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Abalone Restoration Reversible Top

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Known for the psychedelic patterns found on their inner shells, abalone (sea snails) feature unique colors that are created by nacre, hexagonal platelets of aragonite also known commonly as “mother of pearl” and found on a variety of mollusks. Our print features the piercing blues of New Zealand’s Pāua, the Māori name given to three species Haliotis iris, Haliotis australis and Haliotis virginea.

    1. Seamless, reversible design for versatility and comfort
    2. Mid level support- wear for diving, yoga, swimming, lifting, surfing, etc.
    3. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick dry, moisture wicking and breathability
    4. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    5. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
    6. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
    7. Tear away tag
  • 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 12% spandex

UPF 50+ Sun Protection (Max Rating Achievable)

100% Fade-Proof From Chlorine, Sun & Saltwater

Anti-Microbial = Smell-Resistant

Fibers Mechanically Engineered For Quick-Dry & Moisture-Wicking

Made From Recycled Materials

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Advocate Apparel Inspired by Abalone

Abalone is the common name for a variety of marine snails that are found throughout the world’s oceans. Sought after for their meat and their beautiful shells, populations have declined rapidly and some species are now critically endangered.

Our relationship with abalone illustrates the challenges of overexploitation of the marine environment. Until the 1980s, it was widely thought that abalone populations were resilient and could effectively rebound from harvesting activities. Unfortunately, that has not proven to be true.

Abalone are “broadcast spawners,” meaning that two individuals must be within three feet of one another to sexually reproduce. This type of reproduction makes population recovery very challenging, driving the need for humans to intervene.

5% of sales from your purchase of this product are donated to Get Inspired

“Our partnership with Waterlust helps us spread our message of conservation across the globe far beyond our reach.  It is a great example of how one small organization with one employee can only do so much but by working together we can do more, reach more, spreading knowledge, happiness, beauty, and hopefully compassion for our ocean animals.”

Nancy Caruso

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Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
J.T. (El Paso, TX, US)
No Support

This is not for bigger chests. aIf I keep, will gave to wear a bikini vra underneath.

Hi J.T.,

Thanks for taking the time to send us this feedback! We made some design upgrades to our 2XL and 3XL tops that include more side coverage and an elastic band at the bottom for additional support. I think trying the next size up would help with the fit issues you are experiencing. Shoot us an email at hello@waterlust.com and I would be happy to set up an exchange and send the next size to try on side by side with the one you have!

Thanks again for taking the time to leave a review!


Kyla Hemmelgarn
Not seamless, painful

This top has a very tight, gathered elasticed seam at the bottom. It is not seamless like the description/photos show. It is painfully tight where at the seam is even though I sized up, especially on the ribs . There is no way I can use this top for a day on the water- it hurts to have it on within minutes. This is the 3rd top I've ordered. The first 2 were the whale shark print. My measurments are well within the 2x size, however I found the first top I ordered was a bit tight. The second top I ordered I sized up to the 3x size hoping it would be more comforable, however the top was even smaller than the 2x and the material was stiffer! Very disapoined, especially when this is very expensive plus the high shipping cost. The prints are beautiful but this top is unusable. Each top I've ordered has been completely different in cut, size and even fabric texture. The photo is of the 2x first top compared to the new top.

Hi there,

I am so sorry to hear that our new reversible top design was not a good fit! Based on previous feedback, we recently made some design changes to our XL-3XL tops to provide more support and coverage for our customers with larger busts. We added more coverage around the armpits, an elastic band at the base of the top to prevent rolling and provide extra support, and slightly thicker straps to ensure no pressure and additional comfort. These changes are so new that we have yet to update the site to reflect the new appearance, with the print carrying over to the solid side to accommodate for the elastic on the XL-3XL sizes. We include a note in all orders that receive these new tops to explain these changes but it sounds like we did not include this note in yours. Our sincerest apologies for that!!

We are always happy to take items back if you are not 100% satisfied. If you have any questions about our return process, reach out to us at hello@waterlust.com and we can help you set it up!

Madison Churchill (Seattle, WA, US)

This top is so cute!! The fabric is stunning and it’s such high quality material.

Madison Churchill (Seattle, WA, US)

Abalone Restoration Reversible Top

Hannah Stokes (Atlanta, GA, US)
Snug and Secure

Just what I’ve been looking for. Great material, I went for something on the smaller side because I wanted more compression and it delivered perfectly.

Nancy Woods (Alexandria, VA, US)
Swimming soon

Can’t review yet, give me a month after vacation!