Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: Do Cheap Fashion Bikinis Live Up To The Hype?

When Summer is on it's way, the hunt for new season bikinis is on. Whether you're after the perfect lace up style or specific high-waisted blue bikini bottoms, you're sure to stumble across sites like Rosegal (similar to Zaful) that offer on trend pieces for less. At less than $25 for a bikini when other brands are asking $200, it's extremely tempting. But is it worth? Well I got my hands on some el cheapo swimwear and here's what I thought...

Here are the two bikinis I chose:

A one-shoulder high waist scallop edge light blue bikini (trying to get every trend in one go clearly!)




And a mustard yellow tied front bikini.



The Sizing

This is the bit that stops most people buying cheap bikinis. Asian sizing is not the same as Western sizing so go into this knowing you'll most likely have to go a size or two up. I'm usually an AU 10 (and a D cup up top) and went for a large in both, knowing they'd run small and wanting to give an accurate review of the sizing in two quite different styles.
The blue bikini was actually on the big side and is quite a generous fit. It doesn't have any hard stitched edges and is pretty damn flattering because of it. It's a very soft style, but perfectly stretchy. If you're looking at getting one, I'd recommend choosing a size a bit closer to your normal one as there is a lot of give.
As for the yellow bikini, I'm VERY glad I got a large. The top half accommodates my assets fine which is a very pleasant surprise and the band isn't too tight. The bottom half though doesn't have as much give as I would have liked, so while it fits, the string sides do dig in a little. If you've got a bit of a muffin top like me, I'd pick a style with wide sides. In saying that though, the cut of it is fab and the I love how the back makes my butt look.

The Quality

The quality was what surprised me the most! It was really good!
These are not see-through bikinis where your bits are going to shine through (lol at the visual though). The blue style is quite thick and I think this is due to it's light colour, so in my opinion that shows they were definitely made with wearability in mind. Everything is lined properly and we all know how important that is in a bikini!
The stitching is all perfect and the clips on the yellow bikini are good quality that don't slip out when wearing.

Would I Buy Again?

I would definitely add more one season wear bikinis to my wardrobe from here. If I loved a style and thought it wasn't going to last until next season (which is super common these days thanks to fast fashion), I'd look at getting a cheap bikini so I didn't feel like I'd wasted money when I didn't want to wear it again next year.


Disclaimery stuff: While Rosegal didn't pay me for this article, they did kindly send me products to review. All opinions are my own of course, because that's how I roll.

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