Freya Pier Tankini Top

I’m a long time fan of Freya bras and swimwear. Here’s why – they make swimsuits with built-in bras that are comfortable, supportive, and cute.

Many of Freya’s swim styles are sophisticated. Some are youthful. All are colorful. The most recent piece I’ve tried from Freya is the Pier Tankini Swimwear Top. Pier is their polka-dot set. A tankini is a the top half of a 2-pc swimsuit that is more of a TANK than a BIKINI. Thus the name, tankini. I only buy the ones that cover my belly button. After 2 babies and an emergency appendectomy, I’m not real good friends with my belly button anymore. So although I love my curves and support my “girls” well in a swim top with built-in bra, I still prefer a long swim top.

The Freya Pier Tankini does not disappoint. The length is quite perfect. I can move around in it, and my tummy doesn’t show. I’ve worn it to swim in, and once when I was going to a swim party I wore it beforehand with shorts to the grocery store and was not self conscious at all. It’s just like wearing a halter top. There is full underwire in the cups, and it is cut so well that you feel secure, but there is no band in back with hook/eye closures. The halter top ties around the back of your neck, so that allows a bit for size adjustment. And there’s another little secret in the awesome way this top was made. You know that bit of skin that some sticks out between your boob and your armpit? The halter strap fabric continues around and down where this swimsuit hits your underarm, and covers that little spot.

There are matching bottoms, with and without a ruffle, and if you like your belly button more than I do, there is a plunge bikini top & bandeau top too. Some pieces are available in green with white polka dots.

I had two minor problems with this swimsuit. The ruffle in front is super cute, but it kept popping up. I’ve debated about tacking it down with a few stitches here in there but my friends have told me, “Don’t bother, it’s cute.”

The other issue was that the swimsuit is mostly black but the cups and underwire lining are white, so my very tall friends can see that white part down inside my swimsuit. One guy friend I have who is literally a foot taller than me (6’4″ to my 5’4″) actually asked if I had  a bra on under my swimsuit. I told him it was the lining, and he was like, “Oh, that makes sense.” Because most mens swimsuits have those mesh underwear lining thingies.

This is a very comfortable top, and the tie around the neck didn’t budge at all. I even wore it, washed it with the knot still tied, and wore it the next time while keeping the knot around the neck so I wouldn’t have to adjust it, and it stayed tied the 2nd day too. And it didn’t snag once on the brick or tile around the pool.

I love the white on black polka dots. It can be cute, sophisticated, retro, rockabilly – it suits many styles. Just picture this swim top with jean cut off shorts and a red flower in your hair! Or with a black sheer, flowy coverup on a cruise ship… or with a solid black swim bottom and patent black heels around a Vegas hotel pool. It’s very versatile – not to mention it comes up to a G CUP!!

(Segue: Ladies, if you are bigger than a grapefruit, you’re probably bigger than a D cup. Get measured by a professional in a department store. You don’t have to get naked for a proper measurement. It’s better to wear the right size and be supported and comfortable than to be scared of going to an unknown bra size!)

In July, Freya will introduce a very similar cut but in a blue and white gingham print called “Kansas”. Get a sneak peek here.

All-in-all, I recommend this swim top for many age groups, styles, and sizes. It’s very cute, comfy and well constructed. This is quality swimwear you’ll be happy with for a long time!

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