You cannot just pick any swimsuit that you like, since it has to fit well, flatter your figure and look good both dry and wet. Design and style in swimwear have changed greatly since the early days when people wore special clothing for going out and playing in the water. The vast number of different styles of swimwear and types of swimwear fabric can be confusing as well as frustrating for anyone trying to choose one. You will be able to choose a swimsuit regardless of the fabric you choose, but there are a few things to keep in mind before choosing one. 

Swimsuits Made From Cotton

Swimwear made from cotton feels natural against the skin and is comfortable, breathable, and wicks away moisture. The suit may shrink slightly if it is 100 percent cotton. Furthermore, the garment may bleed color if it comes into contact with chlorine in pool water or if you wash it. Swimsuits don’t usually fit well, so when you step out of the pool, you won’t typically appear very stylish. 


Swimwear made of nylon fabric tends to breathe better, to be less prone to puckering and tearing. When in contact with chlorine or other chemicals, it doesn’t break down. This material dries faster than other materials, breathes well, and doesn’t degrade as quickly as other materials. Overall, it is the most popular swimwear fabric. However, it can fade and fray with time. 


Compared to nylon, polyester isn’t as soft. In addition to its durability, it does not shed water as quickly as nylon or dry as quickly as cotton. Unless they are made from a mixture of nylon and polyester, it is not generally found in modern swimsuits. 


Swimming suits made from Lycra fit well and repel water very quickly. It is hard for people of average size and shape to wear lycra because it is very form fitting.

Given the many factors to take into consideration when choosing a swimsuit, finding the perfect one can seem overwhelming. Aside from the design and style, the fit, how long the suit holds up in the water, and how well it flatters the figure, there are other things to consider. A common mistake, however, is to overlook the fabric. Since most of the factors discussed above will be greatly affected by the fabric of the swimsuit, this factor is extremely important. So instead, let’s have a look at some of the most common fabric types used in swimwear and swimwear manufacturing, as well as their characteristics and pros and cons.

Types Of Swimsuit Lining

Aside from the fabric of the swimsuit, the lining is another factor to consider. Most swimsuits use nylon-lycra blends or knitted fabrics for their lining. 

1. Nylon And Lycra Blend

While some swimsuits use nylon/lycra blends for their linings, these cling too tightly to the body when wet, which can be uncomfortable and embarrass for some women. Consequently, the aim of choosing swimsuits with a lining that reduces clinging and smooths out cellulite dimples is to reduce cellulite dimples. If the fabric in your swimsuit is on the heavier end, they can help make it lighter overall. 

2. Tricot Knit

A nylon or polyester-elastane blend is commonly used for the lining of swimsuits. There are three colors: black, white, and nude. They are light, smooth, and sheer but not shiny. Despite their four-way stretch, they are not as stretchy as swimsuit fabrics. Underwear and gloves are also made from this fabric. It is made from fine fibers and simple threads. The wearer’s figure is flattering in swimsuits made with stretch knit fabrics. 

Swimsuits with poor linings should be avoided. Their mesh is usually loose and has only one direction of stretch (as compared to others which have four directions). The lack of stretch in the lining of your swimsuit will immediately affect its fit. Look for linings that have neutral colors. By doing so, opacity will be increased; a firm and stable piece created, and a softening effect will be created.