I Love Athleta Swimsuits: A Try-On Sesh

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Hey-o…it’s not quite swimsuit season, but there’s nothing I love more than trying on swimsuits in February! I AM BEING SARCASTIC. But it’s necessary. The people want swimsuit reviews? The people get swimsuit reviews.

I’ve realized after quite a few years of doing this biz here that I adore Athleta swimwear. I don’t need a lot of swimsuits here in the Pacific Northwest. There are few occasions to actually swim unless you do it indoors for exercise, go on vacation, or are one of the very few people who have a pool (I’m looking at you, Arizona-born Mitch & Jen.) But whenever you DO need a swimsuit, you want it to be a good one, amiright?

Cute Athleta Swimsuits #DressingRoomSelfies

You may have recently perused my review of The Great. loungewear where I essentially complain about the price point vs. the versatility and fabric of their pieces. Well, this is a whole different ballgame. Athleta swimsuits are amazingly well-made and at a reasonable price point for how flattering and great they are (not to mention Athleta’s amazing return policy.) Still an honest review here, as always, but it might get a little bit gushy.

Racerback Rib Tank & Rib Bikini Bottoms

Case in point. GOSH. The shape of this top is just so flattering! This was the first set I tried on, and let’s just say I was less than thrilled to put this booty in a bathing suit right now, (hi, Pandemic Hobby of Baking All the Things) but I’m 43 now and I honestly realized IDGAF anymore. This booty does a ton of squats each week, as well as getting all the carbs in, so we’re rolling with it and promoting body positivity. Do the squats! Eat the carbs! Live your pandemic life, girl.

This suit is supportive, flattering, well-made, and a real winner. The bottoms fit well in my typical Medium size for swim bottoms, but these aren’t super full coverage but aren’t cheeky either. A nice round in-between. Heh. The top is amazing and great for active mamas who are chasing babes or doing water sports.

Athleta swimsuits are amazingly well-made & at a reasonable price point for how flattering & stylish they are. Still an honest review, but I might get a bit gushy.

tank (s) | bottoms (m)

tank (s) | bottoms (m)


One Shoulder One Piece

This one did surprise me and is super cute from the front. Lots of people are looking for one pieces right now, but being short torso’d and straighter through the middle, I have issues with many non-halter one pieces or those without some sort of supportive cup construction. This body has seen 43 years here on earth and I typically need way more lift in the chest, if you know what I mean. While I would not recommend this one for volleyball because you’d definitely be serving up boob-surprise, if you want a pretty suit for sunning and lounging by a pool? Super cute.

The back straps help the top on this stay up more, but they aren’t as flattering on my back as some of the others here. And, as usual with most one piece suits, from the side view it flattens my chest. Womp womp. Still, I have to say I was really skeptical about fit on this one and you can color me impressed for the style it is.

Rib Asym One Piece (s)

Rib Asym One Piece (s)


Entwined Cut-out One Piece

Ok unlike the last one, this one is super cute from the back! Gosh. It’s the reason I even attempted to try it for sure. But. The front is just fine and side view is a no. Dang it. The back cutout is adorbs. If you don’t care about a flattened chest, have a larger chest or perkier boobs please get this. It’s so cute. It also comes in a really lovely sunny orange.

Entwined One Piece (s)

Entwined One Piece (s)


Crop Tank & Medium Coverage Bikini Bottoms

This set is so cute! And it stays put. One of my favorite things about Athleta swim tops is that they offer some of them in bra sizes and some in extended cup sizes, like this one in D/DD. I’m a DD cup and it just gives more room and shape for the girls in this larger sizing. Love. The bottoms are definitely medium leaning-on-lighter coverage, but they also stay put and again, they aren’t cheeky.

Athleta swimsuits are amazingly well-made & at a reasonable price point for how flattering & stylish they are. Still an honest review, but I might get a bit gushy.

top (s d/dd) | bottoms (m)

top (s d/dd) | bottoms (m)


Animal Print Scoop Top & High-Waisted Bottoms

Finally, last year, I realized high-waisted bottoms ARE flattering on me. I don’t know if they improved or if it was my attitude that did, but now I’m in LOVE. I bought two sets last year with high-waisted bottoms, and I am yes, so, so tempted to keep this set, too. So cute! The top is offered in the D/DD sizing again, too. Hooray! It gives me less of the uniboob effect that can happen with sporty swimsuits. This is one of the most flattering sets on my body type, I think. These feel like they’ll totally stay in place, too, for active folx.

Athleta swimsuits are amazingly well-made & at a reasonable price point for how flattering & stylish they are. Still an honest review, but I might get a bit gushy.

top (s d/dd) | bottoms (m)

top (s d/dd) | bottoms (m)


Tie-Dye Crop Bikini Top & Scrunch Shorts

I am surprised that this might be my favorite set! Usually boy shorts aren’t super-flattering on me, but with this top they look more balanced. And this top is seriously cute. Check out the cutouts on the back! Love. Be aware that it’s not very long though, and I’m not very long from shoulders to ribcage anyway. I would say size up if you have a larger chest and maybe that would add a bit more length. So freaking cute.

Athleta swimsuits are amazingly well-made & at a reasonable price point for how flattering & stylish they are. Still an honest review, but I might get a bit gushy.

top (s) | bottoms (m)

top (s) | bottoms (m)


Keyhole Tankini & Medium Coverage Bikini Bottoms

This is my least favorite. The fabric is gorgeous, but the fit and cut are just a little more plain I think. It’s perfectly fine, well-made and will also stay put, just not exciting. And I like my swimwear to be exciting? Yes, that’s a question. Haha. The other pieces I tried were just more special.

Athleta swimsuits are amazingly well-made & at a reasonable price point for how flattering & stylish they are. Still an honest review, but I might get a bit gushy.

top (s) | bottoms (m)

top (s) | bottoms (m)


Athleta Colorblock One-Piece Suit

This was also a fail. Then it also dawned on me rash guards are for layering, so a bikini top underneath would have been more flattering haha. Hi, grew up in the Mid-South…NOT a surfer girl. This would be great if you need more warmth or sun coverage. Their one pieces come in Petite, Regular and Tall sizing, too. Awesome.

I will say, I was disappointed that you couldn’t wear it halfway zipped because the zipper wouldn’t hold, so it’s not versatile in that way, but as long as you plan to wear it fully zipped up, it’s a good rash guard. It comes in the same magenta colorway the cropped top above is in, too.

Athleta swimsuits are amazingly well-made & at a reasonable price point for how flattering & stylish they are. Still an honest review, but I might get a bit gushy.

one piece (s)

one piece (s)


Shop My Favorite Athleta Swimwear

The best thing about Athleta swim is that, as I mentioned, many tops come in A-C sizing and D/DD. They also offer some of the underwire tops in bra sizes. The one pieces are available in Petite, Regular and Tall sizes. They’ve added a line of Plus Size workout wear, so I’m hoping they’ll add swim soon, too!

Too many cute pieces to count. If you have a favorite fit from Athleta, do share!

xo,

L

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15 COMMENTS

  1. YES to boy short bottoms! I really hope they’re coming back in style. They are the most flattering on me but hard to find. And FYI, you don’t have to manage your bikini line with this type of bottom. Tired mom hack! You’re welcome. 😉

  2. Agreed! I love Athleta swimsuits!! The fit is so good and they have good coverage and are high-quality. good for you forgetting in a bikini in February! They all look great but the animal print is my fave. 😊 and yes I love a boy short for when you haven’t bothered to shave. Ha!

  3. Love all of this! I have a crazy request: how about a review of board shorts? Are those still around? I’d just like to throw on a rash guard and loose-ish shorts and swim with my kids. Sigh.

  4. LOVE these – especially the black leopard print one. But WHYYYY are the high waisted black leopard Kiggins no longer available? Wahhh! Here’s hoping for a restock.

  5. You rock all of these! I have a question about bra cups, though. I tried three Athleta swimsuits last summer and sent all three back. I loved the suits and cuts, but the cups just felt so flimsy and . . . flat and hard? I like the padding in my J. Crew suits a lot better. Maybe it’s because I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum (A cup!) as you, but I felt like the pads just folded up like weird little cardboard origami over my chest. Not comfy; not cute. Maybe the reinforcements are higher quality in a higher cup size?

  6. (Sorry – this should have been in reply to the commenter above who wisely pointed out that boy shorts allow for a little deferred maintenance on the bikini line… 😜)

  7. i like the first green suit and the last rash guard suit on you best. I swim in lakes and having arm and back coverage allows me to swim without sunscreen everywhere, just need to protect face. That is more important to me than how the suit looks, but I think the rash guard looks cute in an athletic way.

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