How Many Swimsuits Do You Have?

How Many Swimsuits Do You Have?

In the summer, there is nothing like a day at the beach. Swimming and sunbathing are some of our favourite pastimes during these warm months. 

If you're planning to spend your vacation by the sea, then we recommend that you pack plenty of swimsuits! You never know when you'll want to go for a quick dip or enjoy an afternoon on the sand. So here's how many swimsuits should be in every woman's suitcase

Everyone is in the mood for summer, but when it comes to swimsuits, you might have a hard time narrowing down your options. This is because there are so many different styles and colours out there!  To help with your decision-making process, here's our guide on how many swimsuits you should have in your closet this season.

If you're anything like me, then you have a lot of swimsuits. In fact, I love them so much that I have enough to wear a different one every day for two weeks! 

However, if you do the math on how many days are in 14 days and how many suits this would require, it's actually more than 50! Having too many options is great, but finding the perfect suit can be difficult. 

If you need some guidance or ideas on what to look for when shopping for your next bikini, keep reading because we've got some tips from our pros! 

You probably have an idea about how many swimsuits you own, but do you really know? Unfortunately, the number of swimsuits that one owns is not always clear. 

If you are in the market for a new swimsuit, or if your current collection has dwindled down to only one suit, then read on! I will help give you some insight into how many suits you should own and why it matters.

If you're like most people, the number of swimsuits in your collection is far higher than the amount needed for an entire summer. Why do we buy so many? The answer may surprise you! Read on to learn more about how marketers are making us spend money on unnecessary things--and what to do about it.

When it comes to your summer wardrobe, you're probably not thinking about swimsuits. But if you're like most women, you have a lot of them! And while a cute bikini might be fine for a day at the beach or pool, there are plenty of other ways to stay cool and comfortable this summer without actually getting in the water. 

Are all of your swimsuits going unused? If so, here's some inspiration on how to wear them this summer with no actual swimming required! Use these tips to make sure every piece in your collection is worth its weight in gold--or fabric. You'll be surprised by how many options there are when you think outside the box.

Do you have so many swimsuits that you can't keep track of them? Do they all start to look the same after a while? Even if you don't go swimming often, it's still nice to have options. 

Sometimes people want to wear a bathing suit for other activities such as lounging by the pool or going out on a boat. To help, I've created this post about how many swimsuits is too much and what kind of suits should be in your collection! 


How Many Swimsuits Should We Own?

I'm moving to my own apartment in less than two weeks, which means daily (yes, daily--it's easier a little at a time!) trips to the Salvation Army on 23rd Street to rid myself of the massive volume of junk I've managed to acquire in my nearly four years in my old apartment. So I tackled my summer wardrobe yesterday, and I discovered I had…

Twenty-two swimsuits! Most of them had seen better days, between the concrete-nubbled bottoms (yes, I'm 27 years old, and I still have a saggy tush in my swimsuits from sitting poolside without a towel underneath me!), the stretched out straps, and the washed-out colours, courtesy of too much salt and chlorine, and I decided it was time to do some tossing. 

This weekend marks the official start of summer and the first occasion to flaunt my teeny bikini, so I wanted to make sure it was perfect.

I was left with a smartly edited collection of six suits: A chic one-piece strapless maillot by Norma Kamali for when I'm in a vintage mood; a bright kelly green bandeau bikini with a gold O-ring in the middle by Vix; a simple black string bikini from H a simple white string bikini from Lisa Curran; and four assorted patterned tops and bottoms (mostly florals) from Old Navy, H&M, and Marc by Marc Jacobs

This leaves plenty of room for mixing and matching--get my tricks for pulling off the clashing swimsuit look here!--and also keeps my basics bases covered. 

Swimsuits have always been one of the few things that always fit me well (especially when you can buy the tops and bottoms separately), so I've always had a well-rounded collection, and six feels like plenty. 

Most women I know struggle to find just one that they love, so I feel lucky to have purged so many old suits and still be left with a handful that fit perfectly.

How about you girls? Have you been collecting bikini tops and bottoms for years and now have a drawer full of them? Or do you invest in just one you love each season, choosing quality over quantity? How many swimsuits do you have? Share!

Building a Swimwear Wardrobe

While most women are mentally ready for the warm weather and sandy beaches, not all of their wardrobes are prepared with the proper summer swimwear.

Building a swimwear wardrobe is akin to building an outerwear wardrobe: It’s not as large or varied as your wardrobe of street clothing, but you have pieces to meet different looks, moods, and weather conditions. 

Your swimwear wardrobe should work similarly, and we are here to guide you in compiling the swimwear pieces and accessories you need to have fun in or on the water, no matter the occasion!

1. Evaluating Your Needs

What do you do in your bathing suit? Swim laps for exercise? Chase little ones as they play? Sit on a lounge chair and order drinks with little umbrellas? Personally, I do each of these things in their turn, and I wear a different kind of swimwear for each of them! 

Where do you wear your bathing suit? The neighbourhood pool? At your family lake house? The Bahamas? Because those are all places I go, too, and I wear different swimwear for each occasion. 

Each locale and activity listed above requires its own level of performance, modesty, sun protection, or balance. Of course, no one or two bathing suits would be right for all of that, so let's imagine a swimwear wardrobe that would work for these scenarios.

Swimming for exercise is best done in an athletic swimsuit—our legendary Tugless Tank comes to mind—that stays put comfortably and allows for maximum freedom of movement. This is a no-muss-no-fuss suit. But, of course, this kind of swimwear is probably right for swimming in the lake with your family, too. 

A relatively modest suit with a pretty print is good for playing with little ones, whether they are yours or young relatives you are tending for an afternoon. 

You might appreciate a skirted suit or tankini with swim shorts when you have to bend over to pick up a toddler and sturdy straps when a child wants a "dolphin ride" on your back. 

A bathing suit appropriate for this is probably just right for wearing to the neighbourhood pool! However, if you're lucky enough to vacation in the Bahamas, consider that you might want a briefer, a flirtier suit for ordering drinks at the swim-up bar. Still, you will need serious sun protection if you want to be on the beach at Balmoral Island around lunchtime. 

We would recommend a long-sleeve rash guard for everyone, and I personally would pair it with swim capris because my skin is approximately the colour of white peach. So that's four different swimsuits or swimwear ensembles and, we hope, an excellent illustration of why you need to build a swimwear wardrobe.

2. Making It All Work

There are further considerations. If you want to wear a long-sleeve rash guard and swim capris, you will want a small bikini—a bra-style top and bikini-cut briefs—to wear underneath. The top of the bikini is for support, and the bottom is to keep sand out of.... places you definitely don't want sand! 

Think about the types of swim covers you will need. A terry robe is good for the gym pool, a linen shift is just right for the neighbourhood pool, and a gauzy pareo is ideal for a tropical beach. You'll need water shoes for natural bodies of water but will want chic sandals for the pool at a resort. 

Consider function as well as fashion. For example, an enormous straw hat is very elegant with big Jackie O. sunglasses, but it will also provide you with excellent refuge from the sun. 

A big monogrammed beach towel is cute and preppy but also prevents mix-ups on the chairs. Your swimwear needs do not begin and end with the bathing suit on its own.

3. Ready for Any Occasion

When you have taken the time to build a thoughtful swimwear wardrobe, you can have confidence that you can go anywhere, anytime, without facing the worst kind of sartorial crisis—the bathing suit kind. 

Not having the right swimwear can be terribly stressful, especially since some women already deal with bathing suit anxiety. 

Make sure that if you are invited to a neighbour's pool party, to a water aerobics class with ladies from your card club, or to fill a last-minute opening on a girls' cruise, you have the right swimwear already in your closet. 

That way, you can concentrate on having fun and enjoying yourself, which is what swimwear is really all about!

4. Building up the wardrobe

Believe it or not, there's a lot of debate about how many swimsuits a woman should own. Therefore, it's a good idea to have multiple pieces in your swimwear wardrobe. 

Not only do you want to be able to wear a variety of styles, but swimwear tends to fade easily because of chemicals in pool water or from rubbing against sand at the beach. Switching your suits out frequently will alleviate some of the typical wear-and-tear problems, yet one question still remains: How many are too many?

There isn't exactly a magic number for how many swimsuits a woman should own, but generally, you should have at least three swimsuits. Just like you have your nice shoes or your nice dress that you only wear for special occasions, you should also have one or two nice swimsuits

These are the ones you’ll wear to a pool party or an outing with friends and family. They should only be worn in a pool or when laying out in the sun to avoid any damage from dirty lake water or sandy beaches. The other swimsuits can be used interchangeably for any occasion and should have different styles. 

For example, you might want a strapless bathing suit to avoid tan lines when you’re just sunbathing in your own backyard, but a more supportive piece would work better for swimming at the beach. With just the right amount of swimsuits, you have enough to switch out frequently but not so many that your drawer is overstuffed.

5. Finding the right swimsuit for your body type 

This is a great way to start. Here are a few tips for finding a swimsuit that will have you lounging by the pool or beach with confidence:

  • Opt for two-piece swimwear

Some women prefer the increased coverage of a one-piece swimsuit, but it can be a hassle when trying to change out of or into a wet bathing suit. If this is a problem you’ve experienced, the perfect solution is a tankini. 

You get the same amount of coverage, but it's easier to maneuver when you have to slip it on and off really quickly. Not only does a two-piece swimsuit provide that added flexibility, but having separate pieces allows you to mix and match.

  • Invest in a good pair of black bottoms

Move over, little black dress; there's a new universal fashion piece in town. Speaking of mixing and matching, a pair of comfortable black swimsuit bottoms should be a staple in every woman's swimwear wardrobe. 

With a solid black bottom piece, virtually any bathing suit top style, colour, and texture will automatically match. Swimsuit pieces are typically sold separately, so with this strategy, you can save money by just getting a variety of tops instead of a whole swimsuit for each swimwear ensemble.

  • Don’t forget about the cover-up

A cover-up is an essential component of an effective swimwear wardrobe. Nobody is really comfortable walking around in just their tankini, but trying to wear a swimsuit under a pair of jean shorts on the beach, for example, can get hot and uncomfortable and create wet spots on your clothes. A cover-up provides a safe amount of coverage with the added benefits of cooling comfort and mobility.

Here’s How Many Swimsuits You Should Pack for Vacation

So how many swimsuits should you pack for vacation? There is no straight answer, but here's a good rule of thumb: If you're a minimalist, I'd say 2-3 swimsuits each week should keep you covered and comfortable for seven days. If you prefer options, go for 4-5 for each week. Anything more than that is usually just clutter. And in this article, I'll explain why.

But first, let’s explore all the possible scenarios that might apply to you and feel free to tweak whenever it makes sense.

1. If you want to fit everything in a carry-on

If you're travelling light, go for:

  • 2-3 swimsuits
  • Two cover-ups
  • a pair of flip flops

You're probably thinking: How am I going to survive with three swimsuits for the entire week?

And the answer is: For years, minimalists have survived with even less. So some of them go for two— enough to wear a dry pair while the other is being dried on the patio. (And I'm sure some of the extreme minimalists go for one.)

“But I’m not a minimalist, dummy!“, you say. “I just wanna travel light and fit everything in a carry-on bag, free from the worries of losing my luggage.”

Well, there you go— 3 swimsuits maximum. Three is a perfect number to account for unexpected situations like what if it drizzles in the patio or what if the elastic of my bikini gave up on me while still fitting everything in a carry-on.

Mind you; you don't have to be a minimalist to opt for less. You could be a regular consumer who's terrified enough of the possibility of losing your luggage.

2. If you hate unwashed swimsuits but still wanna pack light

If you hate unwashed swimsuits but still want to pack light, you only need one additional item:

  • 100 grams of detergent

Some people are completely okay with wearing unwashed swimsuits as long as they’re dry. But if that grosses you out big time, you can always do a little washing right after swimming.

I know, I know. It's a vacation, and the last thing you want to do is laundry. But think about the silver lining here: You're prolonging the life of your swimsuits by ridding them of saltwater and chlorine as soon as possible.

Besides, it only takes 5 minutes to wash and another 30 to dry on the balcony through the summer breeze.

"But I don't want to think about laundry during vacation."

If that's the case, phone the resort and ask if they offer a laundry service or if there's one nearby. And depending on your swimsuit's fabric, you might wanna request a "hand wash only".

But if you prefer options but don’t wanna go overboard, you can add one piece for each item:

  • Three cover-ups
  • 1-2 pairs of flip flops

3. Mix and match to create new looks

You don't have to look like you're wearing the same thing throughout your vacay. However, if you're a big fan of bikinis, mixing and matching will work in your favour. Here's how:

Bikini mix and match rules:

  • Solid dark colours are slimming. However, they're also great at downplaying a certain portion of the body (i.e., tummy and hip fats, broad shoulders, etc.).
  • The opposite is true for prints. They draw more attention and are great at enhancing (i.e., make your breasts larger and your hips wider). If you don’t like prints, opt for ruffle and strings bikinis to yield the same effect.

4. Mix and match based on your body shape

  • Pear ladies should opt for solid-coloured bottoms to downplay their hips with printed and ruffled tops to define their breasts and shoulders.
  • Inverted triangle women should do the opposite: solid-coloured tops to downplay the shoulders with printed and ruffled (or string) bottoms to make the hips appear wider.
  • Rectangle and apple ladies could wear a simple top paired with string bikini bottoms to add volume to their hips and enhance their curves.
  • Hourglass (the lucky devils) can mix and match anything they like.

5. How do I choose which swimsuits to bring?

  • Bring only your absolute favourites.

Most women bring ten pairs of swimsuits for their vacation only to end up wearing 5. Repeatedly.

Bringing your just-in-case swimsuits may seem like a good idea. But more often than not, they often turn into clutter when it's time to go home, and the souvenirs don't fit.

  • "How do I know if a swimsuit is my 'absolute favourite'"

It’ll make you feel like a million dollars— if it sparks joy when you’re wearing it. If it doesn’t, then leave it behind.

Last year, I made the mistake of bringing a one-piece just for the sake of "diversifying my wardrobe". While I don't look bad in a one-piece, I certainly ignored the fact that I feel absolutely no joy wearing a one-piece style. I've always been a bikini lover and will probably always be.

  • Consider the activities you’ll be participating in

If you're planning to snorkel, a rashguard is a great idea. It's not as bulky as a wetsuit, but it's excellent in protecting your skin from the damaging UV rays of the sun.

When you’re in the water, you might not feel the sun as much but make no mistake: In the water, the sun’s UV rays will bore into your unprotected skin just the same.

Other snorkelling gears: You can bring these yourself or rent them when you get there. Again, ask the resort if it’s available.

  • snorkel goggles
  • snorkel mask
  • snorkelling shoes
  • You can never go wrong with a sundress

Choose sundresses over capris for a versatile, laid-back, feminine look. You can wear them while enjoying your coconut juice at lunch or while shipping your wine over candlelit dinner.

6. If you’re high maintenance

Or if you hate the thought of doing any laundry-related chores while on vacation (nothing wrong with that), and you absolutely hate wearing the same thing twice (nothing wrong with that, too), you always have the option to bring one swimsuit per day.

Not a typical choice of the majority, but if you can, then why not?

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