One of the major issues with working in a lingerie/bra fitting store is that I ALWAYS want new things. Especially when it comes to summertime and swim season. I don’t have a pool, I don’t go swimming very often, but when those new suits come rolling in every year I find myself wanting to try some new things on. When I first started at Bra Genie, I picked up Fantasie’s Montreal one-piece. It fit really well, and I still love it, but my size has changed a bit since I first started there. So, when I made plans to go to Panama City Beach, I knew I needed a second option for swimming and sunbathing.
Last year, when Elomi released their swim line, I was super-excited. They weren’t offering the standard one-piece suits that must plus sized women were used to wearing, but a really interesting three-piece system that can easily be changed up. The idea was simple: get your size in the swim bra for support, choose the bottom that you feel best in (brief, hi-waist, skirt), and then if you like, pick a tankini to go over it (flared or ruched). The concept was great…but I had my doubts when it came to the design. The only two options were black and aubergine, and the designs were a bit…well…grandma. I crossed my fingers and hoped that the line would do well so they would add other styles in the future. I was lucky enough to be right!
This spring, we received not only the new Elomi Swim Isis line in black – including the Isis bandeau swim bra with detachable straps! – but also the cute little halter tankini. We also got the great navy tankinis – Danube gathered, and Regatta – and the coordinating navy bottoms. I figured it was time to give the Elomi Swim line a second try.
(OHMAHGAWD WHITE LEGS Y’ALL. I sat out in the sun for a few days before we hit the beach and you can see the color difference in my arms and my legs. WTF. I honestly believe there is no melanin in my legs. I am destined to a lifetime of pale, pale legs.)
First off, let me discuss the swim bra. There are two styles of swim bra they offer – one that looks almost exactly like a bra, and the bandeau style with convertible straps. I went for the convertible one since I wanted the strapless tankini. Fit-wise, I found that I did need to go up a cup size. This seems to be a bit common with Elomi Swim. The band feels nice and secure when I wear it, and the wings have a bit of silicone beading along the edge to help grip it to the body. In the cups, I noticed that Elomi added two flexible pieces of boning around each cup – I wonder if this is to help your bust keep its shape after it gets wet? The boning in the cup is comfortable, and I haven’t noticed any sort of pinching or bending out of place. The cups are softly molded, but not heavy enough to get too waterlogged. I haven’t worn the bra with the straps yet, but quite a few customers have, and it can work with EVERY Elomi Swim tankini.
Next, I chose the hi-waisted black Isis briefs. Look, I’ll level with you – I’m not a skirted bottom fan. I understand that some ladies want to cover up, and just aren’t comfortable with showing off their upper thighs. I’m a big proponent in wearing what you’re comfortable in. I have tried skirts on and I feel they make me look bigger than I actually am. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t see my glow-in-the-dark chunky butt in some Brazilian tanga cut or some crap like that. I wear a full-coverage bottom. The Elomi Swim line has a good regular brief that comes up right at my belly button, but it kept creeping down on me. This bottom comes right up to the base of your bra, which is really nice. It’s almost like a very light smoother under your swimwear! The top is ribbed with silicone to help keep the bottom up, even in Florida beach waves. (Yes, this has been proven.) I could easily pair this with a bikini top and have a very 50s-like retro look. I’m thinking about getting the full-cup Freya Pier in black and wearing that with this bottom.
The icing on the cake (ha, I like cake) was the Isis black bandeau tankini. As soon as I saw the clean lines of this style, I knew I wanted it. I adored the white trim along the top and the bottom – it’s so crisp. The little halter tie around the neck (which can be removed and tucked in) gave it just a little something different. I’ve tried on the flared tankini and the ruched, and the reason I wasn’t as fond of those was because it was SO. MUCH. FABRIC. On some people, that’s okay, but again – I feel that all that just makes me look bigger. This is very simple – it barely flares out from under the bust, so the fabric won’t float all over in the water. The top of the tankini stays up, even after getting wet. (I also know that swimsuits ALWAYS get bigger in the water, so I didn’t go too big when I got it.) I can use the little neck tie to adjust the cleavage level of the top, so I can cover more if I want to. The front of the suit has a little faux-split – it looks like it has something under it, but it’s all one piece. I love the look because it seems a little retro!
Every time I wear this suit – whether it’s to a pool party at a friend’s house or to the beach – I’ve received compliments on it. It’s super-comfortable and really nice-looking.
I won’t hide it, though – the entire getup costs quite a bit. I believe it’s DEFINITELY worth it. I’ve never had a suit fit this well, and I know that I can update my look by just getting a new tankini, or I can replace one piece if I lose weight and change size in the tummy, so really consider your price per wear. Personally, I can’t wait for Elomi to come out with the Rara:
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To sum up: I ADORE my Elomi Swim suit and would recommend it to anyone who asks! I can’t wait to see what new styles they come out with as time passes!
(Disclaimer: I purchased all items in this review.)