A Review of J.Crew’s One-Piece Swimsuits (with pictures)

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Guys, I’ve had a long-standing love affair with J.Crew Swim.  It started in high school when I bought a light blue and white seersucker string bikini that my little sister took one look at and pronounced, “DISGUSTING”.

Yeah, it was hot.

Fast forward, uh, several years [snort]and I’m still a huge fan (and Scotti is now too – she quickly got over her Puritanical phase).  Over the years, J.Crew swim has been my go-to for sexy little bikinis, big-pregnant-girl supportive bikinis, and OK-fine-good-enough-it-is-what-it-is-post-partum bikinis.  But this year?

I’m seriously loving their one-piece suits.   Here are my favs, and a review of each:

J.Crew’s Halter Wrap Swimsuit

But first, liquid courage.

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Ok.  Let’s do this.

I crazy-love this halter wrap style.  It has just enough ruching to be kind to my tiny but stubborn pooch, and the wrap (when tied tight – that’s the key) covers ‘the girls’ with very little risk of wardrobe malfunction.  I wouldn’t size up in this suit – go for your regular size or even size down – the top needs to be snug.

Mike loves the low back, and the bum coverage leans a little skimpy without being overly so.

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J.Crew Halter Wrap Suit in sea mist (size 0 for reference)

 

J.Crew Ruched Bandeau Swimsuit

This is another one of my all-time favs.  J.Crew’s Ruched Bandeau has enough ruching for softer bellies, and I love the strapless neckline for many reasons: nursing-friendly, no tan lines, crazy flattering, to name a few.  Unlike other strapless suits I’ve tried on, this particular one feels like it will stay up – even without the detachable halter strap.  AND THIS BLUE.  Gorgeous!!

ps.  This suit also comes in short torso, long torso, D-cup AND DD-cup.  Well done, J.Crew.

pps.  If you love this suit, but need more support up top, try J.Crew’s Ruched Halter.

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J.Crew’s Ruched Bandeau in tidewater, size 0 for reference, Ray-Ban mirrored sunglasses in matte blue, Tarte matte liptint in fiery

J.Crew’s Italian Matte Deep V One-Piece Swimsuit

J.Crew’s Italian Matte Deep V is my husband’s favorite.  I loved it too…but….there was a little too much potential for boob slippage (especially since my implants are, um, harder than real ones, and pop out of stuff easily).  But this suit comes in a long torso version and is just so sexy and fun.

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J.Crew Italian Matte Deep V in pagoda blue (size 0 for reference), Vans, Tarte Matte lip tint in Lively, Pax’s penny board

J.Crew’s Neon Ruched Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

The best thing about this suit?  THE COLOR.  J.Crew’s neon colors are AMAZING, and the Neon Ruched Halter is no exception.

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I do have two small concerns:

1.  The neckline of this suit is oh-so-vaugely sad boobs and I’m not sure it would be flattering on Mamas with normal breasts.  But all you breast cancer survivors with implants, REJOICE!  Ha, ha…ha.

Anyway.

2. In a strapless suit, I understand the reason for the high back – it’s for support.  However, I think a sexy strapless neckline offsets the high back and it all works out.  In this suit I felt overly covered up.  Personally, I need something a little sexier – this was just too much suit.  You can kinda see what I’m talking about from the side:

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JCrew Neon Ruched Halter, Volcom hat, Tieks Unmellow Yellow flatsBite Beauty high pigment pencil in Zinfindel

I mean IDK.  It’s not bad.  The color is gorgeous, anyway.  But I’ll probably stick with my neon bikini.

J.Crew Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit

J.Crew makes these underwire one-piece suits every year, in a ton of colors and prints.  Mike loved this one, but to be honest, I did not.  Underwire isn’t always comfortable (and since my mastectomy NOT AT ALL), and the body of this suit has too much fabric for my short little self.

However, I’ll concede that it IS super cute.

I think the fundamental problem here is that I keep forgetting my actual cup size.  In my soul I’m a B cup, but all of my bras say D and my brain cannot process this difference (the plastic surgeon and I agreed on a ‘full B’  A FULL B!).  I think if I had actually gone with the D-Cup size in this suit (or heck DD?) I would’ve been happier.

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J.Crew Dotty Underwire suit (size 0 for reference), Superga sneakers

So….yeah.  More S than you could ever have wanted to see.  Uh…you’re welcome?  [snort]

But seriously – I find that looking at swimwear on real, not-photoshopped bodies is so helpful.  If you’d like to play along and inspire other mamas (and we’d really, REALLY love for you to play along), feel free to send in a pic.  I’m happy to soften the light, or even completely hide your face and call you Daisy.

All in the name of helping mamas out.

UPDATE:  Cathy recently sent in these pics.  She’s very post-partum (4 weeks!!), and wanted to see if the J.Crew ruching was enough to flatter her post-baby belly…

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Cathy wrote:

I called J.Crew customer service for help with sizing and took my best guess. They said to order off bra size and the rest will be stretchy and should fit. They suggested if my bottom half is smaller, to err on the smaller size. Normally I wear a 2 on bottom and 4 on top, but I still have almost 20 lbs to lose, and I’m nursing, so my boobs are huge. I picked two styles to try that come in DD cups and ordered in sizes 6 and 8.

I am going to keep the blue one (size 6DD). It is comfy and fits now, but I think it will also work as the summer goes on and my belly gets smaller. For reference I included a side view of my belly – the style definitely works for postpartum (or probably early pregnant) mamas.  I feel like the style of the red one (size 8 DD) makes my boobs look enormous – maybe the size 6 would have been a better fit but I still prefer the strapless style.

Cathy, thank you so much for playing along.  Post-partum mamas everywhere are thanking you.

MWAH!

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See ALL of our top swimsuit picks in The Mom Edit’s 2015 Swim Guide.

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19 Comments

  1. first of all you look amazing. Obv. I have to put a piece of info out there for women though. Your boobs are glorious (and they should be you deserve them) but for those of us who have any sort of sag or drap boobies, these are not so friendly. I’ve tried almost all of them on at some point. They are amazing suits if your boobs can stand up and salute on their own. But I know that for sure, 1 and 3 can be disasters. Just a fair warning. xoxo

    • Amanda – thank you!!! For both the feedback and your kind words. Did you happen to try on J.Crew’s ruched halter? I meant to but obviously forgot to include it in the order. But it comes in D-cup and the halter straps are thicker (the kind I swore by when I had my big, pregnant, REAL boobs). 🙂 Here’s a link: http://rstyle.me/~584za

      • Eeek- is anyone having any luck ordering these suits? It seems like many sizes and colors are backorded with shipping pushed into July at the earliest. 🙁

  2. Need help for us mamas (please tell me I’m not the only one!) who are left with barely-there boobs plus pooch. It’s so discouraging when my pooch, though smallish, still sticks out farther than the girls making me look preggo. Also small boobs don’t pop out, but if you’re not standing at attention with shoulders back, suits usually gap showing everything.

    • Heather – have you tried the plunge suits? The plunge neckline looks especially sexy on girls with smaller chest sizes and totally distracts from the pooch. We rounded up a ton in our 2015 Swim Guide – scroll down until you find the section called Plunge Suits. http://themomedit.com/the-swim-shop/

    • This is me!!! Small (nonexistent) boobs, stomach pooch with outie (read pregnant-looking) belly button. I am fit but that pooch will never disappear and I am getting to an age where I just don’t feel comfortable in a bikini.

      • This is also me! I’d like a suit that sucks in my belly like a miracle suit but a little push up for the girls… does that exist? I’ll try the plunge if I’m feeling brave enough

    • If you’re into bikinis I would try triangl brand. I got a xxs top made of neoprene and it doesn’t not gap when moving with my aaa size cups now. It completely stays put in the pool, on the beach or in the waves. The fun colors tend to distract from the barely there breasts and I wear a cloud black bottom to bring the eye up.

  3. Cheers to you for doing this! I’m pretty body confident, but I’m not sure I’m “post my bod in a bathing suit for all the internet to see” confident!

  4. Last summer you did a spot on rash guards and bikini bottoms which I loved. It caused me to search out the cutest rashguards I could find, lands end and athleta and add them to my favorite bikinis. This solved a myriad of things. I’m 5’10” super long torso, double mastectomy with reconstruction and back to my normal size of a ddd, extremely pale with no intention of fake tanning! Thank you for including which suits come in long torso. Now if someone would make a long torso in a ddd that would be great. Still think I will stay with my rash guard and bikini as a rash guard and one piece feels like too much fabric! But I felt great in Hawaii. I even went to this amazing woman who made a bikini to my body for about the same cost as a lot of suits and it is my favorite. If you ever are in LA ask me and I will give you her name.

    • Agreed! 5’9” here with super long torso and DD at least but thin… Finding bathing suits is a nightmare so I would love to have the name of someone who makes bikinis! 🙂

      Shana, great, great post.Highly analytical and practical, as always. I also give HUGE kudos for posting bathing suit pics on line. You look so great in ALL those suits! The strapless is my favourite. Totally gaga over that one.

  5. You look great, I love all of those suits. For me, I feel like my butt is my biggest problem (flat and saggy) and I don’t love the look of swimskirts but I always want to cover that area. Any suggestions?

  6. I’m In the tall, poochy, full bottom and tiny chest club. I know you are not fond of the tankini, but for active kid/lake time I like the lands end adjustable bust tankini top in a size smaller than usual and I remove the padding and the underwire, I guess it’s “hacked”. It covers enough and holds tummy in. The athleta shirrendipity top also has a nice plunge and shirring, and does come in tall. I love the look of a one piece, but my top is way smaller than my bottom:) sorry for rambling…you do look great!!

  7. Love this! Thank you for modeling this in for real women post- babies! Would love to see more like these. Btw you look fantastic and love your style. And – Love the boobs 🙂

  8. After many tankini years, I ordered the JCrew Rouched Halter you linked to. OMG – gorgeous! I love it on and I cannot wait to get the kids to the pool now. I would love my plus-sized legs to be covered, but let’s be real here – if I’m out of the water, I’m wearing shorts anyway. Goodbye tankini/swimskirt!

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