The weather might be getting chilly right now, but if you and your family are heading off for a vacation somewhere warmer over the coming weeks or months, it’s a good idea to be up on all the latest trends and buying tips for swimwear.
When it comes to finding the right swimsuits for fussy teenage and tween girls, the job can often be quite challenging – after all, you have to marry your preferences for style and budget with their (often quite loud, and competing) demands. To help make this task easier, read on for some of the trends being seen in swimwear for young girls, and some tips you can follow when it’s time to buy a bathing suit for your daughter(s).
The trends being seen in swimsuits for girls lately are quite similar to those in women’s fashion. For instance, you will find numerous products being made from interesting materials and with out-of-the-box finishes such as crochet, denim and metallics. Ruffles are also very popular at the moment, and can be found on both one-piece swimsuits and two-pieces. These give a soft, girlie look to swimsuits and work with anything from floral prints to both soft and bold colors, and color-blocked designs.
The design and structure of girls’ swimwear is also being changed up at the moment. For example, you’ll find plenty of swimsuits that feature halter tops, as well as two-piece swimming costumes which feature t-shirt-like tops. These can be good for providing a bit more coverage, and have a nice, casual vibe.
Cut-outs, which have been a huge trend in ladies fashion across the board, not just in swimwear, are also making their way into bathing suits for girls. While you might baulk at the idea of this as it can seem a little too sexy for teenagers or tweens, there are products available which have small cut-outs in discreet spots that cater to the trend without showing a huge amount of flesh.
Find the Right Size and Materials
Once you have an idea of the style of girls’ swimsuits you and your daughter have agreed on, it’s time to hit the shops. When you do, one of the first things to consider is the fit of a bathing suit. Young girls really need to feel comfortable in their swimwear if they’re going to keep wearing them (and ensure you get your money’s worth from the purchase), so don’t rush the buying process. Teenagers and tweens should feel their bathers cover them in all the right areas and don’t need to keep being adjusted as they walk around, run, swim, or otherwise move about.
To make the purchase easier, it helps to stick to the same brand(s) your daughter has worn in the past, so you know what the sizing is like. Alternatively, look for detailed sizing guides. These steps are particularly importantly if you’re shopping online. Note, though, that some e-commerce shops, not to mention many bricks and mortar stores, won’t allow returns or exchanges on swimwear, so always check the company’s policies before you part with money.
If possible, have your daughter with you at the shops so that she can try on numerous swimsuits. Get your daughter to move about in the swimwear to ensure she’ll be comfortable at all times. For instance, have her sit down, raise her arms, bend, twist, raise her legs to her chest, and other stretches so that she can tell whether the costume will slide down, ride up, cut into her, or need adjustment in any other way.
When buying a new swimsuit, it pays to think about the choice of fabric too. If your daughter is younger and fussier about what is worn on her skin, or if she tends to have sensitive skin, look out for cotton blends, as these are typically softer. If you’re after materials which will wear longer though, consider nylon and spandex. For a fabric choice that meets in the middle, look for polyester blends. If a machine-washable bathing suit is important to you, keep this in mind as you shop too.
Consider the level of sun protection offered by swimsuits too. For the most comprehensive coverage, search for products which specify that they have a higher Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). With these materials, special dyes are added during the manufacturing process that are designed to block out more harmful UV rays.
Consider How the Swimwear Will be Used
Lastly, before you purchase new bathers for your child, consider where and how the product will be most often used. For example, is your daughter a regular lap swimmer who needs her swimwear to work well during regular training sessions, and last in week after week of chlorinated water, or does she just need a bathing suit for occasional times at the beach or a backyard pool? The answers to this question can make a difference in the type of product you should buy.