When you live on an island, you can never have enough bikinis. Even if you’re not in a climate that’s warm year round, but you’re a serial weekend beach goer during those precious East Coast summer months, it’s important to have more than one bikini. But despite going through the process more often than I’d like to admit, it’s still not easy to shop for swimsuits. Bikinis are like jeans, the fit is totally dependent on the brand. Some brands run big, some run small, some are cut wayyy too cheeky for this semi-conservative girl, it pays to shop with people who know their stuff. Enter: Canyon Beachwear.
I visited their store on Waikiki Beachwalk, and loved the range of products they have. From classic solid colors, polka dots, to high fashion mesh, cut-outs, crochet. Bikinis, one pieces, cup sizes AA-F! The staff however, made the biggest difference in setting apart this shopping experience. They knew how each brand fit, to size up or down, which prevented those awkward fitting rooms encounters where you can’t even put the top on, or tie the bottoms tight enough to stay on! It felt like shopping with friends, very, very knowledgeable friends. I was so excited to finally try on a few picks and even happier when all but one fit! I shared my standard sizes, and was given a crazy range of sizes depending on the brand. For example, B Swim runs cheeky, so I was told to size up in those bottoms, where as Seafolly is in Australian sizes so she helped find me my equivalent match, and then Helen Jon runs big, so size down. Overall, the entire experience was so calm and easy because I was helped to pick out XS/S in one brand, and M/L in another, rather than just guessing with my standard sizes. It’s a rare experience to not only find a suit I love, but actually, many suits, and with no fitting room drama, and I walked out feeling confident in my choice and excited to wear my new bikini.
I chose a Helen Jon suit, a brand made in the USA, that instantly felt bright, comfortable, and secure. When I’ve diving into the waves, the last thing I want is to worry about my bottoms staying on tight. The top is also criss-cross which avoids that inevitable neck pain after wearing your kini for a full day. Plus, the Tulum Aqua print is pretty dang fun! The top is available online here, and bottoms here.
For those of you getting ready for beach season, Canyon Beachwear has locations all over the United States, and online! If available I highly suggest popping in and talking to their knowledgeable and sweet staff, especially the Waikiki ladies.
Bikini ℅ Canyon Beachwear.