Rust Bralette

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US$50.00
Minimalist. Seamless. Luxe fabric.
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Color Rust

RUST BRALETTE BIKINI FEATURES:

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

RUST BRALETTE BIKINI FEATURES:

super soft, luxe fabric
adjustable shoulder straps with black hardware
3 hook options at the band with black hardware
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. Best minimalist brand out there
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    The material is like butter on your skin, and the quality of construction is excellent. The cut is perfect and I love how you can adjust the top for a tighter fit - other brands don’t offer this as an option. Packaging is gorgeous, care and fit/product information included is great to have on hand. Shipping was quick. I will not hesitate to repurchase in the future. LOVE

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  2. Love it!
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    Super comfortable, flattering and the color looks great with a tan!

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  3. Absolutely perfect in every way
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    Simply amazing. From the super fast delivery, to the way it was packaged to the quality of the swimwear itself.. not a bad word can be said. You can clearly see the thought and love that went into every part of the process. I couldn't be happier, I loved them so much that as soon as I put them on I was online ordering another pair. I bought the rust bralette and cheekys in a large, I'm usually an aus size 12 and they were a perfect fit.

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  4. Can’t get out in the sun without this bikini!
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    This bikini top is so soft and comfortable! And sizing is just perfect. It’s not too small and fits perfect! Just like a second skin!
    And the color.... amazing!

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  5. Best swimsuit top I think I've ever bought...
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    Everything about this top is 100! I absolutely love it. The color is gorgeous -- for those in the USA -- it's similar to the Texans orange/rust color. I love it even more in-person than I did online. The fit is also awesome. I am typically a small 32C and a size 0-2 (US) normally in clothing. I went with the S and it was perfect. The XS probably would have been slightly tight around my rib cage. I'm very happy with this purchase. Also shipping took 3 days from Manly AUS to NY, NY. So fast, so easy. Will definitely be buying more!

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  6. Rust with a tan - I AM SUCH A FAN!
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    This rust bralette speaks total Australian, earthy summer vibe and I'm loving it! I've never ventured outside the triangle cut bikini top but I'm glad I did! Not only is the bralette cut flattering, it is like you're wearing little there (and the girls are covered up with just a little cleavage show)! I'm absolutely obsessed with the fabric too - so soft and gentle (even after chlorine)! I believe I've found my summer bikini wardrobe!

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  7. Love!!!
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    I have size Xs in this as I wanted something snug fitting for my B cup, this was perfect give me that extra umph! The quality is so good too!!

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  8. Amazing
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    I’ve been working as a swimwear model for a several years and believe me... I’ve never seen a quality like this. The material it’s really soft, like a second skin. And fits perfect. Keep up with the amazing work.

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  9. Great
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    Loved the fit of the bikinis and the colour is to die for, definitely my type of bikini!!

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  10. Perfect colour
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    Obsessed with this bikini! The colour is so different to anything else i’ve found in a Rusty style. It literally fits perfectly! By far my favourite bikini ever

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