As college girls, we all know what it means to be stylish on a budget. As I was strolling the racks at Target with my one item from the dollar playground, I found myself liking the styles — but not the prices — I found.
Some may say: “But Shay, Target does have affordable bathing suits! You’re just a miser.” They would be correct! While swimsuits at Target are reasonably priced, personally I don’t see why I should spend over 10 dollars (don’t even get me started on per piece) for a suit I’m going to scrub around in the ocean in.
After leaving Target, I decided to look on the Wish app. Normally, I only work through eBay; not only because most of eBay’s products come with free shipping, but also because there is a very extensive buyer protection protocol set in place. However, upon inspecting the Wish selection, I found it almost too good to be true. There were some products that were marked up to 95% off what they supposedly sold for in other stores, but your girl wasn’t buying it one bit. (Keep in mind I have bought through eBay before and had pretty good results. Check out my eBay buy here.)
I decided to order this print below for my Honeymoon in July. First, I read the reviews and sized myself accordingly. I wear a US Medium but decided to go with a Large on their sizes.
I ended up paying $8 for this bikini and $3 for the shipping ($11 in all). Note: The photo featured here was captured after I bought the bikini. A plus I do find with eBay as opposed to Wish is that shipping for a majority of their items is free. Whereas, Wish can change your price for shipping.
Then the arrival date passed. Two days after the date, my suit finally arrived.
When I first opened it, the smell was a bit strong. Nothing life threatening, but I could tell it had been cooped up for awhile. I decided to wash it before trying it on just in case, and would advise the same. Simply putting it in a cold cycle and air drying will do the trick. The material was pretty sturdy, and it dried in about 20 minutes.
I tried on the bikini and found the sizing to be a bit off (similar to my eBay buy). The top fit perfectly (I am normally a C cup) but the bottoms were a bit snug. I also was looking for something that wasn’t too cheeky (nobody wanna see all that), but found this style did expose a bit more than what I was looking for. The clasp on the back was a bit flimsy; I am pretty certain one wave at the oceanfront will leave me flashing Atlantic Avenue, but that is a minor fix.
Overall the suit was a pretty good buy for the money I put into it. Of course, the more money I spend, the better the quality. However, for under 12 bucks, this was a great buy. In the future, I will be getting all of my Honeymoon swim attire from Wish and eBay, and would recommend it to any collegiette on a budget.
Pro Tip: Be sure the read the reviews for products, especially photo ones. Also, remember that everyone’s body wears clothing different.
Pro Tip: For orders from other countries, it is best to size yourself one or two up to ensure a comfortable fit.
Pro Tip: If you do have a mishap, don’t write off online shopping forever. Sometimes we hit the jackpot, other times we are let down. Being a smart shopper can help make online shopping a breeze.
HCXO Collegiettes and remember: summer will be here before we know it!