Black Bralette

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Minimalist. Seamless. Luxe fabric.
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Color Black

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. Amazing
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    By far the most flatteringly shaped, secure, comfortable and high quality bikini top I have ever come across. I have 3 in my collection.

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  2. New fav bikini
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    I always get scared to order online because it's hard to figure out a size but I looked at their instagram to see what size the models were wearing and that helped a lot! I ended up getting a size xs and I'm a 32b and it's the perfect size. It is designed to be a small top so if you want more coverage definitely size up. Such good quality and so comfortable.

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  3. Amazing top
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    This top is great, the quality is amazing and it is cut super sexy but not too skimpy to wear around mom. I am a 32B and ordered a small. I almost went extra small but I am glad I didn't, there would definitely be nip slip issues. There is not a bad thing to say about this top!

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  4. Most comfortable bikini ever!!
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    Most comfortable and softes piece i have ever worn. They fit perfect. Love them. I Will definitely get more colours. The cut is rather small, so you might get a size bigger than usual.

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  5. So comfortable!
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    I wear a 32D and I originally purchased a small, which was too small on me. I got a medium instead and it fit great!

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  6. Love it
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    I absolutely love Ark Swimwear. I ordered the bralette in black in size xs (I'm a size 32AA/32A) and it's amazing! I ordered from Norway and I received the package after 3 days!!! That has never happened to me before when ordering from abroad (it rarely even happens when I order from within Norway). Big thumbs up for the short delivery time! And just to top it all off the bikini arrived in the cutest nicest little package. Love it!

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  7. Great bralette, great customer service
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    This company gets my highest marks for their accommodating return policy and exceptional customer service - more companies should follow suit (take a hint, Solid & Stripes, Fused Hawaii, etc!). I had to exchange my XS for a size Small (measurements 32A, 95 lb), and their customer rep, Alex, reached out to me and gave me the option of either a store credit or waiting for the Small to come back in stock. I'm glad I waited, because that black bralette is now my favorite - not only in the water, but also as a substitute for a traditional bra on hot, sweaty days. I'm writing this review because I'm back again for a Navy, and I want to spend my money with a company who proactively takes care of their customers. Mahalo!

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  8. Great tan lines!
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    Love it! I am a 32DD and purchased a large. Fits great. I originally purchased a medium and it’s too small. Got it within the week, wore it to Jamaica!

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  9. My new favorite bikini!
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    I’ve been wanting to order a suit for so long and I wish I did it sooner! The material is so soft the color and fit are amazing! The shipping is also very fast considering I live in California. For size reference I ordered a medium and I wear a 34A in bras. I wear the hook on the 2nd and 3rd slot. I will definitely be purchasing more suits!!

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  10. Love this bralette!
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    I have this in red and I’m obsessed. Definitely made to cover less so it’s perfect for tanning. It’s meant to run small so I would recommend siZing up if you want more coverage. It gives just the right amount of cleavage and leaves enough to the imagination!

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