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BREAST BUDDIES: Marvell Lane Review

Review by Freya Bennett

After a lifetime of crying in change rooms of swimwear stores, after a forever of trying to force my sizeable bust into the largest triangle bikinis I could find, after years of giving up and just wearing daggy one piece bathers I feel like finally FINALLY the bikini goddesses are shining down on me. They could have waited until summer, but I will forgive them and just hope to win a European summer holiday so I can show off what I believe is the best bikini I have ever had.

I have to talk about Marvell Lane swimwear. I was sent a pair of their beautiful Ava bikinis and to say I nearly cried with joy when I put them on is no exaggeration. I’ve never been a fan of underwire in bikinis (although being a 10G, it really is the way to go) but Marvell lane has mastered the underwire and made them comfortable, cute and sleek. I didn’t feel like I was wearing something designed to hold in my tata’s but I felt secure, stylish and relaxed. The straps are adjustable and the back is a thick tie meaning you can really custom this bikini to your body (also means as you fluctuate which most of us do, you can adjust this bikini with your bod!).

I often feel self conscious when going swimming because I feel like people will notice my body and I really just want to enjoy being at the beach or the pool like everyone else. Marvell Lane has managed to design a bikini that is cute but also minimising of larger boobies. The cute oversized frill that dives down my cleavage, is not only pretty stylish but also a decoy of sorts. When wearing this bikini or seeing photos of other large busted babes wearing it, I feel like the design takes centre stage and I notice the awesome shape of the bikini itself rather than the awesome boobs it’s covering. This is not to say that we need to hide our big boobs, just to say that the style itself is so well designed that it is stand alone and if you want to feel a little more disguised, it does this well!

The thing that really sold me to Marvell Lane is this is a bikini for big boobs that’s actually youthful! At age 31 I’d given in to a lifetime of wearing old lady bathers (not that there’s anything wrong with old lady bathers but I just really want to feel youthful for once!). Reading through Marvell Lane’s origin story I discovered this is exactly why founder Rachael Marelle’s started this company. If you’ve felt a lifetime burn of being sent to the frumpy part of the swimwear section, you have to get yourself into some Marvel Lane’s.

To top it off and another reason Ramona supports this amazing babe and her company so much is that Rachael cares for the environment. Marvell Lane like Ramona, supports slow fashion. It’s time we create pieces that LAST. Why do we need new bikinis every summer when we can buy one amazing piece that really lasts? You can read more about what Marvell Lane is doing for the environment and what they hope to do in the future here.

And now I am done raving about this bikini. I leave you with a photo of me… in said bikini pretending it’s summer although it’s actually a mean 9 degrees. And I will not stop wearing this bikini around my house because I believe in affirmations. I will win a European summer holiday. You just WAIT.

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Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @freyasadventures.

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