I cannot express how happy I am to share my newest bikini collection for SwimSexy with you guys! They go on sale HERE at noon EST (1 hour from when this blog is posted). This time around, I designed 9 different pieces (8 bikinis and a one piece), and they’re honestly my favorite to date. True to my style, I went for bold colors, fun designs and cool details. There was no watering down or holding back (this happens often when brands make things for our size demo); I simply designed beautiful statement pieces that I knew stylish girls would love. From jellyfish and oil prints to oversized zippers and cutouts, I really did think about every single element, and I hope you guys can tell how much time and effort I put into these. I care so much about the plus size girls out there who are constantly feeling left out or like they’re an afterthought to brands, and I never want to make my customers feel that way. We all deserve to feel confident and sexy, and that includes when we hit the beach. When I look back at my journey with the fatkini, I couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come as a community and how many women are now joining the movement. I’m so grateful to you and also to swimsuitsforall for giving me this unimaginable opportunity.
This year, I was in charge of coming up with the creative concept for the photo shoot. I decided I wanted a really luxe feel and I loved the idea of a rich/bored housewife theme. We shot at a gorgeous house in Beverly Hills and had such an amazing day. I hope you love the result as much as I do! For the record, I wore six bikinis for the shoot, but the zipper bikini comes in 2 additional styles (palm print and black), and the cutout bikini also comes in lime green. You can see all available options on the swimsuitsforall website. My notes on fit are at the end of this post, please read them before you buy.
Before you buy, please read these important notes on fit:
-I am wearing a size 18 E/F in the bikini tops and the palm print one piece. Although I am technically 38HH, I feel totally supported, but I do have to wear the adjustable straps as tight as they go (or close to it). You will get the most support and coverage from the oil print bikini and the chevron bikini as those are full cups. The others are demi cup so there is more risk of spillage if you are over size F. Also, because of my large bust size, you cannot tell that the tops are actually longline (you can see on the website model what I mean). This doesn’t bother me at all, but it’s something to note.
-The tops are available in sizes 12-24 D/DD cups and sizes 18-24 in E/F cups as well. Every suit including the one piece has underwire. If you are smaller than size D, technically all of the suits will be too large in the cup area, but I personally think it may be worth it to still order if you are a size C and return if it doesnt work. I apologize in advance for the ladies who are A-C cup (or above HH cup)! I know you are out there, but right now making each individual cup size isn’t feasible, so we have to make the ranges that fit the majority of customers. Swimsuitsforall also has many more bikinis with soft cups that may work better for you!
-I also think if you are smaller chested (size D or below), you should order a size down in the top. If you are size 12-16 and would like the E/F cup, I suggest ordering the size 18 and getting it altered. Yes, I know it’s not ideal but I want to point it out as an option, and the alteration should be easy and affordable.
-I am wearing size 20 in the bikini bottoms (for reference, I am size 18/20 in pants at most retailers), so if you are between sizes you should order the larger size. If you ordered last year’s bikini, the fit is similar. None of the bikinis are “shapewear” suits. If you would like tummy support, the oil print bikini and one piece are your best options.
-The big thing I’ve learned since transitioning from a blogger/consumer to working on the brand side of things is that you cannot please or fit every body. That’s the sad truth It’s because we all carry our weight differently, and all a brand/designer can do is the best they can to fit the majority (by testing on many women, using a fit model etc). I love hearing your feedback and if I get a lot of feedback about the same issue, that definitely goes into consideration for the following year. Please dont hesitate to share your thoughts with me, both about what’s good and bad, but please also be respectful as I promise we are really doing our best!
-Yes, I do hope we can extend sizes in the future!
Thanks again for your support! Please share your photos with the hashtag #gabifreshxswimsexy! I can’t wait to see you guys wearing the suits!!! You can order them HERE!