It is no secret that I’ve been a Chromat fan for ages. I love their inclusive runways and that the signature cage pieces from previous collections were offered in plus. I’ve always lusted after Chromat’s swim from afar, but wasn’t sure about the fit for me before. When I heard Chromat was offering size XL in some swim, I had to try it out.
I’ve had many an experience with plus size suits in size 1x (or even 2x) that do not fit my bust at all, so I have to admit I was concerned about a straight size XL working for me. When I pulled this gorgeous Saldana one piece out of the box, my fears were not assuaged: I held it up and thought “man, this is going to be a struggle.” I even told my husband he was going to have to help wrangle me in.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I put the suit on and it was EASY (no husband intervention required!). I’ve had to wriggle and maneuver more to get in actual plus size suits. And this Chromat one piece fits my chest.
The soft cups built in actually provide comfortable support, which is not an easy task. I think designer Becca McCharen-Tran’s architecture background may contribute to this success.
The body on this one piece swimsuit fits perfectly too. The quality is simply fantastic, and the material is super stretchy without feeling flimsy. I think the XL in this Saldana suit would comfortable fit up to a size 20.
Designer Becca McCharen-Tran wants to offer up to a size 4x for future collections, but as a small business I appreciate that she is expanding the size range incrementally as she can, instead of just saying vaguely saying “someday” and only offering the smallest sizes (as so many other designers tend to do). If you are looking for gorgeous high end swim and are up to a size 20, show your support for Chromat’s first swim size expansion by shopping here: