Home » Blog » How To Keep Swim Skirt From Floating Up Table of Contents Swim skirts. We all know and love them, and they’re making a splash on the swimwear scene this year. However, no matter how trendy they become, we can’t get images of them floating up and down out of our heads. Why? Because they have a tendency to go a little wild in the water, but that doesn’t mean we should avoid them completely. Instead, we’ve come up with a solution or two (or many) to help you get an unruly swim skirt under control so you can look and feel fabulous in the trendiest suit of the season. Swim skirts flow upwards for many reasons including water currents, light material, poorly fitted swimsuits, and even wind. Keeping them down is a matter of comfort and modesty for most. Fortunately, gravity can be beaten by many strategies such as swim skirt weights, shopping for the right swim skirt for your body type, grip tape or anti-slip spray. We’ve gotten to the bottom of the common issue and have gathered around all of the tips and tricks to not only prevent your swimsuit from becoming a pain, but also stopping it in its tracks if it does. Keeping a Swim Skirt From Floating up What are Swim Skirts? As the name suggests, swim skirts are swimsuits with skirts attached. They can be one-piece or two-piece suits of all shapes, sizes, and designs – all that matters is that there is loose material on the bottom half that takes on the shape of a skirt. Why do Swim Skirts Float up? The answer to why swimskirts float upward in water is simple: physics. So, maybe not so simple, but we’ll explain it simply anyhow. Water, as a liquid, naturally swishes and swirls around, which can cause your swim skirt to go up and down. However, you’ve likely noticed it has a tendency to go up more than down. This is due to the lightweight nature of the material. For example, if your swimsuit was made out of metal (thankfully, it’s not), it would sink. But since your swim skirt is made out of polyester, nylon, and spandex, it prefers to float! Maldives $60 Select options Pearl $60 Select options Santorini $60 Select options Turtle Swimsuit $49 Select options Factors that Affect Floatation of Swim Skirts Body type While it’s a well-known fact that your unique body type affects how clothes look and feel on you out of the water, did you know it’s equally, if not more important, to find swimwear that works for your silhouette. Fit of swim skirt Just like your body type affects how well your swim skirt holds to your body, the size of the suit can influence how likely your swim skirts material is to float up or stay down. Be sure to consult a swimsuit size guide before selecting your swimwear. Water currents Whether you find yourself in a pool, ocean, or lake, the water around you is always in motion. This is a natural property of liquids that can be affected by the pull of gravity (waves and tides) alongside temperature and other natural phenomena. These surges of water can push your swimskirt up, down, and all around. Light Material While swimsuits are designed to be light, there’s a difference between high-quality and low-quality lightness. In other words, poor-quality swim skirts are more likely to float up, while premium swim skirts tend to stay in place. Sand $60 Select options Ducks Swim Shorts $60 Select options Mint 2-Pack Swim Shorts $80 Select options Stripes 2-Pack Swim Shorts $80 Select options Strategies to Keep Swim Skirt from Floating Up Choose the Right Swim Skirt If you think all swim skirts are built the same, think again. While you may be rolling your eyes at the diversity of swim skirts now that your swimwear shopping just got a bit more complicated, their variation is, in reality, a blessing. You see, some swim skirts are designed with built-in briefs, meaning that even if your swim skirt starts to rise, you’ll still enjoy full coverage underneath. If you’re having trouble tracking these down, try the term “swim skort.” As you might have guessed, skort is a mix between skirt and shorts! Some swim skirts also hold much closer to the body, mimicking the classic design of a pencil skirt or dress. These hip-hugging swim skirts are much less likely to float upward due to a lack of material. Features to consider Properly Fit Your Swim Skirt Knowing how to choose the right size swimsuit for your body is the number one key to minimizing potential wardrobe mishaps. If your swim skirt is form-fitting, it’s much easier to control and will feel a whole world more comfortable. Trying on and Adjusting Sometimes the best swim skirt shopping strategy is trying the suits on for size. After all, there’s really no better way to know how a swimsuit will fit than wearing it before purchasing. Be sure to check the store’s policy on trying on swimsuits before taking them to the changing rooms. Wear Swim Shorts or Bottoms Underneath When in doubt: Swim shorts. While some people are reluctant to reach for them, they exist for a reason – to help you feel as comfortable as possible so you can enjoy swimming or any time spent in the water. If you have any bottoms made out of polyester, nylon, and spandex that hold close to your body, then they could also be a fantastic alternative. Use Swim Skirt Weights Have you ever wondered why some people’s skirts or dresses stay almost otherworldly still in the face of galeforce winds and strong blusters? The simple answer hides beneath the skirt and comes in the shape of weighted products. While there’s no such thing as weights designed specifically for swim skirts, fortunately, skirt weights can be applied to most, if not all, materials. Swim skirt weights are heavy enough to hold the material down in water and wind without also weighing you down. Some are designed with adhesive to naturally stick onto the inside of the skirt, while others have to be sewn into the hemline of the swimsuit. Apply Grip Tape or Anti-Slip Spray Grip tape and anti-slip spray are commonly used by fashion models, dancers, and gymnasts to hold their clothing in place. Grip tape is sticky on both sides, meaning it can hold to the skin and the skirt at once. Anti-slip spray adds some light friction to the skin, making the surface a little less smooth so fabric can’t move as easily over it. Applying grip tape is as easy as cutting how much tape you need from the roll and sticking it to where on the body you’d like your skirt to stick to. We recommend placing the tape high on the thigh so that the skirt can still flow naturally without riding up too high. When it comes to anti-slip spray, it’s as simple as spraying the product high on the thigh so that the skirt holds closer to the body. Note: Anti-slip spray will likely wash away in the water, meaning you shouldn’t use it if you plan on going swimming. Try a Swim Skirt with Built-in Shorts To completely put your mind at ease, swim skirts with built-in shorts are your best option. The shorts generally tend to be hidden by the skirt while out of the water and offer complete coverage and modesty as the skirt moves around in the water. These “skort” swimsuits feature built-in shorts that cover the buttock and thigh area no matter what happens to the skirt above. This style is one of the only surefire ways of ensuring you remain fully covered both in the water and on land, no matter what happens to your swim skirt. Sand $60 Select options Ducks Swim Shorts $60 Select options Mint 2-Pack Swim Shorts $80 Select options Stripes 2-Pack Swim Shorts $80 Select options Styling Your Swim Skirt Once you’ve got to grips with the physics of a swimskirt and have its flowy material under control, it’s time to focus on the fun part: fashion. Rocking a ruffle, lace crochet, or high-waist swim skirt adds to the style of the swim skirt. What’s more, two-tone swimskirts can help you to “carve” your silhouette into your preferred shape. Many fashionista swimmers opt for patterned top halves and “full-colored” skirts. Of course, there’s also the matter of choosing the type of skirt you want. While the pencil skirt swimsuit brings a formal appeal, the pleated flowy variations are ideal for those easy-breezy, fun looks that are ideal for bright Summer days. The Bottom Line Swim skirts are a trendy and stylish swimwear pieces that are worn by beachgoers, swimmers, and fashionistas of all ages. The extra material brings beauty alongside coverage and comfort, that is if the swim skirt stays in place. Swim skirts have a tendency to move about in the water, leading many people to wonder how to keep a swim skirt from floating up. As we’ve seen above, the answer lies in finding a swim skirt design for your body type that fits perfectly. Beyond that, swim skirt weights can hold the material down while grip take or anti-slip spray can provide extra support. Ultimately, for most, purchasing a swim skirt with built-in briefs or shorts is ultimately the best solution. 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