An HONEST Monday Swimwear Review: Is This Viral Swim Brand Worth It?

Monday Swimwear is the biggest swimwear brand I had never heard about. Writing a Monday Swimwear review definitely wasn’t on my radar a few months ago. It wasn’t until my older cousin ordered a large haul from the Insta-famous bathing suit brand for an upcoming summer vacation that it caught my attention.

Woman wearing a Monday Swimwear bikini by the pool.
Wearing the Monday Swimwear Costa Rica Top and Antigua Bottom in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana neighborhood—I should’ve bought Monday Swimwear’s Copacabana Top.

As I dug into the website, I began to understand the appeal—Monday Swimwear’s pieces are minimalist and chic, flattering but not frumpy. I began falling over the brand’s signature shimmer fabric and bold solids (who knew there were so many ways to make a black swimsuit).

Shopping for swimwear has always felt like a challenge that I don’t want to confront. For as much as I love swimwear, finding confidence in showing—ahem—everything is easier said than done. I eventually hit that checkout button after being encouraged by the brand’s commitment to truly confident-inspiring pieces, whether that be a bikini or a one-piece.

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Monday Swimwear review.

What is Monday Swimwear?

“A Bikini A Day” co-founders and models Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman founded Monday Swimwear in 2014 with the goal of instilling confidence and body positivity in women in a timeless way.

You won’t find size-specific or quickly rotating trends on the Monday Swimwear website. Instead, you’ll be greeted by carefully designed, classic bathing suits that complement any body type. Each style is made in colors meant to flatter any skin tone (a bold claim, I know).

But Monday Swimwear seemingly delivers—colors feel fresh without feeling farfetched, and there’s hardly a style on the website that I see truly working for only one body shape.

The brand stresses the idea of comfort—both for a woman to feel comfortable in her own skin and for the swimwear she’s wearing to be free of uncomfortable distractions and full of support so she can hit the beach or lounge by the pool free of worry.

Each suit features adjustable straps and ties for a fully customizable fit that doesn’t dig into your skin or cause uncomfortable cutting in. Minimal hardware is used to avoid any further discomfort.

In addition to swimwear, Monday Swimwear also sells swimsuit coverups and resort wear like sarongs, crochet tops and pant sets, and knitwear for lounging all day long.

Monday Swimwear isn’t just fit, either. The brand uses eco-friendly and sustainably made fabrics. My swimsuit, for example, is 84% recycled nylon and 16% spandex.

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Monday Swimwear Sizing and Fit

Monday Swimwear uses alpha sizing (petite, small, medium, etc.). Instead of using XL, Monday Swimwear calls all sizing above large “voluptuous” instead. What would be an XL is considered “voluptuous,” an XXL is “very voluptuous,” and an XXXL is very very voluptuous.

Monday Swimwear sizing fluctuates by style and textile. The brand recommends sizing down in underwire tops. For tops using crinkle fabric, size down if between sizes. Monday Swimwear’s chevron fabric runs tighter, so the brand recommends sizing up in those styles if you’re between sizes.

For bikini tops that aren’t underwire, you can size up or down based on how much coverage you prefer, thanks to Monday Swimwear’s use of ties in their bikini top bands instead of traditional hooks.

If you’re uncertain if a certain bikini top will work for you, Monday Swimwear has put together a helpful fit guide. The in-depth guide details support, padding, and best cup sizes on their website. Again, keep in mind that fabric and style will affect size recommendations.

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One of the reasons Monday Swimwear is an online favorite is the brand’s emphasis on fit. Instead of sizing up proportionally, the brand considers how cup size and other elements might change between sizes.

Curvier women have reported loving the option to purchase stylish swimsuits that actually support their chest well (just ask Reddit about the Clovelly Top).

I ordered the Costa Rica Top and Antigua Bottom as my first pieces. Sometimes, I opt for a small bikini top but decided to take an XS in both pieces instead.

Sizes for both the bikini top and the bikini bottom seemed consistent with each other. The Antigua Bottom fit as expected—high-waisted, high-cut leg, and true to size (I love that Monday Swimwear cuts their bikini bottoms with a French leg. It’s SO much more flattering than a regular leg, and avoids the “diaper” look that high-waisted bikini bottoms can have). The bottoms didn’t cut into me or cause chafing at all, even when walking up and down the beach for over an hour.

After trying the Antigua Bottom, I’d order Monday Swimwear bikini bottoms several times over for the fit alone—finding bikini bottoms I feel comfortable in is normally one of my biggest pain points when swimsuit shopping.

The Costa Rica Top fit well, but I could have used a slightly larger cup and smaller band (I found myself needing to tie the top a little past where the tie actually began).

All-in-all, the top still fit really well thanks to Monday Swimwear’s adjustable tie band, but a smaller-chested woman might feel like it ran a little big. To their credit, Monday Swimwear did include a removable halter strap with the bikini top to help with support and comfort.

Update: I now own the Cala Roja Top, Sorrento Top, and Maui Tops. For bottoms, I now also have the Byron Bottom, Capri Bottom, and Palma Bottom. I love all of these styles more than I do the Costa Rica Top.

The Maui Top fits true to size. The Sorrento Top I would maybe consider sizing up in if you have a small band and large cup size, as the cups on that suit are on the flatter, narrower side. Cups on the Cala Roja Top are slightly more robust, so most probably won’t need to size up.

All of the bottoms fit true to size and are a lot more comfortable than the Antigua Bottom, even if they’re not quite as unique.

All beach coverups run true to size, in my experience.

Woman wearing a Monday Swimwear Costa Rica bikini top and Antigua bikini bottom in a rooftop pool.

Monday Swimwear Quality

On the whole, a one-piece swimsuit or bikini from Monday Swimwear will run you upwards of $150 and typically closer to $200—not exactly cheap (though you can save $15 off your order by clicking here). Although I still wouldn’t consider Monday Swimwear luxury by any stretch of the imagination, at Monday Swimwear’s premium price point, there’s a reasonable expectation of high-quality clothing.

Does Monday Swimwear’s quality live up to its price point?

To be honest, I still can’t decide, even after trying the brand for myself.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Monday Swimwear makes quality swimsuits—the gold hardware feels heavy and sturdy on both the top and the bottom, and the stitching doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart tomorrow.

The Antigua Bottom is clean-finished in the front for comfort, which is a more high-end finish, and is topstitched in the back. My preference would have been a clean finish on the front and the back, but I think the brand made this choice to help keep their swimsuit bottoms in place. The bottoms are thoroughly lined.

This attention to detail is indicative of a higher-end swimwear brand, and I can appreciate the anti-wedgie approach to design, even if it’s not my preference.

My only quality callout is that I think the swimsuit’s spandex could be heavier. My suit is made from plain spandex, not one of the brand’s signature crinkle textiles or shimmer fabrics. There isn’t much differentiating it between the spandex of cheaper swimsuits I own from fast fashion retailers, outside of the fact that the nylon is recycled.

That being said, the print is clear, colors aren’t oversaturated, and spandex is still nicer than cheaper, chintzier textiles (you know, the shiny spandex of the world that stretches so much it can’t sculpt to save its life?).

I think the reason that I’m struggling to feel 110% confident in Monday Swimwear’s price point is the fabric—my Solid and Striped one-piece suit is made from a heavy, quality knit well worth the $188 price tag, and one of my favorite Beach Bunny Swimwear bikinis is made from a gorgeous velvet that makes the $190 price tag much more palatable. Plus, similar Beach Bunny pieces I own have grip tape installed in the tops to keep them in place, something Monday Swimwear chose to skip.

Update: I now own several Monday Swimwear swimsuits (five and counting!) in a variety of textiles. I have printed nylon, solid nylon, and shimmer suits in multiple colors and styles, in addition to a few of the crochet beachwear pieces.

The printed nylon listed above is my least favorite—the shimmer is by far my favorite and is so unique and pretty. It is prone to snagging but totally worth it, as are the crochet beach coverups, which are made of thick, quality yarn.

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Monday Swimwear Shipping

Monday Swimwear offers free domestic shipping in the United States and Australia for orders over $200 ($300 AUD) pre-tax and shipping. For orders under $200, standard shipping varies from $8 to $10.

Overnight and 2-day shipping varies between $18 and $40.

For customers in the United States, Monday Swimwear’s standard shipping fulfills all orders within one to seven business days, taking one to 10 business days to ship to your home.

Expedited orders will ship same-day if ordered before 12:30 pm PST or the next day if ordered after 12:30 PST.

Monday Swimwear offers international shipping to dozens of countries and regions around the world, including the United Kingdom, the European Union, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

International customers can expect their order to arrive within two to 12 days of shipping. Despite this, international customers have reported customer service telling them packages could take up to 30 days and having packages arrive even past that.

I did love that Monday Swimwear’s swimsuit packaging is a snapping wet bag. Not only is it more sustainable, as it can be reused over and over again, but also is great for travel. I just took my bikini to Brazil, and the sturdy, water-friendly bags made it easy to store my suit.

I ordered my Monday Swimwear swimsuit from a third-party retailer (Otrium), so I can’t speak to the brand’s direct site shipping and processing times. Some reviewers have cited lengthy processing times and incorrect items in their shipments. However, there aren’t enough reviews to make a clear determination (people are more likely to review when upset than satisfied, especially when it comes to shipping).

Monday Swimwear Returns

Monday Swimwear accepts returns with some clearly defined rules. US customers are allowed to return any unused, unworn, and unaltered items within 30 days so long as all tags and liners are intact for a refund, store credit, or one-time exchange. The brand will deduct a “returns processing fee” of $6.95 and will not refund postage.

International customers are allowed to return items for a refund to the original method of payment. Items can’t be returned for a store credit or an exchange. Aside from this, Monday Swimwear’s international return policy is similar to its US return policy.

Products purchased at a discount of 20% or 40% can only be returned for store credit or exchange. If an item is marked as final sale, it can’t be returned at all. International customers aren’t able to return any items on sale, regardless of the discount.

Here’s where it gets tricky: if items are purchased at a price that is on sale or marked down, purchases are final sale. If an item is full price and only marked down because of a promo code, that item can be returned.

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Woman wearing a Monday Swimwear swimsuit in a pool.

Monday Swimwear Customer Service

It’s when Monday Swimwear reviews start mentioning customer service that the brand’s reputation starts to go downhill quickly.

Reviewers site rude customer service representatives, decisions inconsistent with Monday Swimwear’s guidelines online, and anti-customer customer service policies as reasons for being upset with the brand.

Looking over the site’s policy and language, terms and conditions don’t necessarily feel the most generous or compassionate, so there could be something to this. Nonetheless, I haven’t had to communicate an issue with the brand’s customer service team, so I can’t speak to how accurate these claims are in this Monday Swimwear review.

Monday Swimwear Review: The Bottom Line

I can’t say that Monday Swimwear has the most outstanding quality for a high-end swimwear brand, but it makes up for it in fit and through the brand’s commitment to simply flattering styles.

The brand is of average quality, and while I wish I could say I wouldn’t keep ordering, Monday Swimwear’s dramatically elegant styles and eye-catching textiles will definitely pull me in again.

When they do, I won’t be mad.

Monday Swimwear review.

Monday Swimwear FAQ

Is Monday Swimwear good quality?

Monday Swimwear is of decent quality. It’s not outstanding, but it definitely isn’t bad, either. The brand has average quality for the price point.

Is Monday Swimwear sold in stores?

Monday Swimwear isn’t sold in any physical stores outside of the brand’s occasional pop-up shops. Online, Monday Swimwear is sold through its direct website, REVOLVE, and discount retailer, Otrium.

Where is Monday Swimwear manufactured?

Monday Swimwear is designed in Los Angeles and manufactured in China. Monday Swimwear writes this on their tags as “Made in PRC,” PRC standing for the “People’s Republic of China.”

Where is Monday Swim based?

Monday Swimwear is based in Los Angeles, California.

Is Monday Swimwear an Australian brand?

Monday Swimwear is co-owned by Australian model Natasha Oakley but is headquartered in the United States.

Is Monday Swim sustainable?

Monday Swimwear uses environmentally friendly, sustainable fabrics. Swimsuits are typically made of recycled material. The brand does not speak to whether its shipping and manufacturing process is sustainable but offers options for customers to neutralize their order’s carbon footprint. For those looking to minimize their order’s environmental impact, Monday Swimwear offers the option to carbon offset your order for a fee of $1.80.

Does Monday Swimwear go on sale?

Monday Swimwear goes on sale around major holidays, typically for 20% off. The brand also maintains a very small number of sale products on its website. You can also click here to take $15 off your order over $60. For deeper discounts, try Otrium. Otrium has been known to stock Monday Swimwear on sale for as low as $13 apiece.

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