So, and update from the last entry about this: I've returned all the Athleta stuff except for the cute swim shorts which I still love. The top felt like Too Much and I couldn't find a bottom that fit well enough to justify the price. I moved on to Boden swimwear and here's what happened:
A: The Boden bikini tops arrived. I’m gonna to wear a burka to the pool this year maybe.
A: Can I show you?
A: This is the first one. Feels too big. Maybe a little cartoony?
M: Hm. Looks too big.
A: The black is a size down but just looks like a fancy bra:
M: Better, but yeah. I feel like those are too full coverage or something.
A: Boobs need wrangling, but yeah.
M: This particular one isn’t doing you any favors.
M: The idea of putting a bikini on my body makes me want to DIE.
A: Well, right now I'm not too happy about it, but tanks fit me weird.
A: Maybe a halter?
|Halter Bikini Top|
M: I like that one more!
A: There’s this one too:
|Knot Front Bikini Top|
M: Also cute.
A: Everything else has ruffles. So, burka.
So, just to give a fair review, the Vintage Cup Size Bikini Top I'm wearing so grudgingly is actually super nicely made and good quality, just doesn't fit me quite right. I think part of it is that with my narrow shoulders, a halter style just looks more balanced. I do really like their Tie Side Bikini Bottom quite a bit and I've ordered the halter style top to go with it. Fingers crossed because I am really over this process.
PS. Not to enable, but for the next three days code 8Z4Q gets you 25% OFF plus free shipping & returns on orders over $49 at Boden plus 2% cash back if you go through eBates. Just the thing for ordering multiple sizes of reasonably priced swimwear that you'll probably end up return in a fit of rage.