Cotton bathing suit: Womens One Piece Swimsuits


19 Best Organic Swimwear and Brands for 2021

If you are looking for eco-friendly swimwear made from natural materials and not sure where to start, we have you covered.

Below we have listed some of our favorite brands along with independent creators, making the best organic swimsuits and swimwear for men and women.

If you are looking for smaller brands with more unique and custom made designs, you will find a number on Etsy.

Hemp is such a useful and eco friendly material and below there are a few brands specializing in hemp products including swimwear.

We have also included a couple of companies below which create their swimwear out of recycled nylon from fishing nets as well as organic materials.

Best Organic Swimwear and Brands

1. Men’s Organic Cotton Canvas Boardshorts – Patagonia

Materials: 98% organic cotton
Where to get it: Patagonia

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For the guys looking to be a bit more eco friendly and looking to jump into some eco-swimwear, Patagonia is a good place to start.

Made from 98% organic cotton and using fair trade practices, this swimwear is made in one of the Patagonia factories in Osaka, or Sri Lanka.

They have a large selection of other organic products ranging from sweaters to hats, including organic beach towels to cap out your organic beach outing.

This fashion brand is highly active in trying to make a difference. Along with their 1% tax, they impose on themselves which goes to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment, they are active in various forms of activism to help our planet.

2. Mara Hoffman –

Materials: 100% organic cotton
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With this beautiful eco-friendly swimsuit, you can take sustainable fashion at the beach to the next level.

This Mara Hoffman one-piece is made entirely from 100% organic cotton fabric and features lace-up sides and adjustable straps.

This swimwear brand has a number of organic products mostly in clothing and body care but also has a number of eco-friendly alternatives to purely organic swimwear.

3. Rainforest Tye Dye Bikini –

Materials: 90% organic cotton, 10% Spandex
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One of the most popular and eco-friendly swimsuits on Etsy, this bikini is aptly named “Rainforest Tye Dye Bikini.”

This organic swimwear is made from 90% organic cotton fabric and 10% spandex and each individual piece is hand-tied and dyed making each piece unique and as many people have commented on, the natural fibers make it comfortable and breathable.

As far as bathing suits go these pieces are somewhat versatile with some purchasers also using them comfortably as underwear.

4. Organic Cotton Crotchet Swimsuit

Materials: 100% organic cotton
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If you are looking for eco friendly organic swimwear then this bikini piece from Anna and Olena Panisova is worth a look.

Hand made from 100% organic cotton fabric this organic swimwear not only looks good but feels soft and comfortable to wear.


Organic Island Girl Tanner Bikini Top – Hemphuggers

Materials: 54% Organic Hemp 43% Organic Cotton
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The Island Girl Tanner Bikini Top is one in a larger range made by this swimwear brand. Like many of their pieces, this is a custom made, handcrafted, bathing suit made from a nice blend of organic hemp and organic cotton.

Hemp Huggers have a swimwear line which includes, mix and match bikini swimwear, one pieces as well as a range of eco friendly clothing for women, all hand made from organic hemp and cotton with international shipping and made in the USA.

6. Organic Bamboo Cotton bodysuit- Etsy

Materials: 98% bamboo cotton 2% spandex
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As far as one pieces go you won’t find too many as comfortable as this. Why? Bamboo cotton is one of the softest fabrics on the planet.

Made from 98% bamboo cotton this organic swimwear is sustainable and highly absorbent.


Jenna One Piece – Vitamin A

Materials: Plant-based and recycled materials.
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Perhaps not quite entirely organic but worth a mention anyhow due to their production process.

As far as one pieces go you won’t find many more stylish. This fashion brand really mixes sustainability with fashion.

There have a large collection or swimwear for women including bikinis, one pieces, and general beachwear.

Probably the most interesting part about this swimwear though is how they are made.

Their swimwear is made from plastic bottles, fishing nets and ‘ghost nets’ which are then recycled into EcoLux™ – a fabric made from recycled fibers.

As far as swimwear fashion brands go, Vitamin A are definitely worth your time and consideration.

8. Sydney One Piece Reversible – Woodlike

Materials: 78% regenerative ECONYL® nylon yarn and 22% Xtra Life Lycra®
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We can’t mention swimsuits made from fish nets without mentioning Woodlike.

Old and ghost fishnets are recycled into and used to create part of the ECONYL® nylon yarn.

Woodlike have some really amazing swimsuits for women, including, bikini bottoms, tops and one pieces, all of which look stunning.

They have a large range of styles which will likely suit most tastes.

Like Vitamin A – Woodlike are a sure go-to for an eco friendly but fashionable swimwear brand.

9. Luz | Organic Maylo Swimsuit – Landskysea


Materials: 93% Organic Cotton and 7% Elastane
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The Luz swimsuit “brings to mind the grace and gentleness of a Grecian heroine” and is definitely one for the discerning lady.

Made from 93% cotton and 7% Elastane which is certified by the GOTS® and is created under fair trade conditions.

Mixing good fashion with sustainability this brand offers a number of swimsuit options as well as a number of other eco friendly products.

10. Rebel Red – Natasha Tonic

Materials: natural hemp fabrics
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This red swimwear from Natasha tonic typifies their dedication to class. Hand-dyed and sewn in Los Angeles, USA, it is made from natural hemp fibers.

It might be worth a change from your regular polyester made swimsuits as the natural hemp fabric resists bad bacteria that otherwise accumulate with your polyester/polyamide swimsuits.

It is ECOCERT certified.

This swimwear brand offers a variety of swimwear made from hemp and also a range of hemp activewear.

11. Orient One Piece-  Kalyn Gardner

Materials: 100% organic cotton naturally dyed with avocados
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Want a completely unique/hand-crafted personally for you, swimsuit? How about this design from Kayn Gardner.

Made from 100% organic cotton these swimsuits are made to your size and then dyed to finish off, leaving you with something the same but different.

Kalyn Gardner have a range of swimwear and general knitwear for woman made from eco friendly materials.

12. Slo Active


Materials: Yulex – Plant materials

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If you are looking for something a bit sporty and elegantly sleek, then you will want to check out Slo Active’s range.

Made from Yulex – a sustainable plant-based alternative to neoprene, this swimsuit is soft, supple, lightweight and flexible providing high levels of comfort.

This brand has a good range of swimwear for women including bikinis, one piece and wetsuits.

For every purchase made Slo Active donate to one of their ocean charity partners.

13. Malibu One Piece Black – September the Line

Materials: 78% ECONYL® regenerated nylon and 22% elastane made from pre and post industrial waste
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This elegant one-piece swimsuit is perfect for lounging at the pool or activity at the beach.

Made from sustainable materials this swimwear and the recycled nylon is woven with 22% Xtra Life Lycra®, a higher durability than mainstream swimwear fabric which makes it far more durable that other swimwear.

September the Line have a large range of amazing looking swimwear including both bikinis and one-piece items.


Monaco Bandeau Ring Bikini Top – Laara Swim

Materials: ECONYL®
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Stand out in the crowd with this stylish bikini from Laawa Swim.

Made from (recycled Nylon) ECONYL® this sustainable swimwear is ultra chlorine resistant, offers UV protection and is ISO certified.

Laara Swim definitely oozes class with their designs and has an extensive range of swimwear including bikinis, one-piece, and sarongs.

This Danish company is one to look at if you want to look good at the beach.

15. Plum Contoured Crop

– Peony Swimwear

Materials: ECONYL®
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You will look be looking great at the beach with this stunningly striking plum bikini.

Like all of Peony’s swimwear 100% of the materials used are from recycled materials such as recycled fibres and nylon.

Peony is a small independent family-owned business based in Australia dedicated to conscious creation and delivering collections that pioneer sustainability.

16. ‘Kelia’ Reversible Twist Back Bikini

– Do Good Swimwear

Materials: ECONYL®
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“Simplicity at its finest” sums up this beautiful piece from Do Good Swimwear.

Made using ocean waste (such as, fish nets, plastic bottles, and old nylons) which is then recycled and turned into a beautiful, soft, and comfortable material.

Do Good have a good collection of swim wear for the sustainably-minded person and for each product purchased, they put money back into conservation efforts including and Trees For The Future, so you know your dollar is helping the planet.

17. Pfeiffer One Piece – Arrow and Phoenix

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Materials: 100% recycled material, 100% recycled yarn
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This elegant one-piece is perfect as a swimsuit at the beach or a bodysuit. It comes in multiple colors and sizes and is made in the USA from 100% recycled material and 100% recycled yarn.

Not only are Arrow and Phoenix doing their bit with the materials used in their products but with every purchase $5 is donated to The Coral Restoration Foundation to aid in beach clean up efforts and the restoration of coral reefs.

So if you are eco-conscious you can be assured your money is going to good use.

18. Water Warrior One-Piece Swimsuit – Vivida Lifestyle

Materials: 80% Recycled Polyester 20% Elastane
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How cool are these? Probably one of my favorites. Made of recycled, post-consumer plastic bottles this one-piece not only looks cool but is also UPF 50+ fabric.

Vivda Lifestyle have a good range of swimwear, which all look amazing.

Along with the swimwear they also have a large range of other clothing, for both men and women ranging from sweaters and hoodies, to yoga wear and wetsuits.

I highly recommend checking out their range.

19. Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater – Outerknown

Materials: 86% Recycled Polyester, 8% Recycled Spandex, 6% Spandex
Where to get it:

Another one for the guys.

These trunks are available in many different colors and are made from 86% Recycled Polyester, 8% Recycled Spandex, 6% Spandex and made with fair trade practices.

Outerknown sell a full range of items from swimwear to hoodies to shirts for both men and women.

90% of the fibers they source are organic, recycled or regenerated and 100% of their trunks are made with recycled or renewable fibers.

Swimwear Basics  |  Seamwork Magazine

The vintage-inspired Reno swimsuit.

My first experience making swimwear was in college. We were assigned to design, draft, and sew a maillot swimsuit in a few days. I had learned the hard way to design for the amount of time you have for execution. My plan for this project was to keep it simple. A trip to the fabric store soon squashed my modest plan, a luscious gold lame fabric caught my eye.

I knew I didn’t have the time to execute what I wanted so I foolishly went with a safe pink color that would be well suited to a simple shape. I finished my swimsuit with plenty of time, but I was completely unhappy with the results. Why didn’t I just go with my gut? As I presented my project, I felt embarrassed not because my work was bad, but because it in no way represented my aesthetic. Immediately after giving my presentation, I hopped in my car to buy that gold lame.

I stayed up for the next 36 hours to complete that swimsuit. This new swimsuit would in no way affect my grade in the class, really there was no advantage to making it, but I did it anyway. That silly little gold one piece is still one of my favorite things I have made.

Since then, I have sewn a lot of swimwear, but that experience of persistence taught me a valuable lesson that still resonates with me today. Compromise sparingly, and make choices that make you happy—words that can be applied in sewing and in life. Making swimwear is an extremely gratifying process. Making a swimsuit custom-fitted to your body and comfort is possibly one of the best things ever. This guide will take you through all the basics necessary to make a high-quality swimsuit at home, from choosing fabrics, to finishings.


Like most projects, fabric choice is key. A poor choice in swimwear fabric, might become heavy with too much absorbed water, or even become transparent when wet. On the other hand, a well suited fabric will flatter and last for years to come.


Ordering fabric online can be a bit of a gamble. Try ordering swatches and testing the fabric in these four ways.
  • Soak your fabric in water, does the color bleed?
  • Is the fabric a two- or four-way stretch?
  • If the fabric is printed, does the print crack or distort drastically when stretched?
  • Does the opacity of the fabric change when stretched?

Swimwear patterns are drafted with negative ease. This means that the finished garment measurements are actually smaller than the body measurements. Choosing a fabric with ample stretch ensures that you will be able to put the swimsuit on and actually move in it.

Two-way stretch fabric will accommodate stretch from selvedge to selvedge but does not offer much stretch in the length of grain. This quality make two-way stretch most appropriate for two-piece swimsuits.

Four-way stretch with stretch from selvedge to selvedge, and also in the length of grain, making it the ideal choice of maillot for one-piece swimsuits as well as two-piece suits.

Swimwear fabric should be composed of 100% man-made fibers. Natural fibers such as cotton will absorb water, making it an impractical choice. Look for fabrics that are mostly composed of nylon (from 80% to 90%) but also have a significant amount of Lycra or spandex (10% to 20%).

Be sure to test stretch your fabric to check how the appearance might be altered by stretching. Does the fabric become transparent when stretched? If it has a print, does the print become distorted? These are all important things to check for when working with fabric that has a high percentage of stretch.


Choosing the correct lining is also crucial when making your own swimwear. Halenka lining is ideal for swimwear projects. It offers a soft hand and four-way stretch making it an excellent choice. Halenka is a transparent lining, and while it may provide some modesty, particularly sheer fabric may require more substantial lining.

You can also use a neutral-colored swimwear fabric as a lining. This provides additional opacity and creates a very stable and firm piece. This in an excellent option for achieving a smoothing effect.



Elastic is an important element in your swimwear projects. It offers shaping and holds the garment firmly again your body. When choosing elastic for swimwear projects it is crucial to choose something that will stand up to the affects of water, chlorine, salt, and sun. Traditional polyester elastic will deteriorate quickly under these circumstances.

Cotton swimwear elastic is easy to work with and stands up well to chlorinated and salt water. Cotton swimwear elastic is woven with rubber to give it stretch and strength. Just like other elastic, it comes in a variety of widths and is quite inexpensive.

Rubber elastic can also be used when making swimwear. This type of elastic can be applied in the same manner as its cotton counterpart, but can be a little slippery and more challenging to work with. Rubber elastic has a lower profile, creating less bulky edge finishes, making it a great choice when bulk is a concern. This elastic is most commonly found in 1/4″ and 3/8″ widths.


Wooly nylon thread
Tips for using wooly nylon thread:
  • Wind your bobbin slowly to prevent tension issues.
  • Use a needle threader to help thread your machine needle when working with wooly nylon thread.
  • Leave a long tail when snipping your thread between stitches.

Thread is an important aspect of any project. After all, it is the means that literally holds your garment together. With swimwear, the stakes are a bit higher, as you don’t have anything underneath so save you from a nip slip or worse.

Avoid cotton thread that will become weakened by chlorine and salt water. Instead, opt for a polyester thread. If you are using a serger to assemble your swimsuit, wooly nylon thread is strong and resilient making it perfect for swim and athletic-wear. Wooly nylon thread can also be used in your home sewing machine.

Basic Construction


Cutting can be quite daunting when making swimwear. Slinky swimwear fabric can have a mind of its own. Use these tips to make cutting your fabric a breeze.

  • Cut single layer whenever possible. This will give you more control as you pin and sew.
  • If using a printed fabric, cut with the right side facing up. This will help you to anticipate print placement as you layout. This will help you avoid an unfortunately placed flower.
  • Use ball point pins. This will help to prevent any runs in your fabric.
  • The combination of a rotary cutter and pattern weights can help you to have more control as you cut.
  • Grain line matters! Take extra care to make sure your pattern pieces are on grain before cutting.


A serger or a domestic sewing machine can be used for the construction of your project. The following are my favorite techniques, using both types of machine.

Use a serger to sew swimwear fabric right sides together. Standard seam allowance for most swimwear projects is 3/8″. Make sure your blade is engaged, as you will be cutting off approximately 1/8″ as you sew.

If you are using a domestic sewing machine, a wide and short zigzag can be used in place or a serged stitch. A mock overlock stitch can also be a great option. Sew fabric right sides together and trim excess seam allowance.

Always test your stitch on scrap fabric and stretch your sample to make sure that your stitch offers adequate strength and stretch.

Sewing elastic

In most cases, elastic is the means by which you finish the edges of your swimwear project. Proper application is key to getting a high quality finish. The most common technique used to apply elastic is the sewn and turned method. This technique offers clean and professional quality results that anyone can achieve at home in just five steps.

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Elastic should be cut to be 25% smaller than the opening that it is finishing. To determine this, measure the edge where elastic is to be applied and multiply this measurement by 0. 75. Add 3/8″ for overlap if sewing in then round, then cut.

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If sewing in the round join the two edges of elastic by overlapping and securing with a zigzag stitch.

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Pin elastic to the wrong side of the raw edge, evenly distributing fabric to elastic.

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Use a serger, or a wide and short zigzag stitch to overcast the elastic and fabric together.

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Turn elastic toward the wrong side of the garment, and use a standard or 3-step zigzag to topstitch in place.

Creating Support

Support is a huge concern when it come to swimwear. Though the idea of engineering a swimsuit to not only stand the test of activity, but also provide bust support, may seem daunting, these three techniques simplify the process of supporting your chest.


Foam cups are a popular option is ready-to-wear swimwear. Foam cups offer light support, and modesty in a wet swimsuit. If you plan on using foam cups, be sure to purchase ones that are specifically meant for swimwear. Foam cups intended for lingerie may not stand up to chlorinated or salt water, and may absorb large amounts of water.

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Hold lining over bust, place cup over lining and position to your liking. Mark cup placement.

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Pin the cup to the wrong side of swim lining.

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Use a zigzag stitch to edge stitch cup to lining.


Underwire is my favorite way of achieve additional bust support. Not all swimsuits are designed to be compatible with underwire. If you know that this is a feature you must have in a swimsuit, look for a pattern that features cups that are attached to a full band, like Reno. Purchase underwire that corresponds to your bust size and the size swimsuit you are making.

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Before cutting your fabric, alter your flat pattern so that the under-bust seam measures at 5/8″ seam allowance.

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Assemble the bra cups and attach cups to band using 5/8″ seam allowance and a straight stitch.

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Finish the raw edge with a serger, or an overcast stitch.

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Use a straight stitch to top stitch seam allowance up and toward the bra cup, sewing 1/2 away from the seam.

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Insert underwire into the channel.

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Sew a small row of stitching at either end of the channel to keep the underwire in place during the rest of construction.


Though stays do not actually support the bust in the case of swimwear, they do support the swimsuit by making sure it doesn’t end up around your waist. Stays are applied in a very similar fashion to underwire.

A channel is created by top stitching approximately 3/8″ away from a seam. A stay is then inserted into this channel.

When choosing stays for swimwear, look for plastic options, as metal stays used for dress making will rust when exposed to water. Plastic stays can also be easily cut to size.

Always cut your stays to be 1/4″ smaller than the finished measurement of your channel. This prevents the stays from stretching fabric unattractively. A nail file can be used to round the edges of plastic stays to prevent your stays from injuring you or your swimsuit.

Creating your own swimwear is a gratifying process. Having a swimsuit that is custom built for your shape and needs is even more of a thrill. Like most sewing projects, it all boils down to quality materials, planning, and technique. Armed with these three tools you will be ready to conquer any swimwear project.

About the Author

Haley Glenn is a managing editor for Seamwork. She is a professional sewing writer and teacher based in Portland, Oregon.

Sustainable Bathing Suits Made From Natural and Recycled Materials

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Here’s the thing you should know about shopping for sustainable bathing suits….

No, you can’t get ones made without petrochemical-based synthetics. I’m sorry. There are a few brands listed below that are mostly natural materials like hemp and modal. But they still contain some synthetic fibers to provide stretch.

I know you’ve seen some crocheted bikinis made with cotton, but unfortunately, once that crochet cotton gets wet, it stretches out. Believe me. I had one, and when I complained to the brand, their answer was that it’s not supposed to get wet. Oh! OK. It’s just decorative, then?

So, many conscious bathing suit brands have turned to synthetic textiles made from recycled plastics. By far the most popular fabric is ECONYL, a high-quality, Italian fiber made from upcycled nylon fishing nets, textile waste, and old carpets. Others are made with polyester from recycled PET plastic bottles.

You also want to look at where the textile is printed (in Europe or the United States is best), where the bathing suit is sewn (in a certified fair factory is ideal), and what kind of packaging the company uses, like polybags made of compostable or recycled materials. Some brands also have OEKO-TEX certification, which means the bathing suit has been tested and certified free of toxins.

Lucky for you, there are more brands popping up all the time that use recycled textiles and other sustainable and ethical manufacturing practices. So there’s no need to compromise on your style.

[Looking for other eco summer fashion? Check out our sandals, sundresses, and sunglasses roundups too.]


Remnant is an L.A.-based high-quality, sustainable swimwear brand that creates designs out of upcycled nylon. Its rescued nylon comes from ghost fishing nets, ocean-bound plastic, and textile remnants that go through a complex regeneration process to become a soft, sustainable fabric. Remnant’s bikinis are manufactured in Bali. Its seamstresses are paid double the minimum wage, receive free health insurance for themselves and their families and free meals at work. Remnant’s products and shipping bags are biodegradable and home compostable certified. All dyes used in the production of the fabric and packaging are toxin-free and are environmentally friendly. Instead of being petroleum-based, these dyes are water or soy-based and do not emit harmful gases when they break down.


Designed and made in New York City, REVVV SWIM is a sustainable active swimwear brand created by fashion industry veteran Cristina Aguayo. A swimmer since childhood and a lover of the outdoors, Aguayo’s idea emerged from seeking a go-to sustainable, fashionable, and athletic swimsuit she couldn’t find. REVVV SWIM blends style and athleticism to create a versatile one-piece suit that suits the beach and the city. Its one-piece suit is timeless, classic, and made from 100% recycled nylon.


Launched in 2015, Bower is an ethical and sustainable swim & resort wear brand. Since 2019,  1% of Bower’s orders are donated to the Healthy Seas initiative, aiming to remove waste from the seas. The brand chooses to produce in Europe to regularly visit and guarantee that all employees are paid under EU guidelines and are provided with safe working conditions. All of its swim fabric is produced using ECONYL yarn. Its shipping boxes are made from 70% recycled fibers and are 100% recyclable. Its tissue paper is certified by the Eco Packaging Alliance, meaning its supplier plants trees to contribute to global reforestation in areas of need.


Wolven swimwear and athleisure is made from OEKO-TEX-certified, recycled PET plastic bottles and carbon-neutral modal fabric. It also partners with NativeEnergy to carbon offset their operations footprint and choose more eco-conscious packaging to ship products to their customers. Its Chinese manufacturing partner is certified by WCA for labor, wages, work hours, health, safety, and environmental practices.


Ansea is a brand specializing in eco-friendly apparel for women who love the sea. Its collection includes wetsuits, swimsuits, and premium loungewear, all from sustainable materials. The wetsuits are made of a plant-based alternative to Neoprene called Yulex, which produces 80% less CO2 during manufacturing. Meanwhile, the swimsuits are made from ECONYL, a regenerated nylon made from industrial plastic, waste fabric, and fishing nets from the oceans. The brand produces its collections in New York City, abiding by strict labor regulations and water-conscious practices.


Known for its inclusive and sustainable activewear, Girlfriend Collective makes swimwear out of ECONYL, a regenerated nylon, and elastane. Its packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable. Its core factory is in Hanoi, Vietnam, and it’s SA8000 certified, guaranteeing fair wages, safe and healthy conditions, and zero forced or child labor


For the Dreamers swimwear is made mostly out of ECONYL, which is regenerated nylon is made from pre and post-consumer waste such as fishing nets from the oceans and aquaculture, fabric scraps from mills, old carpets destined for landfills, and other nylon waste. In order to decrease their environmental impact, it works with a carbon-neutral shipping company and uses more environmentally friendly printing machines for labels, recycled wrapping, and compostable shipping bags. Plus, 5% of every purchase is donated to an organization that provides clean water to those without access to it.


For 2020, Lively created its first-ever eco-conscious swimwear line, with suits made primarily out of recycled polyester. The styles are timeless and meant to be mix and matched, and sizes go up to XXL/DDD.


A leader in sustainability for the past four decades, Patagonia’s swimwear is made from a soft and durable 83% recycled polyester/ 17% spandex blend, and all the sewing is done in Fair Trade certified factories.


Made in California, many of Vitamin A’s super sexy swimsuits are made with EcoLux™ fabric, a blend of Repreve® RECYCLED nylon fiber, and LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber for a subtle sheen and gorgeous, long-lasting fit.


Noize creates inclusive swimwear using Italian Econyl. The brand’s styles are designed for every body type, with the option for more or less coverage. Customers can choose designs from size XS-XL and a plus-size collection that goes up to 3X.


Made in the U.S. of Italian recycled polyester/spandex fabric, these bathing suits have SPF50 built into their colorful, patterned fabrics.


OOKIOH makes “modern swimwear with a splash of nostalgia. ” The materials are sourced from an Italian mill and are 100% regenerated (meaning they come from the ocean and post-consumer waste). The brand is currently working toward its goal of completely eliminating virgin plastic from its entire system in the next two years.


MIGA’s one and two-piece bathing suits are inspired by the disability, chronic illness, and disfigurement community (but meant to be worn by all!). During the design process, the MIGA team consults with community members to craft its vibrant swimwear with ease in mind. Its Italian-made fabric is woven from regenerated polyamide yarn, resistant to chlorine, and is SPF50. MIGA uses 100% recycled packaging.


Vivida’s swimwear is transparently made using mostly post-consumer recycled waste (along with some spandex) and shipped in biodegradable bags. Its name is derived from ‘Viva la Vida’, which “serves as a daily reminder to be grateful for this precious, beautiful life.” 


Carolina K is a Latin American lifestyle brand created by Argentinian designer, Carolina Kleinman. Known for unique prints and inspired by a desire to preserve the artisanal traditions of indigenous peoples, her pieces are handmade by artisans in remote areas of Mexico, Peru, and India. Carolina K bathing suits are made from ECONYL, which is 100% recycled nylon.


Jade Swim is a sustainable swimwear line using both deadstock fibers and Econyl, regenerated nylon from plastic waste such as fishnets taken out of the ocean and remade into new nylon fabric. Inspired by New York City and made in Los Angeles, the brand combines both minimal and sensual aesthetics that can easily transition into ready-to-wear


Hunza G’s crinkle seersucker nylon and elastane fabric is knitted in a local mill in the Midlands, UK, where it’s dyed, processed, and dried before it’s sent to the brand’s Central London studio where each garment is cut and made—limiting any possible unnecessary fabric consumption.


Medina Swimwear’s luxury designs are made from ECONYL and can be used repeatedly without losing their integrity. Its pieces are also UV-proof, sun cream, oil, and chlorine resistant. Medina Swimwear donates a percentage of each collection’s sales to nonprofit organizations committed to protecting the oceans.


Casa Raki’s designs are South American inspired, designed in London, and made ethically in Portugal. The brand only uses sustainable materials and processes while focusing on improving and extending garment life.  Its pieces are made from ECONYL, a regenerated nylon made from industrial plastic, waste fabric, and fishing nets from the oceans.


Ayla Swim uses ECONYL to create its versatile designs. It works with two small boutique factories in Bali that allow the brand to be flexible with its order sizes to avoid wasting stock.


Launched in 2017, FISCH was one of the first brands to use ECONYL. The brand was inspired by the Creative Director’s childhood spent on Saint Barthélemy snorkeling and exploring the island’s wildlife. Each piece is handmade in Italy from fabric woven in Lombardy to ensure the highest quality possible while helping to minimize its carbon footprint.


Founded in 2017, Galamaar is a timeless swimwear brand for the contemporary woman. Made from environmentally sound fabrics, such as ECONYL, and produced in Los Angeles, CA.


Established in 2012, Arrow + Phoenix is a 90’s influenced sustainable swimwear line based in Los Angeles. It focuses on diversity and size inclusivity with bra cups ranging from A-H. The brand’s designs are made out of ECONYL, an Italian eco-luxe fiber made from regenerated nylon.


Natasha Tonic’s swimwear is made out of a natural, eco-friendly hemp fabric that is anti-microbial, UV resistant, durable, and better for your skin and the planet. Its suits also can do double duty as lingerie, bodysuits, or activewear. They are designed, dyed, and sewn locally in Los Angeles, California.




Coated cotton could make its way into high-buoyancy swimsuits

Cotton has many appealing characteristics as a clothing fabric, offering great breathability, insulation and of course comfort. A group of scientists in China has come up with a novel coating for everyday cotton that gives it an even broader set of useful traits, enabling it to repel oil and water with ease, and most impressively, float even when bearing loads many times its own weight.

While a popular fabric for a number of reasons, one thing cotton can’t offer is an ability to repel water and oils, which means it simply soaks them up and is therefore quite susceptible to stains. Researchers have been working on so-called superamphiphobic coatings that can bestow regular cotton with the water- and oil-repelling capabilities, and with some success. But the methods are difficult, time-consuming and involve many steps, meaning they aren’t presently viable for large-scale manufacturing.

Among the material scientists tinkering away in this area is a team from China’s Wuhan University of Technology, who have developed a comparatively simple “one-pot” coating technique that involves just a single step. The scientists mix dopamine hydrochloride and a pair of molecules together with a piece of cotton fabric for 24 hours. This causes a chemical reaction that sees the ingredients bond together to form a uniform, dark brown coating on the fabric.

Through subsequent testing, the team showed that this new coating made the regular cotton impermeable to many common liquids, and not just at the surface. The inner cotton fibers were found to be liquid-proof too. Fine sand, meanwhile, could be easily washed away with water. Only when subjecting the material to strong acid did its water resistance become compromised, while repeated washing was found to lessen its oil resistance.

Interestingly, the technique was also found to create nanoscale pockets of air at the point where the coating attached to the fabric. This enabled the cotton to float in water even when bearing up to 35 times its own weight, and 27 times its own weight when floating in oil.

According to the scientists, these attributes open up some interesting possibilities around functional fabrics that could find use in buoyant swimming suits that are possibly just as comfortable a regular ones, and also repel water. They could also find use in more comfortable lifejackets or protective clothing.

The research was published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, while the video below offers a look at the some of the scientists’ experiments.

A Bathing Suit That Doesn’t Get Wet? – Headline Science

Source: American Chemical Society

Swimsuits are bad for the environment. What are the alternatives?

In March, with swimsuit season just around the corner, the 10-year-old fashion label Reformation dropped a new line of bikinis and one-piece bathing suits. But the collection came with a caveat. On Reformation’s website and in an email to customers, the brand announced: “These swimsuits are not sustainable enough.

This was an odd thing to hear from a fashion brand. At a time when climate change and plastic pollution are on many consumers’ minds, fashion labels have been loudly advertising how eco-friendly their clothes are, rather than where they fall short. Earlier this year, when Madewell launched its eco-friendly swimwear collection, Second Wave, the product descriptions noted that the suits had a “built-in feel-good factor,” since each was made with eight water bottles. Startup Ookioh advertises on its website and social media accounts that it is made with “100% regenerated materials.” These are just a few of the dozens of swimwear brands highlighting their sustainability chops.

And yet here was Reformation, highlighting the limits of its own sustainability efforts. For one thing, the suits are not biodegradable. They also shed tiny pieces of plastic called microfibers when you wash them. These particles end up in the ocean, where they’re swallowed by sea animals, before ending up in our food chain.

These problems are not exclusive to Reformation: They face all swimwear brands. But Reformation wanted to underscore these issues, rather than hide them. It’s a clever way to get the customer’s attention. It also serves to draw attention to how complex it is to be a truly sustainable fashion brand. “We’re trying to engage our customers in the messiness,” says Kathleen Talbot, Reformation’s director of sustainability. “The fact is that there are trade-offs. We’re trying to be as innovative as possible, but we want to be really honest about the limitations of existing technologies and fibers.”

[Photo: Reformation]

The Problem With Swimsuits

So why does swimwear present such a challenge when it comes to sustainability? It comes down to one thing: plastic. Synthetic fabrics–like nylon, polyester, and spandex–are perfectly suited for swimwear because they wick moisture and stretch across the body, reducing friction in the water. They are also inexpensive to make, as well as versatile, so the fashion industry relies on them heavily, not just for swimwear, but also activewear, outerwear, and cheap fast-fashion garments. An estimated 65 million tons of these plastic-based materials are generated every year.

This is a problem because plastic is not biodegradable, so it never decomposes. Instead, it sits in landfills or oceans forever, adding to the estimated 8 billion tons of plastic that already exist on the planet. There’s no good way to get rid of this plastic. Some countries have resorted to burning it, which creates carbon emissions, since plastic is made from fossil fuels. In countries without good waste management systems, plastic-based fibers sometimes end up in the oceans, where sea animals can mistake them for food, causing them to choke.

Talbot says that Reformation tries to avoid using synthetic fibers in its clothing. Ninety-five percent of its garments are made using natural, biodegradable fabrics, like organic cotton and viscose, which comes from tree pulp. But there isn’t currently a biodegradable material that has all the performance qualities necessary for a swimsuit. As a result, eco-friendly brands are relying on the next best alternative: recycled plastic.  There’s a growing list of swimwear brands that use recycled plastic, rather than virgin plastic, to make products. That includes luxury brands like Mara Hoffman, as well as more affordable pieces from startups like Outdoor Voices, Koru Swimwear, Galamar, and Vitamin A.

[Photo: Athleta]

The Brave New World of Recycled Plastics

But recycled plastic has its limits. For one, large companies simply aren’t set up to use it. That’s why you generally see smaller startups creating swimwear out of recycled materials. Reshma Chamberlin and Lori Coulter, who launched the swimwear startup Summersalt two years ago, built their entire supply chain using nylon made from fishing nets and industrial carpets. Reformation, for its part, only began creating swimsuits three years ago, and was able to use Econyl, a nylon created from recycled plastic, including industrial plastic diverted from landfills and oceans.

But for Athleta, a large company owned by Gap, Inc., it’s a much more challenging proposition to switch over to recycled materials, partly because its supply chain is spread out around the world. It took three years for Athleta to develop h3Eco, a proprietary fabric made from recycled nylon. Nancy Green, Athleta’s CEO, says that it required significant testing to create a material that was just effective and also as affordable as the virgin materials the brand was previously using. But then, the challenge was to ensure that Athleta’s partner factories could access these fabrics and had the correct cutting and sewing equipment to turn them into swimsuits. “Not all manufacturers have the capability to make these suits,” Greens says. “So it takes time to find factories that are equipped to work with these fabrics.”

[Photo: Athleta]

This year, Athleta announced that 85% of its swimwear is made from recycled materials, and it is working to get to 100%. Even though it’s a slow process, given the size of its operation, the upside is that the impact is also greater relative to smaller startups that produce less inventory. By using h3Eco, Athleta has managed to divert 72,264 kilograms of waste from landfills, which is the equivalent in weight to 2.4 humpback whales.

Of course, it’s important to remember that recycled plastic is not–on its own–a perfect solution. When the customer is done with it, it is likely to end up in the trash, since there are currently few facilities that recycle synthetic materials. That means the suit will be landfilled, incinerated, or it will end up in the ocean after a few summers.

[Photo: Summersalt]

But this is the reality: The quest for sustainability is full of trade-offs. Take Summersalt. From the start, the brand has relied on recycled nylon for its swimsuits. But the founders also wanted to think about sustainability from a more holistic perspective, including considering how durable the suits are. After all, swimsuits need to survive many elements: the sun, heat, salt water, and chlorine. “The longer the customer is able to use the swimsuit, the longer it stays out of a landfill,” Coulter points out.

This led the founders to reckon with a new trade-off. They wanted to incorporate a fiber called Xtra Life Lycra into the suits to help them keep their shape longer as well as resist degradation from chlorinated water, heat, and sunscreen. This would allow the suits to last up to 10 times longer than unprotected fabrics. The downside, though, is that this Lycra is made from virgin plastic.

In the end, the founders decided to include the Lycra because it would allow them to extend the life of the product, so the customer could wear it for a long time before throwing it out. But it wasn’t an easy decision. “We’re very upfront about the fact that we’re not perfect, but we’re constantly making incremental shifts to make our products more eco-friendly,” says Chamberlain. “But we’re finding that this is a tricky business, and it’s hard for every decision you make to be 100% sustainable.”

[Photo: Reformation]

In The Hands of The Customer

About a decade ago, scientists discovered something alarming: When we wash synthetic materials, minuscule pieces of plastic are released into the water, which eventually find their way into the ocean. Biologists have found that that traces of microplastics are found inside fish, which means that they have now entered the human food chain. While the study of microplastics is still in its infancy, early research has shown that these materials are taxing our livers and kidneys. “Fashion is not the only industry contributing to this problem,” says Reformation’s Talbot. “But synthetic apparel is definitely contributing to it.”

Brands can’t control what happens to a product once it’s in the hands of the consumer. But with its swimwear campaign, Reformation is trying to raise awareness about the problem of microplastics. On its website, Reformation offers customers tips to reduce the shed of microplastic, including gently washing synthetic garments by hand in cold water (which has been shown to release fewer particles than the rigorous cycles of a washing machine). The company also sells a product called Guppyfriend, a bag that captures microfibers when you hand- or machine-wash your synthetic clothes, so that these particles don’t end up in waterways.

[Photo: Reformation]

But Talbot admits that this is not an adequate solution. After all, you still need to somehow dispose of the microplastics inside the Guppyfriend bag. This involves pulling them out and putting them in the trash–but these tiny particles may end up in the waterways anyway, since they are swept away by rainwaters. Ultimately, Talbot believes that the only way to truly deal with the problem is to install filters on washing machines or in the sewer system to capture the microplastics before the end up in the water–and then use an industrial machine to suck up these plastic particles and recycle them. None of which is terribly realistic for an average consumer. Talbot is also actively looking for materials that simply don’t shed. “Nothing is commercially available yet or at scale, but it might be possible to treat the fabrics differently in the fiber and fabric finishing process to avoid this issue,” she says. “That’s definitely going to be part of the solution.”

Many swimwear brands that advertise their sustainable fabrics don’t have a good solution for helping customers recycle their swimsuits. Athleta, for instance, says it is actively working on an initiative that will collect old garments and recycle them, but this is several years off.

At Reformation, Talbot wants to give customers different ways to make products more circular. Customers can send wearable products to the online consignment store Thredup and receive credit to spend at Reformation. And they can also print out a free shipping label to send old products back to Reformation, where they will be sorted and recycled appropriately.

While we have the technology to recycle fabrics made of a single fiber, like cashmere or cotton, it’s much harder to break down synthetics, which tend to be blends of different fibers. Currently, the best way to prevent synthetics from ending up in a landfill is to send them to a recycling facility that will chop the fabrics into little pieces, which can be used for other products, like housing insulation and the stuffing for throw pillows.

Ultimately, Talbot is gunning for a time when it will be possible to recycle plastic-based fibers. Scientists are currently developing machinery that will separate different fibers in a blend–pulling the nylon apart from the cotton, for instance–and turn them back into new fibers, which can be used for new clothes. This is much like the way we currently recycle paper into new paper, or plastic bottles into new bottles, in a perfectly circular system. Once we are able to scale this technology, it could transform the entire fashion industry. In theory, it would mean that fashion brands would never need to rely on raw materials ever again.

While synthetic fabrics are currently a scourge on the planet, collecting in landfills and the oceans, Talbot envisions a world in which we stopped making plastic altogether, and instead constantly recycle the plastic we already have. “No one really has the silver-bullet solution for circularity,” says Talbot. “But one of the things that is promising about synthetics is that they can be recycled infinitely.”

The Best Swimsuit Fabric, For You — Bali Swim

Whether you are looking for a fabric for your swimwear line or next purchase it’s good to know what the options are. This post will cover the common materials, and their uses & characteristics. We also dig into weights, compositions, textures and the sustainability of swimwear fabrics.

Do note that no fabric is better than another, but that the fabrics have different attributes making them more suitable for different uses. On top of this, of course, the quality of your supplier makes a difference.

There are two major fabric options:
1. Nylon Blends

Nylon blends are what you will come across most in the female swimwear fashion world.


It is soft and comfortable. It gives a good stretch, and it hugs your body really well.

A typical blend is around 80% nylon and 20% of the stretchy bit. That bit is called LYCRA® if it’s by The LYCRA Company but can also be called spandex (SP) or elastane (EA), depending on where in the world you are and if it’s branded or not. Same thing. The purpose of this 20% is to provide great elasticity for your bikinis and swimsuits.

Nylon can also go under other names, such as Polyamide (PA) which is essentially the same. Nylon is the group name of some particular Polyamides.

Nylons are not to be printed on, the result is blurry and the print will bleed.


Feel: Very soft
Stretch: Very Good
Durability: Good
Dry: Quick
Printable: No
UV resistance: Sometimes
Chlorine resistance: Rare
Repels water: Yes
Care: Hand-Wash, Hang to Dry

2. Polyester Blends

You’ll find polyester blends mostly amongst competitive swimwear.


It is soft yet very strong, and it is chlorine and UV resistant.

Polyester blends also have the benefit of being able to absorb dye. This means that you can dye and print it with rich and crisp results.


Feel: Soft
Stretch: Good
Durability: Very Good
Dry: Quicker
Printable: Yes
UV resistance: Yes
Chlorine resistance: Yes
Repels water: Yes
Care: Hand-Wash, Hang to Dry

What else look for in swimwear materials

Most fashion swimwear fabrics range in about 180-200 g/m².

A fabric as light as 150 g/m², such as Gemma from Carvico will feel and look more like a lingerie or underwear. Heavier fabrics at 200-220g/m²+ are often more suited for competition or fall into the category of textured & other fabrics – we’ll get into those fabrics later.


When it comes to composition, it will help that you know the properties of the ‘ingredients’. For example, the Spandex/Elastane/LYCRA® gives most of the stretch.

So therefore – 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex will be more stretchy than 85% Nylon and 15% Spandex – but note that this largely applies to fabric that comes from the same source/manufacturer; so if you’re going to switch between sources, don’t go by numbers alone. Therefore it’s always a good idea to get swatches or feel the fabric yourself if possible. You can also ask the supplier for more details, as the content description might not give you the full story.


Traditionally swimwear has used fabrics that are heavy on environment. However as consumer awareness and demand has evolved – fabric options have with them.

One of the best is ECONYL® – it is regenerated nylon from pre and post-consumer products.

ECONYL® publicizes their process in 4 steps:

1. Rescue – Finding waste like fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic from landfills and oceans around the world.

2. Regenerate – Regeneration and purification process. Recycled back to original purity, exactly like virgin, or new, nylon.

3. Remake – The nylon is processed into the swimwear yarn

4. Reimagine – The regenerated yarn is used in new swimwear products, until they are no longer useful and can go back into step one: Rescue.

You can read more about them here.

There are other examples of recycled swimwear fabrics, such as REPREVE®, who make theirs from recycled plastic bottles.

Further shifts in consumer demands will put further pressure not only the fabrics suppliers but also manufacturers in their methods. As a manufacturer, this is something that we take seriously.

Related page: Swimwear Manufacturing

Other variations of swimwear fabrics

As the swimwear industry further matures and evolves – trends come with it. This results in waves of new types of fabrics being tried and tested on swimwear.

A few years back there was a trend of brands working with neoprene. This followed off the back of the success of brands such as N.L.P. and Triangl. But if you have a peek today (2018) at Triangl for example, they have shifted to using a lot of velvet. However neoprene bonding is still used; at least to us this speaks to their identity whilst giving them the room to work with other textured or newer fabrics.

At the time of this blog post, we see a large demand for textured fabrics – especially ribbed and velvet.


Neoprene is a synthetic rubber that exhibits good stability, remains flexible over varied temperatures and is great for insulation. The benefit of insulation is why it’s commonly used for scuba diving suits. The fabric is thicker and methods of stitching different than a ‘regular’ swimwear fabric. If you seek to use this fabric for your brand or products you might benefit from finding a manufacturer who are already producing scuba/wet suits.


Ribbed textures can be made out of a variety of knitted fabrics. You make a ribbed texture by alternating knit and purl stitches – this creates the ridges. The fabric will lie flat but also stretches more in one direction. The ribbed used for swimwear is frequently nylon, and can be made very compact and tight with less stretch. Different compositions give different looks. For example JL Bristol fabric has a 92%/8% blend and has a more sporty look being so tight. A blend closer to 80/20 will have a more standard fashion look.


Velvet fabrics are super soft. Hence the use in loungewear and robes. The fabric has cut, evenly distributed threads, and this is what gives it a pile and a distinctive velvet/fur-like feel. A good blend of this can work very well for swimwear, giving it a very luxurious look.


Other examples of fabric suitable for swimwear are mesh, corduroy and some even use cotton blends. However when it comes to cotton blends you need to be wary of its durability. Harsh swim environments (sun, salt, sea, chlorine) can have tough effects on it.

That’s a wrap! We have covered the essential things that you need to think about when it comes to choosing swimwear materials. Fabric options, their properties, their characteristics and a good few reasons on why one may be better than the other – for you and your purpose. We hope that it’s been helpful, and assists you in making good choices for your ideal bikinis and swimsuits.

If you have any additional questions about the fabrics mentioned or if you would like to develop your own swimwear line – please feel free to contact us by downloading the catalog below. You’ll have our most important information and FAQ’s in hand, and we will be notified to contact you from there.

A History of Women’s Swimwear

Lastex yarn (Fig. 10) was invented in 1931 (Kennedy 71). This was a game changer for swimwear once it was regularly used in production. Typically knitted swimsuits were made from wool which would lose its shape when wet. The introduction of Lastex yarn into women’s swimwear meant the garments would hold their form in and out of the water. Lastex would often be combined with artificial fibres such as rayon resulting in a stretchy and shiny fabric (Kennedy 71). Swimsuits could now be produced in a much larger range of colours and prints (Kennedy 71). Furthermore, at the end of the 1940s, Christian Dior launched his New Look which consisted of nipped in waists and full skirts, accentuating the female form. This exciting design shifted the trend to feminine and hourglass figures for women, including in swimwear. In this Lastex yarn advertisement from ca. 1950 (Fig. 10), the figure-hugging swimsuits reflect the fashionable feminine post-war silhouettes.

One of the most significant moments in the history of women’s swimwear was the creation of the bikini in 1946. The design of the bikini is credited to two separate designers who introduced the revolutionary garment at the same time. Jacques Heim, a French fashion designer, created a minimalist two-piece swimming garment in May 1946, called the Atome. Heim’s Atome featured a bra-like top and bottoms which covered the bottom and navel. Later that year, in July 1946, Louis Réard, an engineer turned designer, created what he called the bikini. Réard’s skimpy design, pictured in figure 11, consisted of only four triangles of material that were held together with string. The two designs competed for public attention and whilst Heim’s garment was the first to be worn on a beach, it was the term bikini, as coined by Réard, that stuck.

The rise of the film industry and Hollywood glamour, which celebrated the female form in its entirety, had a big impact on the swimwear industry. In 1952, Bridget Bardot starred in the French film Manina, The Girl in the Bikini. At just 17, Bardot was one of the first women to sport a bikini on the big screen. Towards the end of the decade, in 1956, Bardot appeared bikini-clad again in And God Created Women. These appearances brought the bikini into mainstream media, thus beginning the garment’s transition from outrageous and shocking to everyday. According to Vogue, by the mid-1950s swimwear was seen more as a “state of dress, not undress” (Delis Hill 63), illustrating how liberated fashion trends were gradually being accepted, even if society was not quite ready for the bikini.

90,000 what is the name, what material is better to choose for the beach?

Leotard is both underwear and outerwear. Strict requirements are imposed on him: a bathing suit must emphasize the beauty of the figure, not constrain movement, and have minimal dimensions. The first models of bathing suits appeared at the beginning of the last century. Today, this type of clothing is represented by a wide range of models – from modest solid to revealing bikinis. Manufacturers use certain fabrics for sewing any model.

What should be the fabric for a swimsuit?

Clothes made from natural fabrics become very heavy when wet, therefore swimming suits are usually made of synthetics. Swimwear materials must be:

  • elastic;
  • light;
  • pleasant to the touch;
  • UV and water resistant;
  • Brightness preserving colors.
Fabrics for swimwear

A good swimsuit is a beautiful and comfortable thing.The highest demands are placed on swimwear for professionals. The fabric for them should not cause irritation or itching, be resistant to aggressive external factors such as chlorinated water and sunlight.

Varieties of materials for swimwear

Traditionally, swimming and bathing suits are made from synthetic materials, but in fashion stores you can find products from combined fibers on a natural basis. Cotton is often used as the base raw material for fabrics with the addition of synthetics.Various artificial fibers are added to it.

Synthetic fabrics are more suitable for sewing monokini. At the same time, mixed materials from natural and artificially obtained raw materials are less likely to cause allergic reactions.

Natural cotton and mixed fabrics based on it

Cotton is soft and breathable. The material does not irritate the skin at all. Its disadvantages include the drying time and lack of elasticity, therefore, pure cotton is rarely used for sewing bathing clothes.

At the same time, cotton thread is often used to make knitted swimwear. Such models cannot be called comfortable for swimming, but they are very convenient for sunbathing on the beach. Only very slender women with a small bust can afford knitted bathing suits: the product will not hold a lush chest.

Knitted cotton swimsuit

Synthetic fibers – spandex, polyester, microfiber, etc. can be added to the cotton thread. They make the fabric elastic, more resistant to the sun.However, the additives do not make cotton suitable for professional swimwear. It is recommended to take sun baths in them, not sea baths.

Polyester, polyamide, lycra in pure form and in combinations

Lycra, elastane and microfiber are the basis of most swimwear fabrics. These fabrics are used in their pure form and with the addition of other fibers. Depending on the fiber composition, the properties of the fabric will vary:

  • Polyester. The most popular synthetic raw material.The labels indicate “Pes”. Such fabric is of different density: thin, translucent, dense and tough. Polyester has a number of properties that make it ideal for beachwear. It is able to repel water, is not afraid of sunlight and fungus, and drapes perfectly. The prices for swimwear made from this material are the most affordable. Polyester fabric also has disadvantages – the ability to electrify, short service life (up to 2 years), long drying.
Polyamide fabric
  • Polyamide. Refers to materials that are rarely used in their pure form. Since it is very thin and lightweight, lycra is added to it. This makes the fabric elastic, well-fitting to the body. The polyamide and lycra swimsuit is highly durable. It is almost impossible to tear or stretch it. The product dries twice as fast as cotton and polyester, does not fade or fade, and is easy to care for.
  • Lycra. Product labels are often referred to as elastane or spandex, indicated by the letters LY.The material is called differently depending on the country in which the swimsuit is produced. If lycra is added to some material, it will become elastic, tight-fitting. From 20% to 30% spandex is added to beachwear fabrics, making them durable, crease-resistant, hygienic, moisture-resistant, bright. Spandex monokinis are great for contouring.
Leotard from supplex

Leotards are also made of microfiber and supplex. The first material was invented in Japan in the 70s of the last century and is widely used for sewing clothes of various styles.Microfiber leotards are very pleasant to the body but stretch quickly. Supplex is a knitted elastic fabric from which clothing for professional swimmers is sewn. It contains microfiber and lycra.

The combination of these two materials gives a fabric that is durable, breathable, and wrinkle resistant. Metallized threads (lurex) can be added to it to add shine. It turns out the ideal material for beautiful costumes in which athletes perform.

Professional swimmers and gymnasts wear tackle costumes, a fabric that is a mixture of knitwear and elastane.The tactel is pleasant to the touch, dries quickly, and does not transmit ultraviolet light.

A combination of polyamide and nylon with a slight addition of elastane is considered ideal for bikinis and monokini. Such fabric keeps its shape perfectly and dries quickly. It is very convenient to swim in clothes made of it.

How to properly use and care for your swimsuit?

When you manage to choose a beautiful bathing suit, you want to keep it as long as possible. To do this, it is necessary to use it correctly and take care of the product in accordance with the following rules:

  • Synthetic fabrics easily absorb odors, so they should not be allowed to come into contact with strong smelling substances.It is recommended to store your beach suit at the end of the bathing season in an airtight cover.
  • It is recommended to hand wash your bikini or monokini after visiting the pool. To do this, you need to use cold water and mild toilet soap. It is advisable to wash the product under running water. You cannot twist a synthetic swimsuit.
  • Do not use chemicals to clean swimwear. Aggressive drugs destroy elasticity and deprive a thing of elasticity.
  • It is highly discouraged to load products into the automatic machine drum.With such washing, bikinis are stretched, the cups of the bodices are greatly deformed.

  • Dry items from any fabric in the shade.
  • The swimsuit is not suitable for hot bromine baths. The product deteriorates from the procedure, so it is better to immerse yourself in such a bath without any clothes or buy the cheapest suit for this, which you will not mind throwing away.
  • Ironing a bikini or monokini is not worth it: you can ruin the product. Since such things are made of synthetics, there is usually no need to iron them.

When caring for the product, it is necessary to take into account what the fabric for the swimsuit is made of. Cottons with added synthetic thread can be machine washed, other types of fabrics can be washed exclusively by hand.

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An interesting feature of bathing suits is that, having the appearance of underwear, they essentially remain outerwear. It is this duality that makes manufacturers choose the fabric for a swimsuit or swimming trunks with special care.

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Requirements for materials

Every woman wants to look stylish and sexy, so when buying, she first of all pays attention to the colors and style of the bathing suit. But do not forget that its purpose is not only to decorate the body, but also to protect against ultraviolet radiation. Therefore, you should also look at what fabric the swimwear is made of.

The following requirements apply to the material for beachwear:

  1. Elasticity: a good swimsuit fits snugly around the body without sagging or wrinkling.
  2. Form stability: the product does not lose its shape after getting wet in water or prolonged exposure to the sun.
  3. Safety: the material does not emit substances harmful to the human body.
  4. Hypoallergenic: the fabric does not cause skin irritation or redness.
  5. Strength: the material is resistant to mechanical damage and deformation.
  6. Reliability of coloring: under the influence of salt or chlorinated water, as well as ultraviolet rays, the fabric should not lose brightness.
  7. Hygroscopicity: Proper swimwear dries quickly.

In addition, the fabric should be pleasant to the body, have a slimming effect that allows you to hide individual figure flaws. And of course, the service life of a swimsuit made of high-quality material cannot be limited to one season.

Types of fabrics for swimwear

Fabrics made of natural, artificial and synthetic fibers are used for sewing swimwear.The composition of the fabric is indicated on the label attached to the product. The most common materials are as follows:

  • cotton;
  • polyester;
  • polyamide;
  • lycra;
  • microfiber;
  • supplex.

Let us briefly characterize each of the fabrics, find out their positive and negative sides, as well as the degree of suitability for sewing swimsuits and swimming trunks.

Cotton: What Could Be More Natural

In truth, cotton is not the best fabric for a swimsuit because it doesn’t meet most of the requirements outlined above.Cotton materials are not elastic, wrinkle and quickly lose their attractiveness when exposed to salt water or chlorinated pool water.

Nevertheless, cotton swimwear exists and is in demand as beachwear for expectant mothers, young children or people with allergies to synthetic materials. They are absolutely environmentally friendly and safe, besides, they reliably protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation.

The slight addition of lycra fibers makes the cotton fabric elastic.It becomes more elastic and tight-fitting without losing the basic properties inherent in natural material.

Important to know! Cotton suits are suitable not so much for swimming as for sunbathing. They are not recommended for use in the swimming pool, as the fabric will quickly lose color and strength.

Polyester – classic beach fabrics

Bathing suits made of polyester – the most common synthetic fabric – have been produced for more than half a century.Depending on the thickness of the threads and the way they are woven, polyester materials can be thin, translucent and dense, rigid.

Swimwear manufacturers are attracted by the following qualities of polyester:

  • sun protection;
  • good water repellency;
  • resistance to dirt, mold and other fungi;
  • color fastness – the fabric does not fade or fade;
  • good drape;
  • relatively cheap.

In addition, contrary to popular belief about the dangers of synthetics, high-quality polyester can be used even for the production of children’s clothing. It does not emit hazardous substances and does not cause allergic reactions.

However, polyester also has significant disadvantages:

  • the fabric is electrified and “sparks”;
  • the material is dense and can “float” the body;
  • the swimsuit dries for a long time;
  • the product quickly loses its original appearance.

Polyester bathing suits last one or two seasons. Therefore, this material is used for the most budgetary models and men’s swimming trunks.

Remember! Wash polyester swimwear with your hands in cool water, do not twist or wring out. After washing, the product should be flattened and hung until it dries completely.

Polyamide: eternal swimsuit

Unlike polyester, polyamide fiber is very thin, so products made from it are lightweight and weightless.Fabrics made of 100% polyamide are not used for the production of swimwear, since they are incapable of fitting and stretch during the wear process.

Lycra comes to the rescue, as always. The addition of only 5% fibers gives the polyamide the desired properties – it becomes resilient and elastic. In addition, such a tandem increases the wear resistance of the material so much that, according to customer reviews, a product made from it will rather get bored than tear or lose its appearance.

The following properties also speak in favor of using polyamide for beachwear:

  • Water repellent – polyamide swimwear dries twice as fast as cotton or polyester;
  • stability in aggressive environments – the material does not lose brightness and elasticity after contact with sea or chlorinated water;
  • resistance to the effects of various fungi, microorganisms and bacteria;
  • strength – the fabric can withstand significant tensile and tensile loads.

Polyamide fibers have a pleasant sheen, which makes swimwear made from this fabric especially attractive. Polyamide differs from other synthetic materials in good air permeability, therefore, in a swimsuit, the body will “breathe” from it.

The negative sides of the polyamide fabric are:

  • the possibility of static electricity;
  • low heat resistance – the material “does not like” temperatures above 40 ° C and becomes tough;
  • Sensitive to dirt – it is quite problematic to remove some types of stains from polyamide fabrics.

But the material is very undemanding to care for. You can wash it by hand and in a typewriter, maintaining the water temperature within 30-400C. After lightly wringing, the product is hung to dry. There is no need to iron the polyamide.

Lycra: 100% Fit


This most elastic of all known materials has other names: in Europe it is known as elastane, and in the USA as spandex. A slight addition of lycra to any canvas radically changes its properties – elasticity appears, elasticity, the fabric becomes draining and tight-fitting.

It is these qualities of elastane that are used by manufacturers of swimwear, adding from 20 to 30% fibers to other materials. Lycra products are characterized by the following qualities:

  • lightness;
  • durability;
  • moisture resistance;
  • crease resistance;
  • hygiene.

Lycra has one more important quality: it significantly improves the dyeing ability of fabrics. Therefore, swimwear with elastane always pleases with a variety of colors.

Microfiber: Japanese quality

These ultra-fine fibers made from a blend of polyester and polyamide first appeared in Japan in the 1970s. Since then, the production of microfiber has been established for many household items and clothing items, including bathing suits.

The choice of microfiber for sewing beachwear is not accidental, since it has many positive properties:

  • resistance to deformation;
  • crease resistance;
  • increased strength;
  • breathability;
  • silkiness and softness;
  • low cost.

The only drawback of the material is that over time, the product can stretch and lose its shape. But the addition of elastane eliminates this disadvantage, which is why microfiber swimwear remains very popular.

Interesting fact! In 1983, new fabrics were produced in the USA on the basis of Japanese developments under the common trademark Tactel®. This ultra-thin elastic jersey can rightfully be called a “second skin” for its ability to follow the slightest curves of the body.Most often, these fabrics are used for sewing gymnastic leotards.

Supplex: elastic jersey


A distinctive feature of supplex knitted material is its superpower to stretch – up to 300%. It is not for nothing that they sew clothes for professional athletes – swimmers and gymnasts.

The supplex contains microfiber and elastane, so the material combines all their positive characteristics:

  • wear resistance and durability;
  • ability to dry quickly;
  • blown through;
  • crease resistance;
  • lightness and silkiness.

Supplex fibers are very easily dyed, which allows you to get a lot of colors and shades. To make the material decorative, metallized lurex threads are added to it.

Supplex leotards are used not only for rhythmic gymnastics and swimming, but also as leisure wear. Although the fabric is produced in many countries, the most beautiful and high quality material is considered to be made in Italy.

Correctly selected fabric for a swimsuit will delicately hide all flaws and favorably emphasize the dignity of the figure and help every woman to feel special and unique.

Swimwear. Types and material. How to choose and look after

Swimming is a rather multifaceted activity. Firstly, this is a sport that is practiced not only for the sake of records and achievements, but also in order to have a beautiful body, keep muscles in good shape, and get rid of excess weight. Secondly, it is a way of preventing and treating many diseases of the musculoskeletal system. And thirdly, it is an entertaining and useful form of recreation. For each of the goals pursued, both women and men need special swimwear.

Women’s swimwear

When buying a swimsuit, every woman is guided primarily by the desire to look good, so the design and style of the bathing suit is of decisive importance. At the same time, it is important to remember that a bathing suit is needed not so much to emphasize the charms, but to protect against ultraviolet radiation and chemicals in the water. In this regard, it is imperative to take into account the characteristics of the fabric from which the swimsuit is sewn.

It must have the following properties:
  • Be flexible, fit well, not sagging or wrinkle.
  • Keep in shape.
  • No harmful compounds.
  • Be pleasant to the touch and do not irritate the skin.
  • Do not deform or tear.
  • Do not lose color brightness.
  • Dry quickly.
  • Wear for a long time.
Types of fabrics for swimwear
Swimwear is made of natural fabrics and synthetics, among which the most commonly used ones can be distinguished:
  • Cotton.
  • Polyester.
  • Polyamide.
  • Lycra.
  • Microfiber.
  • Supplex.
Cotton: the most natural

If you evaluate cotton according to the criteria described above, then it is not quite suitable for a swimsuit. Things made of it are not elastic, wrinkle, and salt water, like chlorinated water, does not work on it in the best way. Regardless, cotton swimwear is produced and purchased. They are better suited for pregnant women, young children and people with allergies.

Cotton is an environmentally friendly and completely safe material that well protects the body from the sun’s rays. And it is more suitable for sunbathing on the shore than for swimming.

To make the cotton fabric more elastic, a little lycra is added to it. At the same time, all other properties of cotton remain.

Polyester: the classic swimwear

Polyester swimwear has been around for over half a century. It is the most popular and attention-grabbing fabric.

Has the following properties:
  • UV protection.
  • Resistant to dirt and mold.
  • Color fastness.
  • Good fit.

Although synthetics are considered harmful, high-quality polyester does not contain harmful compounds and is not allergenic. It is even used for sewing clothes for children.

But this material is not without its drawbacks:
  • Accumulates static electricity.
  • Poor heat transfer.
  • Dries for a long time.
  • Deforms, quickly loses its attractiveness.

Polyester swimwear designed for a maximum of two seasons. So that it does not lose its original appearance too soon, it should be washed in lukewarm water without spinning, and then straightened and hung to dry.

Polyamide: “eternal” swimsuit

This is a fairly thin synthetic fabric. It is not used in its pure form for swimwear, otherwise they would not be tight-fitting and would stretch a lot.The necessary qualities of polyamide are provided by lycra in the amount of 5% – it acquires sufficient elasticity and wear resistance. Polyamide has its advantages and disadvantages.

Speak in favor of the material:
  • Water repellent – polyamide swimwear dries very quickly.
  • Resistance to aggressive environment – the material retains its properties after exposure to salt and bleach.
  • Strength.
  • Good breathability.
The disadvantages of the material include:
  • Strong electrification.
  • Difficulty in removing stains.

Taking care of your polyamide swimsuit is easy. You can wash it with your hands and in a typewriter, it is allowed to use a light spin. But ironing the polyamide is not worth it.

Lycra: 100% fit

Elastane, spandex, lycra are all names for the same material, which is rightfully considered the most elastic. Lycra is added to many famous fabrics.

Products with lycra are favorably distinguished by such qualities as:
  • Lightness.
  • Strength.
  • Moisture resistance.
  • Crease resistance.
  • Hygiene.

Another interesting property of Lycra is the ability to stain. Therefore, lycra swimwear is distinguished by a variety of colors.

Microfiber: Japanese quality

This is a synthetic fiber made from a blend of polyester and polyamide. It was invented in Japan in the 70s of the twentieth century, and is now widely used in the manufacture of clothing.

Microfiber has many positive characteristics:
  • Does not deform.
  • Does not wrinkle.
  • High strength.
  • Breathes.
  • Silky and pleasant to the touch.

The garment stretches during the wearing process. Perhaps this is the only drawback of this fabric, which can be easily eliminated by adding lycra.

Supplex: elastic jersey

The feature of supplex is super viscous.Therefore, the sports uniform of swimmers and gymnasts is sewn from it. The composition includes microfiber and elastane.

The positive properties of these fabrics are combined, providing supplex:
  • Abrasion resistance and durability.
  • Fast drying.
  • Air permeability.
  • Crease resistance.
  • Easy paintability.

Supplex bathing suits hide flaws and emphasize the dignity of the figure.

Men’s swimwear

Swimming trunks are an integral part of beach and pool equipment.Comfort and freedom of movement depend on their quality and properties. In addition, stylish swimming trunks favorably emphasize the wearer’s sexuality.

Manufacturers supply a huge number of men’s swimming trunks. The choice depends on the purpose for which they are purchased.

Types of men’s swimming trunks
Men’s swimwear is classified primarily by cut type:
  • Classic swimming trunks . This is a versatile option. They fit well and are executed with no frills.They are tight-fitting, as well as loose, made of light or dense material, with a traditional and low fit. Such swimming trunks are usually worn in the pool.

  • Swim-boxers (shorts) . Better focus on the merits of the figure. Can be worn on the beach and in the pool. The main fabric is sometimes complemented by decorative trim.

  • Bermuda . These are oversized knee-length shorts in a bold design with decorative details.They do not impose requirements on the figure and even help to hide some of its shortcomings. Bermuda shorts are complemented from the inside with mesh briefs for a good fit and comfort to wear. This is the best option for swimming and outdoor games by the pond, but they are poorly suited for practicing in the pool.

  • Bottoms of a free cut differ from boxers in that they do not fit the figure and have a mesh-panties inside. This is a swimwear with a striking design. She is chosen for relaxing on the beach: they swim in it, take sun baths, play outdoor games.Among other things, such swimming trunks hide the fullness of the legs. Such swimming trunks are usually not worn in the pool.

  • Starting trunks are used among professional athletes. Designed primarily for participation in competitions. They allow you to swim faster, and the muscles in them feel optimal compression. For their production, a very durable and elastic material is used, which is also called “second skin”.

Requirements for swimming trunks
In addition to the style, men’s swimwear must meet a number of criteria:
  • To be in size, fit well, not wrinkle or pull too tight.
  • Do not restrict movement.
  • Resistant to chlorine, salt and UV light.
  • Do not irritate the skin.
  • Dry quickly.

As a rule, when sewing men’s swimming trunks, the same types of fabrics are used as for women’s swimwear. All properties of these materials have been described above.

The choice of swimming trunks and features of the figure

Suitable swimming trunks will allow you to highlight the charms of the wearer’s figure and hide existing flaws.

Any swimming trunks are suitable for representatives of the stronger sex with a sporty physique, the main thing is not to be mistaken with the size.

Tall and thin, it is better to opt for boxers with a large pattern or horizontal stripes – they hide thinness. But products with vertical stripes are not recommended to be worn.

With a small stature, classic swimming trunks will become optimal – they visually add growth.

For overweight men, as well as those with a tummy, long bermuda shorts are recommended.But bright colors are best avoided.

It is advisable to choose the color of beachwear in accordance with the type of skin. On light skin, green, lemon-colored swimming trunks, as well as pastel colors, will not look very good. The same applies to “acidic” colors and patterns. It is easier for owners of dark or tanned skin to decide – almost everything looks good on them.

Beachwear Maintenance

Swimwear requires proper care to maintain its color and shape for a long time.Every textile product has a label indicating the particulars of care.

You can also follow the general tips:
  • After swimming in a pool or pond, rinse your suit in fresh water.
  • It is better to dry your swimsuit and swimming trunks at room temperature.
  • Boiling swimming accessories is prohibited.
  • It is better to wash things by hand, without bleaches or rinses.
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Bathing suit (swimwear) – about the choice of material

An interesting article about which material is better to choose a bathing suit

Today, every fashionista can pamper herself with a bathing suit for every taste.Fortunately, modern stores provide a large selection of a wide variety of swimwear, so every woman can only think about how to choose a “beach dress” that is not only fashionable and beautiful, but also maximally conducive to maintaining the health of its owner.

Naturally, when choosing swimwear, the first thing you should pay attention to is quality. What is a quality swimsuit? First of all, it must pass air perfectly, does not sit down, do not stretch, do not fade, do not wrinkle, do not lose shape, dry quickly.Swimwear is also advantageous to minimize the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation on the skin. Modern swimwear allows you to sunbathe without taking it off, that is, sunbathe through the fabric. Naturally, the cost of such a bathing suit will be much higher than usual, but considering the fact that a good quality swimsuit without any “bells and whistles” also cannot be cheap. Modern swimwear fabrics include: lycra, tactel, polyamide, microfiber, as well as nylon, cotton, polyester and other materials.

Swimwear Materials

Lycra (spandex, elastane, spanzel, vairin, espa) is a synthetic fiber that has, above all, strength, elasticity, excellent stretching. Bathing suits with the addition of lycra are resistant to chlorine, which can be especially appreciated by those who like swimming in the pool, they are durable and elastic, which is their undoubted advantage. For a bathing suit, the presence of lycra in its fabric is mandatory (at least 20% of the fabric composition of a bathing suit must consist of lycra for body shaping).The content of more than 30% lycra in the swimsuit fabric is highly undesirable, since such a swimsuit is not hygienic, that is, it practically does not allow air to pass through. In order to check whether lycra is actually part of the fabric of your bathing suit, just try to stretch the swimming trunks. If they stretch 1.5-2 times their normal size, you can be sure that the fabric contains lycra, otherwise, most likely, the manufacturers are deceiving you.

A material that combines lycra and knitted fiber – called tactel (tac – on the label) , which is distinguished by its elasticity, softness and breathability.A swimsuit made of this material dries up almost immediately after bathing. Moreover, you do not have to be in the open sun – it will dry even in the shade in a matter of minutes. As for polyimide (pa – on the label), this material is soft, elastic, and dense, but at the same time it is a quick-drying fabric that flawlessly tightens the figure. This is practically the same tactile, but with a lot of brilliance. If lycra is also added to the polyamide, then this only improves the quality of such a bathing suit.It will serve you 2-3 seasons guaranteed, since it has the property of recovering its shape after stretching. It should be remembered that the percentage of lycra added to polyamide should not exceed 16% in order to avoid tightening of the body and the inability of the skin to breathe.

For those with less than perfect hips and waist, a microfiber bathing suit would be an ideal option. In addition to its so-called “direct functions”, this swimsuit also noticeably improves the figure of its owner, making her more slender, lives tighter, the waist is thinner and more expressive.This silky, stretchy fabric completely hugs the body, dries quickly due to its good breathability, and is also chlorine resistant, which will be very useful when swimming in the pool.

Nylon fabrics (ny – on fabric) , produced from petroleum products by a chemical method, do not wrinkle, do not shrink during washing, wear very well and dry quickly, and are also remarkably breathable.

As for cotton (co – on the label) , a swimsuit made of this fabric is distinguished by the best breathability, but at the same time it holds its shape worse than other fabrics.Such a bathing suit will not fail if the fabric contains at least 15% lycra. For inexpensive swimwear models, polyester is used (pes – on the label), thanks to which the swimsuit does not fade in the sun, but does not suck with water, turns into a shapeless rag during the drying process, so in any case it will be enough for you for one season.

As for the quality of the seams , then they should be paid special attention to when choosing a bathing suit, since seams not made of flat linen material can lead to chafing on the skin, and holes and uneven stitches will also be extremely unpleasant.

“Bathing” fitting

Are you wearing no clothes? Have you even taken off your stockings? Wonderful! Now you are definitely ready to try on your bathing suit. At the beginning, you need to examine each of the swimwear you have chosen (bend over, sit down, stretch in different directions). If the swimsuit crackles suspiciously, you feel discomfort, the seams cut into the hips and chest, then this swimsuit is too small for you. Do not forget that crushing with clothes is harmful to your health.When trying on a bathing suit, you can push your thumb through the strap. If your finger passes freely under the shoulder strap of the swimsuit, then you will need a smaller swimsuit. Otherwise, the size is larger. There are swimsuits with a double bodice, which are perfect for owners of curvy breasts, because thanks to a special tightening mesh corset attached to the inside of the swimsuit, such a swimsuit can protect the delicate female body from injury.

Notes when choosing a swimsuit

And finally: remember that sunbathing in a swimsuit made of synthetic fabric is extremely undesirable, because under the influence of high temperature, the fibers of such fabric begin to break down and, worse, release toxic substances (monomers) that negatively affect your health.In addition, in order to avoid colds, one simple rule should be remembered: after water procedures, you must take off your wet swimsuit, and not stay wet. And in order for your bathing suit to retain the brightness of color and shape, after bathing in salt or chlorinated water, it is better to rinse it in fresh water and dry it in the shade, in order to avoid losing the brightness of the colors.

90,000 from what to sew, what material to choose for swimming and gymnastics

Underwear or outerwear? It is difficult to correctly define a bathing suit.On the one hand, it is adjacent to the naked body. On the other hand, it is in plain sight. This duality forces us to approach the purchase very carefully. But it is not so much the style and color that is important as the material itself. Let’s figure out together how to choose a fabric for a swimsuit.

Material requirements

The main purpose of beachwear is protection from ultraviolet rays. But these are not all the qualities that a good swimsuit should have.

This also includes:

  1. Form stability (it should not stretch, sag or wrinkle after swimming or prolonged exposure to the sun).
  2. Hypoallergenic (no harmful impurities that can cause irritation are allowed in the composition).
  3. Slimming effect (this allows you to hide figure imperfections and fit snugly to the body after getting wet).
  4. Hygroscopicity (drying period is very short).
  5. Strength and reliability (no deformation, burnout).

The lifespan of a quality bathing suit should not be limited to one season.

Types and features

Few fabrics are capable of being light, pleasant to the body, allowing air to pass through and maintaining an excellent appearance for a long time. Therefore, there are not so many types that are suitable for sewing swimwear:

  • cotton;
  • lycra;
  • polyester;
  • polyamide;
  • microfiber;
  • tactile;
  • supplex.

Pure cotton models are very difficult to find, as they are poorly adapted to frequent wetting. In combination with elastane, they are more practical, but not suitable for the pool (chlorine quickly destroys natural fibers).

Synthetic fabrics are better for these purposes, but they transmit ultraviolet rays and can cause skin irritation. The way out of this situation is the lining (knitted mesh), which protects from direct contact with the body.

When buying a bathing suit with lycra in the composition, choose an option with a content of up to 30%. Otherwise, it will be very dense and rough.

Polyester has been considered a classic in beachwear for more than half a century. Even children’s clothing is made from this fabric, since it is absolutely safe for humans. It has good water repellency, is resistant to dirt and bacteria, and is quite cheap. At the same time, it is electrified, dries for a long time, after two seasons it loses its original appearance.Fusion models can “hover” the body slightly.

Polyamide products are well suited for the beach and pool. They “tighten” the figure, do not create discomfort, and dry twice as fast as others. Clothes made from this fabric are light and weightless.

Popular microfiber swimsuits have good qualities, but over time they can lose their shape a little. This disadvantage is quite acceptable, given the low prices for the material.

Semi-synthetic tactel fabric consists of jersey and lycra.It is very pleasant to the touch, elastic and dries almost instantly. Ideal for sunbathing.

Sports models

Particular attention should be paid to gymnastic leotards. The following requirements are imposed on them:

  • durability;
  • crease resistance;
  • silkiness;
  • blown through.

Therefore, most professional athletes prefer supplex.It contains microfiber and elastane. This allows you to stretch up to 300%. In addition, the fibers are excellent for dyeing, combined with lurex threads, which makes it possible to sew bright costumes for performances in rhythmic gymnastics or swimming.

Features of working with elastic fabrics

It is very difficult to sew a swimsuit by yourself, but it is possible. For this you need:

  1. Calculate the flow rate correctly.
  2. Use special thread, stretch needle.
  3. Select the optimum seam size.

Remember that the fabric can warp easily if the sewing mode is not correct.

When choosing a fabric for a swimsuit, pay attention not only to the beautiful colors, the relevance of the model, and the features of the figure. The main thing is hidden much deeper – in the composition.

90,000 Swimsuit History – History of Things

Fashion historians claim that the first swimwear appeared in the last century.Of course, bathing clothes appeared much earlier, about two thousand years ago, but they had nothing to do with modern beach ensembles.

For example, in Ancient Rome for bathing they used togas, which were a piece of fabric with a semicircular shape with a cutout for the head. However, more often than not, people took water treatments without clothes at all, or used simple bedspreads or their daily clothes for this.

Until the beginning of the 20th century, women were limited by a mass of conventions and prejudices, and therefore until that time there was no such thing as a bathing suit.The women were forced to swim in their casual dresses. Often, heavy objects were sewn to the bottom of the dress to prevent the skirt from rising in the water.

Technical progress contributed to the emergence of bathing suits. With the development of railways, people were able to move quickly, which allowed them to travel to the sea coast much more often. There is a huge number of people who want to relax on the beaches. This fact stimulated the creation of special bathing clothes.She had to be modest, but at the same time light and not restrain movement.

The first swimwear for women in history consisted of pantaloons, below the knee, and tunics, tied with a belt. In addition, black stockings were attached to the costume. Only the most daring women dared to enter the water without shoes. The first men’s swimwear was a striped leotard, usually blue or red, with elbow-length sleeves. The length of the pants reached the knees.

Swimming was officially listed as an Olympic sport at the end of the 19th century.Since that time, the rapid development of beach fashion began. The first dramatic changes were made in men’s swimwear. It was professional swimming athletes who first appeared in public in short triangular red swimming trunks, which caused a lot of discussion. This was followed by changes in women’s beach fashion. In the 80s of the XIX century, the first one-piece bathing suit was created, which looked like shorts and a blouse sewn together. It was complemented by a headdress and a skirt below the knee.

However, the real revolution in the history of the swimsuit took place in the first half of the 20th century, when a vacation on the coast became a favorite place for a huge number of people. Bathing suits were shrinking in size, making fashion increasingly open and bold. In the twenties, bathing suits began to look more like modern ones. At the same time, the first two-piece swimsuit appears. Young fashion designers, first abandoning sleeves and then long pantaloons, created a sleek, tight swimsuit.This allowed women to flaunt their hands, and then their legs. There were no synthetic fabrics at that time, so bathing suits were sewn exclusively from natural materials – cotton, chintz, knitwear.

A real sensation in society was caused by the creation of a bikini swimsuit by Louis Rearom in 1946. It consisted of short swimming trunks and a narrow bra. The swimsuit design was incredibly daring and daring for the time, which caused a serious controversy among the masses. Why was the swimsuit called “bikini”? Let’s turn to history.Just on the eve of the presentation of the swimsuit in Paris, the American army conducted nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean in the area of ​​the atoll called Bikini. Since the appearance of the swimsuit caused a real explosion in society, it was decided to give it an appropriate name.

In the 60s of the XX century, fashion designer Rudy Heinrich went further and created a swimsuit called “monokini”. This model lacked the upper part, after which it became obvious that it was simply impossible to further reduce the size of the bathing suits.In this regard, fashion designers began to pay more attention to colors, experiment with fabrics, texture, and so on. What came out of this can be seen today. Modern designers offer us a huge selection of swimwear for every taste, from rather modest to provocative.

90,000 Men’s swimwear: one hundred years ago and today

Take a look at what suits for men looked like 100 years ago. It is not difficult to draw parallels between the past and the present.

A little more than a century ago, the standard men’s “beach” wardrobe consisted of at least three elements: leotards, special shoes and hats. Today, it is not customary to think about beachwear, and every second vacationer flaunts in sports shorts in a small cage. The practicality of short shorts or swimming trunks, of course, is not to be occupied: but now you will not find natural cotton or wool in the information on the composition of fabrics of clothes for bathing. Meanwhile, wet cotton can look very impressive.


The evolution of clothes often goes from long to short (and vice versa): maxi skirt, midi skirt, mini skirt. In the case of men’s swimwear, the transition was not entirely “smooth”. The unspoken rule that ordered men to appear on the beach with their breasts closed was not followed by everyone. Some daredevils wore trunks back in the early 20th century, when most men wore tights with long sleeves and pants. It is generally accepted that in the first decade of the last century there was a fashion for cross-striped leotards: indeed, there is more than one photo confirmation of this.However, such a “sea” color cannot be considered very popular: monochromatic models were also often found on beach visitors.

A scene from the movie “Three in a boat, not counting a dog” (1979)

Open “jumpsuit” / Swimming trunks + T-shirt

The second type of bathing suit for men is an open “jumpsuit” or the same leotard, but already revealing the shoulders and legs. An alternative to a one-piece suit was a combination of a T-shirt and swimming trunks: T-shirts most often completely covered underpants, and some originals also wore shorts over knitted overalls.The leotards with one strap found in the photo are most often the result of careless handling of the thing, and not a design move. In the wake of the general love for sports and athleticism, open tights have also begun to favorably emphasize the physical strength of the suit wearer.

Left – swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, 1910s, right – poet Sergei Yesenin, 1922


1910 year

Swimmers, 1913


1932 year

1925 year

Swimming trunks

The classic model of swimming trunks, the invention of which is attributed to Australian surfers, is distinguished by maximum convenience: it is not for nothing that representatives of water sports – water polo players, swimmers and divers – compete in such swimming trunks.

Left – 1911, Right – 1910

Swim shorts

The second most popular type of men’s swimming trunks is shorts: of arbitrary length, with or without pockets, with a drawstring or with an elastic band. From the time of their entry into fashion and to the present day, they have undergone a change, probably only in the height of the “waist”.

Jantzen swimwear advertisement, 1947, 1953

Contemporary Variation on Swimwear

Designers producing men’s collections do not favor beach lovers: not all brands have a line of swimwear.Of those who still pay attention to men’s clothing for sports and leisure – D&G with “funny” swimming trunks and shorts, Henrik Vibskov with experiments that are almost not applicable to life, “sporty” Dirk Bikkembergs, as well as hooligan John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier. The classics of beach wear – men’s in particular – have long and confidently been Speedo, after which many, in fact, call swimming trunks, as well as the “fashionable” Vilebrequin.

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