop out
Platypus Swimwear boasts Girls, Boys and Baby Collections, as well as a few accessories (such as terry tunics and beach bags), and a small collection of swimsuits and useful sun jackets (with zips) for women.
Free Shipping is offered on all orders over $100. There is also currently an offer to receive a 10% discount off your first order.
These quality swimwear collections with their gorgeous designs are bound to set your child apart on the beach or by the pool this summer!
Visit their website www.platypusaustralia.com
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