Last season your swimsuit was perfect, but this summer it's just plain tragic. Maybe your size changed, maybe the style changed, or maybe your mood changed — but whatever the reason, you need to know how to alter bathing suits when they don't fit your body or mind anymore.
Swimsuits are fickle creatures. One minute they are perfection itself and the next minute it's as though they are purposely trying to do us harm. It's nearly impossible to find swimsuits that fit well, IMO. They bunch in the wrong places, they sag in unheard of areas, and then they go and lose elasticity at exactly the wrong moment.
Seeing as how there is no loyalty to be found in a swimsuit drawer, we must take it upon ourselves to reshape misbehaving bathing suits into graceful compliments to our body once more. Whether that be with scissors, glue, creative tying, or innovative dying, it's time to take back the beach with the swimsuits of our dreams.
Read along for 8 easy tricks to alter your bathing suit when it just isn't cooperating anymore.
1. Sew in a lace panel
Experiment with these DIY directions to change a boring old bikini into lacy, luxurious, lounge wear. This anything-but-basic black suit will serve as your inspiration. Be imaginative with colors and textures.
2. Add boho flair with vintage embellishments
How fabulous would it be if you deconstructed those old bolo ties your grandpa gave you and upcycled them for a swimsuit revamp? Pretty dang fabulous. If you're sewing averse, use the hot glue gun — but please reinforce it with a few simple stitches so you don't lose the family jewels at the beach. Think strategic placement at either the deep V of your one-piece neckline, or matching pieces on the hips of your bikini. Now that's homemade glamour.
3. Reimagine the straps
4. Flip around your bikini top and bottom
5. Turn your one-piece into a high-waisted bikini bottom
You adore the pattern of your one piece, but are ready to embrace the glamour of a high-waisted bikini bottom. Make the new old and the old new by using your favorite suit to create your retro bottoms. This DIY tutorial will walk you through the steps. Pair with a darling bikini top and wait for the praise to roll in.
6. Make your behind a bit cheekier
7. Bedazzle using sequins, lace, or flowers
8. Dip dye for a cool, ombre or tie-dye look