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When was the last time you got yourself a new swimsuit? If you’re about to head on a late season vacation, you might want to ask yourself that very question. Pull out your swimwear and check whether it’s seen better days.

Here are some signs that it’s time to throw out that old suit once and for all:

1.  The swimsuit has started to stretch

One of the major red flags that your swimsuit is past its best is the fact that it has started to stretch. Much of the time, the material used for swimwear is highly flexible. It has to be. When you’re swimming and having fun in the water, you need to make sure that you can move around freely and easily. There’s just one problem. The same characteristics that make swimwear so comfortable and flexible also make these pieces liable to stretching.

2.  You’ve noticed some discoloration

Your once beautifully black suit is a now a faded shade of gray. Does that sound familiar? Since you tend to go in salt water (the sea!) and water with cleaning chemicals in it (swimming pools), you may notice that the color of your suit fades. The more you wear your bikini or swimsuit, the more likely you are to notice that the tone has changed over time. Washing the gear gently and often will help. Still, when the color goes, so should your swimsuit. It’s that simple.

3.  It no longer… smells so good

As we’ve already mentioned, your swimsuit goes through a lot. Whether you enjoy lounging by the pool or taking a dive into the deep end, your suit tends to deal with all manner of conditions. Over time, that means that it will start to smell less than fresh. When you notice that the swimwear no longer comes up super clean when you wash it, it’s time to call it quits. Check your swimsuit often to see how it smells. You won’t regret it.

Related: How To Find The Most Flattering Swimsuit For Your Shape

4.  You’re not getting proper support

Should you have a fuller bust, you want one special thing from your swimwear. You want some support. Bra-sized swimwear is the way to go. It means that you will feel comfortable whether you’re swimming or simply relaxing. However, when you see that the support has started to waver, it could be time to change things up. Equally, you may find that your bra size varies now and then. If that happens, it could be worth getting a new suit that has the perfect cup size for you.

5.  It doesn’t flatter you these days

Do you feel super confident in your swimwear? When you first bought your bikini or suit, there will have been something that drew you to it. Maybe you liked the color. Perhaps you adored the fit of it. Maybe… just maybe… everything about it looked ideal for you. Whatever it was that made you love the swimwear, is it still there? If you don’t feel that the suit flatters you anymore, that is a problem. You deserve to look and feel your best especially when you’re on vacation. Change things up!

6.  You want to try something new

Now and then, it truly pays off to try something new. If you’ve always had the same style when it comes to your swimwear, you might be stuck in something of a fashion rut. Give yourself a serious break. Why not try something completely different? From fabulous high-waisted bikinis to classic one-piece suits, there’s so much variation out there. You may never know which pieces will suit you best until you try them for yourself. Start shopping for something new today and see what takes your fancy.

So, now that you’ve read our handy little guide, what’s the verdict? You should know all the signs by heart by now. It hardly takes a genius to work out if your swimwear is past its best. So, with that in mind, is it time to throw out that old swimwear and treat yourself to something new? Be honest! If the answer is yes, check out our fantastic collections. We’re sure we will have something that you will adore online!

Related: 7 Things To Look For In The Perfect Swimsuit

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If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.

If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy swimsuit shopping!

Featured image swimwear:
Oceane One Piece Swimsuit S8066 in Black
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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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