Pools are open, the car is packed for the family beach trip and summer is officially upon is! The kids all have new swim suits, beach towels and flip flops but what about mom?! The hunt for that “it” suit that makes you feel like your pre-kid self but also provides coverage and eh-hem, lift where you need it is on! We’ve seen ads for Cupshe everywhere this season and have gotten lots of questions on whether those under $30 price tags and promises of generous return policies are too good to be true. So here goes our brutally honest review of 5 suits from Cupshe purchased both through Cupshe.com and through Amazon Prime.
Just what does each company promise?
- Cupshe.com promises: Items can be easily returned within 30 days after delivery.
- Amazon Prime promises: Free shipping and free returns with Amazon Prime.
Swimsuit Reviews. The good, the bad, the ugly and just how does sizing work?!!
Cupshe sizing is the topic of many debates and conversations on social media and in online reviews. It’s definitely a puzzle to figure out and why that return policy is oh so important! So what’s the deal? Well… it continues to be the source of much debate, so here’s the scoop!
In one-piece suits seem to run true to size and I was able to order my typical size small with no problems. My hips are certainly not a size 29.5-30.5 at the widest part so don’t be scared off by those measurements. I think the size chart “hip” measurements are actually for lower waist.
Two-pieces is where Cupshe falls apart for me in the fit department. In fairness, this is also the case with every other matched set bikini. I’ll open with the fact that I am not a “matched” set bikini kind of girl… separates are my friend and often my only solution to getting the top to match my bottoms when it comes to sizing. I’m a 34C/D bust and a solid 4/small in bottoms… the struggle is real! That said I do think that Cupshe two-piece suits still run about a size smaller than typical true to size. I would err on the side of looking at these as juniors sizing versus women’s.
Cupshe Swimsuit Reviews
This suit is amazing in every way! I wore it on my honeymoon and got so many compliments on it! The color is fabulous, it fits true to size and the cut shows off just enough skin to be sexy but still has coverage to be age-appropriate. It’s lightly lined too to avoid certain “headlight” action up top if you catch my drift. This suit is an all-around win in my book.
Verdict: Keep! What others colors does this glorious swimsuit come in! I’ve found my one-piece unicorn!
There’s just something about a red swimsuit that screams Old Hollywood charm. This suit is on trend this summer with it’s scalloped edges. The fabric is nice and thick but unfortunately this one is cut way to small on top for me. The bottoms are cut a little more high and narrow than I’d like and definitely tend toward the “cheeky” side. Unfortunately I spilled out of all sides of this bikini top, making this little red bikini a no go. If you’re a B cup or less and don’t mid a more “cheeky” style cut, this one has your name written all over it! Size up for more coverage.
Verdict: Back it goes.
After trying the red bikini in my usual size, I decided to size up in this one. The ruffle top and high-waisted bottoms are right on trend. The ruffle top provided enough coverage for me but would also add some curves for someone with a smaller chest. As a woman who HATED high-waisted panel maternity pants when I was pregnant, this one gave me way too many flashbacks. Also, the high-waisted two-piece suits from Cupshe tend to run true to size, blowing my whole all Cupshe bikinis run a size smaller theory. Verdict: Back it goes.
I love the tropical print on this bikini and the fact that the tank style top would let me paddle board and kayak in it without fear of losing my top in the lake! I tested my theory on sizing up in Cupshe bikinis and it worked. The bottoms are again cut a bit more revealing in back than I would normally choose but they fit nonetheless. The top but proved to be too low cut in the corners near my armpits. The suit strangely cut in pretty far low across my chest under my arms before angling up as a tank. I think the cut would only work for someone with a cup size B or smaller.
Verdict: Very cute suit but it doesn’t work for a C cup or bigger. Back it goes, reluctantly.
The print of this suit and the colors feel like summer. One-pieces are notoriously hard for me so I thought the cut out might help. I ordered my regular size in this suit and the bottom half fit great! The top part however was cut a bit too narrow and I felt like I was falling out the top and the bottom. It has great padding on top so I think it would be great for a B cup or below.
Verdict: return but I’m going to exchange it for this one and hope for better coverage up top!
Cupshe Swimsuit Review: Does reality meet expectations?
- Style: Overall, I love the fun patterns, colors and prints of Cupshe suits. They somehow skate the line between fun and sexy without revealing too much.
- Quality: The quality is great and for the money, the quality is honestly better than I would have expected.
- Fit: This continues to be a bit of a sticky wicket and I would err on ordering through Amazon Prime to help solve this dilemma. In general, one-piece suits tended to be true to size but the two-piece suits tended to run about a size smaller than typical, with the exception of high-waisted styles which run true to size.
- Return Policy:
- Cupshe.com: While Cupshe promises easy returns, our research and reading online reviews reveal that merchandise credits toward future purchases were given in place of actual refunds. In many cases, purchasers are allowed to keep their original suits but still not ideal if you need to order 5 suits just to find one that works.
- Amazon: On Amazon, returns were easy and followed the same Amazon Prime process, just make sure you look for the “free shipping and free returns” wording in the swimsuits description! Cupshe and other retailers also post directly to Amazon and not all Prime purchase automatically offer free returns as well.