The long Easter break may be behind us, but summer is far from over. With the influx of local travel promos, heading back to the beach has gotten even easier. Until recently stylish didn’t equal functional in terms of swimwear. Sure, you looked great soaking up the sun, but once you hit the water, you’d be in danger of unnecessary exposure or even embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. For a time, even getting a decent cover-up was a pain, and if sunning wasn’t your thing, then trying to look good on a surfboard, jetski or motorized vehicle of your choice could just lead to even more fashion stress. Maybe I’m just recounting my own expriences growing up and relegating myself to either overpriced resortwear at home, or wait til I traveled abroad where I could choose from different sizes and designs that not only flattered my figure but offered me the support and coverage I needed whether I chose to lazily lounge about, float in the sea or take on the waves. In terms of my wardrobe checklist to accommodate whatever activity I wanted to do, I included a sporty bikini (thicker straps that will hold as well as chest support), a sunning bikini (think bandeau for less tan lines), board shorts, a slimming cover-up that I could throw on and take me from quick swim to resort cocktails, and, a rash guard for those days when sunblock just isn’t enough. Through the years, keeping a color scheme in mind, I’ve been able to build up my summer-holiday wardrobe mixing and matching styles and adding on pieces that would look good whether I was in the water or out of it.
This April, a well-known brand in the international surfing community, Rip Curl, launches its summer line for women. The company had already established a reputation for making high-quality products that were also very easy on the eye, and didn’t stretch, rip or fade even with the abuse that came from a full-day of hitting the waves. The environment is also top of mind as it has expanded into Rip Curl Planet, wherein they use at least 55% eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, linen and hemp. These are not limited to their clothing line but also extends to their accessories such as their caps and bags. Aside from being more eco-conscious, functionality and durability as well as comfort come into the making of their more protective and athletic wear such as their board shorts and rash guards.
For example their Whirl 5” boardshorts (P2450 is made out of quadroflex lycra, allowing for a lot of stretch and movement great if you’re in the mood for a quick run followed by a dip in the ocean-its waistline has an elasticized front allowing for even more freedom. Another find is the Belle Zip thru Rashguard (P 2540) which is made out of 15 Elastine and 85% nylon. Unlike typical rashguards, it isn’t difficult to put on (no squeezing, pulling and tugging) due to a zippered front. This works great for people who do watersports like diving, jetskiing, surfing and wakeboarding and gives added protection from the sun or even friction from a surfboard or mandatory lifevests when wakeboarding or jetskiing that are at times so ill-fitting they can scratch and wound the skin.
With summer still stretching out in front of us, it’s high time to take advantage of a tide of fresh summer looks that will keep you looking (and feeling) cool on hot sands or under the shade at your favorite resort. Gone are the days of boring one-pieces and badly-fitting bikinis so go and stuff your bag full of colorful, playful designs, that are swim-sturdy and don’t forget to add on floral mini-board shorts and knit-like cover ups for light and breezy layering when you’re done taking advantage of all the sun and surf and ready for a refreshing cocktail.
Rip Curl is available at all Stoked Inc. branches, Rustan’s Department Stores and Cinderella Makati. Visit www.stokedinc.com.ph for more information