“For quite some time, I’ve been a huge fan of Mara Hoffman. It felt like she spoke to me with each collection that came out. Everything was filled with bright colors and patterns that matched my personality to a T. So when she debuted extended sizes, I was thrilled to see that she went up to a 3X or U.S. 20. That said, the measurements are questionable. When you take a look at the size chart, her 3X or U.S. 20 matches up with what a 2X or U.S. 18 should be. Sizing aside, the garments are absolutely gorgeous! I imagine myself having a perfect summer day starting at the beach or by the pool and ending with dinner and drinks in the city.
“For the day by the water, I decided to go with the Goldie Bikini set in cream. The fit was wonderful and hugged me in all of the right places without being too tight. The color and style were not my first choice due to Mara Hoffman providing the fun colors and patterns [mostly] in straight sizes for some reason. (The one colorful, patterned bikini in extended sizes was sold out.) Then, I decided to add the Alejandra Skirt for a pop of color to complete the look. The material is light as can be and flows beautifully in the wind. The top part of the A-line skirt, before it drops to the ruffles, is odd for a plus-size body, as it hugged me way too tight. I was able to roll that part down and bring up the rest of the skirt up to my waist, which worked perfectly. And I cannot forget to mention that the skirt has pockets!”