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A Universally Flattering —and Affordable! — Bikini Top


universally flattering bikini top, tavik marlowe dupe

I know what you’re thinking. A bikini top? Universally flattering? Really? Yes, it’s true. The Xhilaration Ribbed Snap Front Bralette Bikini Top is one of those rare and precious swimsuit finds. It’s perfect for three reasons.

#1: It looks and feels great on all body types.

First of all, women of all shapes and sizes are raving about it. It has a scoop neckline, which I swear is the most flattering, especially for small chests. (My whole life I’d been led to believe v-necks were the way to go, until I wore this dress and had a few girlfriends comment on my décolletage—which, as a woman with small boobs, never happens.)

It also just fits, offering the comfort and support of a sports bra.

Socal_20 says, “Love this bikini top—most bikini tops are too big for me both in the cups and around the chest because I’m very petite (32a/30b bra size). For others this might run a little bit small, but that was great for me and it has plenty of stretch.”

JessD says, “This top had much more support than I anticipated. I’m 8 months pregnant with significantly heavy, large breasts, but the support was great along with sufficient thickness in the lining. I wear between a 34D-DD bra and a large fit perfectly. Highly recommend!

My sister Sophie wore it on her honeymoon to an adventure park and reported back that it stayed put through zip-lining, riding ATVs and rafting through caves.

xhilaration Ribbed Snap Front Bralette Bikini Top

#2: It’s less than $15.

Second, at $14.99, this bikini top won’t break the bank. Get the complete set with the matching bottoms for less than $30.

#3: It’s an amazing dupe of the Tavik Marlowe bikini top that’s 5X more.

a universally flattering bikini top - xhilaration's ribbed snap front bikini top vs tavik's marlowe

Lastly, it’s a great dupe of the Marlowe bikini top by Tavik—the hip swimwear brand found at ShopBop, Madewell and Revolve—that’s 5X the price. Before I found the Xhilaration bikini top, I ordered the Marlowe and actually sent it back because it was too thin and completely unlined (not the best look).

So whatever your shape or size, and whether you plan to kick it poolside drinking pina coladas or diving under ocean waves, the Xhilaration ribbed snap front bikini top is a great choice.

a universally flattering bikini top - xhilaration's ribbed snap front bikini top vs tavik's marlowe

(Top photo by @brittneyjb5; second photo by @robert_tribe; third photo by @sophiesticatedliving)

Last modified: April 14, 2019