If there’s one thing J.Crew knows, it’s swimsuits. I’ve been a longtime fan of their aquatic offerings and practically lived in my blue, high-waisted scalloped two-piece from J.Crew last summer.
Cute Sustainable Swimsuits? I Found 4 At J.Crew
When I saw J.Crew was rolling out a 100% sustainable swimsuit collection I was like, “Put me in coach.” Sustainable swimwear is part of J.Crew’s Re-Imagined initiative: finding new, ethical and environmentally friendly ways to source material and produce clothing. The new swimwear line touts 100% recycled material to reduce waste that ends up in landfills and oceans. I ordered four different suits to see how they fit and, more importantly, how they stack up to the swimsuits of summers’ past.
1. J.Crew Topstitched Tie-Waist One-Piece Swimsuit
One of the best tricks for a short waist or straight waist is a belt to create the illusion of a waist. This Topstitched Tie-Waist One-Piece Swimsuit hits the nail on the head with its thoughtful design and stunning pattern. It’s a timeless suit that’ll last many seasons. My only critique is that there’s definitely moderate coverage on the back. My peach isn’t used to this much exposure, but I think it could learn to embrace it. I paired it with my new under-$40 sandals and love the punch of yellow. Literal “walking on sunshine” over here.
Fit Notes: The swimsuit runs TTS (I’m wearing a 10). If you have a normal-length-to-longer torso, consider ordering the long-torso version. The sandals fit TTS (wearing an 8).
2. J.Crew Textured One-Shoulder Bikini Top & High-Waist Cheeky Bottoms
“Did we change the definition of high waist? Was this description written by those scary Euphoria kids?” (Thoughts I had when trying on this two-piece.) If I had known these Textured High-Rise Cheeky Bottoms would expose my fake belly button (hi there!) I probably wouldn’t have purchased them.
But, I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how much I like the rise. I usually size down in bottoms with two pieces and the medium fits perfectly. The high-cut doesn’t feel so “high” on the front of the thighs, but LORD that backside. They weren’t kidding when they said cheeky. I’m not on Summer House, I need more coverage or I will get activated (iykyk). The Textured One-Shoulder Bikini Top surprisingly felt too big. I love the cut, but I’m concerned I might end up with unintentional under-boob (again, cute on Sydney Sweeney, not so much on me).
Fit Notes: The top runs big (I ordered a large and really need a medium). The bottoms run big, size down (I’m wearing a medium).
3. J.Crew Ruched Tie-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit
I typically eschew white swimsuits. I mean, I have a toddler, need I say more? I couldn’t resist this Ruched-Tie One-Piece (with removable straps) in a stunning retro pattern. All that’s missing is a red lip and some cat-eye sunnies.
The suit is lined and has cups so everything will stay in place even as I run around the pool to stop Destructo from landing us in the ER (not until we hit that deductible, baby!). The bum coverage is somewhere between moderate and full. Not too cheeky (Also the name of my upcoming autobiography). I will say, J.Crew one pieces tend to run on the short side in terms of length, so if you have a moderately normal or long torso, definitely go with the long-torso option.
Fit Notes: The swimsuit runs TTS (I’m wearing a 10). The sandals are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
4. J.Crew Textured One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit
“Hi, my name is Meredith and I have a lavender problem.” But seriously, #cantstopwontstop when it comes to the pastel perfection of this Textured One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit. It sports removable cups, a very on-trend textured style and, while it says moderate coverage, I’d say it’s pretty close to full coverage on my bum. The length feels more TTS; I personally wouldn’t go for the long-torso style in this one.
Fit Notes: The swimsuit fits TTS (I’m wearing a 10). The sandals are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
Overall I give J.Crew’s new sustainable swimsuit initiative an enthusiastic two thumbs up. They’ve kept the classic styles that make J.Crew suits a beloved favorite while adding a few fresh, unexpected cuts and colors. While some of the coverage leaves something to be desired (for me personally) I’m excited to see what else they’ll “Re-imagine.”