Just this year, I purchased my first big-ticket swimsuit that cost over $300. I somehow convinced myself that it was time to move beyond the fast fashion one-time-wear onesies and an arsenal of Victoria’s Secret mix-and-match bikini bottoms, which made up ninety per cent of my swimwear options until now. However, when unwrapping the suit back home, captivated by its beauty, I couldn’t help but wonder if I could wear it in situations other than what it was made for: poolside chill and martini-sipping.
Because, if you know anything about expensive swimwear, you’ll know that you’re not actually supposed to get it wet. Or at least, that’s what the sales clerk told me when folding up my beautiful new suit in tissue paper whilst simultaneously going through the lengthy care instructions. NB: One isn’t even supposed to wash an expensive swimsuit let alone swim in it.
I had essentially added an otherwise useless yet expensive item of clothing to my closet until I had the brilliant idea of being able to wear it in public; to work, or to an event. Who knows, I might even sleep in it, if only to bring down the cost per wear. One day I might even be as excessive as to purchase two copies of the same suit, like Sonja Morgan from Real Housewives of New York. She buys two of the same bikini. She swims in one, and keeps the other in pristine condition, ready at all times, for when she might suddenly be invited on some oil scion’s yacht.
As long as there isn’t too much skin showing, it should be completely acceptable to wear a swimsuit in public. I recently wore my new expensive suit underneath a lace jumpsuit that I borrowed from Chanel (it was a sample, and so it was unlined) to a swank soiree in the city and no one even noticed. I’ve also worn it with jeans around the house when I’m in between working out and showering and I don’t want to put a bra on. Needless to say, it has yet to get wet.
If you’re thinking of splurging on luxury swimwear but feel as though it is a waste of money, think again. Here are a few swimsuits that could easily double as real clothing. Who knows, you might even slip one of the babies on underneath your power suit at that next office meeting. It’s our little secret!
Prism Santorini Swim ($340)