Fitting In ~ Busty & The Beach: Elomi Tahoe Bikini and Tankini Reviews

Eveden generously offered to send this swimsuit to review, however opinions are my own.  As the largest of the Hourglassy writers, I thought it worthwhile to review a suit from Eveden’s plus-size line.  I don’t know how many of our readers find themselves in the ranges that Elomi accommodates, but I suspect I’m not alone and the pickins’ were slim when I needed a 40H.  I’m down in the band to where some other labels are making suits, but Elomi has been reliable for me.  And goodness — if you need a  UK 44H, my friends, this might be your line.

Full Figure Fashion Week in New York City kicked off this week.  A few of the designs from Elomi’s swim collection could be a perfect fit while also being fashion forward for the FFFW Pool Party for any lady who is both plus-sized and full-busted.

I chose the Tahoe.  The blue and pink leopard design reminded me of a psychedelic Flintstones print and I requested a bikini in my current Elomi size of UK 36H.  I was also curious about the tankini top.  The Elomi site doesn’t specify that there is no-support and that it is meant to go over a swim bra, but I suspected and wanted to see one. Very kindly, they sent that, too.  When I first tried Elomi’s swim bra, I didn’t bother with any piece to go over it as I typically wear it as a bra under sun dresses, as a plain bikini if there is no sun, or use a rash guard as my layering piece.  I have a plain men’s 2XL rash guard, but it would be awesome if a women’s swimwear maker would market rashguards with boob room in a nice pattern.

As for the Tahoe set, I’m channeling the Barefoot Contessa here repeating “How cool is that?” just like one of my fave Food Network personalities, Ina Garten.   Because:  It’s a pretty bikini when I’m feeling A-O-K with showing the mid-section, tankini to go over when I’m not.  Versatility, flexibility, support, fit, all good.

Inside detail:

Inside and the wing.

Inside and the wing.

The inside has a four part stiff mesh construction for support.  The wing and clasp are substantial.  This is the difference in good plus-sized engineering.  Panache’s Eadie, while not specifically marketed for plus-sized customers or available in the same size range, has a tall wing, too.

Front cup-detail:

Two piece cup in the print fabric.

Two piece cup in the print fabric.

The seam on the front of the cup provides additional support, adding a sort of side-sling.

Front:

A bit snug on my larger breast, the top tacks nicely.

A bit snug on my larger breast, the top tacks nicely.

Fit wise, it is similar to Elomi bras in the same size, but a little bit softer and not as supportive as my everyday bra (Elomi’s Etta).  This is expected, as swimsuit fabric is stretchy and softer than bra fabric. I found it comfortable for several hours.

Back View:

Tahoe Back view

With the tankini:

Tankini over the bikini

Tankini over the bikini

 

The bottoms are a US 14 or UK18. The waistband comes up above my belly button.  They aren’t uncomfortably tight, but I could have sized up. The tankini is also a US14 or UK18.  Again, I think I could have sized up.  I did try the tankini without the bikini top underneath and as it’s only a US size 14, it’s really not enough coverage and support that way for me.  It really needs the bikini or swim bra underneath for me, but for a true sized 14 woman, it might be enough.

Now, a word on pattern matching — it’s a bit wonky.  The central patterned section on the bottoms is narrower than it is on the tankini, so they don’t match up when worn together. I think I’d just go for the plain back bottoms and there wouldn’t be a need to line up the pattern.

The bikini top is available in band sizes 36E – 42HH and also 44DD – 44H.  If you need a 46DD – 46HH, try their swim bra.