1. Pre-treat your suit
Pre-treat a brand new bathing suit before wearing it in a hot tub, chlorinated pool or the ocean. Soak your bikini in a vinegar/water treatment for 30 minutes (four cups of cold water with two tablespoons of white vinegar), then gently squeeze and hang to dry. This will help keep bright colors from bleeding. Learn more here.
2. Wet it first!
Wet your bathing suit in a shower or sink before getting in chemically treated water or the ocean. This way your bikini will absorb fresh water and keep the chemicals/salt from penetrating the fabric.
3. Watch out for Sunscreen and Tanning Oil
Apply suntan lotion or sunscreen before putting on your bathing suit. Allow the lotion to absorb and dry completely before putting on the bathing suit, to reduce the effect that the lotion’s oils will have on the color of your swim wear. Reapply lotion or sunscreen as needed, being careful not to smear it on the edges of the suit. Wash or rinse your hands after applying sunscreen.
4. Your Towel is your Best Friend
Rough surfaces are a swimwear fabrics enemy! Rocks, sand, wood and cement can all damage the delicate fabric. Always place a towel beneath you before you sit or lay down.
5. Rinse it out!
Rinse a bathing suit with cold, fresh water after a day at the pool or the beach. Carry a mesh or breathable bag to store the bathing suit after rinsing it in fresh water.
6. Hand Wash Only
Always hand wash your swimwear with cold water and a cap full of baby shampoo or gentle detergent. NEVER use bleach, regular detergent, an iron, hot water, and NEVER put your swimwear in the washer or dryer. Do not dry in the sun.
7. Dry With Care
Never wring or twist out every last drop of water- this can damage the fabric! Hanging a swimsuit can stretch it out, too. Instead, lay the suit out on a towel, roll the towel up and squeeze gently, then lay your swimsuit flat to dry in the shade. Don't dry in this sun as this can fade the color. Always dry the suit out completely before putting it away.
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Here at Isla Bohemia we understand how tricky it can be buying swimwear online. We want to ensure that you feel confident choosing your bohemian suits and receive the perfect fit! If you require further sizing assistance please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm in between sizes! What should I do?
Tops: "Soulshine" style size up. For "Wanderlove" and "Gypsea", if you prefer regular/fuller coverage, size up. If you prefer a revealing fit, size down.
Bottoms: We run a snug, active-use fit. Please size up. If you normally can wear an XS or an S, order a size Small. If you usually can wear an S or an M, order a size Medium. If you usually can wear an M or an L, order a size Large.
*Please note- bottoms should fit very snug when you first try them on. This does NOT mean you should exchange for a bigger size. Swimwear fabric has the tendency to conform to the body after a few wears. If bottoms are not snug, you run the risk of getting that "diaper" sag over time. Sadly, we see way too much of this look at the beach because many girls don't realize that swimwear fabric will relax over time.
Bottom coverage- Dreamer vs Luna
*Note that coverage is also dependent on booty size! Model shown has a very round/full booty, girls with smaller or flatter bums will have more coverage.