If you want your plus-size swimsuits to last all summer, fabric and proper care are the two most important factors. In this article, you’ll find tips on choosing plus-size swimwear that’s stylish and long-lasting. First, let’s take a look at swimsuit fabric. The right material can significantly affect how long your bathing suit stays in like-new shape.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your plus-size swimsuit lasts long is by choosing chlorine-resistant swimwear. Look for swimsuits made with Lycra® XtraLife™, an innovative type of spandex that lasts ten times longer than traditional. It resists color fade and keeps its shape after repeated wear and washing.
Chlorine-resistant swimsuits can withstand sun, sweat, and sunscreen chemicals. As the name suggests, they’re resistant to chlorine in pool water and can stand up to saltwater, too. A combination of polyester with Lycra® XtraLife™ spandex is a durable duo that can keep you looking stylish all summer. Now that we’ve discussed this durable spandex, let’s look at some chlorine-resistant swimwear styles for plus sizes.
There’s a durable swimsuit to fit every body at Lands’ End. Whether your preferred summer style is modest, bold, or somewhere in between, you’ll find no shortage of options. If you want a classic bathing suit that never goes out of fashion, opt for a one-piece Tugless Tank with a scoop neck. These suits resist chlorine and won’t shift out of place while swimming. Plus, they’re available in many colors and prints, from neutrals to brights.
Another one-piece swimsuit option is the Grecian SlenderSuit. They’re made with control fabric for a streamlined look and have strategic shirred detailing at the bust and midsection. The neckline of these suits is V-shaped with a fabric panel between the bra cups for modesty, while the straps are comparatively wide for comfort and support.
Swimdresses are another one-piece option that comes in chlorine-resistant styles. These one-piece bathing suits combine the look of a swim skirt with a traditional bathing suit top. Plus-size swimdress necklines range from traditional scoop-necks to V-necks and even halter styles.
Then there’s the fauxkini. This plus-size swimsuit style resembles a blouson-style tankini, but it’s all one piece. If you want maximum fashion versatility in your swim wardrobe, pick up some plus-size tankini separates. Tankinis look like a one-piece, but they’re comprised of a separate top and bottom. This allows you to mix and match to create many stylish swim looks.
Plus-size tankinis come in many styles. When it comes to tankini tops, you’ll find chlorine-resistant options in many necklines. In addition to the V-necks, scoop-necks and Grecian necklines we’ve already discussed, there are bandeau and square-neck styles. Modest high-neck tankini tops are an option if you want plenty of coverage or plan to participate in water sports or other summer activities.
Tankini bottoms are available in lots of styles, too. You can pair your tankini top with plus-size swim shorts or a plus size swim skirt if you want more coverage than bikini bottoms can provide. There are high-waisted swimsuit bottoms for a retro-inspired look and classic briefs with low-cut legs. You’ll also find high-cut swim bottoms with more leg for a bolder style. Now that we’ve discussed plus-size swimwear styles made to last, let’s talk about how to wash and dry your swimsuits properly.
Swimwear lasts the longest if you wash it by hand. Usually, all that’s needed after wearing a bathing suit is to rinse it in cool water. If your swimsuit is soiled or needs in-depth laundering, use a gentle detergent designed for hand-washing delicate fabrics. After rinsing your swimsuit, massage the detergent in a gentle circular motion for effective cleaning.
If you’ve chosen to use detergent, rinse your swimsuit in cool water again until the water runs clear. After your final rinse, squeeze the excess water out of your suit. Place it on a white cotton towel and roll it up, then press again to get rid of water that’s left behind. Unroll the towel and place your swimsuit on it in a shaded or indoor area to dry. Avoid placing your bathing suit in direct sunlight, even if it is made with chlorine-resistant Lycra® XtraLife™
Swimwear should be stored in a cool, dry area such as a dresser or closet. You can also roll up your swimsuits and pack them into an underbed tote for discreet storage off-season. To further extend the structural integrity of your swimwear, using one or two silica gel packs in your swimsuit storage container is optional. This prevents the fabric from degrading and evens out the moisture level. Speaking of moisture levels, ensure all swimwear is completely dry before packing it away.
As you can see, washing and drying a swimsuit is relatively quick and simple. With these swimwear care strategies, you can help your plus-size swimwear last longer than it might otherwise.