It wasn’t until this year where I really started being comfortable in bathing suits.
While I’ve always had a pretty good relationship with my body, I still had some insecurities when it came to wearing bathing suits. I wrote about that more in this Instagram post. I’ve gone through A LOT of different bathing suits, and never really found any that I was truly loving my body in.
Until the day Allie introduced me to J.Crew swimwear.
I’ve actually never really looked back after purchasing that first gingham suit. I purchased the leopard one last year, and it’s ONE. OF. MY. FAVORITES. I wear it A LOT. I decided I needed to purchase new patterns this summer, and J.Crew certainly did not disappoint.
Bathing suit shopping is really hard. My sister works in the bathing suit industry, so I’ve tried A LOT of different suits over the years.
To give more context: I’m 5’2. I’m very flat chested (I wear a 34A). My weight typically fluctuates between 115-125. Sometimes more, sometimes less. I don’t know, quarantine has been WEIRD, man. But one consistent thing is: J.Crew bathing suits have always worked for me.
The first time I purchased swim from J.Crew, I bought size smalls. I noticed over the years and wears, the bottoms begin to stretch out. When I purchased new suits for this summer, I sized down to an XS, and remained the same in the top.
so why do i love them?
They make me feel good!
I think if you have a similar body type to mine, you’ll agree. I’m flat chested, I have bigger hips and thighs, but a small waist. The back gives me perfect coverage, but it’s not necessarily full. And I like that. I also think the patterns of their swim are so good. They have fun ones, floral ones, solid ones…something for everyone.
Pro tip: I made the mistake of getting the “boy short” bottoms, and they weren’t as high waisted as the ones I normally get. I ended up keeping them, but they definitely aren’t as flattering as the high waisted ones that I love so much.
When it comes to the tops, I LOVE the underwire bikini top. I love that the straps are removable – I never wear mine with the straps, but I can imagine girls with a bigger chest will appreciate them!