Before purchasing my bikini I did a lot of research, from looking at other blogs, watching youtube videos and scrolling through endless photos on Instagram to read what people had to say. I then logged onto the Triangl website again. My first visit I did the live chat and was told to wait because they were releasing the S++ size top. The kind lady informed me this would be the perfect fit for me and to come back in a few weeks to see if the style I wanted was available. I got hectic with my health issues and totally forgot till it was around Easter and I was shopping for a suit for my daughter when she found a similar look at Target. I then came home to find that now several style suits were available in the S++. I waited a few more weeks and started trying to find reviews or something about the new size, nothing. Even now I have only found two ladies on youtube that have reviewed this size and both are tiny girls wearing a 32D or 34D and small bottoms. I am a size 27-30 in jeans depending on when my last infusion (treatment for MS) was, because the steroids and cortisone along with other medications I have to take for my treatments can bloat me or cause weight gain for a couple weeks. On a normal average day I am a size 5/6 and 27" waist, but I can get up to a 7/8 and even as high as a 10 depending on what is going on with my health. It can be depressing but I have gotten use to it and don't let the weight get me down, it is only temporary and I usually return back to the smaller size within in a week or two. I am almost 40 so at my age I honestly have gotten passed my body image issues and thinking I am over weight all the time. I was always a size 00, to a 2 when I was a teen and in my twenties, even up until I started getting sick four to five years ago I was tiny. I then gained like 30 lbs and didn't know why now years later being diagnosed we know it was due to my health. My hormones were all kinds of out of whack along with many other issues. No matter what size I am or will be I knew I wanted to try one of these suits. I live in the swimsuit capital being that we have summer weather year round and some of the best beaches within 15-20 minutes drive from my home. I have so many suits, styles, and brands, but I knew I needed to try this new hot suit for myself.
I logged back on a few weeks ago and have since logged on several times, every time I have looked over all the photos, talked to the live chat customer service reps, which is my favorite feature of this company. They are so helpful and kind. Helping you with sizing tips, return questions, shipping questions and more. I was so blown away with their customer service that even after being a bit skeptical of the suit fitting me good and the sizes being a good fit for me, I still wanted to so badly review this suit for my readers. I really wanted to share with you how helpful these kind ladies were. My best experience was with a agent by the name of Lyn, she was so kind, helpful, and really patient with me over the thirty minutes we talked about the suits, styles, shipping, all my concerns, duty costs and fees as well as the sizes. I was still up late the nights before taking the plunge researching and looking for anything. There had to be other large busted ladies who had these suits. Maybe they just don't blog or share their opinion!? I was really just looking for someone who was my size to review this suit and the sizes I was looking at. The more I looked the more I worried about ordering this suit. Honestly it seemed like only young girls or super tiny ladies owned and loved these suits. I saw a few ladies that didn't like the suits at all but before they offered the S++ and they had either ordered a large which had them spilling out the sides and top, or the XL which needed to be altered or returned because it was to large around the body. These style suits like the Brigette and Poppy are not adjustable around, they have one clasp that snaps like a seat belt, only the shoulder straps are adjustable. Also the neoprene doesn't have a lot of stretch or give to the material. If you have ever worn a wet suit you know how tight those are, these are made of the exact same thick material. One thing it is a durable material, also it will from to your body amazing. That could be a negative for some ladies but I like how it shapes my body and hugs my curves.
I was concerned it would arrive and after spending $99 for the suit and $20 for shipping then I had read many got a call from the post office or Fed Ex telling them they owed an additional $40 for the duties or customs bill. For me to even be considering paying over $100 for a bikini is insane. Prior to this I have spent 60-80 on a new suit from Victoria Secret or a high end swim shop, but I was able to try it on and was in love with the fit. I was not ordering a suit I had never seen in person or touched, never tried on and was being shipped from across the planet. I spoke to my boss at work and she was intrigued, she had also heard a lot about these suits as of recent as she is also larger busted like myself with curves. She told she would go ahead and order the suit, or I could order and that she would reimburse me for it, that if I didn't like it we could use it as a sample for the company, or if I liked it I could review it and post my review here on the blog. Also she wanted me to write up a review and blog post for the fashion page on the company blog for Miami swim week. Either way I planned to review it fit or not fit, like or not like, I always like to be straight forward about all items I post about. I also wanted so badly for someone to review this suit that I had to do a review myself. I know there are other ladies just like myself who want to know how this fits the everyday woman who is not a size 0-2 and a 34A.
I have lots of packages come from customs, I order a lot of items from Australia (best spot for Bohemian gems), China, Hong Kong and Thailand. As far as I know we did not pay any additional duty fees in addition to the $20 shipping fee. My item came wrapped nicely inside a large matte black box with Triangl in shiny black on the front.
I plan to keep the box it came in to store it in my closet on the top shelf so it doesn't get wrinkled or the wire doesn't get bent in the drawer. I read online that once it gets messed up or creased it is hard to get that back to normal, so these are for sure something that you should store, and wash with care. I recommend of course hand wash and rinse then laying flat to dry. I am happy we have a salt water pool and not chlorine because as much as this suit cost I wouldn't want to be worried lol, but from what I have read it is super strong and heavy duty material, it should last the test of time and all the elements. I took the suit out of the box and removed it from the plastic, again at first sight it is gorgeous, but I was worried because it looked so small on the top and so large on the bottom from first glance.
Out of the box the top looked really small to me, I was kind of disappointed and started thinking of all the reasons why I hate shopping online especially if it is a new store or brand that I don't already know my size. I went to try it on and was amazed honestly. It fits around perfectly and actually seems to have a little stretch to it which I was told it didn't. I had to adjust the straps several times before I liked the look but it does fit me and I am a large DD pretty much almost a DDD like I mentioned before I can go from a 32-34DD-DDD and a 34-36DD. It all depends on the bra. I can not wear anything with a padding or push up, luckily my boobs don't hang (I had a lift after my second daughter, I have always had larger bust). Wish I would have made them smaller but didn't lol. Was worried the lift would make them smaller but it didn't lol. Okay so the top doesn't cover me perfectly, it fits like a demi bra. It is not a full coverage style bra, it shows a lot of skin and cleavage but it is a bikini. It makes my chest look very nice and accentuates my curves nicely. I really love the color blue so that is why I went with this style and color, but wish now I would have ordered one of the Poppy in one of the coral and orange shades, because that really makes my tan and blonde hair pop. (Looks for more recent posts, ordered the Pink Lemonade).
If you are larger busted or you wear over a 34 normally around I would not recommend this top, it just barely fits me and luckily I am a little over weight right now so hopefully in two weeks I will be back down to my regular size and it will fit even nicer. I plan to try the XL top next I have seen a few ladies selling their suits they ordered, that didn't fit, on eBay. Have a few bids out now as well as sent some email out trying to get another suit to review.