I’m a beach girl all the way, but I don’t typically love swimwear. So when this suit arrived in the mail and I tried it on, I could barely believe my eyes.
Not only was this one-piece arguably the cutest piece of swimwear I have ever tried on, it was really comfortable. Adjustable straps? Check. Light (removable) padding in the cups? Yes. My skin being squeezed in the back or booty – or anywhere for that matter? NOPE.
“I think this is my favorite swimsuit of all time” I whispered to myself… and then immediately began dancing around the room.
The Recycled Bunny-Tie Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit was so phenomenal that I became very curious about the rest of the swimwear Gap had to offer. I had never tried any swimsuits from Gap before this, but after such a successful first run I figured I needed to dive in a little deeper.
I tried on a handful of Gap swimsuits, both one-pieces and two pieces of various styles, and even a few items that made for epic swim coverups.
Someone book me a beach vacay, pronto.
This one is officially my new Favorite Swimsuit Of All Time, and the reason this entire try-on exists. I was originally drawn to the tie in front, although I admit I was pretty skeptical it would look flattering on my frame.
What’s rad is that the shell is 85% recycled nylon, and the lining is 92% recycled polyester (which goes for every swimsuit in my try-on), with the remaining percentages being spandex.
The bunny-tie cutout is actually incredibly flattering. It seems to draw attention away from any areas of my body I’m not stoked about and leaves you with an “oh, that’s really pretty” takeaway.
The suit was so good I tried it in another color, you know, for research purposes. Both were exactly the same: perfect. The coverage on the booty is full when you first pull it on, but after walking around it moves slightly to be almost cheeky – which I LOVE. Nothing pulls or pokes or squeezes.
My favorite part of all is the light padding in the top cups. They’re removable (although I greatly appreciate them) and add just enough perk without adding extra weight.
I can’t WAIT to wear this, and look how cute it is with cut-offs?! I may or may not be seen wearing this as a regular bodysuit even when I’m not at the beach.
Gap’s Recycled Tank One-Piece Swimsuit
This tank one-piece is perfectly classic and comfortable, with the color options giving it just enough pizazz to be fun.
The booty fit exactly as the Bunny-Tie Cutout One Piece, which is actually how all the bottoms ended up fitting. I love how Gap created a swimline that gives me just enough coverage in each piece.
These matching shorts and button-up top? Chya, they’re so fun. They’re incredibly light and comfortable and would make for the best vacation set, or simply an easy outfit to reach for when the temps start to soar in your own town.
Gap’s Recycled High Rise Bikini Bottom & Bralette Bikini Top
The Bralette Bikini Top was the only one I tried on that had a clasp in the back, which made putting it on very easy. The straps are adjustable, the cups have light (removable) padding, and it gave just enough support to be comfortable yet not restricting.
These bottoms are super high rise, fully covering my belly button. The most delightful part was that these bottoms didn’t dig into my straight frame which so many high-rise swim bottoms do!
Gap’s Recycled Cropped Rash Guard & Classic Bikini Bottom
I love how sporty a rash guard can look, and this cropped version is no exception. It’s super stretchy, soft, and far more comfortable than I was imagining!
The rash guard doesn’t have any sort of cups built-in, it’s simply like a cropped t-shirt in swim material. The lower part moves around comfortably but never rides up to cause any wardrobe malfunctions, so it would be really easy to wear on its own. I’m wearing it alone in the photos, but it’s just as comfortable with a bikini top underneath, too.
The Classic Bikini Bottoms are amazing. I was totally surprised by how much I loved them and now would consider them a staple for any beach collection, as you could throw them on with any top!
These shorts and matching shirt is the same set as the colorful one I wore above, I can’t decide which pattern I love more!
Gap’s Recycled Scoopneck Bikini Top & Crossover Bikini Bottom
This “pink cheetah” pattern is SO good, but sadly these were my least favorite pieces simply because of my own personal suit preferences.
The Scoopneck Bikini Top wasn’t very flattering on my chest shape (especially when I moved around), but I think it would be wonderful for someone with a smaller bust size. It has the same removable cups as the others, but because of its shape, it doesn’t have much to offer in terms of support.
The Crossover Bikini Bottom has that super popular, flattering crossover detailing which accentuates a waistline (or helps gives the appearance of one). The crossover band itself isn’t at all compressive, but rather very light. I imagine this wouldn’t be an issue on someone with a natural waistline, but since I’m extremely straight through the middle, the crossover band slid down with any and all movements I made.
I think these pieces would work really well on another body, they just weren’t great for me. How cute is the linen tunic, though?!
Fit Notes: I’m 5’9″ wearing the one-pieces in size large, all bikini tops in size large, and all bottoms in size medium.
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