As a side note, Ursula Andress is my celebrity torso double as well as my bikini idol. Like me, she has a short torso that's kind of flattened in the front and smaller from the side. But anyway...
Freya's Cha Cha bikini appealed to me for "Dr. No" reasons and their bikinis are often quite wonderful in terms of shape. You might remember my success with their unpadded plunge bikini shape (seen in my review of the Siren bikini). The Padded Sweetheart cut of the Cha Cha and several other of their bikinis, meanwhile, is one I hadn't tried before.
But vertical seams always indicate a round shape, so I decided to give it a try.
The cut of the cups is great for my full-on-top shape. Those with less volume there might want to try a smaller size if you're in between sizes to prevent gapping on the top edge. It does, however, have a little bit of stretch in it.
The padding is very thin and unobtrusive, which is good--less "squeezing out the boobs" action after getting out of the water than with a thicker padding...at least, I hope.
The band is, of course, a little loose on me (more so than the Siren) and rides up a bit.
It's a sister size from my normal size of 30H, so this is to be expected. However, I actually prefer this for swimwear because I don't like to have the band cutting in too much, for reasons of pure vanity.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the matching bottoms anywhere for under $25. I'm obsessive about having matching bikini tops and bottoms, but not $25 worth of obsessive, so I launched a months-long search of the internet to find something cheaper that would go with it. I got lucky on ASOS, finding this bikini short on sale for $6.65. I got a size 6. Here's the full set:
I was really happy with how well the patterns matched on the Freya Cha Cha and ASOS bottoms:
The success of this bikini is making me excited for summer--so close and yet it still feels so far!
Do you have a 'bikini idol'? Ever found a swimsuit that lets you walk in her shoes?