Make sure your kids stay comfortable this summer by choosing the right swimwear. Fabric makes a big difference when it comes to the fit, quality, and appearance of a swimsuit—whether you’re shopping for men, women, or kids. Here’s what you should know:
Buying kids’ swimwear can be a breeze when you know what to look for. For a girls’ one-piece swimsuit, consider a blend of polyester and spandex. While there’s no exact ratio to look for when it comes to swimwear, a blend of approximately 84% polyester and 16% spandex offers the best features of each fabric.
Polyester is a durable fabric that’s also eco-friendly and easy to maintain. When combined with spandex, you get a material that’s stretchy but doesn’t lose its shape—even after being worn and hand-washed repeatedly. In addition, a polyester/spandex fabric provides UPF 50 for covered areas. Most girls’ one-piece suits are made from this fabric, while boys’ swim trunks are usually 100% polyester.
Nylon/spandex is another combination of swimsuit fabrics to consider for kids and adults. It’s similar to polyester/spandex because it’s strong yet stretchy, and it withstands chlorine, saltwater, and sunscreen without fading or wearing out.
For girls, there are lots of swimsuit styles from which to choose. If you prefer a one-piece suit for your child, consider a polyester/spandex style that’s lined for full coverage and has sporty features like crisscross straps. A tugless tank one-piece isn’t good just for girls — it’s good for you, too. This style of swimsuit is designed to stay in place whether you’re swimming laps or playing beach volleyball. Your child will stay comfortable all day in one of these snug yet never-tight swimsuits, which come in an array of fashionable colors and prints.
The tugless tank one-piece is just one swimsuit style to consider. Also, check out girls’ one-piece swimsuits with elastic straps and shelf bras for plenty of body support. You’ll find racerback one-piece girls’ swimsuits made from chlorine-resistant fabric, along with swim dresses with flouncy skirts. For maximum comfort and coverage, a swim dress with attached shorts is a stylish option.
Although one-piece suits do have advantages, tankinis are also a smart summer fashion option. Tankinis offer a more custom fit because you can buy the top and bottom in different sizes. Plus, you can mix and match top and bottom styles to provide your child with plenty of looks. Tankinis have the appearance of a one-piece suit and offer just as much coverage, except with greater versatility. There are also girls’ two-piece swimsuits that come as a set.
Girls’ tankini tops and bottoms are made from the same polyester/spandex or nylon/spandex fabric as the one-piece swimsuits for girls. Tankini tops offer the same durability and chlorine-resistant properties, so your child stays comfortable all summer. When it comes to styles, you’ll find scoop-neck, tie-front, and halter-style tankini tops, along with bottoms ranging from classic bikini style to retro-inspired looks.
If you’re shopping for boys’ swim trunks, the most common fabric you’ll see is polyester. For the most comfortable fit, look for trunks with full elastic waists and drawstrings. Boys’ swim shorts come in different lengths, so you can find a pair that’s right for your child. Solid colors and prints are available, so kids can find swim trunks they’ll love to wear.
Rash guard cover-ups are a must-have for kids and adults during the summer. Both girls’ and boys’ rash guards come in short- and long-sleeve styles, some of which are equipped with hoods for maximum sun protection. Kids can slip a rash guard shirt over their swimwear after getting out of the water; the rash guard fabric is light and fast-drying yet has a UPF of 50.
In addition to swimwear and cover-ups, you may want some summer accessories for your kids as well. Water shoes protect their feet from locker room floors and can be worn in wading pools and at the seashore. Water shoes dry quickly so they won’t mildew, and they offer light support for your child’s feet. Beach towels come in a variety of sizes and colors for every member of the family, and some can even be monogrammed for a personal touch. Pack your towels, sunscreen, beach toys, and other items in beach bags made from durable, water-resistant materials.
Don’t forget about yourself when swimsuit shopping. Look for the same chlorine-resistant fabric blends as you would when buying kids’ swimwear, such as a nylon/spandex fabric with UPF 50. Men’s swim trunks are made the same as boys’ trunks—from soft, durable lined polyester that withstands pool water, salt water, sun, and sweat.
With a little preparation, you’ll be ready for a fun family summer in no time. With so many high-quality swimsuits for girls and boys available, it’s easy to find one or more that both you and your child can appreciate.