There’s no other way to say this, so I’ll just jump straight in.
If there is one fabric I didn’t expect to see on a pair of swimmers it’s velvet.
It’s soft, it’s snuggly….but I’m pretty sure it’s not designed for cannonballing into your backyard pool.
Stroking a piece of velvet in times of stress because it just FEELS SO NICE? Yes.
Running through the surf in a fuzzy bikini while avoiding seaweed and blue bottles? NO.
That’s why I was so surprised to discover that the latest swimwear trend is made of the same stuff as my scrunchie in the ’90s.
SO SOFT, SO IMPRACTICAL.
… Or is it?
The brand that designed the velvety swimsuit in question, Triangl Swim, has reassured Mamamia the fabric is in fact ‘Italian Velvet’ (very fancy), which is totally “suitable for water activities”.
Well, there ya have it, folks! Velvet bathers are officially a thing, and they’re coming to a summer wardrobe near you.
Still, gone are the days when spandex and neoprene were the go-to fabrics for all things swim and surf related. Now, the trend seems to be: the crazier the design, the better.
I once had a bikini that featured a big, metal, golden tassel right in the middle of my chest. It was pretty. It almost hung down to my belly button and made me feel like I was Kim Kardashian, circa 2009 (read: it was pretty bling-tastic).
But as fab as I thought I looked while I snapped selfies and lounged in the sun, there was one problem: two pool dips and one frolic in the surf later, that shiny, gold tassle had turned…green.