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Sport Swim Wear Clothing Care and Vintage Swimming Posters

Updated on March 25, 2016

Dogs Can Swim With No Swim Suit

golden retriever swimming with the paws shown under water beautiful blond fur against blue water
golden retriever swimming with the paws shown under water beautiful blond fur against blue water | Source

Unless you swim in a fur coat like our canine friends or butt naked, we all need a swim suit. This means we all must learn how to take care of this special piece of swim gear.

Quickly learn how to care for this vital piece of swim fitness gear - the much loved swim suit. Learn about fabric care symbols, the five foes of swim suits and 8 fun facts about swim suit care and general guidelines. Also, hear about the many innovations made in the fabric that we have used for swim suits over the decades and the brand new innovation of carbon and how it will rapidly become mainstream over the next few years. Quickly learn how to care for this vital piece of swim fitness gear - whether your choice is a one-piece, tankani or a bikini - all swim suits demand proper fabric care.

Swim Suits Celebrated in Posters

A review of history showcases how swim suits have been celebrated in advertisements. From Coca-Cola to Grapette Soda to the Jane Russel advertisements and more. The swim suit is heralded among advertisers and yet very little information is available about the care of this special garment.

Swimming Posters

Coca Cola advertising tin tray with beautiful blond girl in a white swim suit holding a Coca Cola iconic glass soda bottle
Coca Cola advertising tin tray with beautiful blond girl in a white swim suit holding a Coca Cola iconic glass soda bottle
19 40's GRAPETTE DRINK SODA "SWIMMING" POSTER SIGN with Pretty Smiling Brunette Girl
19 40's GRAPETTE DRINK SODA "SWIMMING" POSTER SIGN with Pretty Smiling Brunette Girl
Mermaid Crossing Yellow and Black Sign with Red and Blue background
Mermaid Crossing Yellow and Black Sign with Red and Blue background
JANE RUSSELL UNDERWATER SWIMMING MOVIE ART LOBBY POSTER CHEESECAKE PINUP
JANE RUSSELL UNDERWATER SWIMMING MOVIE ART LOBBY POSTER CHEESECAKE PINUP

Swim Often - Change Your Swim Suit Between Swim Sessions

If you swim daily, you must have a second swim suit so that you can allow one to be washed and rinse and allowed to fully dry. Alternating your suit will extend the life of your suit not just from wear but also from allowing the suit to dry completely between your swim sessions.

Fabric Care Symbols

The chart above offers a comprehensive overview of all the fabric care symbols.

Sadly missing from this chart is the fact that there currently exists no symbol to showcase we must never store our swim suit in a towel.

A towel serves to smother our swim suit and anything that prevents air movement encourages moisture. Prolong moisture can destroy a suit. I know, I have had the accident of leaving the suit unattended in a towel - not a smart choice for the care of my garment that takes me comfortably into the water.

Fabric Care Symbols

fabric care symbols
fabric care symbols | Source

Prolonged moisture can destroy a swim suit.

Remember a towel simply serves to smother our swim suit and impedes much needed air movement.

Nylon Mesh Bags Are Your Swim Suits' Best Friend

Shower with Your Swim Suit

When Possible:

  • Shower,
  • Lather Up Rinse
  • All with Swim Suit On!
  • Seriously!

Vintage Ads with Swim Suits

vintage gold swim suit two piece on a beautiful brunette
vintage gold swim suit two piece on a beautiful brunette
vintage swim suit advertisement - use Ivory soap - it floats
vintage swim suit advertisement - use Ivory soap - it floats
vintage swim suite advertisement
vintage swim suite advertisement
vintage advertisement for Dial soap with blond girl in swim suit and a yellow lounge float with the words "dail"
vintage advertisement for Dial soap with blond girl in swim suit and a yellow lounge float with the words "dail"

8 General Guidelines - Things You Must Know About Swim Suit Care

  1. #1 Foe is Friction
  2. Always Wash by Hand
  3. Always Used Soap
  4. Rinse Between Swims
  5. Never Place In a Dryer / Never Place in a Washer
  6. Always Retain Air Movement (don't smother with a Towel)
  7. Cool Water And Vinegar Best Weapon To Combat Chlorine
  8. Always Avoid Heat



Swim Suit Care - 8 Must Knows

8 Must Knows About Swim Suit Care with vintage swim suit girl with hat and red umbrella and her derriere with the words "it floats"
8 Must Knows About Swim Suit Care with vintage swim suit girl with hat and red umbrella and her derriere with the words "it floats"

Swim Suit Care And Beach Towels

Towels are always near swimsuits and yet there is very little guidance of how the towel helps and how the towel can hinder the life of your swim suit. Here are some helpful reminders:

  • Use a Towel To Compress Excess Water
  • Don't Smother Your Swim Suit With a Towel for More Than Minute
  • Critical: A Towel is a Tool not a Soft Temporary Storage Shelf

Remember: Cooler Temperatures and Air Movements Are Great Friends of Your Water Sports Garments

What to Look For in Quality Swim Suits

My favorite swim suit is my oldest suit. I didn't understand why until I did the research. For you see it is a professional suit meant to be worn skin tight. It is rough, not soft and it has literally worn like iron.

So what to look for when shopping for your swim suit beside pure style and comfort? Check out these helpful items to generally determine the quality and potential durability of your next swim suit:

  • Reinforced Seams
  • A Higher Percentage of Nylon Means More Durability
  • A Higher Percentage of Polyester Means a Softer Fabric
  • A Higher Denier Weight of Nylon Means Higher Quality and Longer Durability
  • Fully Lined Equals More Coverage

More helpful tips on swim suits in general:

  • Professional Suits Are Rougher
  • Professional Suits Are Designed to be Worn Skin Tight
  • You Can Always Add/Coordinate Swim Shorts to Any Swim Suit


The Five Foes of Swim Fitness Garments

These five foes also apply to all garments made for water sports - from the surfing rash guards to the shorts to the paddle board clothing.

  1. Friction
  2. Heat
  3. Machines
  4. Chlorine
  5. Hot Tubs


Swim Suits and Soap

A couple of thoughts in regards to soap and your swim suit that has help me throughout the years:

  • Liquid Soap Works Best To Care for Your Swim Suit
  • Avoid Granule Detergent
  • A Small Amount of Detergent Goes A long Way
  • Vinegar and Water Wash/Rinse Will Help Retain Your Suits Color and Elasticity
  • The More Chlorine In A Pool The More Vital the 30 Minute Soak in Vinegar

Time and Care of Your Swim Suit

Surprisingly the time it takes to take care of your swim suit is not really demanding. The hard part is to understand the importance of care and to be diligent about it. If you read through the 8 fun facts about swim suit care you will have the essentials to train you quickly.

For me, I am a procrastinator and that does not work with swim suit care - time is of the essence because of the need for air movement. I thought placing the suit in the towel for a short time frame would be fine but what inevitably happens is the nominal 10 minutes turns into hours and sometimes even runs into days.

Soaking your suit in cool water and vinegar for a few minutes is really the best care, followed by a gentle twist and laying out flat.

Unlike the majority of our sports clothing, the swim suit can never visit your washing machine or your dryer.

A little tender loving care and allot of knowledge about the care of your swim suit will serve you well and may well prolong the life of the investment you have made in that swim suit.

Your Swim Suit and Chemicals


  • A Water Rinse Is Not Sufficient to Combat A Chlorinated Swimming Pool
  • Chlorine Must Be Washed Out
  • Never Use Bleach
  • Granulated Detergent Is Not Recommended
  • Vinegar and Cool Water Are Recommended

Vintage Swim Suits

five beautiful ladies in vintage 2 piece swimsuits and high heels
five beautiful ladies in vintage 2 piece swimsuits and high heels | Source

Types of Fibers

Elastane - synthetic fiber known for its elasticity

Nylon - invented by Dupont in 1935

Polyamide - a polymer that includes nylon, can occur naturally or artificially.

Polyester - "a category of polymers which contain the ester functional group in their main chain. Although there are many polyesters, the term "polyester" as a specific material most commonly refers to polyethylene terephthalate (PET)"

Spandex also known as elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity

Carbon - increases muscle compression with the added elasticity for the best fit available.


All Swim Suit Styles Require Special Care for the Fabric

zippered scuba style swim suit in royal blue by Venus
zippered scuba style swim suit in royal blue by Venus | Source
royal blue swim suit with push up by LaBlanca
royal blue swim suit with push up by LaBlanca

Fabric Over the Ages Has Changed Dramatically

Perhaps no other garment has had the innovations that we have seen in fabric. We have gone from the heavy cotton to the elastic to the now advanced fabric with carbon. This new invention of adding carbon to the fiber is said to increase the race speed and in some races has been regulated.

While we expect carbon to become more mainstream over the next coming years, for me personally I favor a race suit made of 100% nylon. It offer the durability that I need along with professional yet lightweight coverage. That suit was perhaps 30% more but it has out lasted five suits and has a life span I would estimate in excess of 200% so the dollars invested in quality fabric (not in designer names necessarily) always pays a dividend.

The biggest payout is when you care for your swim suit. This is the single determining factor on the life of your suit.

Take a look at the 8 Fun Facts About Swim Suit Care and hopefully it will change your habits of your fabric care.

Proper Care of Swim Suit Saves You Time and Money

The proper care of your swim suit will save you time and money. Swim suits are an investment. Take some care with your purchase and buy quality and take the time each time you swim to fully wash and rinse the chlorine from the suit. Allow your suit to fully dry in a ventilated area. Yes, this means to take it out of your workout bag each and every time.

Take care of your swim suit and it will last you swim after swim and hold its elasticity for your workout comfort.

© 2013 Kelly Kline Burnett

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