The Fitting Room is best known for its amazing fitting service; hence the well-fitting name. Metropol caught up with owner and bra and swimwear connoisseur Deborah Lewthwaite to find out the latest must-haves!
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Finding the perfect swimsuit ready for those warm summer days may be a daunting thought, but the expert team at The Fitting Room is here to help.
With two welcoming stores located on Fendalton Road and Colombo Street (opposite The Colombo), you’ll find it easier than you anticipated. The styles displayed on the shop floor are only a small taster of what’s available in the stockroom, where there’s many hidden treasures and extra sizes. Ask one of the friendly fitters for advice and they can match you with your perfect swimwear.
You’ll find an endless range of quality, specialist international brands in a myriad of colours, styles and designs, like Seafolly Australia, Jets and Jantzen. Options also include shelf support and pre-pocketing for prosthesis. They cater to all ages, preferences and sizes, so everyone walks away feeling fantastic for the poolside. Although The Fitting Room stocks swimwear in all sizes, their specialty in lingerie is fuller-cup sizes (C-K), and also bras and swimwear for women with prostheses who’ve had mastectomy surgery.
The friendly team at the Fendalton store offer a late night on Thursdays (5:30pm-8pm, by appointment only), and there’s also a huge range available on The Fitting Room’s online store.
Owner Deborah Lewthwaite says her team is passionate about providing fabulous fitting bras and swimwear and making it an easy and fun shopping experience. “Our range of styles is constantly being honed as we trial new brands and find new winners. Prima Donna, a luxury Belgian brand, is one we’ve recently acquired, and customers love it so much we’re ordering more styles each season.”
Whether the siren-song of the tropics is crooning your name, or the spa pool under the southern stars beckons, The Fitting Room has the swimsuit that completes the picture.
The Fitting Room’s two warm and feminine stores on Fendalton Road and Colombo Street (opposite The Colombo) have swimsuits and bikinis to suit every body, from teens to age-is-just-a-number.
Owner Deborah Lewthwaite says staff try every style to ensure it is flattering and supportive for a range of body types. Looking great is not enough – you want to feel great too and that comes from comfort and secure support. Styles contain shelf support, cup sizing and pre-pocketing to work with prothesis and some styles run to size 26, with cup sizing to J.
Deborah stocks quality specialist swimwear brands, loved for decades: Jets is always elegant and fashionable with rich blues and greens featuring this season; Seafolly has beautiful prints; Jantzen and Sunseeker are ever-popular; Freya swimwear utilises cup sizing, while Kiwi classic Moontide combines style with comfort. Monochrome is always chic and in store, while Deborah’s current favourites are the high-necked styles by Jets.
The experienced team know swimwear shopping can be a testing time but at both stores you can relax and enjoy. They advise setting aside 30-45 minutes and booking ahead works well. The large comfortable fitting areas are ideal for bringing along a friend for a second opinion. “Have lunch opposite at The Colombo or a local café and make an event of it,” Deborah says.
The best dressed understand it all begins with ‘what lies beneath’. You wouldn’t contemplate building on shifting sands, nor should you consider slipping that gorgeous dress over your head until you have established the ideal foundation garments.
Visible lines or (quelle horreur!) peaking bra straps decimate chic. Deborah Lewthwaite of The Fitting Room stores says they can create the perfect foundation if your party or Cup Day dress is strapless, or if you are looking for firm support under silks or chiffons. There are strapless bras in body sizes 8-22, as well as cup size D to H. If your backless dress doesn’t lend itself to strapless, the stores also stock a breast uplift tape in three sizes, up to cup size H.
New in store is shapewear by Miracle Suit, the High Waist Thigh Slimmer and Extra Firm Sheer High Waist Brief, and Deborah says often all that is required is the perfect nude, moulded t-shirt bra to perfect the way a dress sits. Whether you need to streamline, lift, hide, or enhance, there is a happy solution for every issue. Simply come in with your dress and let the fitting commence! Access is a breeze. Box fresh in April of this year, The Fitting Room store opposite The Colombo on Colombo Street has joined its established sister in Fendalton Road.
Both specialise in fuller cup bras plus swimwear in all sizes (all year round) and clients receive friendly, personalised service from the experienced fitters. Find them at www.thefittingroom.co.nz.
Vibrant and warm, The Fitting Room is as overflowing with enticements for your embonpoint as ever, plus owner Deborah Lewthwaite has doubled the temptation with the opening of her second store in Colombo Street.
We are all dreaming of warmth at midwinter, and whether your getaway will see you reclining in the islands, or enjoying a local therapeutic soak in thermal pools, there is a swimsuit or bikini to flatter and to fall in love with. “We have something for everyone in swimwear,” Deborah says.
In sizes 8-26 with plenty of choices in size 26, all the swimwear has decent support. There are bikinis for the young and larger busted and the young at heart, with cup sizes up to J. There are bright, on-trend colour options and a large range in classic black and white. “We handpick our styles and often try the samples on ourselves to make sure they work,” she adds.
Jets and Seafolly are always in demand, while chlorine-resistant ranges are popular for those with a spa pool habit and the athletic length swimmers. Fabulous value range Zoggs and Poolproof, and the Miracle Suit (‘look 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds’ – yes please!) are new in store.
There is a gorgeous selection of lingerie in C-K cups, with long established luxury Belgian brand PrimaDonna now available. If you spot something on the website, phone first as not every style/size/colour may be in both stores at once. The Fitting Room is in Fendalton Road and Colombo Street opposite The Colombo entrance.