Unlike most of the country, the San Francisco bay area doesn’t truly get summer-like weather until September at the earliest. When the Summersalt team reached out to me in August to partner, the timing was perfect given our late start! Like many, I’d been seeing their colorful Instagram ads pop up in my feed, and was excited to try on and review their popular Sidestroke and Swan Dive styles.
Until recently, I’ve generally been a two-piece swimwear type of gal, for reasons both functional and form-related. My association with one-piece swimsuits has been that of my old school days – you know, the organs-crushing slick Speedos resulting in thick, racerback tanlines. Thankfully, a number of new swimwear brands have launched in the past few years with both practical and stylish designs. Additionally, I have a fairly short torso for my height (5’4”). Whenever I did spot a cute one-piece design, it usually didn’t fit great in terms of torso length.
Enter Summersalt. The brand first caught my eye with their bright Instagram ads featuring women of all sizes and shapes. I dug a little deeper into the brand and found the following details that sold me more on the brand:
- Sustainability: They are a sustainable brand, which is right up my alley. Specifically, their suits are made out of 78% recycled polyamide – otherwise known as recycled plastics, most of which is actually post-consumer waste and even recycled fishing nets.
- Inclusion: It’s refreshing to see a brand with a wider range of sizes – they have sizes 2 – 24 for their most popular styles, along with long-torso variations. I also love that they have “classic” thin strap styles but also a number styles with more coverage on the arms.
- Material: I love how thick and supportive their fabric is. It’s not Speedo-level tightness, but it’s certainly the strongest material I’ve felt in a while in a swimsuit. And while it holds you in at all the right places, it does so without feeling constricting – which would have been a no-go for me had that been the case.
- Fit: Both the Sidestroke and Swan Dive fit like a glove on my shorter torso frame. Though not specifically tailored to short torsos, the Sidestroke seems to have quite a bit of give (but, not too much!) in the shoulder strap. This allows it to fit well on both short and regular torso ladies. And on the Swan Dive, the adjustable straps made it easy to adjust to a perfect fit.
The only real con for these suits is that they’re both unlined (but still incredibly opaque, due to the extra lining). This likely makes it easier to fit a variety of body shapes, but a little modesty coverage from removable pads would be nice.
Have you tried their suits? Would love to hear your thoughts!