Bandinis are a type of beachwear that pairs a bandeau top but has more coverage around the stomach region. This style became popular when it first came out. This was perhaps because the bandini offered more coverage than the relatively skimpier bikini and because the boyish figure, which worked well with this type of swimsuit, was all the rage during that time. This type of beachwear also became popular due to its strapless style that relied solely on the tight fit of the material around the chest for support. It became popular among girls with lean, toned, athletic bodies, although curvy girls found this swimsuit comfortable to wear as well, as it was effective at making breasts appear smaller. However, women with very small breasts are often discouraged to wear swimwear of this kind if this will only serve to make the chest appear more flat. This type may also not be the best choice when it comes to serious beach sports or swimming, especially if you have one that has a strapless top.
Wool used to be the material of choice for swimwear in the 19th century. Other materials used for bikinis and other types of beachwear in the past included silk, fur, leather, and suede. Today, bathing suits can be made of almost any type of material. There are even those made from unconventional fabrics.
Today, the typical suit is usually made of polyester and nylon blends because these are sturdy materials that do not break or easily become brittle with repeated dips in the pool or the beach. Some of them are made of nylon and spandex blends, and are specially suited for use in chlorine-treated pools. Polyester and nylon blends, on the other hand, are perfect for bromine-treated pools.
Caring for your swimwear
Caring for your suits right after every beach excursion is simple. To avoid the harmful effects of saltwater and sun on your favorite swimsuit, rinse it with cold water right after every use and hang indoors to dry after squeezing out excess water. Never ever twist your bathing suit to remove excess water, as this can result to the tearing of the fabric.
Washing with harsh detergents and air-drying your beachwear outside or under the sun can further weaken the material and make it brittle and possibly unusable the next time around. A good rinse with cold tap water is usually enough to remove salt particles without damaging the fabric.