If Jane Jetson Wore a Bikini

One of the many great things about Bangkok are the pools. I couldn’t even begin to count the number of jaw dropping pools I have seen in this city. Whether you want a rooftop, a pool bar, a pool party, an infinity pool, a water slide, a cabana, or a simulated surfing machine – basically any pool you can think of is in Bangkok. For this reason, I need a hell of a lot of bikinis.
Yet, I barely own any.

The reason I own limited swimwear is mostly attributable to the fact that the thought of wearing bikinis makes me shudder. I’m basically naked and I can never seem to do enough squats. Therefore, I always wear my favorite Seafolly bikini bought for me by my momma. It’s the most flattering few inches of lycra I have ever owned. Thank you mum.

However, about a year ago there was an evolution in swimwear that does the body comfort factor a huge favor; not to mention it’s insurmountably cool. Unfortunately, at the time all I saw was the awesome and missed out on the actual benefit of it. Therefore, I pretty quickly moved on and forgot about it.

But with the weather improving, it’s back again this season and it’s bigger than e-v-e-r. The trend I’m talking about is Neoprene. Yes, wetsuits. But don’t worry, they’re in tiny enough pieces you won’t get any tan lines. This innovation in bikini technology, if you could call it that, has become so popular that the current bestselling swimwear brands are selling nothing but neoprene. I mean, what is lycra anyways?

The great thing about Neoprene is the way it fits – it’s seamless. Due to the structure of the Neoprene material, there is no need to add elastic at the edges or to finish it with a seam. Its similar to those Lasenza invisible panties where they cut the fabric and that’s that. Does that make sense? The added benefit of this method is that the fabric molds to the shape of your body. Not only does this create a fit that is perfect, it is unbelievably comfortable. To top it off, it doesn’t move.

Now I’m not sure if my description accurately describes what it feels like to wear a Neoprene bikini. But trust me, its good. You can flip, flop, twirl or do whatever crazy mermaid things come to mind and your bikini stays in place. No wedgie, EVER.

The best part of all is just how amazing the pieces can be from a creative standpoint. Given that Neoprene is extremely structured, it gives designers a much broader frame of opportunity to create totally original, never before seen swimwear designs. You will notice that most of the bikinis give off a completely futuristic vibe and that’s because they ARE the future baby!

Heads up Bangkok, I have been seeing Neoprene appear in the markets – score. Also, H&M.

Now, I would like to introduce you to the gods of Neoprene. It probably won’t surprise you that they’re mostly Australian labels given that they win at beaches and the perfect tan. However, they also win at having the highest skin cancer rates in the world. With that being said, please wear your sunscreen, Neoprene can’t help you there.

Triangl

Shakuhachi

NLP

4 comments

  1. Absolutely LOVE this post Elise! Thanks to you, I’ve indulged my love of a good bikini and bought the Miami Mint one from Triangl featured in your piece! It’s GORGEOUS and I only hope I can walk up enough stairs to do it justice. Awesome writing, I’m loving this blog!

    1. Thanks Hannah! I’m so happy you found one you liked. You literally picked my favorite one too. The color is amazing! You will do it more than justice lady! You will look totally fab. Thanks for reading and I love the comments 😛 Hope to see you soon. xoxo

  2. Love your post – especially since I’m going to Bangkok next month! I’ve never been before, just wondered if theres any certain shops you know of (maybe in mbk) or a way to find the market stalls that sell neoprene there? From my research it seems pretty easy to get lost shopping in the city, so trying to plan out my visit! 🙂

    1. Hey Vanessa! I’m terribly sorry for the late reply, that was seriously uncool of me. Hope you can forgive me! Anyways, I am glad you love my post. It’s always great to hear positive feedback. I hope you are getting excited for your trip, you’re guaranteed to have lots of fun. In regards to specific shops, you definitely won’t find Neoprene in MBK. MBK is mostly good for electronics and not the best for fashion. I would suggest going to a shopping mall called “Platinum”, it’s a short walk from the shopping centre called “Central World”. I would also recommend going to the shops around Siam Square which is a series of shopping streets the the “Siam” station on the sky train. If you are here on the weaken I would suggest checking out JJ Market, but it’s hot and big and very overwhelming.

      In terms of neoprene specific stores, I don’t actually have any to refer you to. I mostly just saw them at random stalls that didn’t carry bikinis specifically but had a few for sale. That’s the tricky part with market clothes, if you go out wanting something specific, it can be very hard to find. I wish I would help you out some more!

      But yah, definitely shop at Siam Square and Platinum Shopping Mall!

      Hope you enjoy your trip. Feel free to ask my any more questions. I promise to answer quicker next time. 😉

      Oh, one more thing. If you want to check out some cool thai brands, there’s a section in Central Chit Lom with all the most popular thai designers. It’s expensive but cool to check out the local high fashion!

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