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Wet Bikini Bag

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

You’ve spent all day enjoying the beach, you change clothes to meet the girls for drinks, but what to do with your wet bikini?  Throwing it in your bag will get everything else wet, and you wouldn’t dare ruin your excellent style with a plain plastic bag.  Thankfully there are super stylish bags made specifically for this purpose.

Wet bikini bags are a worry-free way to carry around a wet bikini without getting everything else in your bag wet, too.  Most bags are square or rectangular in shape, with a small handle and a zippered top.  The outside fabric can vary from silk or satin to cotton depending on the designer.  The most important feature of these bags, other than their cute style, is the plastic liner inside.  The liner keeps the water inside while the outside stays perfectly dry.  There are tons of different designs so finding one to match your bikini or your personality shouldn’t be a problem.  From customizable bags embroidered with your name or initials to embellished bags with crystal accents, these bags are anything but boring.  They are small so throwing them in your beach bag or purse is a snap, and all of your other belongings stay nice and dry.  It’s the perfect solution for a woman on-the-go!

Bikini Care Facts You May Not Know

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

We’ve already covered that your bikini should always be hand washed in mild detergent, laid flat to dry and stored properly for longevity, but there are still a few things you need to know to keep your swimwear in tip-top shape.  For instance, did you know that…?

  • It’s important to rinse your bikini out with tap water after getting out of salt water or a chlorinated pool or hot tub.  Salt and chlorine are two of the biggest enemies in maintaining the like-new appearance of your swimsuit.  Most beaches and some pools have an outside tap where you can quickly accomplish this, but otherwise make sure to do it as soon as you get home.
  • If you wore your swimsuit during high activity, such as a rousing game of beach volleyball, it’s also important to rinse your bikini in tap water as soon as possible.  Salt and oils produced through sweating will break down the elastic in your new swimsuit.
  • Even after rinsing your bikini, it’s still important to wash it with a mild detergent after each use.  Suntan and sunscreen lotions and oils can quickly build up in the fabric, especially around the edges and on the straps or strings.  This will break down the integrity of the fabric which will make it lose its shape.
  • The best way to remove excess water from your bikini after washing it is not to wring it out.  Instead, roll it up in a towel which will help alleviate any crimping in the fabric.  After you’ve removed the excess water, it’s ready to lay flat to finish drying.
  • It can take up to 24 hours for a swimsuit to fully dry.  Keeping more than one bikini on hand will make sure you never have to miss a day of fun because you’re still waiting for the one you washed last night to dry.

These are just a few extra tips to help you keep your bikini in the best shape possible.  Swimsuits can be expensive, so anything you can do to make it last longer will just stretch your bikini budget even further!

Storing Your Bikini

Monday, March 21st, 2011

If you’re anything like me, your bikini is stuffed somewhere in the back of a dresser drawer where it has remained untouched since you put it away last summer.  If you want your swimsuit to last, it definitely has to be treated a bit nicer than that!  Pull that thing out of the drawer, give it a nice, gentle wash and lay it out to dry.  Once it’s dry, if you can resist the urge to put it on and head outside, it should be stored properly until you’re ready to wear it.

The best way to store it is to hang it up in your closet.  If you already have pants hangers, both pieces can be hung in the same clip.  Fold the straps of the swimsuit down, match it up with the bottom and clip the pieces in place.  If you don’t have pants hangers with clips on them for the bottom piece of a bikini, a clothes pin used with a thin regular clothes hanger will substitute nicely.  Tie the top around the upper part of the hanger and clip the bottom to the longest part of the hanger.  Your swimsuit will be there ready and waiting whenever you want it.

If you don’t want to or can’t hang it up for some reason, swimwear should be minimally folded to avoid any unsightly lines.  For bikinis, fold each piece once lengthwise and store flat in your dresser.  For one-piece swimsuits, fold once lengthwise and then once horizontally.  Also take special care if your swimsuit is adorned with any decorative detailing or special material.  Use your best judgment in those cases.

Taking good care of your bikini will mean it will stay in new condition a lot longer potentially giving you years of use out of it.

How to Care for Your New Bikini

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Bikini care is the key to making sure your new swimwear lasts you a long time.  Now that you have all your summer swimwear picked out and ready to go, it’s important to take good care of it.  When you go to all the time and expense of finding a fabulous bikini, you definitely want to be able to wear it as long as possible, right?  Luckily, taking proper care of it is easy.

The first rule is to always hand wash it.  It’s best to use cold to lukewarm water and a very mild soap.  Gently wash and rinse the bikini.  Make sure you wash one piece at a time and get the straps or ties, too.  The second thing is to always air dry.  Never put swimwear in the dryer.  Not only will it potentially end up a tangled mess, but more importantly, it will also shrink.  Heat drying makes the both elastic and fabric dry out, the second leading to those ugly pills that easily ruin an otherwise great bikini.

Taking good care of your bikini should mean that you get at least a couple of seasons out of it.