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Diving In with Iskra Lawrence

November 23, 2016
Welcome to Diving In, a new series where we sit down and discuss body confidence with inspiring women. In this piece, we sit down with English model, Iskra Lawrence. Lawrence is not just a pretty face, she’s an #AerieReal role model, an advocate with the National Eating Disorder Association and an active editor of The Runway Riot. She stars in Coco Reef’s newest campaign, Flaunt Your Shape. The campaign focuses on embracing the body positivity movement and encouraging women to show off their bodies. The goal is to show women that being who they are is not only good enough, it’s perfect. So, who better to enlist to kick off our campaign than the queen of body positivity herself, Iskra Lawrence?! Coco Reef chatted with Iskra about being a role model, her life motto and what advice she would give her younger self.
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How did you become body positive? What was the journey to accepting and loving your body like?
I’ve been modeling since I was 13 and after I hit puberty and my body began to change. I was dropped from my agency because my hips were too large to be a straight-size model, and I was ridiculed on modeling sets for being the “fat girl.” I went on extreme diets and looked up different surgeries in an attempt to change my body into something it would never be. I realized I didn’t want to be this person, so I decided to accept and celebrate my body for what it was. It was then that my career as a model really took off — I signed with my agency JAG and started working with Aerie on their #AerieReal campaigns, which was a dream come true. It wasn’t an easy journey, but learning to love myself was the best thing for me, not only in my career, but life.
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What advice would you give your younger self?
 Stop fighting yourself.  When you look in the mirror, stop looking at the things you don’t like and start celebrating the things that make you feel beautiful and unique. Life is too short to constantly battle yourself and get hung up on the negative.
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How important is it to you to find clothes that fit your shape? 

Shopping can be really daunting, but when you find clothes that you love and make you feel great, it can be a really fun and empowering.

What is your life motto?
 The best gift you can give yourself is self-love. No one else’s love can have a greater impact on your life than your own.
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What advice would you give for someone struggling with confidence and body acceptance?
 I like to start every morning by waking up, looking in the mirror, and asking myself what I am going to accomplish that day. We are so focused on our appearance, that we often forget how much our bodies and minds can accomplish — whether that’s going to the gym, finishing a big project at work, or spending time with loved ones. By shifting that mentality, you can change your outlook on life and start each day on a positive note.
 
What is it like being a role model for so many people? 
 It is so humbling. Because I struggled for years with body image, it was important to me to use my platform to share my experience as a way to help others. Through my work with Aerie and the National Eating Disorders Association, I get to connect with so many young women and girls and talk about body image as well as mental health, which go hand-in-hand. It is both an honor and responsibility to give a voice to these issues that few people talk about.
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How do you ‘Flaunt Your Shape?
 I flaunt my shape by being true to myself! I’ve accepted my body as it is and focus on taking care of it, both inside and out.
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Convertible Swimwear: Ways to Wear

April 16, 2015

Known for our wide selection of bra-sized swimsuits, Coco Reef is already your destination for fit and comfort. But we’ve gone even further with our unique Five Way Bra, one of the top-selling styles in our collection of convertible swimwear. With wide removable straps, soft molded cups, and underwire construction, you’re sure to have your perfect fit and style every time.
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We call this our Five Way Bra, but the ways to wear are really endless. Some of our favorite alternate options are pictured below.
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Shop the Five Way Bra here, then check out this video for cool ways to wear:

 

1.BOW FRONT BANDEAU – This style is great for those who want an even, lines-free tan. The bow in front provides a fun and feminine feature, while emphasizing the bust and further supporting cleavage.
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2.HALTER – For those who need coverage and support, the halter option gives that and more. Bolstering the bust from above provides a healthy look, while underwire construction supports from the underside.
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3. BANDEAU – For an ultra-chic and comfortable look, wrap the straps around to create a true bandeau. Depending on your comfort and coverage needs, straps can be swathed from either the bottom or the top.
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4.CROSS FONT HALTER – Spice up your style by crossing the straps across your body before tying back into a halter. This style allows for thicker, more relaxed straps, which might provide a more comfortable fit.
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5.OVER-THE-SHOULDER – Attach removable wide straps to a bandeau silhouette to create an over-the-shoulder look with increased coverage and support. Straps are adjustable so you can achieve your perfect fit time and time again.
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Experiment with your own suit and send us your favorite options using #CocoReef… we just might include them on a future blog post!

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Five Reasons Why Suits With LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber Are Better

March 18, 2015


As the originators of bra-sized swimwear, we have been leading the industry in fit and quality for almost a century. When LYCRA® fiber began to revolutionize textiles in the early 1960s, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to elevate our fit and fabric into something even greater. As each of our brands has grown, we have continued to innovate and refine our practice to provide the perfect swimsuit time and time again.

FIVE REASONS  WHY SUITS WITH LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ FIBER ARE BETTER

1.   FIT – Finding the perfect fit has never more important than in swimwear. A small sizing error can reflect in a big way. We want you feeling flawless. That’s why we use LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber in our swimwear. The innovative technology in LYCRA® fiber gives our fabrics comfort, figure flattering fit and the freedom to move.

2.   COMFORT – What’s the point in looking good if you don’t feel good? Suits with LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber make you feel confident, and feel like a million bucks… for a fraction of that. Cool and comfortable, every suit is designed to complete satisfaction. Fashion forward never felt so good!

3.   MOVEMENT – Whether you’re on the beach, at the pool, or in the water, you don’t stay still… you move. And your swimwear needs to move with you. LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber offers a beautiful, long-lasting fit, with freedom to move. Chip chop!

4.   DURABILITY – They say you need a new suit every season. And while we’re crazy about swimwear, we don’t subscribe to that. Your favorite suit should last more than a couple dips. With LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ it can. Go ahead and fall in love… your suit is here for the long haul!

5.   RESISTANCE – Your swimsuit has enemies; intense heat, pool chlorination, salty water, and greasy sunscreen can do a lot of damage. But LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber resists fit loss and fiber breakage caused by pool water, giving you long-lasting shape, style and fit that resists bag and sag. Swim in freedom and let your suit do all the work.

LEARN MORE
www.lycra.com/xtralife

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Red Carpet Trends For Swimwear

February 26, 2015

 Tankini Stone Beauty Collection 2015

Coco Reef Swim Tankini

Coco Reef Swim Tankini

Model  Talita Correa  |  Top  Stone Embellished Ultra Fit Tankini  |  Bottom  Stone Embellished Ultra Fit Tankini

From the catwalk to your closet, we’re looking to the red carpet for this season’s swim inspirations. Fresh off
awards season, our eyes can’t help but notice all the stars strutting with stones… and we’re not talking just jewelry. Embellished
gowns and adorned accessories are all the rage this year, as celebs take their glamour game to the next level. Our Stone Beauty
Collection incorporates the hottest trends so that you never go out of style. Beautiful stone embellishments accentuate these sexy
suits in the season’s hottest colors. Underwire support keep things steady and in-place, while simple shirring and molded cups
ensure your ultimate fit and comfort. And with our unique bra-sizing and mix-and-match separates,
every creation is custom-fit to your body’s shape. How’s that for VIP treatment?



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Jessie J appeared at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the 2015 Grammys in a sheer black dress from Ralph and Russo.
Splashed with gems and graced in a full train, the “Bang Bang” singer proved that there’s no such thing as too much fabulous.


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Dazzling in red at the 2015 Golden Globes in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Viola Davis put the glam in glamorous. In a flowing
Donna Karan Atelier dress, sparkled with ruby red and crystal rhinestones, the “How to Get Away with Murder” star was praised
for her classic, yet flashy ensemble.


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For those who want pocket-sized pomp, Prada’s cool clutch might be the perfect red carpet accomplice. Gold-plated
hardware supports this statement piece’s stunning stone embellishment. Available in three smart colors, it’s the must-have
accessory of the season.


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Best Style Swimsuit for Your Body

May 8, 2014

When it comes to swimwear, finding the best style swimsuit for your body type is absolutely key. Whether you’re curvy, straight, pear shaped, or apple shaped, it’s important that you find a swimsuit that will flatter your figure and help you feel confident!

If you’ve got a straight figure, you can feign curves with a patterned or brightly colored print. Ruching at the bust creates the illusion of a larger bust, while hip details create a side curve! A halter style tankini will create the illusion of curves up top. We suggest: Grotto Snake Five Way Tankini and the Kenya Dot Mix Bountiful Bandini

Grotto Snake the Five Way Tankini Kenya Dot Mix Bountiful Bandini

 

If you’re curvy, you’ll want full cups to give you ultimate support! A high waisted bottom will elongate your body, and give you that supermodel length. However, don’t forget to get something with a little stretch – fabric without enough give will band into your skin and give the illusion of rolls where they aren’t. You want a swimsuit that looks smooth and comfortable. We suggest: Embroidered Mirrors Divine Power Bra or Solids High Waisted Bottom

Embroidered Mirrors Divine Power Bra Solids High Waisted Bottom

 

 

If you’re small on top, a top with underwire and/or cushioning will create the illusion of cleavage. Prints will add curves, especially zig zags, which are great for lengthening a small or short torso. Embellishments will also amp up your curves and draw attention upwards. We suggest: Brush Flower Halter Bra or Kenya Zig Zag One Shoulder Tankini

Kenya Zig Zag One Shoulder Tankini Brush Flower Halter Bra

 

If you’re busty, a top with thicker straps will be the perfect support that you’ll need. A built in shelf bra will hold you up, and removable cups will let you control the amount of cleavage you’ll show. We suggest: Color Blocked Spliced Halter Bra or Embroidered Mirrors Signature Twist Tankini

Color Blocked Solids Spliced Halter BraEmbroidered Mirrors Signature Twist Tankini

 

If you’re still unsure of the best fit for your body type, we’d be happy to help! Shoot an email to fitting@swimwearanywhere.com with your body type and any personal preferences and we’d be happy to make a recommendation!

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Stressful Sizing – The Benefits of Perfection Fit

February 14, 2014

Searching for the right fit in a swimsuit can become the worlds biggest struggle. It’s something I never anticipate being difficult, and usually enter into the task feeling fairly optimistic. Six stores, at least twenty swimsuits, and zero purchases later, I’m completely shot. I’m frustrated, upset, and starting to think that there’s something abnormal about my body that doesn’t allow me to properly fit into the swimsuits in these general stores. They’re either running too big, or the straps are too snug, or making the upper half of my body look somewhat disproportionate. The simple task of getting a swimsuit for vacation has now turned into a complete debacle, leaving me less excited for my trip and more stressed about having nothing to wear on the beach.

Here’s a little background on me, to give you a clearer view on my struggles. I’m about 5’3″, somewhat petite in size, with a little bit of a curve. I’ve also got a long torso, so many of the one-pieces I’d have to buy as a kid were too snug, or if I went the next size up, too big. Matched swimsuit sets were another hassle, since then I’d have to buy two sets – one for the proper fitting top, another for the bottom – and ending up with two extra pieces. So you can understand why I’ve had such problems in the past.

Thankfully, Coco Reef (and our sister brand, Coco Rave) has come up with the perfect solution to the problems I’ve faced all too often – Bra-Sized Swimwear. Many of us don’t fit into tops that are sized Small, Medium, Large, etc., which can cause a massive disruption in fit. Perfection Fit swimsuits are fitted the same way your bra is, allowing you to find a more specific size, allowing for a more custom feel, without the custom price tag. Mix and match bottoms allow you to decide what leg line and style is best for your body shape, so you’ll never feel uncomfortable with something that’s not offering as much coverage as you’d like. Basically, they’ve done everything possible to help you look and feel your best in and out of the water.

I could go on and on about the benefits of bra-sized swimwear, but honestly, you’ll need to try it to understand my enthusiasm. Every suit feels as though it’s been perfectly fitted to your body, solely by offering a better fit and more accurate sizing structure.

We all want to look and feel our best on a daily basis – why should it be any different when it comes to swimwear?

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 Have you had a great experience with our Perfection Fit suits? Tell us your story!

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Warm up with a new swimsuit!

January 28, 2014

There’s nothing like an icy, snowy January day to kickstart a plan for a summer getaway. The snow hits the ground, and while it’s absolutely beautiful, it reminds us of our innate need for the warming glow of sunshine. Two clicks later, and you find yourself booking a vacation to a tropical island, and making mental notes of all the things you’ll need to bring with you. Time to tuck away those snow boots and ski goggles – it’s swimsuit season.

Granted, it is only just about February, but many of us have already started our hunt for the ever-elusive ‘perfect swimsuit.’ We’re checking magazines for ideas, casually browsing while at local stores, and asking friends where they’re thinking of looking this year. Every woman wants that suit that makes her feel fabulous and glamorous all in one, while fitting her specific shape perfectly. We’ve come to realize that this is no easy task. Good thing we started our search early this year.

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Lucky for you, The Fabulous Won‘s Jamie had the same idea. We’ve decided to help her out, and to give you all that last little push of motivation to get you through these bitterly cold days. While you’re layering up to battle the cold, we’re giving one lucky winner her choice of swimsuit to thaw out in this summer. So while you’re warming up next to the fire, let your mind wander to a sunnier place, and start thinking about which Coco Reef swimsuit you’d want to be seen luxuriously lounging in!

Whether you’ve been dreaming of our tropical and colorful Grotto Snake Collection or our stylish and sophisticated Mirrors Collection, this is the perfect opportunity to express your style and create a combo that is uniquely you!

To enter, visit The Fabulous Won’s contest page (complete with a comprehensive review of  Swimwear Anywhere), and submit the form for your chance to win! Get searching, ladies – you only have until Sunday, February 2 to enter!