Before we get started on my MIKOH bikini reviews, when I lived in the Northeast I only needed a bathing suit for a handful of weeks throughout the year. Investing in multiple fantastic pieces of swimwear did not matter to me.
I’ve recently moved to where it’s summer all year round, so having the best bathing suit is essential. My sister has always been obsessed with Mikoh, but me, I never cared. A seasonal Isabel Marant swimsuit (SS/13 perfection) did the trick just fine!
Now though I have to have the best swimwear. And by best, I mean, the bikini has to be durable, flattering, and adaptable.
MIKOH is the only swimwear brand that has checked off everything I need. It’s time for me to share my collection (well at least part of it)! Let’s get started with my bikini reviews…
In these reviews, I’m going to try to hit all the bases in terms of MIKOH sizing, comfort, pros and cons, everything. This is a one-stop shop for an all-encompassing MIKOH review (well, of the cuts I own) from a real person. For what it matters, I’m 5’5.75 and weigh from 111-113lbs. I don’t write that to be annoying, it’s just helpful to have someone’s specs when you’re reading a review. Also — I’m a month into the worst haircut of my life, so PLEASE DON’T MAKE FUN OF MY HAIR’S AWFUL CHOPPINESS.
Mikoh Banyans Top and Mikoh Lanai Bottoms
Probably MIKOH’s most famous bikini combination and for good reason…
Banyans top: I’m paranoid of weird tan lines (multiple sun naps with iPod earbud cables across your body will do that to you), but for this bathing suit, oh I let it slide. The back of Mikoh’s Banyans top, just looks so beautiful. It frames your shoulder blades so beautifully. It also gives your bust an amazing lift, so so sooo flattering for a smaller chest. This one is extra small. It’s just a perfect top.
Lanai bottoms: The Lanai bottoms have to be the best out of all Mikoh bottoms. The looped string sides does an incredible job of slimming your hips. The back is cheeky, but because of the stringed sides everything looks good. And the coverage on the front is also just great, nothing to be uncomfortable about. This is a size small, and in Lanai, I would order small again.
Mikoh Reunion Top and Mikoh Zuma Bottom
Super sweet top and fully-covered bottoms, what more could you ask for?
Reunion top: When I first saw it I thought for sure it would just snap in half, but it doesn’t. I have no idea how they made it. It’s the classic bandeau, only the V is way deeper than most. I like that a lot for both the bathing suit’s aesthetic and mine. It would look equally amazing on a girl with more cleavage as it does on a less cleavage-y me. My Reunion top is a size up from the Banyans top, it’s a size small. It does slightly slip off when I go swimming. I would consider sizing down, but the small is just so comfortable that I’m not sure if it’s worth it for a bit more boost…
Can we talk about this color? It’s called “pomegranate,” it’s my second favorite Mikoh swimwear color. The light burgundy color adds a kind of (I hate using this word) “boho” feel, but you don’t have to add a ton of jewelry to get that vibe — it does it for you, which is great because I hate wearing jewelry to the beach.
Zuma bottoms: I’m shyer when it comes to bathing suits… I’ve only just started to get comfortable in cheekier ones (thank you again, Yoga with Adriene). These are the perfect bottoms for a little more coverage. I ordered in a medium, so a size up from my Lanai bottoms. I am so glad I did. They definitely fit a little bit more snug. But they are so comfortable, do not cling in bad places, and are quite flattering while being modest at the same time. I’m actually torn between calling the Zuma or the Lanai my favorite Mikoh bottom…!
Mikoh Carmel Top and Mikoh Valencia Bottom
This is hands down my favourite Mikoh color. “Lychee” is part of their permanent collection. It is unreal. I have never seen a bikini color that is this beautiful. The color is this perfect pinky-tan with a cool undertone shade of unreal…
Carmel top: It is a gorgeous top. It’s an extra-small because I wanted a little more lift. I have it in a size up and it still looks good… But a size up also slips more easily and doesn’t hug things together as much… In either size, I love how this top looks though. You will want to twist the back so that the knot comes out on top though and doesn’t dig into your chest. Such a beautiful bandeau Mikoh bikini top!
(-.5 for slippage)
Valencia bottoms: Like the Zuma or Venice bottoms, size up. These are a medium and just right. I think the trick for Mikoh bottoms is if there isn’t any stringy-detailing on the side to size up… These are adorable though. And look so good with the Carmel top. The only trouble is that the material is a bit slippery so you have to make sure you got a good knot! Good thing for me, I’ve done a bit of sailing so a tight reef knot makes it all okay! They feel cheekier than the Lanais, but really I think they have the same coverage.
(-.5 for knot slippage)
Mikoh St Thomas Top and Mikoh Croatia Bottom
Note: Since discontinued, but it does look almost identical to the Sunset top and Kapalua bottoms. Also similar are the Velzyland bottoms (which I have and will add to the bottom of this Mikoh bikini review).
St Thomas top: This is in an extra small and is basically a dream. It stays in place, you can scrunch it up to get more sun, and the back is just beautiful. Also, the bright coral color is perfect for the Caribbean.
Croatia bottoms: These just feel cool. SO much more string than the looped Lanai ones, these are a size small (perfect size). I don’t know what to say other than they just look so cool on. So, they’re flattering, comfortable, and cool, what’s better than that?
MIKOH Velzyland bottoms review: So I randomly have a Velzyland bottom in “bone,” but no top to wear it with! It is a fantastic bikini bottom though. It fits a bit snug, but it really surprises me how great the coverage is. Both the back and the front aren’t totally exposed, but it still isn’t prude or anything.
I always assumed that they have to photoshop the models so everything looks perfect and un-camel toe-y), so I was nervous that these would look awful in real life. Because of how light the color is you can’t really hide a lot. But they actually do. The Velzyland bottoms look perfect and better yet, they feel perfect… And they’re not see-through!… Now to get a matching top!
Mikoh Santorini One Piece
Note: Since discontinued,however their Waikele is super similar.
One pieces you always think a bit mumsy, right? Not with MIKOH’s one pieces. This Santorini one piece is so elegant and so sexy and so sleek. The front totally covered in a tube top, then the stringed back and then the cheeky bottom, oh it is so beautiful! It just sucks everthing in and flattens it out. It is such a flattering swimsuit. Beware though, it’s a lil tricky to get in and out of…! Because of my Yoga with Adriene progress I’m able to contort my body in and out of it, but the next Mikoh Santorini I buy, I’m definitely sizing up to a size small.
(-.5 for how hard it is to get in and out, but it’s not their fault, they want it tight so that nothing can go wrong! With that said, there is a wonderful little pinch of space between the top and the bottom at the back… So for me (since I can’t get it over my hips) I put the tube top part on first and then contort my legs into the bottom. It’s tricky, but it does the job!)
Gone, but Not Forgotten
These MIKOH swimsuits have since retired, but I’ll continue to wear them due to their timeless style and colors…
Mikoh Xavier One Piece
This is an extra small. I am always surprised that it actually fits me. While it fits OK and keeps everything in, next time I would size up to a small. You can see how it is a little tight in the bottoms, but I love it. I think it is just such a flattering cut. The top and the bottom are so classic and sleek. The tighter top also gives me a little lift. And the back netting screams cool — however if the swimsuit is too tight, the back will expose that (i.e. the netting will look tight). But it is comfortable and actually easy to get in and out of!
Bonus fun fact: Rihanna’s a fan of the Xavier!
Mikoh x Surf, Trestles Set Review
I want to be super honest here… MIKOH Surf isn’t my favourite at all.
The Trestles top’s (size extra-small) strap broke after one (gentle) wear so a friend had to take it in… The bottoms are similar to the Queens bottom (a size small) and give me the weirdest and worst (ughhh) camel toe…
It doesn’t feel like the MIKOH quality I know and love. The fabric feels really cool and the top is definitely flattering, but after only a handful of gentle wears the seams are loose and the material looks & feels like it’s about to snap in half.
… maybe that’s why it’s been discontinued?
Mikoh Mundaka Top and Venice Bottom
It’s that quintessential string bikini, only this time by MIKOH.
This kind of bikini just doesn’t look great on me. It doesn’t matter who designs it, they just don’t flatter my frame. My sister and I only ordered it because the print (blue gypsy paisley) is so pretty. So I’m not going to give it a proper rating…
My only notes?
The top and bottom are very small! And the Venice bottoms ride lower than normal and are quite small in the front and back… but the material has that great MIKOH quality to it!
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My Sister’s Picks (i.e. the suits she doesn’t share)
For the sake of this corner, let me elaborate on my sister. She likes simplicity, she loves to surf, and spends a ridiculous amount of time in the sun and water. That’s basically all you need to know apart from her being the best sister (remember how she bought me Chanel slingbacks?).
Mikoh’s Uluwatu and Maui tops and Mikoh Rockies Bottom
Note: Since discontinued
This is my sister’s all time favourite. The combination she wears the most. Actually, she basically lives in it because it’s so perfect for her.
It is also her go-to for surfing. Simple, hardware free, tight, and everything stays in place so she can focus on the waves and get a good tan at the same time. 🏄
Also highly recommended from her, the Honolulu top with Praia bottoms. The top is super flattering, like SUPER flattering… Like wow this top works for you. Actually, Mikoh’s Honolulu top doesn’t just work for you, it puts in over time. Hands down, the most flattering Mikoh swimwear top. The Praia bottoms are definitely not for the faint of heart, they are super tiny, but with the right confidence they look gorge.
TLDR: MIKOH bikinis are 100% worth the price.
Super flattering cuts, timeless colors, gorge seasonal prints, and a cool Hawaiian-girl vibe for everyone!
MIKOH makes you feel so confident… Even if I’m wearing them at home, they make a normal poolside day feel like a luxe vacation. You can’t help but smile a bit more because wow no swimwear has ever fit this right before!
Memorial Day in Montauk to the black sands of Coronado, Panama and a stopover in Anguilla, MIKOH’s swimwear works for any beach. They’re adaptable. Mix and match tops and bottoms, add some jewelry, wear the coolest sandals, or the simplest ones… These suits lets you be in charge of your beach vibe.
☀️Let me know in the comments if you need any MIKOH sizing help or have any questions! 💬
1- MIKOH sales exist on their website at random times (think: Coachella, Memorial Day, etc…). Ranging from 10-25% off (50% off for Cyber Monday!), sign up to their mailing list or follow them on Insta to know when the next MIKOH sale is.
2- Consider sizing up for basic (non-detailed) bottoms (that includes the Valencia bottoms) as they can run smaller.
3- For a smaller bust consider sizing down from your normal bathing suit top size for more oomph. But beware, they can be tight. If you size down for that extra lift, you will sacrifice your ability to get in and out with ease…
4- Order from MIKOH’s site if you can — they take so much care in their packaging. If you order from MIKOH directly, your bathing suit gets delivered in the cutest little travel pouch (which is meant for transporting your wet bathing suit, but I use for makeup)!
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