August 03, 2021 4 min read

How to Store and Care For your Swimwear

Here at Capriosca Swimwear, we believe in buying quality swimwear and clothing that can be worn season after season. While it’s easy to make the initial purchase, the key to making your swimwear an investment, is to take good care of it.

We design our womens swimwear collection to ensure the pieces are structured well to maintain their shape, helping you feel secure and supported. The fabrics we choose are the highest quality available and have been strictly tested to withstand the conditions they were designed for. For example, our chlorine resistant swimwear is made from durable 100% polyester to withstand the effects of pool chemicals.

If you follow our steps for choosing, caring for and storing your bikinis and swimwear, you’ll find that your pieces will last longer, saving you time and money.

  1. Take inventory of your swim collection 
  2. Choose the right fabric
  3. Swimwear care
  4. Store your swimwear correctly
  5. Refresh your collection

1.Take inventory of your swim collection

Before you start spending money on new swimwear, take inventory of what you already have, to decide on what you actually need.

Firstly, go through your collection of swimsuits and throw out any that have lost their shape, faded, or cannot be repaired. With what you have left be honest about which ones you want to wear again. Be ruthless! There is no use storing something that you know you’ll never wear.  

Try on everything in your keep pile and once again, be honest. If it isn’t fitting you well or feels uncomfortable, consider donating it.

Once you’ve decided on your collection, see if you need to fill any gaps. You might need a new pair of black bikini bottoms to go back with bikini or tankini tops. A rash vest might be a practical inclusion to keep on hand. You might need to invest in a whole new swim wardrobe. Make a list, then go for a browse.

Take Inventory of your Swimwear


2. Choose the right fabric

Taking the time to choose the right swimsuit will save you both time and money in the long run. Be honest about where you’re going to be swimming and select the appropriate fabric to suit your environment. Our core collection is made from a Spandex and nylon blend that can be worn at the beach, in fresh water and in most home pools. We do not recommend these pieces for use in public or heavily chlorinated pools or heated spas.

If you are spending time in these locations, we strongly recommend investing in chlorine resistant fabric made from 100% polyester. This fabric is made to withstand the damaging effects of chlorine and heat, so you can confidently wear your swimwear without fear of it losing shape, fading or falling apart. We are adding new designs to our chlorine resistant collection each season with a wide variety of different swim styles to suit your needs.

Choosing the right fabric for you


3. Swimwear care

It seems logical to most of us to follow swimwear care instructions to prolong the life of our bathers. However, there are some people who choose to take short cuts with their swimwear care and shorten the life of their beautiful pieces. Whether you’ve chosen chlorine resistant or regular swim fabric, it’s essential that you take special care of your swimsuits.

Rinse your swimwear with cold water after each wear. This can easily be done in the shower or the bathroom sink. Resist the urge to put your swimwear in the washing machine and only hand wash with a gentle soap when necessary.

Once you’ve rinsed or washed your bathers, lie them flat or carefully hang them out to dry away from direct sunlight. Never, ever, ever put them in the dryer or leave them wrapped up in a wet towel.

Also be mindful of rough surfaces when you’re out and about in your swimwear to avoid pilling or snagging the fabric.

For detailed swimwear care instructions, review our previous blog post on How To Clean Your Swimwear!

Caring for your swimwear


4. Store your swimwear correctly

Separate your swimwear into styles and pair tops and bottoms together. Make sure straps are secure and fasten any bra hooks or zips so they don’t catch on the delicate fabric. Fold or roll your swimwear and tuck the straps in so they are neatly tucked away and can’t be seen. Slot them into a shallow box or basket so they don’t end up lost in your drawer.

Sort them by colour so you can easily find the pieces you’re looking for and see what you can mix and match. For padded styles, either remove the pads if possible and stack them together, or ‘file’ these pieces with the cups sitting inside the next, like spoons. Take care not to crush or fold the cups.

 How to fold your swimwear correctly

5. Refresh your collection

Before each new swim season or vacation, repeat this process again. Swimwear is fashion and changes with the seasons. While your favourite styles might be repeated, new prints and colours are being added to our swimwear collections every month.

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