The Perfect Summer Beach Wear for Kids

While admittedly summers here in the UK can be a bit of hit-and-miss, there are days when it can really be warm too.  A few weeks ago, I remember walking doing the school run in the afternoon and chatting to one of the mums in T’s school.  We both  remarked on how lovely the good weather was and she said “I heard it’s going to be even hotter over the weekend.  Temperatures will be even higher than Ibiza!”   I don’t remember though if what she said really happened, but yes, like she said temperatures here can also rival the high temperatures in warmer countries.  Not always, but it has been known to happen 😉

As parents, apart from ensuring our children use the proper sun-cream, it’s also important to make sure that they are also wearing the right kind of kids swimming costumes.

This sun jacket from Platypus Australia Girls with UPF50+ is perfect for little girls who loves to play under the sun like little T.  I think it’s better to use on the beach instead of a regular hoodie or one of those towelling cover-ups because of the material which gives extra protection from the sun.

And then there’s the matching Platypus Australia Girls UPF50+ Kaleidoscope Lycra Boardie.  I think it’s the cutest little shorts, perfect for playing in the sun and sand.

What we love about the whole outfit:

  • As mentioned, it’s great to use when the sun is at its peak.  Perfect for those days when it’s really hot.  It boasts of a UPF50+ protection.  What more can a parent ask for?
  • I love that because of its material, it dries up easily.  If your little one is like T who loves playing in the sand and sun no matter the weather, this sun jacket is a must.
  • Little T and I also love the fun design.  It’s not too girly and it’s not in pink.  I find it really annoying when shopping for swim wear for T and all you get are swimsuits in pink.
  • The shorts is also perfect and like the jacket, also dries easily.
  • Love that they can wear their swimsuit underneath.

What we dislike about it:

  • My only negative comment about both the sun jacket and shorts is that they are a bit pricey than your regular swimwear.  The sun jacket is priced at £24.95 and the shorts is £20.45.  But then again, for me, it’s okay to pay more especially when the product is good and durable, don’t you think?

Now here’s to hoping that the weather will be better than the day T took her sun jacket and shorts for a test run.  One thing I can add though is that, the sun jacket also kept little T warm that day.

Would you be willing to pay for swimwear that costs a little bit more than the rest?

Do share.

* House of Fraser kindly sent the said products to us for the purpose of this review, however all photos and opinions are by yours truly.


  1. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    I don’t think I’d mind paying those prices if they were used a lot/ not be grown out of in a month. I couldn’t justify something like that for Erin at the moment but definitely when she’s older.
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    • Same here, especially for clothes that really do the job, my husband and I don’t really mind paying more 🙂

  2. Jordanne

    When it comes to good quality and durable clothes, of any kind I would much rather pay a bit more because in the long run its better value. The sun jacket looks super cute for sure! I’ve never really thought of house of Fraser for swimwear, I’ll need to check it out!

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    • I so agree with you about the price! Same here, didn’t think of House of Fraser when it comes to swim wear. I’m actually thinking of buying T an extra swimsuit and sun hat from them 🙂

  3. I love the outfit, I think it’s really appropriate for UK beaches, not sure if it’ll be too much for the Ibiza beaches though! 😉 also, your daughter is so beautiful and cute! xx

    • Thank you! I think the sun jacket though will be perfect even for Ibiza! 🙂

    • Must admit though I don’t shop much clothes from House of Fraser. I’ve bought some Christmas crockery from them though 😉

    • I’m not sure but I think Platypus is a children’s brand in Australia. Could be wrong 😉 But they are the cutest, aren’t they?

  4. Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels

    I would definitely be prepared to pay a little extra for good swimwear like this. I just wish we had better weather here to enjoy it 🙂

  5. Laura - dear bear and beany

    Oh my goodness those shorts are just the cutest! I haven’t seen a jacket like that before, what a great idea. I agree they are pricey, but I would pay it for the sun safe element x
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    • First time I’ve seen a sun jacket too. Usually it’s a sunsuit isn’t it? Really pleased with it 🙂

  6. Nikki Thomas

    They are quite expensive but I think it is worth paying for the extra protection. I don’t worry so much now my children are older, but when they were younger I did invest in similar swimwear as it was perfect for beach days and saved on the time spend trying to pin them down to put lotion on.
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    • I don’t mind spending more either especially when my daughter will probably be wearing this the whole summer!

  7. Fashion and Style Police

    I won’t mind spending a little bit more on quality. House of Fraser is one of my favourite places to shop.

  8. Elizabeth

    I’d pay more for swimwear if it was worth it and it sounds like these products are pretty good. Wish we had Ibiza warm weather up here in Shetland! 😀
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    • The temperatures are looking really good down here in Cornwall next week. Will try to send you some good weather over 🙂

    • That is so true and even though it’s a sun jacket, it also kept T warm in the Cornish wind.

    • True. Then again, if they were to wear it all through out the summer (which I’m sure my daughter will, considering the beach is just nearby ;), it suddenly seems so worth it 😉

  9. Well if its for my little one as long as it has the best quality then why not.

    • It is a bit pricey isn’t it? Though to be fair, that will most probably be over-used since we live so near the beach 🙂

  10. Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy

    I love the idea of a swim jacket, I’ve never seen them before. Looks perfect for summer

    • It’s more of a sun jacket… I love it too. If only they had one for grown-ups!

    • T will will certainly use it a lot, since the beach is just a ten-minute drive away 🙂

  11. Vai Chin @Rambling Through Parenthood

    I love the look and style and that it offers great sun protection. But you are right, the price does seem a little high for kids clothes that will last only about one season.
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    • Yes, good thing the beach isn’t far from where we live. T will certainly be using both items a lot 😉

  12. Kerry Norris

    Yes I would aslong as it did the job well. Lovely pattern on this one x

    • So true, though to be fair, we live in Cornwall and we’re just about a ten-minute drive from the nearest beach 😉

    • I’m afraid the weather down here in Cornwall at the minute is just not as good as last Monday 🙁

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