Buying a new bathing suit is a chore. Let’s begin with the obvious reasons–the difficulty of finding a swimsuit that gives you confidence, plus is comfortable AND functional. Then add sustainably / ethically made at a price you can actually afford. It’s almost impossible-which is why I’m getting creative with my swimwear this summer.
My beloved one-piece I’ve worn for the last four years is finally finished. So begins my search. If you’re new to ethical fashion, you might experience shock at the a extreme price difference between the swimsuits at target and ones that are ethically made, from about $20 to $200. And while I understand the price jump, I simply do not have $200 to spend on a swimsuit so i’m sharing a few tips on how I’m swimsuiting for less this summer.
TIP 1 // GO CLOSET-HUNTING
Sometimes a thorough hunt through your closet and drawers will reveal clothes you completely forgot you owned. For example, I recently discovered a pair of black bikini bottoms hidden in my closet. Just by doing a deep search I’m halfway towards a new bathing suit. Since I now only need a top the cost is significantly lower. Remember the most sustainable option is to wear what you already own.
TIP 2 // SHAMELESSLY ASK A FRIEND
Especially if you just need a suit for holiday, instead of buying a new one, see if you can borrow one from a friend. They might even have one that they don’t want or need. Most people have a constant bag of clothes waiting to donate so don’t be afraid to ask. This trick recently worked for me. My friend had just bought a new swimsuit and gave me her old one, which was in basically perfect condition and fit great.
TIP 3 // SEARCH SECONDHAND
There are countless places to buy secondhand swimsuits with the tags still on. Just a quick search on ThredUp showed 3,000 swimsuits that are technically secondhand but have never been worn.
TIP 4 // WEAR YOUR UNDERWEAR
Recently I went swimming with my friend and instead of a traditional swimsuit she wore athletic boy shorts and a sports bra. She looked so cute and comfortable, plus the material dried super-quick. Let’s face it–swimsuits are basically just underwear anyways. I think these shorts and sports bra from Girlfriend Collective would make a perfect sporty swimsuit.
And finally, when you are ready to buy new, here are four of my favorite brands.
BIKYNI // Minimalistic mix and match pieces. Separates are $58 or their stunning one-pieces are $95. Made in the USA with luxurious Italian fabric.
Faherty // Made with sustainable materials in the USA. Suits are pricey- about $88 for separates and $160 for one-pieces, BUT they offer a lifetime guarantee and some of their separates are reservable, which I love. They often have amazing sales, so make sure to check out their sale swimwear.
Jessica Rey // Made ethically in the USA from post-consumer waist. One-pieces run just over $100. If you’re looking for a modest or retro fit, this is your place.
P.S. Ethical and eco-friendly is only getting more popular so check out my pinterest board for more inspiration. I’m always adding when I discover new brands! Did I miss your favorite brand? Let me know!