Everlane's first-ever sustainable swimwear collection is here, and we put it to the test

Kate Mendonca
·Shopping Editor
·5 min read

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Everlane's first-ever swimwear collection is now available to shop. Image courtesy of Everlane.
Everlane's first-ever swimwear collection is now available to shop. Image courtesy of Everlane.

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Big news Everlane fans! The brand has finally released a collection of sustainably-made swimwear, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Following in the footsteps of their previous ReNew collections, Everlane has just launched a set of seven new swimwear styles that will have you ready to dive into summer. Starting at just $43 CAD, all of the pieces in the new launch are made from premium Italian fabric that’s derived from more than 13,000 pounds of recycled plastic.

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The collection was also fit-tested on more than 100 different women to ensure that each swimsuit feels comfortable, looks flattering, and stays put.

Here in Canada we may still be months away from beach season, but that isn’t stopping us from planning ahead. While we’re getting ready for all of the beach days and poolside sessions to come, we put the Everlane swim collection to the test.

Kate Mendonca, Shopping Editor

Obsessed with the floral print of Everlane's new swimwear collection.
Obsessed with the floral print of Everlane's new swimwear collection.

Admittedly, I won't be wearing this bathing suit for quite some time, but I have to say that I'm in love. I tried out the Square-Neck Bikini Top and classic Bikini Bottom in navy floral, which is a bit of a departure from my usual high rise bottoms or one-piece swimsuits. I was drawn to the floral pattern, and have to say that it's just as pretty in person as it was in photos online. The fit on me is perfect and totally true to size, and while I took my usual top and bottom in a size small, I really appreciate that the pieces are sold separately so that shoppers can easily mix and match to find their ideal fit.

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In addition to the fit and the pattern, there are some smaller details that also caught my eye about Everlane's new swim collection. First, the bikini top has adjustable straps (a rarity in most women's swim!) and there are no irritating tags attached to the swimsuit. Instead, there's a screen printed label, so you never have to deal with scratchy tags again. If I had to give one major downside to the new line of swimwear, it's that it's only available up to a size XXL. Here's to hoping it's such a success that extended sizing is quickly introduced. 

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I'll admit I was wary when it came to trying on pieces from Everlane's swim collection, since I've been hit and miss with the brand's sizing. I opted for the Tie-Front Bikini Top and the Bikini Bottom in a medium and was glad that both fit well, considering I'm a tad on the bustier side and worry about support and coverage.

Despite its name, the top is a pull-on with a faux tie, which I personally found a little disappointing. I usually wear tops that let you adjust the straps to your liking and although it does have removable cups, it probably wouldn't provide enough support for anyone with a larger chest than me (I wear a 36C bra for reference). The bikini bottoms are OK but they're very simple and just cut straight across your hips. The medium fit me well, but I would have preferred them to have a higher cut to accentuate my shape a little more.

This bikini was unfortunately, a hit and miss for me. Would I wear this to the beach? Maybe. I would just be a little self-conscious and adjusting my bikini top throughout the day to make sure the girls stay where they're supposed to!

Hilary Hagerman, Lifestyle Managing Editor

Beach or my dirty spare room I keep my pile of clothing to sell on Poshmark in? This swimsuit works for all situations!
Beach or my dirty spare room I keep my pile of clothing to sell on Poshmark in? This swimsuit works for all situations!

Despite living in a poolless apartment complex during the middle of a pandemic, I am a big fan of swimwear (I have high hopes!). So when I first heard that Everlane was releasing a sustainable swim collection, my interest was piqued. I've been on the lookout for a "plain" swimsuit with a bit of extra oomph, so I decided to go for the Square Neck One Piece in Bright Red, which is a true, bright red that immediately gave me serious "Baywatch" vibes. I went with my usual lettered size and found that this suit fit true to size. It's definitely a traditional-style suit — my boyfriend said it actually makes me look like I'm "going swimming" (ah, probably not) — but the higher-cut leg and lower back still give it flattering, modern edge. The suit also comes with removable padded cups — I'm not a fan of that look so I removed them, but they are definitely great if you need a bit more support in the chest.

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While I've tried some other swimsuits made of recycled materials before, I've often found that they feel flimsy, too structured or uncomfortable — but this suit has none of those issues. I haven't yet washed it so have yet to see how well it holds up over time, but I always suggest to wash your swimwear by hand in cold water anyway to prolong the life.

You can shop the whole collection in sizes XXS to XXL below

The Triangle Bikini Top

The Triangle Bikini Top. Image via Everlane.
The Triangle Bikini Top. Image via Everlane.

SHOP IT: Everlane, $57

The Bikini Bottom

The Bikini Bottom. Image via Everlane.
The Bikini Bottom. Image via Everlane.

SHOP IT: Everlane, from $43

The Square-Neck Bikini Top

The Square Neck Bikini Top. Image via Everlane.
The Square Neck Bikini Top. Image via Everlane.

SHOP IT: Everlane, from $57

The High Rise Hipster Bottom

The High Rise Hipster Bottom. Image via Everlane.
The High Rise Hipster Bottom. Image via Everlane.

SHOP IT: Everlane, from $43

The Tie-Front Bikini Top

The Tie-Front Bikini Top. Image via Everlane.
The Tie-Front Bikini Top. Image via Everlane.

SHOP IT: Everlane, $57

The Square-Neck One-Piece

The Square-Neck One-Piece. Image via Everlane.
The Square-Neck One-Piece. Image via Everlane.

SHOP IT: Everlane, from $93

The V-Neck One-Piece

The V-Neck One-Piece. Image via Everlane.
The V-Neck One-Piece. Image via Everlane.

SHOP IT: Everlane, $93

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