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Lahana Swim review: The Ranger collection

Swimproof styles that don’t skimp on sass.

I’ll get right to it: I’m picky about my swimwear — painstakingly so. I like bottoms cheeky but not skimpy, tops soft yet supportive and with plenty of lift. Any suit I wear must hold up in the whirlpool-like high tide at Jersey beaches. And there are more than a few color schemes and patterns I avoid as not to lure sharks.

As you may have surmised, few swimwear brands meet my demands. So when Lahana Swim offered to send pieces from their latest line of bikinis, I was intrigued, yet skeptical that they would meet my aquatic and aesthetic standards. Turns out the Gold Coast-based brand is making a splash for good reason — so not today, sharks.

Lahana Swim sent me swimwear for testing purposes, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

Read my verdict

Cheryl Wagemann

Lahana Swim review

Lahana Swim sent me three bikinis from its Ranger collection:

  • Yolanda Square Neck Bikini Top and Cheeky High-Waisted Bikini Bottom in Ribbed White and White Leopard. This bikini is super flattering in both prints. I find most high-waisted bottoms either cover too much or not enough. But this bottom flattered my figure and still gave enough coverage to ease my nerves about having a bikini malfunction on the beach. I liked that I could wear it higher on my hips to show more skin or lower when I wanted to cover up. The top gives plenty of lift and support without padding.
  • Zayna Supportive Bra Cup Bikini Top and Seamless Bikini Bottom in Batik Teal. I love the rich seaweed-green shade and ruched fabric, but the shape wasn’t my favorite. It was, however, comfortable and somewhat supportive — Lahana Swim says it’s for “busty babes” looking for more coverage from a swim top. I prefer a traditional triangle or bandeau top style. I didn’t love the bottom either — too skimpy for my tastes.

Woman wearing Lahana Swim bikini.Lahana Swim Yolanda Leopard BikiniWoman wearing Lahana Swim Zayna bikini

How’s the quality?

I’d say the quality is on-par to similar brands like Guess. Each suit I tried is made from a nylon and Lycra blend that feels thick, not flimsy. The ribbed white and batik teal bikinis also have nice ruching detail, and all are adorned with gold-tone hardware. Each piece is designed and handmade in Bali, according to the tags.

At $69 per piece, Lahana Swim’s price point is pretty comparable to other popular brands.

The splash test

Although the top is fully lined, white swimsuits sometimes have the reputation of turning see-through when wet. But I’m happy to report this wasn’t the case with the Yolanda top! The fabric is nice and thick, which kept it from going sheer when splashing in my inflatable pool.

The verdict<

Lahana Swim’s cuts are figure-flattering and its suits come in fun prints and classic neutrals and muted shades. If you like minimal back coverage, go with its seamless bikini bottoms. Otherwise, pick a high-waisted style for a booty lift with slightly more coverage.

Image credit: Instagram

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