I don’t shop for swimsuits very often; the last time I bought one was 2015, a Hackwith Design House bikini. I’m so happy with it, and wouldn’t need to shop for another swimsuit if we weren’t going to Costa Rica in a couple of weeks.
I have no need for more than one swimsuit generally – we haven’t taken a beach vacation in years, and I don’t spend a lot of time at the pool, not enough to need another swimsuit while the other one dries. But for Costa Rica, I imagine we’ll be spending a lot of time in the water and I don’t want to worry about one suit drying in between. And, I love my bikini, but I would also like to find a one-piece to alternate with it.
So, I’ve been swimsuit shopping.
And my environmental/ethical standards make it all the more challenging.
I did order a basic Stella McCartney (I appreciate the brand’s ethical standards, although the materials aren’t necessarily ec0-friendly) swimsuit with credits at Shopbop and their coupon code recently. I loved it. Really loved it, and it fit well. BUT, the mesh already had a hole in it when I tried it on, so I sent it back. I considered getting this really cool horse-print version of the same suit, but I am worried about the longevity of the mesh; if I’m going to get another swimsuit, I don’t want to replace it for several years.
So, back to shopping. Via Disneyrollergirl recently, I learned about Andie swimsuits and their try-at-home box. Of course you can try swimsuits at home that you order from nearly anywhere else, but there’s something innovative and special about ordering a “box” and not paying for anything that you don’t want to keep. Their suits are all made in the US at a monitored factory, although not with particularly eco-friendly materials. I did order a box, in the size medium, and will let you know how the suits work out later this week.
I also have my eye on this suit by Seea at REI, mostly because it has a high neckline, something I try to wear more often when I’m out in the sun to protect my chest from sun damage. Seea is also made in the US, and the fabrics include SPF protection.
Oasis EcoLux® is a superfine jersey with a subtle sheen, made in California from RECYCLED nylon fiber and LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber for an ultra-flattering, long-lasting fit.
And in the US.
Of course, I looked at Hackwith Design House again, but I am a bit concerned about the one-piece suits being too big for me up top, and they look like they would have too much room for me at the waist.
There’s also Reformation, whose swimsuits are surprisingly cute and modest for them, honestly. I was expecting WAY more sexy! The problem with their one-pieces is that the straps aren’t adjustable. I like to be able to adjust or tie them tighter or something most of the time. If nothing else works out though, I will probably try the Dunes suit (featured at the top).
I was shocked to find that I hadn’t done a proper sustainable swimsuits post…so that is in the works, but in the meantime, Paris-to-go has a good one.
What is your swimwear? How many swimsuits do you have? What’s your favorite brand?