Swimwear Care Advice to Share

As Labor Day approaches and summer sales begin, one of the best pieces to hunt for is the ideal swimsuit. Finding a favorite may require some serious searching, but caring for the piece after you find it can prove to be an even greater challenge. Fortunately, your friends here at New to You have done the research for you and have come up with ten helpful tips to prolong the life of your new swimwear all year long!

1. Wet your swimsuit with clean, clear water before and after swimming. This will prevent harm from chlorine or salt while you are in the water and rinse out any remnants post-dip.
2. Wash with a soap specially-designed for swimsuits after every wear. Lay flat to dry – never wring out swimwear or let it dry in a sunny location- this promotes damage and fading.
3. Always store your swimsuit when it is completely dry- dampness may affect color and texture.
4. Swimsuits only retain their shape when dry; make sure yours is completely dry before wearing it.
5. Before storing your swimsuit for the next season, wash it on the gentle cycle in the machine to remove excess sand, chlorine, and salt- however, make sure to put it in a mesh lingerie bag first.
6. Proceed with caution when applying sunscreen. Some can stain swimwear, harm elastic, and cause permanent marks.
7. Always place a towel at the edge of the pool or on cement before you sit to avoid unattractive snagging.
8. Never put your swimsuit in the dryer!
9. Be extra cautious when handling swimsuits with shiny or glittery effects; these are even more delicate and require extra careful handling.
10. Enjoy your well-kept swimsuit for years to come!

From Office Attire to Dinner-and-Drinks

You know the feeling; you’ve been invited to yet another retirement party after work and dread carrying a change of clothes, makeup, and jewelry around all day. Happy hours, birthday parties, and date-nights sometimes require going straight from professional work-wear to evening chic without leaving time to go home and change your attire. Just as you multi-task at home or in the office, you need wardrobe options that can perform many functions as well. With a few well-placed accessories and hair and makeup alterations, you can go from office-classy to nighttime-sexy in minutes.

Think of what you want to wear that night: is it a bright top and skirt or a sleeveless dress? These options can be toned down for daytime wear and dressed up for the evening. Add a suit jacket over a cute blouse with a skirt or pants for the office and rock the top solo at night, or dress down a pencil dress with a cardigan for daytime. By layering your look, you can go from day to night, no changing room necessary.

While layering is an important aspect of the transition, accessories and shoes are the real power players in this scenario. For the office, stick with a conservative shoe and simply jewelry, like stud earrings. At night, change it up with strappy sandals or higher heels and funky jewelry, such as chandelier earrings or a chunky bracelet.

Hair and Makeup
For a chic daytime look, try a low bun or sleek ponytail that can be taken down later on or dressed up with a shiny barrette. Carrying a smoky eye pencil and darker lipstick in your bag allows you to make a quick transition. Dab on a bit of lip-gloss and smudgy eyeliner, and you are ready to hit the town!