Busty and the Beach: Fantasie Lascari Bikini Review

For the rest of the week, Hourglassy is all about Eveden swimsuits. So look for Leah and me to review our Fantasie sets, Patsy to review Elomi, and Mia to write about Freya.

You know what’s great about being given swimsuits to review for the entire month of June? It’s forcing me into the water every weekend. This past weekend, I wore my long-awaited Fantasie Lascari bikini to float down the Brandywine River. We spent two relaxing hours without any electronics, which explains why you’re only going to see photos from the beginning of the run.

lascari full front

This 32FF underwire full cup top tacks perfectly on me.

lascari front closeup

Everything is contained.

lascari side profile

For comparison, you can see the difference in wire length and width between the 32G Antigel (equivalent to UK 32F) on the left and the UK 32FF Lascari on the right.

lascari antigel compareThe band had just the right amount of tightness for me. The straps are fully adjustable, and because they aren’t made out of slippery fabric, they stayed put after I adjusted them the first time.

lascari back

One reason I like Fantasie’s full cup design is that there is no interruption in the gorgeous print. Here’s what the balcony version looks like.

lascari balcony

Besides maintaining the continuity of the pattern, the gathered overlay above the three-part cups is an elegant complement to an elegant print.

lascari gathers closeup

lascari inside

That being said, because I had heard that the full cup style might be “too much bra” for me, I had actually requested the balcony. When the full cup style arrived instead, I fell in love, and this is my favorite swimsuit yet–but love isn’t blind, and I do feel that the cups may be more generous (or stretchy?) than I need. There’s definite bounce when I walk, and the lift isn’t as high as I like.

For comparison, here are side-by-side profiles of me in the 32FF Fantasie Lombok padded balcony.

lascari lift comparisonI don’t think a smaller cup size is the answer because there is occasional tissue pillowing near where the top edges come down to the center. More rigidity from padding could be the answer. See the difference below. However, the Lascari balcony doesn’t have padding, so I’d be very curious to see if the cut itself makes a difference.

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If you haven’t already noticed, this print on top would go beautifully with black bottoms, but I LOVE the matching bottoms. This was only my third time in my adult life to wear a bikini in public (my first time was the Elomi swim bra and high waist bottoms, and my second was the Antigel La Mille Petales last week), and I credit the bottoms for some of my confidence this time around. They’re the perfect height for me, and I love the red band around the waist band. Yes, there’s some cutting across my bum in back, but it didn’t bother me, and there was no riding up. I didn’t even adjust the drawstring sides out of the package, but I liked knowing that I could. Finally, these bottoms are fully lined in front and back, and there’s an additional layer at the crotch. I’m wearing size medium.

As you might suspect, the only thing that got wet tubing on Saturday was my bottom. So I swam 10 laps at the YMCA yesterday to test how the rest of the suit worked in water. It was great. I couldn’t dive at the Y, but when I hoisted myself out of the side of the pool, my top was completely secure. Here I am completely wet in the locker room afterwards.

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I was definitely the best-dressed swimmer at the pool!

 

Comments

  1. I have a Fantasie bikini from a couple of seasons ago and I love swimming laps in it. So much better than the Speedos from Costco with no support.

    Also, that is a gorgeous bikini!

  2. Wow that one is beautiful! it looks more like a bathing suit to me