Solid, supportive construction
Lots of great colors and patterns
More inclusive sizing than other brands
Wrinkles a bit
I have an incredible love for the water, and swimming has always been a big part of my life. So when tasked with reviewing swimwear, I wholeheartedly dove in. I’ll admit when I first saw the COCOPEAR Women’s Elegant Crossover One-Piece Swimdress, though, I was a bit skeptical. Since I am not a woman who is content to just lounge by the water’s edge without jumping in, I was concerned about how practical a swim dress would be for an enthusiastic swimmer like me. Read on to find out if this swimsuit style sinks or swims.
Performance: Great for swimming
Despite my worries, COCOPEAR Women’s Elegant Crossover One-Piece Swimdress works just fine in and out of the water. I love swimming so much that I have my own pool and I like to swim laps, jump off the diving board, and race my kids through the water. This swim dress didn’t hold me back or bog me down in any way.
This swim dress didn’t hold me back or bog me down in any way.
I’m used to wearing swimsuits with less coverage (mostly bikinis or skirt-less models) but I didn’t feel restricted at all (or dowdy) in this swimsuit. Actually, I really liked the way my body felt supported with just the right amount of spandex—it gives easily but also sucks in a touch just where you want it to and bounces back when you move. I like the way the fabric crisscrosses over the chest providing support and an attractive, slimming shape.
Design: Plenty of attractive options
For me, the biggest surprise of this swim dress is that I actually really like how it looks on. I feared I would feel like I was wearing something that would scream “mom” or even “grandma” swimwear, but instead, it feels pretty—festive even. While I often still choose a bikini, sometimes (now that I’m, gulp, in my 40s) it feels better and more comfortable to wear something with more coverage.
The halter-style design of the top is very attractive. My 16-year-old daughter even remarked, “Cool dress, where did you get it?” The design says “summer sundress” and the flowy, short skirt gives it a sexy, beachy feel. The solid construction on the top of the dress looks more expensive than it is and elevates the garment into an item worthy of wear outside the water, making it perfect for a pool or beach party. Although, personally, I’d stick to its dress-wear function only on hot days (once it hits 85, I opt for cool over modesty) or at places where I’d be comfortable showing a lot of leg.
For me, the biggest surprise of this swim dress is that I actually really like how it looks on.
It comes in a wide range of colors (from classic black to blues and pinks) and patterns (including solids, stripes, polka dots, and florals). I chose the Dark Prussian Blue Floral, which reminds me of the gorgeous bright hues and shapes in Paul Gauguin’s post-Impressionist paintings of French Polynesia. So, needless to say, it gives me a tropical vibe that makes wearing it feel like a mini-vacation.
This suit will flatter and fit comfortably on most body types, and it comes in a range of sizes to accommodate everyone from a size small (4 to 6) to 5XL (24 to 26); that’s more inclusive than other brands, which stop at 16 to 18. I’m small-chested, and the bodice fits me well. I’ve seen a multitude of consumer comments online extolling its excellent fit and support for women with more ample breasts as well.
The cups on the bodice offer full bra support and include removable underwire and padding. The wide shoulder straps (3 inches at the widest point when pulled flat) eliminate any digging in, a feature that will be extra appreciated by those with larger cup sizes.
Material: Sleek and stretchy
I’m impressed by the quality of this swim dress, especially considering its low price point. The manufacturer pulled out all the stops in terms of melding attractive design with fully supportive inner construction and solid fabric.
The nylon-spandex fabric is thick enough to be opaque, stretchy, and sturdy, but still thin enough to be breathable, flexible, and comfortable—when wet and dry. Underneath the skirt is a semi-sheer white polyester-spandex panel extending from the base of the bra to the hip, which then attaches to thicker, stretchier nylon-spandex boy shorts in a color matching the outer layer of the garment. The boy shorts have all the bounce-back spring and hold-it-in quality of yoga shorts.
I’m impressed by the quality of this swim dress, especially considering its low price point.
The fabric dries quickly and doesn’t suck up much water so there isn’t a sopping wet skirt to impede you once out of the water. I do take extra care to blot the suit with my towel when I get out of the pool more than I would a normal swimsuit in order to expedite this process and eliminate any feeling of walking around in a wet dress. The skirt is short enough that it doesn’t stick to the leg even when sopping wet.
Washing: Hand wash and air dry
This swimsuit is a breeze to wash. Hand wash with a mild detergent, fold into a towel to soak up excess moisture, and then lay flat to air dry or carefully hang dry. Don’t wring out or hang it on a hook because doing so can injure the fabric or the shape of the garment. I’ve washed mine several times now. It dries quickly and has retained its brand-new look.
My only issue is that the fabric does get a slight wrinkle to it, particularly if it’s packed in a suitcase for a day or two. For travel, I would recommend rolling it carefully—the extra attention made for fewer wrinkles on my second time packing it. The bodice already has folded fabric, and it stretches enough when I put it on that any wrinkles don’t show, but on the skirt, the subtle wrinkling can be annoying. Steaming (it shouldn’t be ironed) could be an option for some or taking care to smooth out any wrinkles when the garment is drying will do the trick. Personally, I rarely steam or iron anything and certainly not athleticwear. Instead, I solved the wrinkles problem easily enough by jumping in my pool.
The COCOPEAR swim dress retails for around $33. This is a steal for a swimsuit, particularly one with as good of construction and materials as this one has. There are lots of other swim dresses on the market to choose from, starting at around $20 and going up to hundreds of dollars. While this swim dress certainly isn’t the cheapest you can find, it is squarely on the reasonable end of the spectrum and a great deal for one of its quality.
COCOPEAR Women’s Elegant Crossover One-Piece Swimdress vs. Shekini Women’s One-Piece Skirt Swimsuit
The COCOPEAR and Shekini skirt swimsuit (view on Amazon) both sell for around $33, offer a range of fun color choices, and have a similar cut. They have similar bustlines with fabric folding from the shoulders across the bra top to provide added support and an appealing shape. However, I think the COCOPEAR swimsuit’s crossover, halter-style top offers more flair. The Shekini model distinguishes itself by offering multiple shape options, most with a more waist-hugging fit and a short, flouncy skirt similar in shape to a tennis dress.
The COCOPEAR swimsuit is empire-waisted, which gives it more of a sundress feeling. Both brands make nice-looking swim dresses, and deciding between them comes down to personal preference on which style works better with your particular body. I prefer the COCOPEAR’s look, particularly because I like the floral patterns offered, and I think its shape is more flattering for me. I do, however, love the Shekini’s black-and-white striped option.
- Product Name Women’s Elegant Crossover One-Piece Swimdress
- Product Brand COCOPEAR
- Price $32.99
- Color Black, Dark Prussian Blue, Dark Prussian Blue Floral, Floral 38, Polka Dot Black, Black Floral, Blue Floral, Floral 43, Hotpink, Lightpink, Maroon Floral, Medium Aquamarine Floral, Polka Dot White, Red Stripe Black, Red Stripe Blue, Royalblue
- Sizes Available S (4-6), M (6-8), L (8-10), XL (10-12), XXL(14-16), XXXL (16-18), XXXXL (20-22), XXXXXL (24-26)