After having been on the road for the past couple of weeks, I have a deep appreciation for home and having the comforts of home at my finger tips. Unfortunately though travel is a big part of my job and I can’t always have my entire closet come with me. One of the websites that I have become obsessed with is Bare Necessities. Bare Necessities is a bra and swimwear shopping site that delivers to you, no matter where you are. They have experts on hand for sizing and fit because they are truly aware how important that perfect fit is in a bra or swimwear is, especially when you’re on vacation! Their swimwear is incredibly supportive which is great for being active at the beach. I don’t have to worry about my top falling off! Their suits offer great coverage and tons of options if you’re on the bustier side. Not everyone can rock those tiny string bikinis, and I can honestly say there is nothing worse at the beach than seeing or being in an ill fitting swim suit. They also carry sleepwear and shoes which is a great option if you’ve lost your luggage. This website truly is a one stop shop, you’ll be just as obsessed with it as I am! Check out my interview below with Erin of Bare Necessities and some of my favourite options from their site!
One Me: Freya Bathing Suit
1) Bare Necessities has an amazing online assortment of top brands in lingerie and swimwear. Tell me a bit about how and when the company was started.
The online portion of the company started back in 1998 when the internet was just getting popular, and people realized they could go to a computer and surf this thing called “the web.” Bare Necessities was founded in by two Carnegie Melon graduates, Noah Wrubel and Bill Richardson. Noah’s family already operated several lingerie stores, but the stores closed up and business remained on BareNecessities.com only. By 2013, the company has at least 4,000 orders per day and operates out of an office located in Edison, NJ.
2) What is the mission and vision for Bare Necessities?
Our mission is to always provide a great bra shopping experience and a great customer service experience. Bare Necessities wants to satisfy every customer that comes to our website, and to always get her into a great fitting bra that will make her look and feel good. We have the ability to not only do this through our website and shopping tools we offer her to find a bra, but also through our very knowledgeable customer service staff, who are all certified bra fit experts and have been put through extensive bra fit training. We are like a girl’s best friend, and we sell something that every woman needs to wear. Every woman has her go-to bra, just like she has her go-to girlfriend.
3) The swimwear line is very impressive, it looks like there is something for everyone. Tell me about your favourite lines with the swimwear.
We offer the best swim assortment on the web and better than any brick and mortar store. Our swim selection is available up to K cup if you’re shopping by bra sized, and you can shop other swim styles up to 24W, like shaping swimwear.
4) What is the biggest seller in your swimwear line this season?
Bra sized swim is always a popular seller. Brands like Freya, Fantasie, and Panache always have popular swim styles that our customers love!
5) Favorite Swimsuit to cover a chunky middle?
The best swim suit to wear if you’re looking to slim down the tummy area, is something that offers ruching, or color blocking with shaping components. The Solids Lisa Shaping One Piece by Magicsuit is great! The color blocking helps to keep the middle look slim, and the shaping components in the suit offers firm control which slims the entire midriff.
6) Favorite suit for a large chest?
Freya, Curvy Kate and Panache offer great styles for fuller busts (available up to K cup). You cannot go wrong with any of the swim styles offered by these brands, because they all offer great support and lift. It’s amazing that you can get the same great fit and support from your swimwear as you do in your bra.
7) One piece of advice for women choosing a bathing suit.
Buy your true size, and a style that works for you! when you’re wearing a swimsuit, you want everything to look fitted, and fit you accurately because you’re not wearing clothes over your swim and everyone can see exactly what you’re wearing! If you feel a one piece will make you more comfortable, or you’d rather a bikini, you can find them at bare necessities, but the most important thing is to buy the styles that will make you feel good. What I love about Bare Necessities swim selection is the fact you can shop for whatever swim top or swim bottom that works for you. if you want to wear a bikini top, but have a more conservative swim bottom- we’ve got you covered! this swim bottom by Magicsuit is the perfect swim bottom if you’re looking for fuller coverage, and for shaping.
8) Spring Break is around the corner, what do you recommend on you ” must have” packing list.
Multiple swim suits, a cover up, and a cute pair of sandals that you can wear from the beach to the bar. TKEES are a favorite of ours.
9) If your customers have forgotten to pack things how fast can you get them what they need.
The best part about shopping online is the convenience, and we certainly make it convenient for our customers! We have multiple shipping offers, from our standard shipping which will be delivered to our customer in 7-10 business days depending on location. This is our FREE shipping offer when you purchase $70 worth of merchandise.
We also have our preferred shipping offer which ships next business day and will deliver in 3-6 business days depending on location. This is our most popular method. There are also priority and next day air shipping offers that range in price and delivery timing which can all be found on our shipping method page at checkout.
10 ) You ship to Canada! How long does it take to get to us?
We sure do! This could take up to 2 weeks, sometimes more. and the reason for this is because of customs. Bare Necessities will always ship the package out within 1-3 days of the customer ordering, which means it leaves our warehouse and will be handled by the carrier. After it leaves our warehouse it will be in transit and the hold up is usually customs.
Check out Bare Necessities to get as obsessed as I am with their perfect fit swimwear and bras!
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