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Carve Designs Fairfax Bikini Top and Kelsie Bikini Bottom : Swell Style

This bikini top and bottom combo from Carve Designs is enabling in every way. I can surf for hours in comfort, lounge on the beach afterward, and justify owning another swimsuit because it’s just so darling and practical.

The Carve Designs Fairfax Bikini Top is full of adorable details: ruching in the front, crisscross straps that knot in the back, and a racer back style that fits well under a tank. It's fully lined, with removable pads that stay put and provide a flattering amount of coverage and shape. The top has a very sporty feel and is a great surfing top. It’s comfortable while paddling, and has an adjustable, hidden bra closure so I can trust it to stay put. It also laid flat underneath my rash guard, unlike halter-top style bikinis or suits with tie closures.  

The Kelsie Bikini Bottom is the perfect complement to the Fairfax Top. The Kelsie has a fun and slightly sweet, slightly sassy cut, with a little bit of ruching. I like the low-rise style, which still provides medium coverage in back, because it doesn't add a lot of bulk under my board shorts.  Worn solo, the Kelsie Bikini Bottom looks hot!

I wore the Fairfax Bikini Top and Kelsie Bottoms together on a recent surf trip to Costa Rica, and received lots of compliments on the suit both on and off the water. Both top and bottom kept up with me under my board shorts and rash guard for hours in the water and were super cute for lying around on the beach afterward. I love the fun striped fabric, a pool blue with pink, green, and white stripes; it was fresh and flattering.

Carve Designs uses a 4-way stretch nylon-spandex blend that is fully lined and designed to move with your body (and to last for several years.) The fabric provides UPF 50+ sun protection, so I’m covered wherever it covers me. The fabric withstood a week of constant use with hardly any wear and tear.

The Carve Designs Fairfax Bikini Top is available for women in Stripe, Black, Batik, Storm Plaid, and Stargazer Wildflower in sizes XS-XL. I usually wear a Small in tops, and a 34 in bras, and the Small fit me well. The suit felt a tad snug when I tried it on inside, but in the water, it loosened up and was the right size. The crisscross straps are not adjustable, however, so longer torosed ladies might be better off sizing up (I’m 5’ 4”).

The Kelsie Bikini Bottom is available for women in Stargazer Wildflower, Purple, Batik, and Stripe in sizes XS-XL. I am a size 4-6 in bottoms, and the size Small was a perfect fit.

Bottom Line:  I plan on wearing the Fairfax Bikini Top and Kelsie Bottoms for swimming laps now that I’m home in Montana. They move well and the design is just so much cuter than a lot of other sporty swimsuits. —L.B. (May ‘11)

BUY ONLINE :  $ 48 (Bikini Top), $39 ( Bottoms )

Manufacturer's Site: www.carvedesigns.com

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