The sun, sea, sand and swimming pool have the potential to be pretty harsh to our swimwear, particularly if we opt for a suit that isn’t up to the task. Faded colours and poor stitching are not a good look – so how do we avoid this happening to our bikinis, tankinis and swimsuits?
We need to swap disposable for long lasting by choosing high quality pieces which look great no matter how many wears and washes they’ve had. Here are the things you need to check for.
When you get a new swimsuit, you can tell just by touch if it is luxury or not. A poor quality one will be made of thinner material, and will likely not have much inner lining. The small amount of lining it will have is likely to end up bunching together after the first few spins in the washer, creating an unflattering silhouette when worn.
Compare this to a thicker texture and full lining that will preserve the shape of your suit after many washes, as well as prevent stretching and the choice is clear!
With straps and elastic waistbands in particular, the stitching of your costume needs to be up to scratch in order to avoid the structure falling apart. All it takes is a loose thread to catch on the sun lounger and pulled a little for a hole to form!
Any swimsuit worth its (sea)salt will have double stitching detailing, which helps to keep the fabric together. You can tell the stitching is doubled by checking that there are two lines around the material joins, particularly around the shoulders, legs and any cut out details.
Some designers of lower quality suits may try and disguise the piece by adding detailing such as bows, ruffles and beading. The best way of telling if this is worthy of parting with your cash is to see how well these additions have been attached.
If your suit is expected to combat the waves or a game of pool volleyball, then it can take a few small stretches to check everything is in check. The last thing you want to be doing on your holiday is using the hotel sewing kit to reattach sections!
Finding cup sized swimsuits can be a struggle, particularly on the high street, but it’s important to feel comfortable and secure in what you are wearing. Look out for suppliers who offer cup sizes and measure your chest and bust for accuracy before ordering.
When it comes to choosing a fashionable swimsuit, the name can in fact mean quite a lot. Top swimwear names will often outperform when it comes to quality, so be sure to do a little research before purchasing. The supplier of your designer swimwear should be a specialist who will be happy to answer any questions you have about any particular brands that they stock.
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