It's online shopping review time, and this one was hilarious (I had to laugh, or else I'd be crying like a little baby). I could have gone on a downward spiral after trying this monokini on, but instead, I decided to laugh and chalk it up to an item not running too true to size. I will say, I'm pretty glad I had a couple other swim options to try on the same day (from J.Crew, see the other online shopping reviews here) that renewed my faith in the overall (and notoriously dreaded) process of swimsuit shopping.
Here's the product shot from Roxy.com of the DVF monokini that I bought before my recent trip to the islands:
product shot courtesy of www.roxy.com
That's what I shopped. Here's what showed up at my front door. Images courtesy of Instagram, etc. Click here to follow along.
Another shot of the monokini on today's product review chopping block:
Here's the scorecard and then a little blurb about why I ranked this puppy the way I did (reminder, and as you could probably assume after checking out the scorecard, every online shopping review is completely unbiased):
Sad. I mean, sad. I got this monokini with high hopes and yet ended up with a score that was relatively brutal.
I can't lay all the blame on the product here. When you're shopping for swimwear, especially something like a monokini that is far from universally flattering, sometimes you just have to know what works for your body type and what doesn't. That's the whole point of trying on right? If you never try, you'll never know (not only a lyric from a Coldplay song people, it's my shopping and life motto).
Fit was the major culprit. Sizing can be iffy and sometimes I recommend buying two sizes if the site has free shipping and return shipping. That way you don't have to deal with more back and forth. I however didn't do that this time. Even if I did, there's still no way this monokini would have worked for my silhouette. Now I know.
The way the bottom sat on my hips was almost cringeworthy. Let's just say, curves were created where I really, no I mean really, was not interested in having them. It's a good thing I have a positive body image or else this would have sent me off the deep-end, i.e. straight to the bottle of Pinot I have sitting on the kitchen counter. That's about as deep as I go for now. It's swimwear so I can't get THAT dramatic over it (or can I?).
The positives? The print was great. DVF is a brand that is synonymous with wrap dresses, but also amazing prints, and this monokini is no exception. Value? Sure, eighty dollars isn't going to break the bank on a great, designer suit.
The design and fit are where it lost me completely. Hence, returning this monokini to where it came from. No Tortola (the island I went to) for this swimwear pick. Sorry Charlie.
Back to body type and the importance of figuring out what works and what doesn't for your silhouette.
My recommendation to any of you who are going to attempt trying this one out, try sizing up if you're more of an hourglass shape like myself. The bust and hips were ridiculous looking when I slipped (not so gracefully) into this monokini. A size up would have helped slightly. But again, Hourglass ladies, this may just not be your suit (try it out if you can't live with yourself otherwise; see, there's that drama I was talking about).
As for the Rectangles out there, and possibly some of you Apple silhouettes, have at it. Pears and Hourglass ladies, my stylist suggestion would be to move along to the next pick. Oh, and speaking of additional picks. There are plenty more swim options out there to choose from. If a suit doesn't work for you, do not, I repeat, DO NOT go into 'I don't like this and this and this and this about my body' mode. Seriously. Not all swimwear is made for all silhouettes. It is a reflection of the cut of the suit, NOT your body. Don't get it twisted and certainly, don't let a pot holder-sized pieces of spandex ruin your mood, day, or opinion of yourself. That is not the point.
The point is to try it out. If something works, fabulous. If not, move along to the next option. Eh hem, speaking of options, they're all lined up with the rest of my favorites that I update weekly in the virtual StyleShaker Closet. Click below and see the latest batch of favorite picks out there from my favorite shopping spots on the web:
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