Black Bralette

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Minimalist. Seamless. Luxe fabric.
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BLACK BRALETTE BIKINI FEATURES:

super soft, luxe fabric
adjustable shoulder straps
3 hook options at the band
seamless bikini cups
fully lined, no see-through swimwear
no underwire or padding (super comfortable)
designed for minimal tan lines

BLACK BRALETTE BIKINI FEATURES:

super soft, luxe fabric
adjustable shoulder straps
3 hook options at the band
seamless bikini cups
fully lined, no see-through swimwear
no underwire or padding (super comfortable)
designed for minimal tan lines

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BEHIND THE DESIGN OF OUR BRALETTE BIKINI TOPS

THE WHY

We found that whilst we were excited about the concept of a bralette bikini top - easy and comfortable to wear under a t-shirt, nothing tying up around your neck hindering your posture, no uncomfortable underwire (the best feeling at the end of the workday is taking your bra off!), no soggy padding taking forever to dry, etc., every bralette bikini that we tried on gave us a bit of a 'boys chest', pushing our boobs down and out, rather than up and in. So we were determined to craft a bralette bikini that gives support through its construction instead - because physics says it's possible!

Our must-have features were comfort, quality, accessibility, wearability, tan line consideration, and above all flattering, ensuring that our bralette bikini accentuates the female form rather than detract.

THE HOW

As with every design we've made, we've sought out the best in the business to better understand the quality of craftmanship and fabric.

COMFORTABLE BIKINIS We decided the cups had to be seamless. We're not fans of the industry standard of 'darting' the cups, so instead, we approached it from an engineering angle.   modified the shape of the cup and used a gathered stitch. We ensured that the outside of the cup was tighter than the inside so that it encourages the breast to favor sitting on the inside to create cleavage. Because we were approaching the design with more of an engineering perspective, our pattern makers at first resisted as it was against 'the norm'. However, they humored us and made a prototype. Ever since they've been excited to try things in ways they hadn't before!

ACCESSIBLE PRICING We've also looked at pricing - whether to price our bikinis for just the 'exclusive' few at the high end of the spectrum by selling them for hundreds per piece, or to aim to sell at scale and therefore lower margins so that it's accessible to all. We went for the latter, reducing the retail price as much as we could for the quality that we deliver.

FUNCTIONALITY We knew that the band around the ribs had to act as an anchor, so it couldn't be super thin or have weak elastic.  This band is the underlying structure of the bra support, so as much as we wanted a super thin band for minimal tanlines, we weren’t willing to compromise

QUALITY FABRIC We also decided the fabric had to be A GRADE! There was an Elle McPherson bra that was an absolute personal favorite - it had satin on the inside of the cups and was heaven to wear even though every other aspect of it was not designed to be comfortable - this was a 'lingerie' piece, not a t-shirt bra by any means... This was where we learnt from personal experience that the feel of the fabric is key to comfort, no matter how small that piece of fabric is. So, we ensured that we had the softest possible fabric on offer. Despite manufacturers refusing to work with such soft swimwear fabric (because it's so difficult to work with!!), we found some incredible people with a team of insanely talented people to make ours.

ADJUSTABLE We also knew that it needed to be adjustable, especially as swimwear expands a little after the first wear or two in the water, so you want to have the option to tighten those straps if needed. Plus, everyone is of different shapes and sizes and it just makes it easier!

So we created the Ark Swimwear Bralette Bikini Top.  We hope you love it as much as we do! xx

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  1. Sizing Help: XS or Small?
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    I am a 32A (80cm) and got this black bralette top in both an XS and a S. The size small was definitely more comfortable and less tight than the XS, however the size small cups were quite big for my small chest. The XS was tighter, especially the bottom band, and had less coverage, but I'd say that both sizes provide the same amount of support. So go for the S if you want more coverage and XS if you want your bikinis tighter and cheekier!

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  2. The BEST bikini top EVER
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    Don't even understand how but the cut of this top is literally amazing and makes all boobs look great. It is both comfortable and flattering, I'm honestly obsessed and want it in more colors, except that now I really want to try the other two as well. Will definitely be ordering from Ark again :-)

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  3. love!
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    I LOVE this top! Im a 34 A with a muscular build, broad shoulders. Finding bikini tops that compliment my bust is difficult, but after I tried on this top I think this is the only style of top I'll be coming back to! Thank you ark swimwear!

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  4. New favourite bralette to tan in!
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    I love Ark Swim!
    I just bought this item two days ago and it has already arrived today (I live in Europe). My sizing is 75C (34C) so I ordered the item in a medium. I feel like the item is to the smaller size, but that is mainly because of the fact that the item is designed so it leaves little to the imagination. So if you want a little more coverage then take a bigger size than you usually would. But besides that, the design is perfect and especially to tan in.

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  5. Will make another order for sure
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    Just amazing! My bra size 34B and size small is bit tight under my breast , but the coverage is perfect. My hips are 98 cm and I chose size M And it’s good but could be L as well, next time will try size up. I live in NZ and got my order in 2 days)) highly recommended!

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  6. So flattering and comfy!
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    This such a nice bikini top, the material is super soft and molds on the body perfectly. I do wish that the material is a little thicker, but everything else is absolutely amazing. I'm a small 32A (around 81cm) and I got a Small. The cups are a little big on me, so maybe I'll go for a xs next time. Overall, the shipping is fast, customer service is great and this is definitely one of my favourite bikinis!

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  7. Excellent service, perfect bikini
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    It was such a delight to receive the package I ordered. Shipping was surprisingly fast to Northern Michigan, even though I’m very far from Aus. The package was put together like a little gift and opening it really uplifted my day, the little note was lovely. Customer service was very sweet correcting my foreign address - great experience with them. Teeny tiny swimsuit, the exact swimsuit I would design - great quality, tagless, perfectly cut.

    I ordered the bralette top and cheeky bottom in a small. I’m 5’6 and 110 pounds. Both fit great. Would absolutely reorder from Ark!

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  8. COMFORTABLE
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    LOVE the quality. I wear this as a bra often because it’s so comfortable! I’m a 32D and I ordered a Large. I don’t like overflow so this fits perfectly on the loosest band. This is my 3rd Ark purchase, and I’ll buy more without a doubt.

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  9. Absolutely love it!
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    I absolutely love this bikini top! I was really worried the sizing because I was between an XS and an S, but after reading reviews and using the size chart, I decided to just go for both since I wanted a black and a white. I ordered this black in a Small and the white in XS, and they both fit nicely! The XS is a little snug and has less coverage so I like that for better tan lines. So it all depends on how much coverage you like.
    This isn’t padded, but I’m fine with that. It’s super comfy and looks amazing! I can’t wait to wear it out. I didn’t buy any bottoms, but now I need to!!

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  10. Just perfect.
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    I live in France and I received my package very quickly!
    The packaging is very luxurious and beautiful.
    The swimsuit is perfectly cut!! The fabric is very soft and comfortable. Just wonderful. PERFECT!
    THANKS to the whole team ! Thank you very much!!!

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