Lilly & Lime is a new swimwear company specializing in D cup and up. The company is owned by two women who had struggled themselves to find attractive bikinis to fit their own D+ busts, and the idea to design their own line was borne. You can read all about them in our Spotlight story HERE.
When the owners of Lilly & Lime contacted our blog group and asked if we would be interested in reviewing their swimwear, I headed over to their website and was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. Lilly & Lime offers three different styles of swim tops sized from UK 28D up to 38HH as well as three different cuts of swim bottoms, sized from UK 8 up to 18. A very impressive and difficult size range for sure!
I decided to ask for my swim top to be sent in size 30G. For reference, I wear a 30GG in Ewa Michalak S styles and I have a Panache 5021 sports bra in 30G. I chose the 30G because I felt reasonably sure that it would be a snug fit in the cups. When it comes to swimwear tops, I’d rather err on the side of possibly choosing slightly too small as opposed to slightly too large. I asked for the bottoms to be sent in UK size 8, which is a US size 4. You can view their size chart HERE. Lilly & Lime made the style choices as to what they sent to each of us, although we had made suggestions to them.
My package arrived quickly and I have to say that when it comes to making a great first impression, Lilly & Lime hit it out of the ballpark. My suit was prettily wrapped in lime tissue, an adorable tote bag was also included, along with a lovely hand written card. I was delighted to see that I had been sent the Nectarine halter and matching full briefs, which had been my top choice, although I do like all of the other styles and colours as well, and I absolutely love how the entire collection can be mixed and matched.
In person, I think this suit is even nicer than it appears on the web site. The colour is vivid and bright, the fabric feels high quality, everything is fully lined and the stitch work is impeccable. I adore the little metal suit tags with the LL logo. Both the wires and the gore are slightly wide but as this is a swim top and not a bra I have no problem with that. The projection is excellent and the cup depth accommodates my high profile implants well. This 30″ band measures approximately 24.5″ unstretched and approximately 31″ stretched. I found it a comfortable fit on my 27″ rib cage.
The suit fits me just as I had hoped it would. This is my first decent fitting halter style suit and I’m pretty excited about that. I love that this is a halter because it looks totally like a swimsuit and nothing like a bra, yet I still get great shape and support. My boobs are not self-supporting and the cups do a good job on providing shape and structure.
The top provides me with the perfect amount of coverage. There isn’t oodles of butt-crack cleavage on display but I still get a very feminine, attractive shape, along with having zero fear of any type of dreaded bikini wardrobe malfunction. No nervous checks or adjustments required! The height of the full brief bottoms is perfect for me, as is the coverage. I’ll be 49 in a couple of weeks and each to their own but I just don’t feel comfortable in skimpy bottoms anymore. I feel completely secure in this suit, but still sexy, for an old girl. 😉
My 14 year old daughter agreed to be my photographer in exchange for a cold bottle of root beer and a pack of sugar-free gum and we headed off to the beach for a quick photo session. The backdrop is picturesque Lake Erie, one of North America’s Great Lakes, and these pictures show why I’m so in love with this suit. The cut, colour and fit are flattering and fabulous.
In order to provide you with a thorough review I have taken this suit through the paces. It has been to the beach, to the pool, through the wash and worn with the pads in and the pads out.
Each time I’ve worn it, I I’ve felt no discomfort to my neck from the halter straps. It holds up great while in the water and I didn’t notice any stretching, shifting or any other issue. It washes well and there has been no colour bleeding or fading. The clasp locks and unlocks properly.
Now lets take a peek at the inside of the swim top:
Removable foam pads:
I prefer the top with the pads in. The pads gave me a more slightly more structured shape. I would rather that the cups had a sewn in foam lining instead of the removable pads because if you look close enough, you can see the pad edges through the cups. I don’t think anyone would notice this though, unless they were up close and staring perhaps.
This swim top can certainly be worn with the pads out if you prefer.
With the pads out and sopping wet from swimming as shown below, even in a slightly chilly pool you can’t see any evidence of chill due to that full lining 😉
Lilly & Lime is based in Australia, but in these days of global marketing where on-line buying is the norm, international buying is no longer difficult or unusual by any stretch. My suit retails for $80.00 AUD for the top and $30.00 AUD for the bottoms and I felt that this was a fair price for a good fitting, quality and cute swimsuit. You can use the currency converter on the site or if your country’s conversion isn’t shown, use an on-line currency converter such as THIS one at xe.com to convert the cost into your own currency (for my fellow Canucks, AUS money is generally similar in value to ours). Free international shipping is offered for all purchases over $100 AUD, so if you buy a full suit, you don’t pay shipping.
Congratulations to Lilly & Lime on nailing it with an excellent first collection. I can’t wait to see what you do next!