Hey hey…I got brave for y’all…swim suits!
I recently received Athleta’s catalog in the mail and LOVED some of their new swimwear. Many of the styles that I wanted to try were only available online, so I ordered some for home. I’ve been excited to check out their suits since many of you have said you love them. I agree! All of the suits seem well made. The fabric (Lycra Xtra Life) is supposed to last 5-10x longer than other swimwear fabrics and it does feel very sturdy, especially compared to the less expensive swimwear I generally go for. I tried bikinis, tankinis and rash guards – all mixed with a few different bottoms. Here’s what I found.
I like this combo above a lot and these were the two pieces that made me want to try Athleta swimwear. Love this pairing for sports, beach walks/runs, and playing in the water with kiddos. I think the Palm Cove Bralette is a tiny bit long on me (it bunches a bit) but on mamas with a longer torso it would be perfect. It fits nice and securely but with lightly molded cups and underwires in it it doesn’t flatten your chest like a sports bra. Good. It’s hard to see here, but there are mesh stripes on the bottom part that are super cute, too. (Wearing size Small in both, for reference)
The above combo is my favorite and two pieces I kept. I LOVE the strappy bikini and fit of the dolphin shorts. I adore the print on the shorts and even though I am not historically a fan of boy short style bottoms I love these. I think it’s the wide band at the top that make them flattering. They are a little cheeky in the back, but I think that flatters your butt more than trying to cover every inch of it, honestly. (Wearing size Small in both, for reference)
I also loved this combo. I wish I had ordered another color of the strappy bikini top to try, too. Both pieces are not the triangle strings of years past…no no. These are made from sturdy material that covers well while still being sexy. I love that the top has a wider band under the chest area. The back of the top has lots of criss cross straps for a custom fit and the material ties very strongly. Same for the bottoms. And these bottoms have good butt coverage, too. Two quality pieces if you’re looking for a good bikini (and I didn’t realize I was until I tried these!) (Wearing size Small in both, for reference).
I loved this shirred tankini, regardless of it’s stupid name. A halter is always nice on less-than-perky boobs and for those of us with smaller chest sizes. The shirring on the sides made it a good length on me. I don’t like when tankini tops are too long…you need to show a little bit of skin between top and bottom, IMO. These bottoms I didn’t love. The print is amazing, but they seem to run a bit small and squish my love handles up more. The string bikini was more flattering. Maybe trying a size up would be good. Totally love the pattern though. (Wearing size Small in both, for reference)
I like this tankini top just okay. The print is lovely, but I don’t think it’s the most flattering for me. It’s longer than I like and it didn’t do much for my boobs. I think mamas with a larger chest might like it though. It does come in bra sizes, so that’s nice. I’m wearing a 34 B/C. The shirred short I did like. I think it has a bit of a retro feel and I love that. If you paired it with a matching top you’d have a great retro look suit that would look like a one piece but have the convenience of a two piece. (ie. easier trips to the loo). Love that idea and really wish I’d thought of it sooner! Doh. (Wearing size Small in shorts, for reference).
I totally adore this hoodie rash guard. LOVE! It’s UPF 50+ rated…so good for covering up from the sun or throwing on when you’re chilly or are headed to the beach cafe for lunch. It is so comfy and has cozy thumb holes, too. Perfection. Comes in other colors and also has a key pocket. (Wearing size Small in all 3 pieces)
I love love this rash guard. I totally would’ve kept it if I needed another. The print is gorgeous and the criss cross in front is so flattering. I like it best with the string bottom, but it was cute with the shirred short, too, if you like more coverage. (Wearing XS in the rash guard and size Small in the bottoms, for reference).
This tank rash guard is really cute. This bright pink is super fun and the capped sleeves are super flattering. This is a great piece for hiding a tummy a bit without having to wear a blousy top. It is fairly long, especially in back. (Wearing size Small in both, for reference).
I really liked this tank rash guard, too. I think it’s nicer to size down on this one for a closer fit (XS here for reference). I love the drawstring sides so you can adjust for various torso lengths. I would wear it with a non-string bottom though instead of this combo here…too many strings. Love this top though and it comes in a gorgeous turquoise spacedye color way, too.
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Do you have some favorite pieces from Athleta? I’d love to hear. Thanks so much for letting us know you like their swimwear, too. It definitely encouraged me to try it out. Also, if you need some lovely swim inspiration, my friend Lisa Congdon’s book The Joy of Swimming just came out! It is fabulously illustrated and really fun to read. My favorite part is her illustrations of swim fashions over the years. I highly recommend it!
I hope this was helpful if you’re updating some swim pieces this year! Let me know your finds! Happy swimming!!