Why Do Swimsuits Sag?
Picture this: your bestie goes with you to the beach. You don't know if she noticed, but her swimsuit bottom is sagging in the back. DO YOU TELL HER?
Worse yet, what if it is YOUR swimsuit that is sagging. Will your bestie tell you? What if you are in that romantic getaway with your boyfriend!?!? 😱 😱 😱
Fibers Are Good For You (And For Your Swimsuit)
Eventually all swimsuits - and all clothing items, for that matter - will need to be retired. The goal, however, is to make it last longer.
Usually swimsuits are made of fabrics that offer elasticity. Some fabrics are more elastic than others, but having elasticity is pretty much a given, considering the goal is for the swimsuit to hug your body. The fibers that provide that elasticity are classified as spandex or elastane.
Unfortunately, ALL elastane/spandex will lose their elasticity over time. That is due to exposure to sun, chlorine, ocean water, and even the products you use to wash the suit.
Quality, quality, quality.
In real estate we always hear that the three most important factors are: location, location, location.
Well, in our world that magical factor is quality.
Not all elastic fibers are made the same. Like with anything else, the quality varies considerably. The QUALITY of the fibers is one of the most important factors that will determine how long a swimsuit will last.
You can have the most beautiful swimsuit, pay a lot for it, but if the fibers that make up the fabric are not of excellent quality, that swimsuit will not last as long as you would like.
I can't stress it enough. Quality fabrics are the foundation for a great, long lasting swimsuit.
Caring for your Swimsuit
Proper care is a close #2. We discuss that in another blog post (How to Wash Swimsuits And Other Tips), but here is the gist:
- pretreat your swimsuit with white vinegar and water (details on that blog post)
- be careful where you sit: rough surfaces will damage your suit
- always rinse after each use
- use mild, color safe detergent, and you don't need too much of it
- let the suit dry flat
- never, never, never keep a swimsuit wet inside a bag or rolled in a towel
- no washer or dryers
But That's Not All
A lesser but also important factor in avoiding sagging is how the suit is cut. The difference can be in millimeters or 1/8 of an inch, but it will show. And sag. The difference can also be on HOW the fabric is cut, in which direction, if the fabric is properly 'rested' before cutting, and other technical considerations.
Each brand cut and fit is different, and so are women's bodies. We are all different, and two similar suits made of the same material can fit differently because of the way it is cut.
We hear from our customers that Sauipe has a great fit. I know that too, because we put a lot of attention on the technical construction of each suit, so they will last longer and not sag!
A Final Note: Sustainability
As we all know, the world is in trouble. Global warming, depleted resources, abnormal floods and fires.
This blog post is about 'Why Do Swimsuits Sag?'. But this topic meets sustainability when it comes to quality. A higher quality swimsuit not only will not sag (or at least it will take years until it starts sagging), but it will also last much longer. And that translates into a sustainable product.
When you purchase a high quality item from a sustainable company:
- you ensure that the suit is being produced with minimum impact on the environment, from fibers to shipping (that's our commitment)
- you will have to buy less often. That saves resources and money.
To learn more about Sauipe's commitment to a sustainable product, please read our Brand Ethics page.
If you have any question or comments, please email us at info@sauipeswim. We would love to hear from you!