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. Love it! Wish band size was smaller. But still near perfect.
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    I honestly worried I wouldn't like it but it's near perfect. Only suggestion I would make is for a 4th clasp option to make it tighter around the torso. If I had bought an XS instead of a S the triangles wpuld be too tiny. But these cups are perfect so if there was an option to make this tighter it would be perfect I love it.

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  2. Great Swimwear, Great Customer Service
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    I ordered the black bralette and cheekys shortly before discovering I would be moving and Ark Customer Service was amazing at keeping contact with me and making sure I got my swimwear in the correct address - thank you Alex!! The swimwear is amazingly soft and flattering! It feels like I'm wearing my own skin and I always get compliments. There is def a little bit of boob overflow, but flattering nonetheless and not at all uncomfortable. I will buy these in more colors!

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  3. Absolutely love it!
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    I absolutely love this piece! It's very comfortable and it fits great! Ark, I wish you could make this piece into an everyday bralette!

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  4. Amazing!
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    I absolutely love this suit! It is so comfortable and I love how it fits. I was blown away at how flattering the cut is. Everything from start to finish, this company was amazing to work with.

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  5. Comfy and Cute!
    Super cute! The pattern is really pretty and unique. Perfect amount of coverage if you don't want a thong fit, but also want to flatter your butt. I'm 5'5/125lb and a US size 4 in pants, and the medium fits pretty well, but maybe a little loose. The fabric is so soft and the bottoms are very comfortable!!

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  6. A Great Top!
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    So cute! One of the most flattering and comfortable bikini tops I own. I got size M, and it fit, but it bordered on being a little small (my bra size is 30DDD/32DD). Fit perfectly around the back, but there was a little boob overflow. Will definitely order more colors of this style!!

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