How to Fix Saggy Swimsuit Bottoms & Other Swimsuit Issues

Swimsuit Issues? Invest in High-Quality Bathing Suits 

Are you ready to invest in a swimsuit that doesn’t sag after a few wears? What would it be like to not deal with saggy swimsuit bottoms or elasticity issues while on vacation? If you’re having one or more of these swimsuit issues, it’s time to invest in a new swimsuit or learn how to fix these common bathing suit issues. 

At Anne Cole, we believe in investing in a quality swimsuit or bathing suit that makes you feel comfortable. We want every woman to feel confident and stylish while wearing our bathing suits, which is why our collections offer a wide array of styles and trends for women.

Whether it’s a sleek one piece swimsuit that shows off your curves or a colorful strapless tankini that attracts all eyes on you this season, investing in a high-quality bathing suit and learning how to fix swimsuit issues will have its benefits.

Here are a few simple tips on how to fix common swimsuit issues. Plus, discover a few flattering swimsuit options that will provide you with the perfect fit.

How To Make Your Swimsuit More Supportive 

There are many ways to make your swimsuit more supportive. Here are a few tips:

    1. Find the right style and fit for your body type.

      The first thing you need to do is make sure your swimsuit fits well. If your swimsuit is too tight, it won't be supportive enough for swimming. If your swimsuit is too loose, it will not stay where it should during your activities. You also want to ensure that the length of your suit isn't too long or short. Use our swimsuit size chart to get more help.
    2. Investing in a better quality swimsuit

      A quality swimsuit made with good swimwear fabric will ensure long-term performance and use. At Anne Cole, discover quality swimwear and stylish designs for every body shape and size including plus size swimsuits. What makes our swimsuits stand out from the rest? Our swimsuits are constructed with 18% spandex and elastic fibers, providing both stretch and resilience no matter what your summer activity is. Shirred details and ruching bring together a practical and flattering fit for your silhouette so you can look and feel your best at the beach. Shop our colorful swimsuit collection, including red bikinis, black bathing suits, white one piece swimsuits, green swimsuits, blue swimsuits, yellow bikinis, and more.
    3. Utilizing a swimsuit's adjustable straps, elastic band, or hooks to secure the best fit

      Make sure straps and bands are not too loose or too tight. If a strap is too loose, it will slip down your shoulder. If a strap is too tight, it will dig into your skin and cause discomfort. Straps should be adjusted so that they are not too low or high; if one strap sits much lower than the other when you’re wearing your swimsuit or bikini, this can cause asymmetrical weight distribution, which is uncomfortable.
    4. Utilizing your swimsuit padding and underwire

      Underwire and padding are the best way to maintain swimsuit support. This is because the underwire and padding provide support for your bust and prevent discomfort while you enjoy your poolside activities. 

When Shopping For Swimsuits, Know Your Body Type

What’s your body type? Understanding what body type you have will make shopping less challenging. You’ll also know what swimsuits best pair with your shape to accentuate your best features. Don’t know your body type? Read our guides on how to choose the best swimsuit for your body type, including swimsuits for athletic body types, swimsuits for short torsos, and swimsuits for curvy bodies

For example, for those with athletic body types, it’s best to go with swimsuits that compliment your shoulders. You can also wear a stylish v-neck swim top to bring attention to the chest area. Shopping by body type will guide you in learning about your body and what styles are best for your features. 

How to Fix Swimsuit Bottoms That Are Too Big: Invest in Quality Swimsuit Fabrics 

If you’re tired of ruining your old swimsuits after one wash, invest in a new swimsuit that is produced of higher-quality fabrics. Look into good fabrics made with polyester, elastane, or spandex—fabrics that are stretchy, colorfast, and resistant to chlorine. 

Finding quality fabrics will help your swimsuits last longer, making you feel less overall discomfort. Shop and explore our quality swimsuit collections that will make you stand out from the crowd this season.

How to Fix Underwire in a Swimsuit When the underwire in your swimsuit breaks, it can put a big damper on your vacation plans. Underwire is not easy to replace in a swimsuit, so you may need some DIY skills to fix your swimsuit. Here are a few steps to follow: 

  1. Cut the underwire 

    Use a pair of wire cutters to cut the underwire, making sure that it's long enough to reach the bottom of the bra cup and not too short. Don't forget about safety—always wear protective eyewear when cutting wires. You want enough wire so that you can easily overlap it on top of itself when placing it in your swimsuit. Also, cutting at an angle will make it easier for you to insert into your swimsuit; if you're using regular scissors, this may be difficult.

  2. Insert the wire into the bra cup 

    Replace the underwire with a new piece. Remove any old bindings or clasps that are holding the current underwire in place on your swimsuit (if there are any). Use pliers to snip off these bindings or clips as close to the fabric as possible so they don't leave marks when removed. 

  3. Sew the new piece into place

    Whether you use a sewing machine or hand stitch, sew the new piece into place at the center of each bra cup and at the top of each bra cup.

Replacing your swimsuit’s underwire can be a complicated process and requires some work. If you find that your swimsuit’s underwire is no longer supporting you, shop our underwire bikinis, tankinis, and underwire swimsuits to get the most comfortable fit for your shape.

How to Fix Swimsuit Padding

So you have a swimsuit that is a few years old and the padding doesn’t fit you anymore – how do you fix it? Over time, swimsuit padding can wear down and provide less support for you, making your fit looser and less comfortable.

If the padding is falling out of a swimsuit cup, you may need to have it sewn back into place or find a new swimsuit top. The problem could be that the padding has been worn down or the swimsuit’s seams no longer hold together. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to carefully maintain your swimsuit for better wear.

While most people find that hand-washing is a good way to gently clean delicate items such as swimsuit padding, many people also feel more comfortable using the washing machine. However, there are several reasons why you should not put swimsuit padding in the dryer. The heat can cause some types of padding material to become misshapen. In addition, the padding may still retain wrinkles that could be uncomfortable when worn later on. For this reason, it's best not to use an automatic drying cycle—instead, hang your swimsuit up or lay it flat until completely dry.

How to Fix Saggy Swimsuit Bottoms and Loose Swimsuits

Do your swim bottoms fit? If not, you’re likely experiencing sagging swim bottoms because:

  • Your bathing suit bottom is too big or too small, causing them to be loose or tight 
  • You’ve never received a swimsuit fitting or used a size chart, so you purchased the wrong size
  • You haven’t adjusted your swimsuit straps, ties, or bands to secure your fit 
  • You used a dryer to dry your swimsuit or swimsuit bottoms
  • You haven’t updated your swimsuit wardrobe in a long time 

Whatever the case may be, there are a number of solutions for the issue of sagging swimsuit bottoms or loose swimsuits. If your swimsuit has drawstrings, adjustable straps, or bands, try using adjustable straps to secure a snug fit around your body. 

Does your swimsuit have removable padding? Remove the padding to see how it feels or include them for extra support during various water activities. 

Additionally, if you’re wearing a two-piece bikini with a bikini bottom, choosing a smaller size in bottoms may help accommodate your fit. Shop our many styles with adjustable straps or ties to find the perfect swimsuit.

Take Great Care of Your Swimsuit or Swimsuit Bottoms

A quality swimsuit will last you a long time if you know how to care for it. Most high-quality swim fabric is made with polyester, spandex, or elastane, which needs to be washed with cold water or hand washed without a fabric softener and hung to air dry. Swimsuits or swimsuit bottoms should not go into the dryer because the heat wears down the elastane fabric, causing the swimsuit to sag or loosen. 

Shop For Swimsuits That Flatter and Fit Your Body Type

Investing in swimsuits that fit will give you a boost of confidence everywhere you go. Here are a few swimsuits with all the right features to make your next beach getaway fabulous and worry-free.

Cross back bikini top

The band on this bikini top can be tied from the back, allowing you to adjust your fit to what feels comfortable. Plus, the removable cups give you the option to add extra padding, giving you ultra-comfort in moments when you need to relax or go for a dip in the pool. 

Side-tie swim bottoms

This stylish swim bottom is cinched on the sides with beaded ties to create an adjustable fit that works for you. Whether you like the fit tight or slightly loose, having adjustable side-ties will work to your advantage as you strut by the pool.

V wire one piece swimsuit 

If a stylish one piece is your pick, check out this v wire one piece swimsuit, which features a fun zebra print, adjustable straps, and removable padding for a flattering occasion.

Belted scoop neck one piece swimsuit 

This flattering one piece has the best combination of colors, style, and fit. Play with the shoulder straps and tighten or loosen as you see fit while you work the stylish belt to your advantage. Either way, this scoop neck one piece swimsuit is a showstopper.

Easy triangle swim top 

This top is as it states—easy! With adjustable over-the-shoulder straps and removable cups, this top’s flattering triangle silhouette comes with a back hook to secure in place– it’s a favorite for women of any age. Plus, the floral pattern is a fun way to instantly draw attention at the pool.

Flounce V neck tunic cover up

Have a swimsuit emergency and need to cover up? Swimsuit cover ups are a great way to camouflage any sagging swimsuit bottoms, allowing you to enjoy your time at the beach. This chic flounce v beck tunic cover up is perfect for any swim occasion, including a light lunch by the beach.

The key to an enjoyable summer by the pool is finding a swimsuit that will fit you. If you're running into swimsuit issues, take our tips for quick-fix solutions, or shop our latest collection of swimsuits to make sure your next swimsuit fits you perfectly. We recommend using our swimsuit size guide while shopping for the perfect swimsuit. Enjoy!