We’ve always been intrigued by the crochet swimsuit. How is it made? Which body types does it look best on? But perhaps most importantly: How do you take care of the thing? Considering all these unanswered queries (primarily the latter), we figured reaching out to a seasoned expert would be the best solution to finding out how to care for your crochet bikini or one-piece. She Made Me is a swimsuit line that crafts the most exquisite crochet pieces we’ve ever seen and dresses some of the coolest girls around (check out the brand’s Instagram for proof). Thankfully, the team was able to answer our pressing questions about caring for these special pieces, so today we’re sharing them with you. See below for detailed instructions!
WHO WHAT WEAR: When buying a crochet swimsuit, is there anything relating to fit and fabric that affects your decision-making process?
SHE MADE ME: Crochet swimsuits will feel a little tight when first worn, as they are hand-made with cotton. Cotton is a natural fiber; it will always give a little with wear. Keep that in mind when purchasing a crochet bikini. I look for styles with adjustable ties or elastic because they fit different body shapes, and they are more then likely going to fit.
WWW: Should you only hand-wash crochet swimsuits?
SMM: Yes, only hand-wash. Washing it in a machine will stretch the bikini out of shape.
WWW: What temperature water is best? Soap?
SMM: Cold water and very mild, plant-based detergent.
WWW: How should you handle your swimsuit once you’re done swimming?
SMM: I always suggest that you rinse it in cold water and press it between a towel to remove as much moisture as possible—this will help speed up drying time.
WWW: Lay flat to dry or hang?
SMM: Lay it flat over a clothes rack or anything that will still let air circulate around it.
WWW: Are there any major nos when it comes to handling and washing a crochet swimsuit?
SMM: Avoid hanging it when the bikini is very wet; this will stretch the cotton."
Now that you know the basics, shop your very own crochet swimsuit!