A stretched out, faded bathing suit can really put a damper on a day at the beach! Before you wash that trendy two-piece or delicate cover-up, check out these tips from Fashion Expert Gina Lamanna.
Stretch your bucks with spandex: Invest in a good suit and save money in the long run! Swimwear with spandex is always your best bet. Lamanna says it not only keeps shape longer, it fits better overall. She recommends brands like Malia Mills, Gotex and Vitamin A.
Watch where you sit: Hard concrete and rough surfaces can snag and pill fabric. To avoid this, plant yourself on a towel at the pool.
Wash, rinse, repeat: Lamanna says that hot tubs can be damaging, and sunscreen, oil, chlorine and salt water can wear down fabric and cause color to fade. Once you’re done swimming and sunning, remove your suit and wash immediately. Always wash by hand with cold water and a delicate soap, like Forever New. (PS: It’s also the perfect detergent for lightweight cottons, silks, lingerie, and cashmere knits.) Lay flat to dry or hang on a dryer rack. Never stick your swimwear in the dryer. The same goes for delicate, lightweight, or embellished cover-ups.
Bag It: Once your swim gear is dry, store it in lingerie bags. Keep swimsuits and cover-ups separate. You don’t want them to get tangled!
Gina Lamanna is the owner of Spool, West Los Angeles’ private, by-appointment-only, high end boutique. Having spent years as a buyer and stylist for some of Santa Monicaʼs most fashionable stores, Gina designed Spool from the ground up to cater to her clients – and still give her time for family. Every buy trip, her clients are first and foremost in her mind. With an amazing sense of style that works within a client’s tastes and budget, she keeps track of every item they buy, so she can be sure each new purchase builds on their wardrobe.