As summer slowly approaches, thoughts turn to the joys of warmer weather like long days, backyard barbeques, camping, a bountiful garden, family road trips, beaches, pools, and water sports. Then your thoughts wander to imagining an amazing summer day off and how you might spend your time. Following along, you start to make plans of where to go and what you will do. If you are a planner you will then begin your mental list of how to prepare.
Making sure you have a good, flattering swimsuit on hand to be ready to hit the water leads you to your dresser. You pull out your suits and wonder:
Only you can answer the first two questions.
First, consider whether or not you need a new swimsuit. A quick look will tell you whether or not it is worn out.
If you don't have a record of the purchase, try and jog your memory. What prompted the purchase?
The final question, "how long should my swimsuit last?" can, also, only be answered by you. These are things to consider:
What quality of swimsuit did you buy? Keep in mind this is not necessarily reflective of the price you paid, but rather of the material it is made of and the actual sewing (manufacturing) of the bathing suit.
Regardless of what your regular size is, is it a size that fits you? If it's too small, it can stretch. The same is true if it is too big because when it is wet it will sag from the weight of the water.
How often did you use it: did you put it on a few times over the summer, once a week, or even every day? Do you attend regular water exercise classes or swimming lessons?
Also, think about how long you had it on each time whether it be a couple of hours or from morning until night.
How did you care for it? While care instructions are listed on garments for a reason, sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes, getting the laundry done is more important than making sure it is done exactly to manufacturer and industry guidelines.
Other care of your swimwear:
A general rule of thumb is that a swimsuit should last somewhere between three months to a year. Ultimately though, you are the only one who determines how long a swimsuit should last.
The life of your swimsuit varies depending on the quality of swimwear you started with the size your bought and how it was used and cared for after that. You can do things to help it last longer. You can decide that making it last longer isn't at the top of your priority list.
Either way, enjoy!