Saw It On Social: Summersalt Swim
Jun 25, 2020
Earlier this week, I asked followers of my Facebook page to tell me what SioS posts they wanted to see. And the votes came in hard for Summersalt Swimsuits, which is an easy post because I’ve already purchased one, spending my own money. So let’s chat about the hottest swimwear brand in your social media channels.
This photo of Jules Sarinana was what finally pushed me to buy a Summersalt swimsuit. When I saw it, I was momentarily enraptured. Do I need a white swimsuit? Do I need to be a perfectly bronzed goddess relaxing by the shore? Am I suddenly craving oranges?
Yes to all of the above.
And so, a white Sidestroke swimsuit was ordered, and a white swimsuit arrived. But white swimsuits are not for everyone. Because white swimsuits are impossibly revealing, and after 14-years of desk-sitting and sporadic exercise, white is not my swimsuit color.
The suit style, however, was on point. The one-shoulder with an open back and a folded-fabric front deserved a second look. And while I disliked all of the tri-colored styles, a simple black suit never hurt anybody.
First, let’s talk for a moment about what makes Summersalt just a little bit better than most swimsuit brands.
Unlike so many swimwear retailers, Summersalt seems to understand that buying a swimsuit from a picture on the Internet is a challenge. Questions about fit, coverage, bust support and compression are difficult to answer when looking at a photo. So Summersalt tries to answer them for you.
That is a fairly descriptive size guide. I appreciate that one-piece suits and bikinis have a different size chart because they don’t fit the same. I’m grateful for a discussion about how the swimsuit will actually cover and support my body. And I deeply thankful that they offer long-torso styles because, as an owner of one of those, it can make swimwear shopping a challenge.
As for whether they can support an ample bust, the brand believes that their suits do. But I’m in no position to judge that for myself being a smaller cup size.
Another thing I like about Summersalt is that, while the models are all beautiful, they’re not all svelte, busty Victoria’s Secret Angels. The sizing on most suits runs from 0-24 and the models reflect that range.
And, in addition to being size inclusive, Summersalt also makes swimwear for women whose religious beliefs require more coverage. This isn’t something you see much of at more mainstream brands, and I appreciate the acknowledgment that some women have different needs.
As for their return policy (bye, white swimsuit!), they offer free returns and exchanges and 30-days to return an unworn style. I found the turnaround time on my exchange ran about 10-days, which is about average for the industry.
Now, let’s talk about other Summersalt styles that I think are really gorgeous because the Summersalt brand stocks some very unique styles.
I adore their Belted Cove swimsuit. It has a sleek shape, comes in fun color combinations, and the tie-belt defines the waist while offering a bit more coverage if you want it.
A wrap swimsuit is everything I didn’t know that I always wanted. I love the look of the Perfect Wrap swimsuit. There’s a reason that it’s sold out in almost every size; I truly hope it’s available in yours.
If you need a higher leg opening than most swimwear provides their Mid-Rise swim bottoms are for you. For some reason, they’re limited edition, which seems short-sighted. But, hopefully, they keep them around.
Lastly, Summersalt introduced me to the concept of the ‘resort dress,’ a frock that doubles as beach and brunch attire. This dotted dress is a particularly cute one, but you can check out all of their cover-up dresses to find the one that pairs with your swimsuit best.
Bottom Line: I like the Summersalt brand. I think the swimwear is well-made, the sizing is inclusive, and the bright colors and prints are fun and beachy. And the price point, while a smidge high at almost $100 for a swimsuit is worth it for the quality of an item you can wear for many seasons to come.
My only minor concern is that the popularity of the brand could put you at the rooftop pool wearing the same suit as all of the other girls. But since the only pool I’m going to see in 2020 is a kiddie pool in my backyard, not so much of a worry this year.
As with all SioS items, my Sidestroke swimsuit was purchased with my own money. No gifts or money were requested or exchanged in payment for this post. But the brand does offer an affiliate program via Shopstyle, so I might earn a small commission if you buy through the links in the post.