The latest women's swimsuits emphasize vivid colors and patterns. Decorative details increase visual appeal.
China suppliers of women's swimwear are launching designs that highlight a better physical appearance to drive sales.
Allover-printed motifs remain the most widely utilized adornment. Floral and geometric themes, stripes and polka dots often decorate releases. They usually come in a bright hue that contrasts with the suitâs base. Patterned tops are also being paired with plain bottoms.
Swimsuits having a solid color adopt vibrant shades of red, yellow, aquamarine and purple. For added visual interest, a shirred or ruffled bust or waist, braided straps and embroidery may be incorporated.
Beads, sequins, rhinestones, ribbons, and plastic, metal or wooden rings are used to embellish products further.
While aesthetics are a priority, women's swimwear manufacturers also continue to improve the functionality of their recent selections. Upscale variants, in particular, are resistant to UV rays, chlorine and bacteria.
A specialty coating is typically applied on the textile's surface for UV protection. Some plants utilize ceramic powder, which is said to help diffuse harmful radiation.
Moreover, a few companies are offering designs that employ Creora Highclo instead of regular spandex. Developed by Hyosung in South Korea, the material repels chlorine and enables releases to retain their shape longer.
Bikinis are the most popular among the various kinds of women's swimwear offered by China suppliers. Factories turn out tankinis, monokinis and maillots as well.
OEM models still dominate the industry's yield. Nevertheless, a number of businesses are investing at least 5 percent of annual revenue in R&D.
Although the majority focuses on sample creation, there are plants that develop in-house styles. Xiamen JV Industrial Co. Ltd maintains a design office in Europe to keep abreast of trends and update its products accordingly.
Nylon and polyester are the commonly used materials. These are blended with spandex or Lycra. The latter is preferred for higher priced variants. Swimsuits adopt solid or mesh lining. Tops usually have breast pads, which may be fixed or detachable. Matching skirts and hats are sometimes included.
To ensure quality, many factories utilize Oeko-Tex Standard 100-compliant fabrics. In addition, bikinis, monokinis, tankinis and maillots undergo shrinkage, colorfastness and chemical tests.
China-made women's swimwear ranges from $2 to $30 per piece or set depending on the inputs and the construction intricacy. The least expensive models use 100 percent polyester, or 90:10, 92:8 or 95:5 polyester- or nylon-spandex. Their weight does not exceed 150gsm. Priced at $3.50 and below, the suits have single- or 2-color prints and minimal trimming.
Going for $4 to $6, midrange styles come in 190 to 200gsm blendedtextiles. The typical combinations are 88:12 polyester-spandex, and 80:20 and 82:18 nylon-spandex. The last two are also adopted in high-end designs between $6.50 and $30. Lycra may be employed in place of unbranded elastic fiber.
Swimsuits for the upscale market emphasize more elaborate prints and often have additional embellishments such as plastic, wood or metal beads or rings, sequins, lace and embroidery. Ruffles and other decorative clothing details are incorporated.
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