With more and more women grabbing their yoga pants instead of jeans, it shouldn’t be surprising that fashion trends are beginning to lean towards a more comfortable sporty look. To keep up with customer demands, a material usually seen on scuba suits and soft laptop cases, Neoprene, has gained momentum in the fashion world. This material is mostly seen on scuba suits or soft laptop cases. Pronounced like nee-uh-preen, this rubbery material allows lots of flexibility and requires little maintenance.
Neoprene is a type of foamed synthetic rubber that, similar to spanx, snuggly wraps around the entire body. You wouldn’t want to wear this material too close to your skin on a hot summer day as it does not allow air circulate through the body.
However, a great fashion piece made out of neoprene is the bathing suit (of course!) This material synchs to your body comfortably creating a flawless shape. Designer Lisa Marie Fernandez says “This fabric been super popular because no other material lifts and molds the body better than neoprene” and that she also feels that the trend has moved towards a womanly silhouette.
(Above: Lisa Marie Fernandez bathing suit)
Now that geometric bikinis are scattered all over social media sites, it’s hard not to chuck your old bathing suits and go for this new look. Designers everywhere have experimented with neoprene and have created pieces that can be worn, not only at the beach, but also at upscale events.
Designer Zac Posen chose neoprene as the main material for his spring collection.
Other designers have also chosen to do sportier sweatshirt designs with edgy cuts. So whether you’re looking for the perfect body contouring swimsuit or a head turning cocktail dress, neoprene is the way go this season!
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By: Samantha Minsk (The Dia Diaries Fashion Contributor)
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.