Ocean Friendly Swimwear

This post is for all my beach babes who love to body surf, break out the wet suit, get tossled by the waves, basically my mermaids.

I love when influencers do cute swimwear try-ons, but how often does your ruffle swimsuit top see the water? Does it last years and years if I pay $110 for it and then drench it in salt water for 3 months?

I have gone through many swimsuits over my years and I think I have it down to a science what the perfect ocean friendly swimwear is.

FIRST the swimsuit must fit the following criteria:

  • Straps (a no brainer)
  • Very secure in the boobs
  • No fancy straps or cut outs (so we don’t get all tangled)
  • no loose bottoms

In my opinion, it really doesn’t matter much more than that! The main thing is that this thing is staying on your body no matter what. I do love brands that sell rash guards and more full coverage tops along with other types of tops as well so you can get everything you need in one place, but it’s not a necessity. Now with that, here are some barnds I recommend considering for your summer swimwear!


Mint Swim

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This is a small, black owned swim brand started by Draya Howard. This brand has some very good classic swimwear and its SUPER SIZE INCLUSIVE which we love here! Their sets are very affordable as well! This SERENA set would definitely be a go-to of mine, but they also have great one pieces and TONS of sexy bikinis!

OHOY Swim

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OHOY is owned by two scandinavian boss babes who make eco-friendly swimwear! Their Econyl swimwear is great for the environment and looks absolutely stunning. Their line is more expensive, plus you have to pay to ship it overseas, but I really think their bikinis stand the test of time. This MARRAKECH bikini set is one of my favorites of theirs because it’s more full-coverage and looks gorgeous on all body types.

Xhale Swim

Xhale swim is designed and owned by Jessica Wong. They’re made in Miami, Florida and each piece is one of a kind! They do make luxury swimwear so be prepared to pay higher price, but they run great sales that make it much more affordable! Their brand is also designed more for curvey women which I always need. This sweetheart set is perfect for getting in in the water, while also staying sexy and comfortable!

Elysiian

This is a brand I actually found on TikTok. They’re a small brand based out of LA and the owners hand make all of the swimwear! Almost all of their pieces seem super secure, but I have not purchased any yet. I also love that it’s supporting small makers who make high quality pieces! This Catalina bikini has had my eye on it for months now! It’s more a more expensive brand, but support small makers! It’s worth every penny!

Aerie

Aerie Ruffle Longline Bikini Top

Now Aerie is a ride or die brand for me. They’re very size inclusive and super affordable. They’re not the least bit eco-friendly, but we can’t all be perfect. They have all sorts of ranges of bikinis and you can save lots of coin with them as well if you sign up for Rakuten as well! They’re a really great affordable option. Period.

OFFURE

This companies patterns are EVERYTHING! This is another black owned swim line that absolutely kills the swimwear game! They focus a lot on african patterns and they make tons of matching sets. They also have a large range of sizes and styles as well for all body types! I am obsessed with this IMO one piece for surfing and boogie boarding. The zipper in the front makes it super easy to get on and off and the long sleeves and full one-piece will protect you from rub rash!

Davy J

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This eco-friendly brand is actually a new found brand for me. They say their swim is specifically made for people who spend their time in the water (thats me!). They also use Econyl yarn made from recycled nylon, which means much more pricey, but super good for the environment! I don’t personally own any of these because they are very much out of my price range, but I love what this brand does and what they stand for. I understand the price.


If you have any swimwear lines you love that I should check out make sure to let me know in the comments! I hope you find some great suits from these companies because they’re all great brands and deserve your support and you’ll be lookin super sexy and staying secure this summer in the water.

Cheers everybody!

Spring Break Bikini Guide

Spring break is so close I’m losing all motivation to do anything! I also am having a slight panic that my college career will be over in about 11 weeks (WHAT!?!?) and summer will be here so I wanted to round up some amazing and affordable bathing suits y’all could still grab before your spring break getaways! I don’t believe in buying quality bathing suits because I’m an ocean fanatic. I body surf and paddle board and love to spend some good time in the water so my bathing suits always seem to wear pretty quickly, even when I pay good money for them. Plus, bikini styles change every year and I think we all love to get some fresh bikinis for the new season. That being said, I do have some bikinis in this line up from last year that have held up super awesome and some new ones. All of them are still available for purchase and you can shop any of them by clicking on the photos!


The first suit is from Cupshe and it’s $30. I have been buying bathing suits from this site since high school when it was super sketchy and took 2 months to ship to your house from another country. Now, it took me a week to get this bathing suit and their sffite is totally secure and amazing. Their bathing suits are actually very good quality. I have never had a bathing suit from them that I didn’t like, but YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIZING!! I cannot emphasize this enough. Each bathing suit has its own sizing guides so make sure to check them and actually take your measurements, don’t guess. I have ordered many wrong sizes before, but also they only let you order bikinis in one size, so the top and bottom have to be the same size. Just pay attention to that and you should be fine.

This bikini is a super cute and comfy creamsicle one piece that I just died over. I love the little bow detail on the side. This doesn’t actually hold the bikini together so it won’t come undone if you want to wear this to actually go in the ocean and the white is not see through if you get it wet. I tested this in my shower just incase to be safe. This suit looks great with or without a dark tan and will be great for a fun spring break look. It runs slightly small if you have a longer torso so mine is a bit tight, but I stuck to my true size of a large, but I think it will have more give once it get’s wet at the beach.


The next suit is a 2 piece bikini with a sports bra like top and “high waisted” bottoms also from Cupshe. The bottoms are not a true high waist. They come up higher than an average bikini, but not to your waist and the top drops lower than a normal top so this one is kind of strange, but I really like to wear this for things like surfing, paddle boarding, boogie boarding, or just swimming in general because this baby is not going anywhere. It has a really cute stripped pattern on it and is very boho. I paired it with a lightweight cover up for that real boho vibe. This bikini runs large for sure so I would say size down. Also, if you have a smaller chest, the top may be too big. My top is too big, but I just don’t fill it out, it still fits though. If you’re super tiny, I would stay away from this suit. Also, did I mention it’s only $25 for the set?!


This swimsuit is a so classic and I adore it! I think red is so in right now, it’s going to be my hot summer color! Fun fact: I didn’t own a single thing that was red before coming to The University of Maryland and now I love it. This suit is from Aerie by American Eagle and it comes in a mix and match set. The top is a push up top and comes in bra sizes. I don’t own a bra from Aerie so I just went with my normal size from Victoria’s Secret 34C and the top fit perfect. The bottoms are a dream for girls like me. I am not skinny mini by any means so I love a good high waisted legging or jean because, honestly, I love to tuck my chub in and thats exactly what you can do in this bikini. It hides everything you want, but still lets you have that flirty, sexiness of a bikini and it makes me feel super confident. They also fit true to size and they have a wide size range (this always makes my heart happy) so I am wearing a large in the bottoms. Aerie bathing suits are always on sale, plus there are always coupons you can use online as well. For this set, I got the top for $14.98 and the bottoms for $12.98 with a sale and a coupon from Honey. I would say just make sure they’re having a sale, because full price, there are expensive.


This bikini is also from Aerie and I got it for the exact same prices as the other one. This is also the exact same bottoms, but in a different pattern to match the top. I love this bandeau look. I think it’s very flattering and I love a good strapless bikini to help with weird tan lines. It also does come with straps incase you need some added support because this could definitely be problematic for my big chested babes.I got a large in the top and bottom and I think they both fit me perfectly and those are my normal sizes. These colors would also look great on any skin tones and I think this look is so adorable. I’m just obsessed and can’t wait to rock this with a really dark spray tan (believe it or not I have a fake tan in this pic, yes that’s how pale I am).


This bikini is a splurge without a sale. Full price, this bikini is $54, which is crazy to me. I got it 30% off last year which made it $38, which was much more reasonable to me, but it is a really great bikini. I have a major major major obsession with pineapples so this bikini spoke to my soul and this year Pink Lily boutique brought it back, which was amazing! The little cut out is so cute and makes the bikini a little extra special. It also is super comfy and stays up really well if you want to wear it in the ocean. I will admit this bikini washes you out horribly if you don’t have any color to your skin, but even a little color goes a long way (as obvious in this photo of me). One pieces are so in now, I think this would be a great bikini for spring break, even if you’re super small. This bikini is a little big, but I got my true size of a large and feel great in it so I would say only size down if you want it very snug.


All of these bikini’s will ship to you in about a week so if you order them now, they will definitely get to you on time with the standard shipping. They also all are really great quality and very affordable. Even if you need some bikinis for summer, these are some great ones to start off your collection. I know I will definitely be wearing these into August this year.

I also want to say that you can wear a bikini or any bathing suit at any size. It was hard for me to feel confident enough to order these bathing suits and to want to share pictures of me in them with you guys, but I did it because I love seeing people who look like me rocking cute bikinis and clothes because they look amazing! I wanted to share bikinis for any size, shape, skin tone, or anything. I hope this inspires you to rock that bikini bod this year, whatever that looks like on you.