Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: Halterneck SlinkyDip Bikini

What is possibly the most awesome thing about The Big Bra Bar, is that they are willing to try making potentially riskier items that serve an unrecognized need. They even make bras for the most ignored segment of band sizes... 26-32.

So with that being said, this swimsuit isn't for everyone. It lacks an underwire, and so it's never going to be able to be quite as supportive as a suit with a wire... meaning if your breasts are on the saggy side and you feel self-conscious about it, you probably should skip it.  It also takes a lot of confidence to wear.

It's also not a swimsuit you should dive or swim laps in, go for a job, play beach volley, etc.

The concept was to create one of those sexy, string bikinis like you might see on celebrities or in fashion magazines. However, unlike the kind you can buy in stores, it's made with extra room in the cups for a larger bust.


I hear a lot from younger women with a fuller bust that they feel like many of the clothes, bras, and swimsuits out there are frumpy. They want young and fun and sexy- in the case of a swimsuit, something to hang out at the beach or pool in, and maybe flirt with guys.

This is the perfect swimsuit for that. It's flirty, it's sexy, it's adorable.

It ties at the band and halterneck, so there's a lot of wiggle room in terms of sizing. I was easily able to tie it snug enough to work on my 24/26 band ribcage, but it is very stretchy so it's not going to be super duper snug. Since the sizing is so flexible, it comes in a few sizes, each of which will fit a range of band and cup sizes.


I was a bit concerned that without wires, there wouldn't be much cleavage, (something that's essential in a sexy lounging bikini, don't you agree?) but I was pleasantly surprised. Again, this bikini is going to be better suited if you are younger and have firmer breasts, but I think it looks quite nice, especially considering the lack of wire.

Many of you won't see the point to this suit. Fine... go get a nice, underwired suit if that's your thing. And in fact, I wouldn't want this to be my only suit, as I love to swim actively, and dive.


But if you are one of those ladies who always sighs longingly when you pass by the cute little string bikinis that pop up in all the stores come springtime, this is an excellent choice for you.

30 comments:

  1. I think you look great in it.

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  2. That second picture of you? Striking, absolutely striking. Your eyes, just...Wow.

    Definitely not my cup of tea as far as swimwear goes (I like a suit that I can swim, play volleyball, etc, in), but it looks great on you!

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  3. Wow. Once upon a time I had a figure like yours. I wish I'd appreciated it when I had it (it was the 80s...the "in" figure was boyishly thin; I thought I was fat...dammit). You look fantastic.

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  4. It looks pretty on you! And I agree with neekMarie, I was taken aback with the second picture, you have such gorgeous, hypnotic eyes :)

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  5. Sheesh, girl... You look amazing! You should really submit to the US Star in a Bra - maybe you could get Curvy Kate to make 26 bands, too! I'm excited about them making a 30J tankini this year!!

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    1. Thank you! I think I will enter SIAB. :-)

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  6. Enter!
    I can't vote from Canada, but DO enter!
    Fun!

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  7. Brittany, what's the cup size range on it? As in would it ever fit up to a 28J cup? I do need super supportive swimsuits BUT am always on the look out for a soft cup bra to wear around the house and this looks like a cute option if it would fit my cup size. :)

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  8. What a great find! And it looks lovely on you (thirding those who suggest you enter the SIAB competition). I prefer the blue bikini, personally, but unfortunately it doesn't come in my size anymore. Is the band meant to fit the entire 26-32 range? And, to not put to fine a point on it, do you feel properly 'encased', or do you think there'd be danger of spilling or popping out or nipple slippage if you leaned too far forward, say? (I read in another review that the cups ran large, so I might be able to get away with a 28FF, but I wouldn't want to risk it there could be accidental spillage.)

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  9. Looks stunning on you, I totally get the wanting to look young and fresh and just sexy (which you oh so do)

    Thanks for reviewing this bikini

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  10. Wouldn't a halter top cause your neck to ache? I'm only a C cup and if I wear a halter for more than a few hours it happens to me.

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  11. I have this in blue and found it offered no support/cleavage at all due to the stretch of the fabric. But then I realise the back ties are long enough to tie around me twice, creating a firmly anchored back band. Now it's absolutely perfect! (not volleyball perfect, but lounging perfect)Looks stunning on you!

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  12. Would you consider doing a post on tank tops with the bra built in? I'm trying to find some for less than $50USD. Bravissimo carries my size- 30E- but the tops are out of my price range. Thanks!

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  13. Hi! I just ran across this blog for the first time today! This is a problem I have! I am a college student. I’m not sure where you are located, but it seems like the UK? I am in the USA, and I have no clue about size differences or how they transfer. But I have a question.

    I am about a dress size 6 in the USA (give or take, depending on the brand/kind of clothing) and I have been in Victoria’s Secret and been sized as a 32DD but I just don’t feel like this is right (the cups still seem way too small).I was wondering if you have any recommendations about where is a trustworthy place to get measured/sized, and where some good places to get bras and panties are that aren’t crazy expensive (money is an issue for me)

    Thanks!!

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    1. She is actually in the U.S. :)

      Depending on where you live, Intimacy is pretty good at fittings -- they just fitted my mom! Nordstrom is also a decent place to get fitted.

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  14. Amanda, I think most of us are in the US. Perhaps your confusion is arising from the fact that only European manufacturers tend to make the sizes we need? There are some State-side retailers that carry these brands. Read the Bra Fitting advice on the Bra Fitting tab. Measure yourself. Then check out the posts on Where to Buy Bras. Yes, some retailers are in the UK, but you can find extended cup sizes at Nordstrom, eBay, and even Amazon. I'd especially prowl eBay since you said money is an issue (who isn't it an issue for?)

    Good luck!

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  15. Hi! I see that Bravissimo is testing out super duper curvy clothing sizes, which seems to indicate that they'd be open to helping other neglected size ranges too. Would you be interested in organizing a petition for them to trial e.g. size 6 clothes, 28 band strappy tops, 26 band bras? I plan on e-mailing them, but your blog reaches a lot more people than I can.

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  16. I spoke to Bravissimo about 26 bands a while ago, they said while there weren't any plans to introduce them right now, they wouldn't rule out the possibility in the future :)

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  17. Wow, you're so gorgeous!! Love your figure.

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  18. Really love this bikini! Has a vintage feel with a lovely modern cut! Thanks for the honesty with regards to functionality/practicality as well! :)

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  19. Congrats on making the Curvy Kate top thirty. I was so thrilled to see you had entered. You got my vote! I would have voted for you all three times if I could.

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  20. Wow! You look amazing in that bikini! You're definitely not hurting for cleavage in it. Given how firm and front-facing your breasts are, you might even be able to pull off the standard triangle string top, without the halter. But that may cause the guys to have smoke come out of their ears!

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  21. You look amazing in that bikini! It is lovely, although I don't know if I could pull it off in quite the same way you have. I HAVE to wear cup sized bikinis at all times on the beach. I need all the support I can get!. You do look fab though.. looking forward to the wedding posts :) Swooooon

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  22. You look absolutely stunning and this bikini is super sexy. I'm one of those people who's not much of a swimmer when going to the beach or pool and so maybe this is the bikini for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  23. What are your measurements and height? The measurements given for pictures of models that I see rarely make sense to me, and my wife (whose figure resembles yours) notices the same thing, which has caused her annoyance when looking for clothes. This picture would provide a perfect reference to help evaluate that: what I read is so inconsistent that I suspect that most of the times "measurements" are given they are just made up by some editor.

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  24. Ha, I just found your post on measuring your bra--my guess of 37-24-37 was correct for the first two numbers but I don't know about the 3rd. Next time I will search harder for information in other posts before commenting and showing my ignorance ....

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  25. holy shit u look hot!
    i love ur website.....im a petite girl with a C cup and i love the looks u post

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  26. You are beautiful...

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  27. Thank you so much for your amazing blog! I'm a new reader and your blog has definitely hooked me! : --- ) And it feels like a dream to see someone like me (before I felt like I was the only one with these "problems" and it made me feel uncertain about my body): curvy but thin. So a hearty thank you; you changed the way I look myself from the mirror now on!

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  28. Yep! Those are most certainly some young, firm breasts right there! Good lord does that suit look awesome on you. I hope you're successful in getting the word out to all the lovely ladies with small backs who are VERY gifted in the breast department that there ARE bikinis out there for them this season!

    Separately, it's too bad you seem to have left the blog. Hope you're doing well with your new pursuits.

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