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When Is It Time to Replace a Swimsuit?

Every Stranger knows how difficult it is to find a swimsuit you (deeply) love. And once you do, it’s often tempting to keep that swimsuit for as long as possible. But like any other piece of clothing, swimsuits will wear out and need to be replaced. 

Of course, it goes without saying that you can often extend the life of your swimwear with proper care, but you are only delaying the inevitable. 

Even those suits that last for several seasons will eventually need to be replaced. The following signs indicate your suit is ready for an upgrade. 

  • The material is worn or fading. Since bathing suits are often made with spandex and nylon, it’s tempting to think that they are virtually indestructible. But the reality is that they are not. 

  • Chemicals, such as laundry detergent or chlorine, may ‘eat away’ at the plastic in the fabric and undermine its integrity. Additionally, sun exposure may slowly ruin the material, especially if you leave the suit in the sun to dry. 

    These prolonged periods in the sun can cause sun bleaching or discoloration. This is a major sign that it is time to replace the suit. It does not matter what brand or quality of swimwear; every garment will suffer from this type of degradation. 

  • There are snags in the fabric. As swimwear fabric begins to degrade, it often shows its age. 

  • Additional damage, such as scraping on concrete, can contribute to snags in your suit. If your suit has a ton of snags, it won’t look right. The integrity of the fabric is questionable. It’s best to replace the suit in this scenario.

  • The swimsuit has a funky smell. Bathing suits go through a lot. First, they are often stuffed at the bottom of bags and suffer sun and salt exposure. Then, they go through the washing machine. 

  • Eventually, even a freshly washed suit will retain an odor that isn’t pleasant. So it’s worth checking the smell periodically, and if there is an odor lingering, it’s time to ditch this suit. 

  • Your suit is stretched or saggy. As synthetic fabrics wear, they often become stretched out. While spandex and nylon are great for retaining their shape for a while, it doesn’t last forever. 

  • Bathing suit bottoms are especially prone to becoming saggy. And tops may no longer fit your bust line or give you a boost. When this happens, you won’t feel nearly as confident as you once did, and you might do better with a new suit. 

  • You don’t feel confident. A great swimsuit inspires confidence and self-esteem. But once your suit ages to the point where it may barely resemble the one you initially loved, it’s time for a new one. 

  • How you feel in the suit has a big time impact on your mindset, and it’s hard to have fun when you don’t feel like you look great!

  • Your body has changed. In many instances, the shape and fit of bathing suits change over time. In other cases, your body may change. 

  • Whether you lose weight, gain weight, or find it fits differently, you may want one more appealing to your body. When this happens, it’s a signal to start shopping. 

  • Your style has changed. Over time, the type of clothing you like may change, too. The suit that made you feel like a million bucks a few years ago might not be that appealing anymore. 

  • But, if you want to try something new, there is no reason to wait. Swimsuit styles are constantly evolving. So, if you aren’t feeling inspired by the suits in your collection, start looking for something new. 

    Of course, all swimwear will eventually degrade or need to be replaced for another reason. But some strategies can help extend their lifespan, such as:

    • Rinse them immediately after taking them off; this process removes any salt, chlorine, or sunscreen left on the fabric. These chemicals can damage suits and promote discoloration. Additionally, if you rinse your suit immediately, it’s less likely to develop an odor. 
    • Hand wash the suit with cold to warm water and a teaspoon of gentle laundry detergent or white vinegar and baking soda (one or the other, not together). Let it soak for a few minutes, but no longer than 30 minutes. 
    • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations if you opt to machine wash the suit.
    • Do not put bathing suits in the dryer. Instead, lay them flat to dry. Do not wring them out as this act can stretch the fabric. 

    But even if you follow all of these recommendations, you will have to dispose of your bathing suit. There is a tremendous concern with disposing of swimwear made from synthetic fibers. 

    These fibers can release non-biodegradable, tiny plastic fibers when immersed in water. Unfortunately, these plastic particles contribute to the pollution of natural bodies of water on all continents. 

    Strange Bikinis’ suits are biodegradable. We use an eco-friendly process whether it is our biodegradable fabric or our recycled nylon. The benefit here is that consumers know that once the suit is disposed of, it will decompose within three years. 

    In addition to this benefit, the suits made by Strange Bikinis are high-quality and can experience a lifespan as long as any other bathing suit. The difference is that once that point is reached, you know that the suit will not present an environmental problem after it has been discarded. 

    Of course, all bathing suits eventually wear down or need to be replaced. But Strange Bikinis’ bathing suits can be disposed of without worry or guilt. 

    This feature sets Strange Bikini apart from the competitor. As an industry innovator, our company has found sustainable practices that deliver high-quality bathing suits that strangers love. 

    We are making a positive difference in our world - both now and in the future by supporting sustainable practices. And these changes may be what lead to the continued health of our planet. 


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