Monday, 2 June 2014

Sunuva UV swimwear and beachwear review

Last year, we discovered the funky and functional kids' clothes and swimwear brand Sunuva when Juliette reviewed some of their UV-protective swimwear. (Click through to read that review.) We were delighted when they got back in touch with us to see if the Madhouse Mini-testers would like to choose an outfit each to review from this year's collection. If you're not aware of the brand, their clothes don't just look fab -  they are also made from the highest quality UPF 50+ fabric, blocking out more than 97% of the sun’s harmful rays, helping protect your kids from over-exposure to the sun. The British Skin Foundation, the UK’s leading researcher of skin diseases, has announced that it is to validate the brand, proving that it's not just a gimmick.

Pierre chose this vibrant blue long-sleeved rash shirt (£38) with a cute/scary shark design. Madhouse Daddy was a bit worried about a long-sleeved top being too hot for our holiday to Turkey this summer but it's made from a light, breathable, UPF 50+ fabric which has the added advantage of being machine washable and quick-drying.

This also has matching swim shorts (£37) with a fabulous shark design. They're really comfortable and have a drawstring waist (handy because they're made with a generous cut so they're slightly too big for Pierre) and a Velcro flap back pocket. They arrive just above the knee and could be worn in or out of the pool during the summer.

Juliette decided she wanted a bikini and opted for this blue and white Breton stripe halter-neck bikini (£37) which has a cute contrast red stripe trim and is finished with pretty ties and red beads. Juliette loves it and can't wait to wear it on holiday, posing by the pool ! It's well cut, being neither too tight nor too skimpy.

As it's a children's beachwear brand, I didn't think we'd find anything to fit Sophie. She may only be 12 (almost 13) but she's already taller than me and her feet are as big as Madhouse Daddy's ! - but I said we'd get her something and if it didn't fit, she could also give it to Juliette. She picked this ultra comfy, blue and white striped playsuit in super-soft jersey  (£39) and she was delighted when it fit her perfectly. (The write-up does say that this style offers a loose, relaxed fit so you should consider selecting a smaller size for petite shapes.) It will be perfect as a cover up for going to and from the poolside and Sophie has also said she'd like to wear it as pyjamas because it's so comfortable. It's made of 100% cotton and is machine washable.

The kids love the designs and funky colours and I love the fact that it offers UV protection, which is a huge advantage, whether you're staying in the UK or heading to hotter climes on holiday.

star rating : 5/5

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Disclosure : We received the products in order to write an honest review.

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  1. UV swimwear?! What a fantastic idea! I love this idea so much! Thanks for linking up with #KidsCorner

  2. hi great review very interesting to read about clothing that protects from the sun so all you need to really do is protect the bits exposed x

  3. I like Pierre's choice. Lovely shade of blue. The clothing being sun protective is a great bonus for kids during holidays. As children do tend to like being outdoor and active. Whilst us adults like that to be done as safely as is possible.

    Rachel Craig