I haven't like lululemon's swim lines in the past since the fabrics felt thin and construction flimsy. In addition, the styling was lack luster and not that flattering for women who don't have figures like swimsuit models.
However, I really like the latest swim line. The materials are thick and pieces are double or tripled lined. In addition, there are offerings that work well for women who are bustier, want more coverage, or more secure coverage for water sports. This is the first lululemon swim line that I think can really compete with Athleta's well-regarded swim line.
This was my order from yesterday's upload - two Water Bound bras in Burlap and Wamo Camo, Water Bound shorts in Wamo Camo, the Barely Pink Water Bound hoodie and a black Water Bound singlet. My store got the new swim stuff in last night so I went to try it today and I ended up coming home with completely different items:
The Shanti Surf Cross Back top in Black Pretty Palm, the Shanti Surf Short in Pretty Palm, the Shanti Surf Hipster in Black/Steep Stripe/Pretty Palm, and the Aquamarine and Black Water Bound Singlets. I also ordered another hipster bottom in solid black in the next size up to try. I'll be keeping the Black Burlap Water Bound bra that I ordered but everything else will be going back.
|My summer beach/pool wardrobe.|
This is the collection I'll be going with for the summer - Shanti Surf Cross Back top, Shorts, and Hipster all in the Pretty Palm print; Water Bound bra in the Burlap print; and two Water Bound Singlets in Black and Aquamarine. I might re-think the burlap print Water Bound Hoodie but I really wish the zipper came down a lot lower so I could show off whatever bra top I am wearing underneath.
|My sister's haul - perfect to use with her new kayak.|
My sister asked me to pick her up a couple of things since the website was out of the Flowabunga shorts in her size this morning. She got the Rash Guard, Shanti Shorts, and Triangle top. The Triangle top is tripled-lined. Update - my sister PMd me to tell me I was supposed to get her the Barely Pink Water Bound Hoodie and not the Rash Guard. She says the outfit I picked up would make her look like a seven year old. (I do admit being a little puzzled that she was going all-in on this print, lol. Whoops!)
Overall, I liked the new swim stuff a lot - definitely more than any previous lululemon swim line. The material this time around is either thick (the Water Bound shorts and crops and black Shanti Rash Guard feel like they are made of fullux) or double or tripled layered. The only thin-feeling items are the Water Bound Hoodie and Singlet, and those are by design. The Rash Guard is thick-feeling and I thought it ran on the snug side. Ditto for the Water Bound crops and shorts. I wonder whether those will loosen up a bit when wet.
|Pretty Palm Shanti Surf Cross Back Top|
|Burlap print Water Bound Bra|
If you are busty, the Shanti Surf Cross Back Top and Water Bound Bra are very good choices. The Shanti Cross Back top is made for C and D-cup ladies and shows quite a bit of cleavage but nothing out of the ordinary for a swim top. The straps and band give decent lift and support so the girls don't look saggy. I typically take a ten in the Energy Bra but I sized up to the twelve in this top since I am a DD. I also tried on the ten but the cups were a bit small and the distance between them was too wide for my comfort level. The Cross Back does not have cup slots but the material is triple-layered and gave good coverage as far as headlights goes. After studying the construction of the top I don't see why you couldn't turn it inside out and wear it on the reverse solid black side - nothing in the stitching would give away it's inside out.
The Water Bound bra is also a nice choice for bustier women or if you don't want to worry about popping out of your top. It would be great for activity such as a beach volleyball game or for hanging onto a grabby toddler in the pool. I left the one I tried on at the store because I ordered one so I can't go into details about the construction. The Water Bound does have slots for cups. I thought it ran TTS and gave very good support and coverage, in terms of both skin covered and headlights. The fit reminded me a lot of the Energy Bra.
|Wamo Camo Water Bound Short|
I thought the fit on the Water Bound short was snug/snug TTS. The material felt a lot like stiff fullux to me. I liked the other bottoms I tried on much better so I'll be returning these when they arrive.
|Apex Stripe/Pretty Palm Shanti Hipster Bottom|
I didn't expect to like the Shanti Hipster bottoms but I read a try on review this morning that said the rear coverage was pretty decent so decided to give them a try. Maybe I wear them too low but my cheeks didn't hang out the bottom as much as the web model. I thought the fit was a snuggish TTS. I have the next size up on order, too, but won't get them for a few days. They are pretty low rise but I plan to wear these with the Water Bound Singlet or my Athleta rash guard. They are double-layered.
I have a few Athleta swim suits so thought I would compare sizing/coverage. This is the Lululemon Shanti Surf Hipsters in size ten (waist 30.5", hip 41") compared to a pair of Athleta Medium Tide bottoms in a large (31-32" waist/40.5-41.5" hip). The Athletas are full seat coverage bottoms, though. I've found that Athleta's swim stuff can vary pretty widely in sizing.
I was very pleasantly surprised to like the Shanti Surf shorts a lot. I think they fit a loose TTS. They are double layered. The waistband is super comfortable. They are nearly as short as bikini bottoms but there is no cheekiness.
I really liked the Water Bound singlet. I ended up getting the same size I get in the 105F singlets. I want to wear these in the water and didn't want the tank to be super flowy when I did. The laser cut designs in the front and the back really make the tank for me.
I liked the Water Bound Hoodie well enough but I didn't love that the zipper was so short. I have an Athleta Pacifica UPF tank that has a long zipper so you can unzip to reveal the top beneath. I also didn't fully love the hood and I have other UPF tops that I can use at the beach. I thought the fit was a loose - in the middle - TTS. I decided to return the hoodie in favor of getting a second Singlet and the Shanti Hipster.
I also tried on the Water Bound crops. I thought they were a snug TTS. I read another fit report where the person found them large in the waist and snug in the thighs. I don't have a need for these so left them at the store. They are made of thick material which felt like stiff fullux to me.
As far as non-swim items - I also tried on the Blue Tropics Wee Space Cool Racerback and happened to be wearing my Cadet Blue Still Pants - you can see Cadet Blue in the pattern.
I also tried on the Barely Pink Wee Space and Groovy Stripe Cadet Static Wave Cool Racerback tanks and found both to be nicely thick and opaque for such light-colored tanks. The Cadet Static Wave one is super soft. I liked both of them.