Since 1946 the bikini truly has come a long way, fabrics have become really lightweight, durable and down right stunning since the original woollen and jersey bathers of the early days. The development into thinner micro fibre swimwear fabrics has really taken the world by storm.
|Michelline debuting the first bikini|
When you are looking for a bikini remember to keep these things in mind - as you'll need all the boxes ticked
- Lightweight (reduces a drag)
- Non absorbent (quick drying)
- Stretchy (allowing for movement)
- UV blocking (preventing sunburn)
- Breathable (allowing perspiration)
- and Durability (resistant to the elements)
While considering these requirements you also want to consider the two main aesthetic considerations for picking a bikini,
- how stylish it is (for a slimmer appearance)
- and its attractive patterns and colours (so you will be fashionable).
|Drop dead gorgeous Bond girl Ursula Andrees|
I've put together a list of commonly used swimwear fabrics i've encountered along with their pros and cons:
- Nylon because of its strength nylon is by far the most popular swimwear fabric. Swimwear made out of nylon is very lightweight and dry fast, which makes it ideal for aquatic use. The disadvantage is that nylon isn’t a very durable fabric when exposed to chemicals and the sun for a long period of time, so your swimwear fabric deteriorates over time.
- Nearly all swimwear fabric has a percentage of spandex in the fabric because of its elasticity. The synthetic fabric spandex adapts your swimwear to your body shape and can make you look slimmer. However, the fabric isn’t very comfortable and breaks down in chlorine over time, so it is most commonly blended with nylon fabric when used for swimwear.
- Polyester isn't as strong or light as nylon fabric, polyester fabric is less commonly used for swimwear but still very popular due to the fact that the fabric is more chlorine-proof, doesn’t fade as fast and keeps its colour better.
- You rarely come across 100% cotton swimwear anymore because the fabric is too absorbent and gets damaged by chlorine. Some swimwear fabric is made out of a mix of polyester or spandex fabrics added to a cotton blend. Also if you find one - email me straight away because I don't have one of these yet!
|The original neoprene swimsuit from the 80's|