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I’ve gone through many swimsuits in my lifetime, from a variety of brands. Justice, Target, Nike, and most recently, Land’s End. And of course, now Aldi has to enter that list. Aldi has sold swimsuits for several years, but this is the first year we’ve ever purchased one.
The Crane Ladies swimsuit is (price). It is an Aldi Find, so once it’s gone, it’s gone. You won’t be able to find it until it comes back in stock — if ever — and you can’t buy it online. At the time of this post, it retailed for $9.99, but since it’s been out for several weeks, we found it on clearance for $7.49. Both the full price and the clearance price are very low. This is by far the cheapest brand new swimsuit I’ve ever owned.
This Crane swimsuit came in a assortment of prints, and the sizes, as usual, were limited for some prints. The suit I got came in a medium, large, XL, and XXL. There was also a palm tree print suit in the store that didn’t have a v-neck, but I opted not to get that one. The suit I got had a colorblock print to it.
Taking it out of the package, the suit resembled the picture on the box well enough. For me, the colors didn’t look as nice in person as opposed to the picture. But the real test would be trying it on.
After putting it on, I can confidently say it isn’t a great swimsuit.
Let’s start with the cups. The suit has removable bra cups, which I’m fine with, but the problem is the way they’re shaped. It’s a V-neck suit, so the cups are fit into triangle-shaped spaces that narrow toward the top. However, the cups are traditional half circle shapes. Because the cups aren’t the right shapes, they fold over and create lumps in the suit. The only way to solve this problem would be to remove the cups, but that creates other problems.
I also found that while this suit gives you a lot of coverage around the legs in the front, it doesn’t do as great of a job of covering in the back, and it would be a pain to constantly pull it down. We had two people try on the suit and found that because of the suit’s shape, it could be hard to get on, especially pulling it up over the hips, even if you purchase your normal size. It’s not a very tall suit either, so if you’re above average in height, it can pull against your shoulders. One of our testers is 5′ 6″ and felt this suit was too short.
We’re also very concerned about how the yellow section might look if it was wet, since some people online have reported that it can become more see-through.
The Crane Ladies Swimsuit is a pass for me. I know there are some people who like it, but from the cups to the way the suit is shaped, it wasn’t comfortable to wear. I wish I could have liked it, but it will be headed back to the store.
I found the same to be true with the pads in bras bought at ALDI.