I do a lot of pool swimming and I’m really unhappy with what chlorine water does to my suits. Any advice?
Next time you shop for professional one-piece designed for competitive swimming pay attention to the fabric. Chlorine can damage materials and make them lose elasticity and therefore you need to look for fabrics treated for chlorine resistance. Treatments like these can immensely lengthen the life of swimwear, so it’s worth paying a bit more if you do a lot of swimming.
What should I take into account when shopping for a racing one-piece?
One of the most important things you should remember is, of course, the fit. Your one-piece suit should be snug, comfortable and stay in place while swimming laps, diving or taking a plunge from the springboard. Try a few models on and check whether the suit doesn’t restrict movement or slip, which might lead to embarrassing moments, unfortunately. Choosing a size that is smaller than your usual one is not a bad idea as the garment will stretch anyway. Don’t be tempted to choose a bigger size just because you need more coverage, though. You'll end up with a saggy suit that is uncomfortable to wear and fails to provide the support you need while swimming.
My torso is quite short. What one-piece suit will make it appear longer?
Although competitive swimsuits are designed for function and not fashion it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on style and looking good. That said, pay attention to leg cuts. There are three to choose from – high, medium and low – and they can considerably influence your body shape. Ladies with a short torso should opt for a low cut as it makes the upper part of the body appear longer. Another idea is to use the magic power of patterns and opt for a swimsuit with vertical stripes in the torso part. Known for a slimming and elongating effect, this simple and timeless pattern will get you a few inches of extra length.
Does the neckline play any role? Can it influence the body shape in any way?
Of course, it does. For example, if you have broad shoulders, a short neck or a heavy mid-section, a V-neck swimsuit is definitely your best bet. It’ll draw eyes to your bust and face. You should avoid it if you have a small bust, though. Ladies with pretty shoulders who would like to emphasize this part of their body should opt for one-pieces with a horizontal neckline for example. It accentuates this part of the body beautifully. Scoop necklines, on the other hand, are perfect if you want to elongate a short neck or add some width to narrow shoulders. They also look stunning on ladies with the hourglass body shape as they create a balanced look between the upper and lower part of the body.
I have fair hair and pale skin. What color swimsuit would complement my skin tone best?
First of all, try to determine whether you’re warm or cool complected. This can be done by examining the color of the veins. If they have blue undertones, it means you’re cool complected and will look stunning in jewel tones. Think rich emeralds and sapphires as well as royal blue. Should your veins be green, go for all things vibrant! There are certain colors which you should stay away from, though. Say no to pastels – as sweet and girly as they are, they will only wash you out.
I love large-scale patterns. Are they for all body shapes?
Unfortunately, no. Large-scale prints and patterns look stunning only on tall and slim swimmers. As they draw eyes, they also highlight certain parts of the body, so if you have big girls or Kim Kardashian’s wide hips, big prints will only make them bigger.
What are the advantages of polyester in fact? It’s very popular in swimwear.
Polyester has definitely dominated the racing swimwear industry. Recent advances and technologies have improved not only the feel of the fabric but also its performance, color resistance, and durability. It’s also resistant to chlorine which is a great advantage for pool swimmers. It’s worth-remembering that polyester is quick-drying, breathable and exceptionally comfortable as it stretches four ways. Moreover, it’s also resistant to pilling and shrinkage.
Thin or thick? Do straps matter when choosing a racing swimsuit?
Very often the choice depends on personal preference and the body shape. Wide-shouldered women look much better in thick straps for example, whereas ladies with a small or mid-sized bust can enjoy thin straps and an ultra feminine look. In racing swimwear, the thickness of the straps has more to do with performance, though. Thick straps are more supportive and sit snugly on the shoulders but might bite into the neck due to the constant movement. Thin straps are more comfortable but less supportive which might be a problem when worn by ladies with a big chest.
I do lots of swimming, racing in particular. What type one-piece would be the best for such activities?
Your best bet will be a racer-back swimsuit as it will allow your shoulders optimal freedom of movement. What’s more, the straps won’t dig into your skin, slip or fall down while you’re doing laps. Opt for a high cut leg for an even more dynamic look and more comfort.
I really like the thin strap lingerie backs but wonder if they’re good for competitive swimmers. Any advice?
As far as backs are concerned, it usually comes down to two options – thick cross backs and thin, lingerie straps. Although the second type looks much lighter and more feminine, competitive swimmers tend to prefer thick straps. Why? It's because they are more stable and they sit snugly on the shoulders. No slipping, fewer tan lines and definitely more support – these advantages also account for their popularity.