Is it swimsuit season? As I write this, it’s still 60 degrees here in Portland. We call it June-uary, haha. And this happens every year –we get some nice, hot days in May and then blammo: cool and rainy again for most of June.
But most of the country, I do believe, is fully in swimsuit season now, so I slathered on my lotion with these self-tanner drops and braved the try-on sesh for ya. After love-loving that Cupshe suit I got last year (the one that got a boatload of good reviews online), I knew I had to try a few more styles I saw pop up recently. So here we go, shall we?
‘Sexy’ is what they call this suit on Amazon, and while usually that makes me steer clear of something, I see what they’re talking about. Look at that mesh. I generally tend toward more sporty than sexy, but this one is good! I didn’t feel over-exposed in it — just sexy enough. That seems like a lame term now that I type it out. But I think you know what I mean.
I like the cut of this one a lot. It’s a bit retro and very flattering. The straps were almost too long for me though, and due to their cut, they aren’t adjustable. This is great for anyone a little taller than my 5 feet & 4 inches. The fit is true to size (wearing a small), and I’d say it’s pretty average in bust support and torso length. The back is a little cheeky, but not too much. The trend has really been leaning cheeky the last few years, and while I wasn’t on board at first…body-positive, y’all! Just do it.
And, Lordy, bear with me on the back shots, friends…even after years of practice those are for real the bane of my existence, haha. Why is it so difficult?
Y’all. Some of the names of these swimsuits. No. (You’ll see when you click through.) But this one is a super-cute style. It comes in olive, dark red, white and black, too. I’d say this is a little less forgiving in the midsection than the black suit above, but still really adorable. The straps adjust a little bit longer for those of you who are taller, but it would probably sit lower on your chest. I’m a little bit short in the torso, and it fit me perfectly (and you can see below where I had the straps adjusted.) I love the color, the cut of the top, and the fabric of this one. I think it fits just slightly smaller than the black mesh suit, but still pretty true to size. I really like this one!
This suit is so, so cute. The color-blocked colors are fun, and the fit is true to size. It’s overall a little more slimming than the yellow suit and stays in place better than the first two. The only issue with this one is that the crossover strap sections go all the way to the high waistline. Once I got the under-fabric in place around my ribs, it stayed, but it was a little odd in there…I haven’t had a suit on like this before. I adore the flattering shape the color-blocking gives, though. I will say, this is probably best if you have a regular-to-shorter length torso. I don’t see this one stretching much more for taller mamas. Again, at 5’4″ it fit me perfectly. If you’re busty, you might want something with a little more support than this one. I’m a 32DD for reference. There is a cup lining in this one, and you can kinda see it on the white side of the fabric, but not enough that I wouldn’t wear it. Haven’t tested it in water, though. But the cup is thick enough you wouldn’t get any see-thru-to-boob issues though.
Looking to shop some black-owned swimwear brands this season? The pieces at AndreaIyamah.com are GORG. And I’m totally digging this leopard one piece from MissesBrie (among many other suits there.) And you can find Jade Swim at Shopbop or on their own site. Dang. So many more suits I’m gonna have to try out.
Good luck with the yearly search, y’all. I know it’s always a tricky hunt, but I hope this helps get you started!
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