7 Reasons Why Calavera Swimwear Rocks

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I first came across Calavera Swimwear when I returned from Costa Rica the first time, newly obsessed with surfing and desperate to find a good surf swimwear that would perform in the water. I bought my first Calavera suit and fell in love immediately.

Calavera was founded by Anna Jerstrom about two years ago. Anna is a former investment banker who used to work ridiculous hours. She booked a trip to Costa Rica to learn to surf and fell head over heels in love with surfing (that doesn’t sound familiar at all). She promptly quit her job and moved to Costa Rica intent on mastering the sport.

The only problem? She couldn’t find surf swimwear that would stay put. So, she decided to make her own high-performance swimwear that is stylish and functional.

While the bikini has been at the core of Calavera’s product offerings, they have just launched a new one-piece collection that is quite versatile. I’ve had the opportunity to test out both the two-piece and the one-piece suits and I have to say, these swimsuits are staples in my collection.

7 reasons why Calavera Swimwear rocks

1.  The suits are tested…hard. Each suit is tested over the course of months in the water by some of the most active and toughest water women out there. If something doesn’t work or fit right, they go back and fix it until it’s right. For this new collection, surfers, swimmers, triathletes – even a stunt woman – tested the prototypes for 8 months.

2. They brought back the leotard. Aside from my one year of ballet class when I was about 6 years old, I never thought that I would want to wear a leotard – until I saw these. I kind of love them. The material is super soft and it’s actually a pretty great piece of swimwear. With the long sleeves, it offers good sun protection. And it has thumbholes.

Calavera leotard

How freaking cute is this??

3. An alternative to a Speedo. I’ve worn a Speedo for lap swimming since forever. While it was always fun to check out their new prints, let’s be honest. The swimsuits weren’t exactly flattering. Calavera sent me the black and white Siren one-piece swimsuit to try and I loved it. The suit has seams that highlight the bodies curves and has a stylish bodice.

4. Under-the-hood construction. You might look at a Calavera suit and think that it’s just like any other active or surf swimwear out there. But the difference lies in how the pieces are constructed – the combination fabric choices, fillers and architecture that makes the products perform so well.

5. Multifunctional. Yes, you can wear the suits for multiple water sports but you can also transition them to street wear. Just throw on a skirt or pair of pants.

calavera one piece

6. Triathlon-wear coming. OK, these suits aren’t available yet but the spring 2014 collection will include suits made for triathletes.

7. Brand values. As we learned, brand values matter. Calavera is a brand that seeks to nourish the active, adventurous and life loving soul and spirit of women. It’s a brand for women by women. While I’m probably a few (or ten) years older than their target market, I still feel very much connected to the lifestyle that Calavera Swimwear is promoting.

What’s important to you in your swimwear?

 

{Disclosure: I received a Calavera swimsuit to test out. I was not compensated for this post. I truly love the brand and its products.}

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Comments

    • says

      Hi Katie,

      We have a bunch of triathletes who are using the one pieces! The suits launched a couple of weeks ago and Calavera has a promo going on this week. The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • says

      Hi Lisa,

      If you want to give Calavera a try for “stay putness” we are running a promo this week. The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey Angela,

      If you feel like giving it a go and testing out the “stay putness”, we are having a promo this week.The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey Nancy,

      If you feel like trying out a rad one piece, we are having a promo this week!The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey Miz,

      If you want to get a jump start with the long sleeve, we are having a promo this week!The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey Helen,

      Hopefully you can find someone to do some early Christmas shopping, as we are having a promo this week!The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey MissZippy,

      If you are feeling daring to try out our leotard or swim bottoms, we are having a promo this week!The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

  1. says

    I swim laps all the time & know what you mean about the suits being less than flattering! It would be nice to find a functional suit that actually looks nice too. Can’t wait to see what the triathlon line looks like! And I’ll have to check out the bikinis too. Would love a sexy suit for vacations that is resilent to the elements…or little hands tugging away!
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    • Calavera says

      Hey Nicole,

      We actually launched the suit for triathlons a few weeks ago and are currently having a promo this week! Give it a go and put the resiliency to the test! The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey Martha,

      If you want a suit that does just that, the leotard is the way to go! We are having a promo this week. The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey Linz,

      The leotard is perfect for a growing belly, as the give is great! We are having a promo this week. The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey Laura,

      The leotard is great for pregnancies, thanks to its amazing give! Check out some of our other products, as we are having a promo this week. The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey Krysten,

      Many triathlon athletes use both our leotard and siren one-piece for training! If you feel like doing some early shopping we are having a promo this week. The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

  2. says

    Thumbholes! In swimwear, I like it to be flattering and to stay put. Good material too. Not see-through! I don’t do anything too hard in the water. I seriously just lay on the beach a lot. However, that doesn’t mean I want something poorly made!
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    • Calavera says

      Hey Debbie,

      We hear yah on wanting a suit that is as flattering as its performance and the siren one piece does just that! We are having a promo this week. The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

    • Calavera says

      Hey Jody,

      Maybe purchasing a new one piece will help jump start that vacation to Hawaii. We are having a promo this week. The code is CalaveraOnepieceParty and it gives you 10% off until next Wednesday!

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