Searching for the perfect swimsuit can be tough. After spending hours browsing through the high street stores for the right swimsuit for your upcoming holiday, you can still walk away without a swimsuit. So, why is finding a good swimsuit hard to find? The reasons are endless but there are alternative options.
If you are on the search for the perfect designer swimwear, consider taking your hunt online. You will be overwhelmed with the options available to choose from, with styles and patterns you may not have seen in a store. However, if you do decide to take your search online, here are a couple of things to consider before you decide to purchase a swimsuit online:
Check The Material
Most of the swimwear on the market today is a blend of both nylon (or polyamide) and either lycra or elastane materials. To ensure both comfort and longevity in a swimsuit, the best ratio should be an 80:20 spit. With a swimsuit, you want it to have some give but it also needs to easily return to its original shape.
Another aspect to consider when purchasing online is the sheerness of the swimsuit after being in the water. Although pictures online can provide some helpful hints, if in doubt, contact the customer service representatives for the brand to find out more. Various swimwear fabrics that are making a splash in the market today which are also worth considering.
Look At The Design Details
Each swimwear will have different design details. Some may feature thinner straps, others may have clasps and some might just have strings to tie. When looking online, consider what you will be doing in your swimsuit.
If you will be spending the vast majority of your time lounging around, with the occasional dip into the water, then tie fastenings may not be the most comfortable choice for laying on your back. For those more likely to participate in water sports, then no-slip leg openings and a higher neck will ensure that your suit stays in place.
Varying Sizes Between Sites
Each site and every brand will have a different size. Often, these sizes are different to the sizes for clothes. When you shop in-store, you can try on different swimsuits, meaning you can ask for a bigger or smaller size to compare as you find the right one that fits. With shopping online, look at the size guide the brand has available to get an idea about which size would fit you best. As such, ensure that you have your measurements on hand that you can refer to when looking to see which ones are the most likely to fit you. Once you have decided which ones you feel would fit you best, you can order a couple in various sizes.
If you do order multiple sizes, check to see the return policies for the brand you are ordering from. Similar to the sizes, the policies will also vary between online sites.
See The Sizes
When you find the perfect swimsuit online, one that you can see yourself wearing on your upcoming holiday, the worst feeling is seeing how that they do not have your size. Before you look at the swimsuit options available, see what the sizes are like first. If you require a larger size or have a larger bust so want a swimsuit that provides an extra bit of support, you will want to find a site and brand that cater to this need.
Fortunately, shopping online opens the door to multiple brands that fulfil this need. Moontide is an excellent swimwear brand, for example, that offers a great selection of sizes, both for bust and body. In addition to this, the material is high quality and the patterns and colours are stunning and would look perfect on anyone enjoying their holiday.
Swimwear can be costly. Understandably, we want to ensure that the piece we buy will last for a relatively long time. After finding the right swimsuit online, ordering and confirming that it does fit and is perfect for your upcoming trip, the next thing to do is ensure it lasts for future holidays.
The most important thing to do is ensure that you thoroughly wash out sea salt, chlorine and sunscreen residue after every wear. This will help to maximise the lifespan of the swimsuit. Whilst washing the items, avoid hot water as the high temperatures can cause the fibres and elastics to break down.
When it is time to dry the pieces, instead of hanging your swimwear on the line, lay them flat to help them retain their shape. In doing so, you will help to make your great online purchase last long enough to see you through not only this holiday but also future trips.
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*Photos by Jonathan Borba