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Lyra Swimwear

Sunday, April 02, 2017


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Oh My Word prepare to faint!
I kid you not I have been searching for modest swimwear 
that was FASHIONABLE for the longest time
and
 FINALLY I have found something stylish yet modest to wear to the beach!

I hate the idea of looking like I'm about to go scuba diving
 (sounds fun but not cute especially if you're not actually scuba diving),
nor do I like the idea of looking like I'm wearing a tent. 


- GET TO KNOW THE BRAND -

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ABOUT US

Revolutionising modest swimwear

At LYRA, we are revolutionising modest swimwear, bridging the gap between contemporary style and modesty. We work to bring our customers the best of modest swimwear, with designs that embody self-confidence, comfort and practicality. Our collection offers flattering cuts that do not compromise the modesty of our swimsuits.

Made up of three distinct designs, our swimsuits cater to each woman’s body shape and style, for the ultimate fit and comfort. Distinguished by high quality tailoring with a relentless focus on the finest details. Our swimsuits exude modern elegance, emphasizing intricate details and drapes.
The LYRA Swim collection is also available for purchase as separate pieces, allowing our customers to create their own level of coverage.


WHO FOUNDED LYRA AND WHAT INSPIRED THE START OF THE BRAND? - 

My name is Ikram and I am the founder of LYRA. The concept of the brand was inspired my personal challenge of finding any fashionable modest swimwear, which as a young Muslim woman, I would be comfortable and confident in wearing to the beach or pool. So, LYRA was born in the heart of London in 2015 with a mantra of making fashionable modest swimwear for women to fall in love with. 

WHAT INSPIRES THE DESIGNS OF THE PIECES? -

Our designs are inspired by everything from vintage swimwear of the 1940's to modern surf suits, with a feminine twist. 

WHAT IS THE AIM FOR THE BRAND? -

The aim of the brand is to mix creative design, quality materials and immaculate craftsmanship, so that we can offer the best quality and fashionable modest swimwear.

WHAT CAN MY VIEWERS EXPECT IN THE FUTURE FROM THE BRAND? -

In terms of what's in store for our customers, we are hoping to release more colour-ways at the end of the year, and also plans to extend our vision to a 'LYRA Gyms' collection, which will aim to feature quality, comfortable and stylish gym/ workout wear. Stay tuned :) 




- WHAT DREW ME TO THE BRAND? -



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I came across Lyra Swimwear after seeing a fave blogger of mine snap about the swimsuit and after stalking their instagram I knew I had to save up to get my hands on it because for the first time I finally found something I really liked! 

If you follow my snapchat and instagram (you should if you aren't already) you saw me unbox and talk a bit about the brand, the pieces and what made me choose it. Don't worry if you missed it, here is the link if you want to see the un-boxing. 



I loved the idea of the brand really promoting: 
  • Amazing Quality 
  • Modest 
  • Stylish
To me the price was just over the normal 'burkini' or other modest swimwear you may find locally. Like I said I was searching for a while because leggings and a tshirt wasn't going to cut it for me anymore. I compared prices, asked around and did my best to look for local brands that had something that looked good and was comfortable. Now as much as the quality may be good for local modest swimwear suits (burkini) I just hated how I looked, I felt uncomfortable and it was way too baggy - swimsuit onesie was just not working for me. 

The last modest swimwear I had even though I had the smallest size it still felt incredibly baggy, which meant it felt very heavy after coming out of the water. Because yes everyone wants to look like a whale coming out of the ocean *ehm*! 

Anyway so I knew that was a no go for me every again! So after researching on the brand, I had a bit of a correspondence, saved every penny and finally I clicked 'check out'.


WHAT MADE ME PICK THIS SUIT 
FROM THE RANGE? 
 - SOFIA -

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The brand doesn't have a wide range however it does have 3 swimwear lines. I chose this one which is from their recent more popular lines and I LOVE IT! My opinion is they need to come up with more because they're swimwear chic. 

To me from this line I liked all 3 options and so I had to choose between:


  • Black and Red
  • Sailor - Navy with White Stripes
  • Olive and Navy


BLACK AND RED


As beautiful as this piece is, especially if you want to play it on the safe side and have it simple it works on that basis. To me the idea of wearing 'black and/or red' as a swimsuit at the beach or pool especially since it's so covered just makes me feel incredibly hot! That is the only reason I personally did not choose this one. 

SAILOR [navy with white stripes]


This was actually my first choice. I loved that in my mind I found it versatile. I could bring a pop of colour and wear a white turban, navy one or even a red one! I thought it was so cute, but since it was horizontal stripes I was worried they may be too wide and look unflattering. 
But after I had already placed my order I saw Lyra Swimwear in London Modest Fashion Week, seeing this walk down the runway I can say the stripes were small so they would look cute but not unflattering.

OLIVE AND NAVY


Ah the first one I saw and my 2nd choice which I am so happy alhamdulillah I actually chose this one! My worry about this suit was that the green would be too neon and obviously who wants that. But the best way to describe the colour of the swimsuit is to say its close if not the colour of mendhi/henna powder. 
I really am so pleased I chose this one; it's not boring, it's not way out there in your face sort of colour, suits my complexion, feels comfortable, fits beautifully, very stylish...basically just perfect.  


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 - BREAK DOWN OF ALL THE PIECES -


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TURBAN - This piece as as well as the skirt are both optional when you want to purchase. I bought both because the skirt is what makes it modest and I wasn't about to find a turban to match it when there was one being sold on the site. If you aren't hijabi you can still rock the turban style with your hair loose, you can wear it over your swimming cap or just as is. I liked it because it fit just right, it was tight but not in an uncomfortable way. It also has some beautiful ruche detailing. 



LEGGINGS - Ankle length with an elasticated waist for flexible fit, with extra high waist coverage for comfort. It isn't baggy and because I am short mines was a bit long for me but that's okay because I did not mind. 



SKIRT - The detachable skirt is another 'optional piece' from each swim suit. this is what adds the modesty to the swimsuit. You can wear it around your waist or hip depending ow how you would prefer to cover up. 



LEOTARD - This is fitted surf style top with front zip with contrast panel colour panels, it feels soft against the skin (all the pieces do) and does not feel uncomfortable at all. It does zip up all the way up the neck, I personally do not mind showing my neck also I feel very claustrophobic which is why I kept mine zipped down a bit. 


When it came to sizes I was a bit concerned. If you are from my side of the world this swimsuit can be considered 'pricey' so you don't want to spend the money and have the wrong size arrive. 
CHECK THE SIZE CHART AND MEASURE YOURSELF!
I literally did that and *phew* that saved me. I am quite short so a size small was closest to my measurements. 
When it did arrive and I tried it on, it fit perfectly it was not baggy or super tight which I found perfect.
You can see from the pictures my sleeves and the leggings look a bit long but like I said I am quite short and tiny so that is alright with me and expected. 


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- BUT WAS IT WORTH IT? -


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This is the hard hitting question. 
With all the 'Modern' modest swimwear there is out there from what I saw 
this fit my style perfectly. 
I found it worth it because it was something I was searching to find for a while. 
Note I had to pay customs as well when it arrived.
For me one is enough,
this swimsuit will last me for a very long time and I will be getting A LOT of use out of it. 

You don't have to be frustrated at going to the beach or on holiday,
you don't have to only wear leggings and an over-sized t-shirt

I hope you liked this post and found it helpful,
please check the website out and see the other lovely designs they have. 
I will have all the links down below,
as well as the link to the un-boxing video so you can check that out if you want. 
Finally follow me on my social media for more unboxing posts, reviews and much more.


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18 comments

  1. Cool thanks for the review will be checking out their website

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  2. Beautiful and modest...love the color combo....

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  3. That's probably the prettiest modest swimwear I have ever seen! It looks like a proper outfit

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    1. It does and I LOVE IT lol honestly not loving how usual modest swimwear looks and I love how it's fashionable.

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  4. What a lovely idea and it really is very fashionable. Looks really good on you!

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  5. Wow! This! (like if I knew how to swim), but it's definitely worth to secure one, because who knows what the future hold with me and the beach... And swimming.

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    1. Haha I love to swim. At home it's okay I don't really need to cover up but when we go out on holiday I don't want to be scrambling to find something fashionable swimsuit.

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  6. The colours of the swimwear are gorgeous and it really suits you. The design is also like a real outfit, I like it.

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  7. I recently came across this brand too and fell in love. It is most certainly the best burqini brand out there and best looking design. However I feel it would be too tight for me, you seem pretty slim mA, but I feel like this might not work for me right now until iv gotten my pre-babies body back iA

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    1. Aww Insha-Allah I'm sure you would look beautiful in one of these swimsuits. But I understand, check out the other ranges, the one with the rougeing looks good.

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  8. super cute!! love the colour combo too! you look great mashaAllah. I would love for us to add one another on SC and Insta too if you are willing. :)

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    1. Thank you so much <3 I would love to as well :) what is your handle?

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    2. My insta is nidaspeaksbeauty and sc is nspeaksbeauty
      looking forward to connecting with you! <3

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