By now, I’m sure that most of you have heard of Bfyne Swimwear. The black-owned brand skyrocketed to social media fame due to their unique prints and absolutely beautiful lookbooks. Their Instagram is the ultimate eye candy, especially if you appreciate impeccable swimsuit design.
I always browse and make a mental note about which suits I want to buy for xyz occasion or vacation. However, the suits are quality design, and have a price to match, and it’s difficult to find swimsuit reviews online. I searched extensively, and couldn’t find one review of how the swimsuits fit or about the design details. The suit I wanted was around $100, and I didn’t want to take the gamble of disliking it because I wasn’t sure if the style would work on my body type. This is the suit I wanted:
Now, the other thing is that there are a ton of Bfyne knockoffs online. Aliexpress and similar sites always sell suits from China that bite off indie designers. I hate that this happens, but I really wanted to “test” the suit to see if the style would work on me. So I decided to get the same style for $25 (with shipping) in another print, and luckily, I liked how it looked. I went ahead and ordered the Bfyne suit in hopes that it would be even better, and I assure you, Bfyne did not disappoint. Here are the suits compared side by side. Don’t be scared of the long crotch — these suits are meant to be worn at your navel.
There are several notable design differences that make the Bfyne suit higher quality. The knockoff suit has a thicker band, which is not as comfortable when worn high on the waist and can potentially cause muffin top, while the Bfyne suit is seamless and reversible! You can wear a plain black bottom if you would like, which I do appreciate. You can also see the gold Bfyne logo and tab, which is a nice touch.
For the top, the biggest difference is that the knockoff has a bra-like back, which to be honest, does look kind of tacky in my opinion. The Bfyne suit has a gold metal back closure. It also has boning in the structure of the suit, which helps keep the shape while you wear it and prevent bunching.
Again, the Bfyne logo is on the cup of the top. These are small touches, but it really adds to the quality of the design. Both suits have structured cups on top.
Here’s me in both suits (these are not edited so you can see the fit) — I can’t really compare the colors because the patterns are different, but the fit on the sides of the Bfyne suit is more flattering and would definitely be more comfortable wearing all day at the beach. I’m a swimsuit with denim shorts kinda beachgoer so I need something that I can move around in.
For a live comparison, check out my video review:
Overall, the Bfyne suit fits better and the design details are much higher quality, from the quality of the fabric to the finishing touches. Even though the fake suit has a bit more bottom coverage, the fabric is lower quality and it’s much less stretchy. Furthermore, every time I look at the bra closure, it annoys me — but all that is personal preference. When I first posted these swimsuits on my Instagram, some said they were much too expensive. But keep in mind, you get what you pay for, and their prices are comparable to industry standard for indie designers. I highly encourage you to check these out and support a black-owned brand!
Note: We understand that not everyone likes every style of swimsuit, and some people prefer more coverage. After doing this review, Bfyne had a sale and I ended up purchasing their Loren suit, which has more coverage than both the Adel and Siya suits. Check out their site for additional styles!
Have you tried Bfyne? What are your favorite black-owned swimsuit brands?