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Everlane's first-ever swimwear doesn't disappoint

Finally—a bikini that provides just the right amount of coverage.

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Everlane is one of those brands I've always had a fascination with. It's the laidback, "cool without even trying" aesthetic that gets me: The loungewear looks so cozy, the jeans look so trendy, and the dresses look so breezy. Not to mention, more than a handful of the people I follow on Instagram constantly hype up the L.A.-based clothing company.

When I heard that Everlane was coming out with its first-ever line of swimwear, I figured it was a great excuse to finally try the brand for myself—my family owns a few beach houses in the Outer Banks so I like to have a wide selection of bathing suits to pack for our frequent trips.

What swimsuits does Everlane sell?

The Everlane swimsuit collection consists of seven styles—two one-pieces, and three bikini tops and two bottoms to mix and match—in eight solid colors, including black and white, and one navy-white floral print. The pieces start at $30 each and come in sizes XXS to XXL. With pool and beach season quickly approaching, I took the plunge and ordered a set.

I chose the Square-Neck Bikini Top and The Bikini Bottom (the lesser coverage option) in size small, which is what I typically wear in bathing suits. I opted for the sunny Marigold color, the brightest of the options, though it was a toss-up between that and the basic black.

What I like about Everlane swimwear

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The Everlane bikini top and bottom keep me covered without looking frumpy.

It's tough to find non-adjustable bottoms that fit right—I find they're either too cheeky or too tight across the waist—but the Everlane ones fit better than most I've tried. The Bikini Bottom sits comfortably a few inches below my navel and provides full coverage in both the front and back.

As for the top, I found the size small to offer enough support for my size 34B chest without being too tight. I like that the shoulder straps are adjustable similar to those of a regular bra and that the bottom band clasps securely in the back and doesn't dig into my skin. I was also worried that the square-neck design would give me the dreaded uni-boob effect, but the removable pads create lift and separation that's surprisingly flattering. (I prefer leaving the cups in, but you can take them out if you want less padding.)

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The material, a nylon and elastane blend, of both the top and bottom is smooth and comfortable against my skin. Both pieces are fully lined with a lining that’s dyed to match. When wet, the material doesn't feel heavy or weighed-down and it dries quicker than other swimsuits I own. I love the color, as well—the mustardy yellow is bright and saturated without being obnoxious.

What I don't like about Everlane swimwear

Despite the fact that the bottoms fit well, I still don't like that they aren't adjustable. I prefer swimwear with ties or convertible clasps that I can customize to fit my body. After all, like many people, my weight fluctuates day to day and I like having the option to adjust my swimwear accordingly.

Is Everlane swimwear worth buying?

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I like the muted, mix-and-match shades that the Everlane swimwear comes in.

I'm going to be frank here: I think a $15 Shein or Zaful bikini is just as good as the $70 Everlane set. I'm not someone who lives in a bikini all summer—I wear it on summer weekends only, when I'm on my friend's boat or taking a day trip to the beach—so I don't need something super durable that can withstand daily wear and tear or year-round use. So for me? I wouldn't spend this much on a swimsuit that I can get somewhere else for half the price and do just as good as a job for the occasional pool party or day on the water.

That said, if you want a high quality bathing suit that will last for multiple seasons or regular, daily wear, the Everlane bikini is a great pick. It's comfortable and stylish and the thick material feels like it will hold up well over time. Bonus: All of the styles are mix and match, so you can make multiple swimwear outfits out of a couple of pieces.

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