Currently, polyester/polyamide/4-way stretch/rPET are popular fabrics for swimwear shorts.
What is polyester?
Polyester is a generalized term for any fabric or textile, which is made using polyester yarns or fibers. It is short for synthetic, man-made polymer, which, as a specific material, is most commonly referred to as a type called polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It is made by mixing ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. That all sounds extremely scientific, but basically, polyester is a kind of plastic.
What are some characteristics of polyester fabric?
- Polyester is durable and resistant to many chemicals
- It is resistant to shrinking and stretching which makes it a popular fabric in the fashion industry
- The fibers dyed easily
- The fibers are strong yet lightweight
- Its quick-drying function makes it popular in swim shorts.
Why choose polyester for beachwear?
It is such a popular choice for apparel because polyester fibers are thermoplastic, or heat-sensitive. This means that fabrics, which are 100% polyester, can be given permanent pleats and decorative shapes and patterns can be laser-cut into them.