Forever 21 Has Your Budget Swim Needs Covered

Picture this: You’re sitting poolside, sipping on a refreshing, preferably fruity beverage, and reading that novel you bought at an airport once but never actually started. We’ve been fantasizing about tropical getaways since the last days of summer (yes, we do a lot of daydreaming). But, with temps on the rise, your next lounging session in the sun is only a matter of planning where and when — and, of course, what you’ll be wearing. The first two are up to you, but Forever 21 has your swimwear bases covered. The fast-fashion brand has us fast-forwarding to beach season with its $4.90 swim collection. That’s right: Individual tops and bottoms in different silhouettes, colors, and patterns ring in at just under $5 each, so you can mix and match your heart out (and maybe splurge a bit more on that next tropical destination). Right now, the assortment consists of bright basics, a simple triangle pattern, and a recurring palm-leaf print, but Forever 21 will keep adding more styles to the mix until its next swim collection launches in May. So, now’s the time to pick up a couple (or five) personalized sets to tide you over until summer. Check out the full spread at Forever 21, and see the breakdown of patterns and silhouettes, below. Bandeau
You’re on a strict schedule — and worrying about tan lines is not on the itinerary. A simple bandeau top and plain bikini bottom are just what you need.

Next in my series of reviews of swimwear from Forever 21+ is the Forever 21+ Ribbed Tie-Front Bikini Top and Side-Tie Bikini Bottoms in Red.

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I loved the look of the ties on the Forever 21+ Ribbed Tie-Front Bikini when I saw it on the website – so cute! I tried both the top and the bottoms in a 1X, which is labelled as a UK size 20 but in my opinion it’s more like a UK 16.

To put the Forever 21+ Ribbed Tie-Front Bikini top on you put your arms into the armholes and then fasten the top at the front with the tie. The tie effect is fully functional so you can wear it as tightly or as loosely as you wish. The top is smooth on the back with no clasp or any other features.

The Forever 21+ Ribbed Tie-Front Bikini top does not have any underwires, hidden support or side boning.

This bikini is made from soft, ribbed, jersey-like fabric. It’s quite different from most other bikinis and swimsuits I have tried. The ribbed fabric shows up much better in real life than in these photos, but you can see it more clearly in the above picture.

The ties on the bottoms are for aesthetic purposes only and cannot be adjusted.

I like the rise height of the Forever 21+ Ribbed Tie-Front Bikini bottoms as they are high enough to feel comfortable but low enough to ensure my tummy gets to see some daylight.

The 1X was a good fit for me overall but as usual there isn’t enough boob room for my ample breasts. The fit on the bottoms was spot on.

After taking these pictures and seeing how well the bikini suited me I did reorder the top in a 2X and even a 3X but it still had insufficient depth for my boobs, sadly. I had major quadboob going on in all three of the sizes I tried.

From the back the briefs have good butt coverage but are also cut to maximise skin exposure. I didn’t get a wedgie or feel like I had to keep adjusting them so I would say they are true to size.

Something about the Forever 21+ Ribbed Tie-Front Bikini makes me so joyful – maybe it’s the bright tomato red colour, or perhaps it’s the cute ties. Whatever it is, I love it!

I was so sad that I couldn’t get the Forever 21+ Ribbed Tie-Front Bikini to work for me. Forever 21+, please, PLEASE make more boob room in your bikini tops because I would have truly loved to keep this one.

Despite my own fit issues, I would still highly recommend this bikini for anyone who is less busty than me. It has a great look and is bound to be a head-turner on the beach or by the pool.

What do you think of the Forever 21+ Ribbed Tie-Front Bikini? Let me know in the comments.

You can see my other Forever 21+ swimwear reviews here.

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