Now I know what some of you might be thinking just from the title: “Swimwear Eleni? Really? Summer is almost over!” Yes it’s true and sad to say out loud, summer is coming to an end and it’s depressing af. But in my humble opinion it’s never too late to buy a new bathing suit. Today I’m talking about a bikini that has changed my life.
One day I was watching Instagram stories as I often do and found myself listening to Her Campus talk about this new bikini that they were trying out. It was a piece of fabric that you could tie into any style you wanted and it could be used as a top or bottom. Now I was intrigued. How could that work? So I went to the company’s Instagram and learned more. They are called Nalla. On their Instagram I found demonstrations of different styles to tie for the top and bottoms. I was amazed. If you don’t know me in real life or have never seen a photo, I don’t have a small bust. I’m 36DD (no point in dancing around it) and I wouldn’t trade my boobs for anything. I love them, they’re great, but fitting them into bikinis has been anything but a simple task.
Through my entire life of having boobs, bikini shopping has been my least favorite activity. It’s not because I don’t enjoy being in a bikini and spending time on the beach. I grew up being on a swim team and spending summers, winter break, and spring vacation on the beach in Florida. I love the water, but everything out there for people my age are generally less than ideal for for bigger busts. I’ve tried sporty full coverage tops and find myself spilling out the top, or triangle bikinis and find myself spilling out the bottom (neither of them in a good way). I eventually found a bikini from Victoria’s Secret that had underwire and was sold in bra sizes. Those were the only ones I bought for years, but they’ve since stopped making them, and I realized the underwire was uncomfortable and the padding soaked in so much water I’d have to squeeze it out every time I got out of the pool. So for the last few years I’ve been rocking one pieces, which is fine with me because they are adorable and have been extremely popular. But I’ve missed bikinis, my stomach wants a tan!
After spending about a month doing research on this company Nalla I learned a few things. Their fabric comes in two sizes, a smaller size meant for sizes 0 – 8, and a larger size for sizes 8 – 12. This stood out to me. It’s not quite one size fits all, but almost. After deciding I’ve done enough research I purchased 3 Nallas for myself. 2 in the color Grape (an amazing wine color) and one in Black. The shipping was about a week, but it felt faster because I honestly forgot I’d made the purchase. Of course I had to try it on instantly. I broke out the Grape pieces and strung on a couple of the accessory rings it came with and tied a twisted halter around my top, like I’d learned on Instagram. The fabric is thin and light and very comfortable. I wore the top for a few hours (my housemates and I were watching a movie) and I was very pleased with how it felt.
While I was trying on this bikini I realized that as your body changes Nalla will still fit you. I know most of us are adults now so we don’t worry about growth spurts anymore, but our bodies are still changing. You may be working on gaining a rounder butt over the winter, if you’re successful then chances are your bikini bottoms from last summer wont fit, but that wont happen with Nalla. They have a wide selection of colors and have just released the Nalla Prints collection. The varieties are endless and mix and match possibilities are too. Aside from prints Nalla also has layering pieces, thinner pieces of their material that can be paired with the core colors which are thicker. Honestly I’m a mix and match kind of girl, so the endless possibilities are just my style!
Now a disclaimer, it is just a simple piece of fabric, so if you’re bigger busted and looking for a bikini that’s ultra supportive for running around on the beach and doing sports in, I’d say this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for something that stays on, makes you feel comfortable and generally secure; Go for it!
Update! Finally got the chance to wear this bikini to the beach and I’m obsessed, it was so light to wear and stayed really well. Because the material is thin after a dip in the water it dries so quickly which is really convenient because I hate being wet for hours. I felt os comfortable in this bikini, I had no worries about anything! 10/10 would recommend.
Thanks for reading!