Summer comes along once per year and consequently so does most people's Summer holiday. If you are lucky enough to be going away on a Summer holiday this year and heading off to the beach for some sun, sand and sea, you're probably thinking of investing in a new swimsuit. I think that's a fantastic idea for a couple of reasons.
The first reason is that swimwear fashion is no different to the rest of the fashion industry. Styles and colours change year after year. 2010 was all about bold, bright colours. This year, 2011, those bold and bright colours are taking a bit of a back seat in favour of stylish prints, more subdued colours and vintage, 1950's styling.
The second reason is, that most people, although they don't realise it have changed since the last time they out in a bikini. They may have gained a few pounds, or maybe lost a few pounds. Some people will have worked out and will have a more toned body, while some other people may have reduced their exercise and so the toning may have subsided somewhat. You may have had a baby, or you may actually be pregnant now. Whatever the reason, your body shape may have changed since last year and so it is always a good idea to measure yourself properly to ensure you buy something that will fit, especially if you are shopping online.
So, as you can see, I am all for the idea of buying new swimwear once per year. However, that doesn't mean that you should automatically throw out any of your previous swimsuits or bikinis. They still have their uses and yours may actually be right on trend still depending what you bought last year. That means that you can rotate through your swimwear over the different days of your holiday without thinking about it too much.
However, some of you may have swimwear which is a little dated or that has faded due to the chemicals in the pool and prolongued exposure to the sun. Although these garments may look tatty and worn on close inspection, they will probably still look OK from a distance. Also, they are probably more than capable of functioning as swimwear in the pool or in the ocean.
Consequently, one thing to consider is to rotate your swimwear while you are on holiday, depending on the activity you are taking part in. If you are just lounging by the pool or on the beach then use your trendy new swimsuit as this will get you noticed more. However, if you are intending to go swimming in the ocean, and especially in the pool, then consider using your old swimsuits. The main reason for this is that no matter how hard you try you will not be able to prevent your swimwear from being damaged by the sun, by the chemicals in the pool and by the sun screen that you have to apply more often than normal due to it being washed off all the time.
If there are changing facilities by the pool or on the beach, that's even better. Use your old swimwear for swimming and then take it off and lie it out to dry properly so that it retains its proper shape while you lie on the sun lounger getting noticed in your nice new fashionable swimsuit that fits perfectly.