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How to care for swimwear

Swimwear needs as much TLC as the other garments in your wardrobe – follow our tips below to keep your swimsuits and bikinis looking their best for longer.

Rinse immediately

Chlorine, salt water and sunscreen are your swimwear’s biggest enemy (they can break down its fibres and wear down its elasticity). After a day at the pool or in the sea, the best thing you can do for it is to rinse it well in cool water. Ideally, you’d also want to wash it straight away, but giving it a good rinse and allowing it to dry naturally overnight is also a good option while on holiday.


Always check the care label before washing your swimwear. Some styles need a little more care than others, so checking the care label is the best way to ensure you’re using the right cleaning method for each piece. Some require hand washing, while others can go in the washing machine – setting it to a short cycle with lower temperature and using a laundry bag will not only protect them better, but will also lower their impact on the environment by using less energy and water, and catching any synthetic microfibers before they reach our waterways.


Let your swimwear dry naturally, ideally out of the sun as this could cause the colours to fade. Avoid tumble dryers or other heat sources as these could damage the elasticity of the fabric.


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