Vacation is your time to shine. Whether you’re sailing the high seas, living it up in the South of France, or spending your summer in a cottage by the lake, everyone loves dazzling beachwear. But it can be a challenge to shine on a summer vacation. You’ll have to out-sparkle the sun, the sand, and the sparkling water. Dazzling beachwear calls for the power of Swarovski!
Always beautiful and spectacularly brilliant, Swarovski crystals are made to shimmer. You’ll be stunning no matter where you go. Swimsuit, cover-up, sun hat, sandals, and even your sunglasses become dazzling beachwear with the simple addition of the legendary Swarovski crystals.
Anyone Can Have Dazzling Beachwear
It’s not necessary to be a Kardashian to have a license to glitter. You can be just as glamorous and easily afford to be when you DIY your dazzling beachwear with Swarovski. Swarovski crystals come in a great selection of sizes, colors, and shapes, perfect for any style of dazzling beachwear. Just as durable as they are beautiful, Swarovski crystals won’t lose their brilliance, even after a day of sand and surf. Here are a few ideas for dazzling beachwear yourself.
There are basically two types of swimsuits. There’s the kind of sports suit you would wear to, say, train for an ironman triathlon, and then there is the fashion swimsuit you wear as you’re lounging at the resort pool, umbrella drink in hand. The fashion swimsuit is better “suited” for dazzling beachwear. It doesn’t matter if it’s a teeny-weeny-bikini, or a one-piece. You can create a stunning swimsuit when you add a little or a lot of Swarovski crystals.
Option 1: Glue on some Swarovski Flat Backs No Hotfix
You can create dazzling beachwear with no hot fix Swarovski crystals and an appropriate adhesive. The adhesive should be waterproof and solvent free in order not to damage the foiling in the back of the crystal so that they don’t fall off. Since such an adhesive creates a permanent bond, knowing where you want to place your crystals is crucial.
Begin with a clean swimsuit. Place your crystals on the swimsuit according to your design. Take a craft swab and dab a bit of the adhesive onto the back of the no hot fix crystal. If the crystal is very small you should handle with a tweezers for easier placement. Once you’ve completed your design allow the design to fully dry for 24 hours to promote the waterproof seal.
For the ties on your swimsuit, or the strings on your string bikini, you can easily add Swarovski beads. Simply slide the bead onto the string. Make sure you tie off the end of the string to prevent your bead from sliding back off. You can really get creative with these gorgeous beads.
Option 2: Use a ready-made Swarovski crystal Transfer + Sew-on Stones
Design by: Swarovski Create Your Style
Swarovski crystal transfers are a kind of “crystal iron on motifs”. They consist of individual Swarovski Flat Back Hotfix and a transfer film. By using heat they are being applied to textiles quickly and neatly (read more about the hotfix technology below, in the next paragraph). The range includes a number of ready-made motifs in different sizes and colors, but you can also make your own motif, choosing the color and size of crystals you want. These transfers can be then used as key design element or in combination with other crystal elements, such as sew-on stones, pendants, etc.
You can turn an inexpensive swimsuit cover-up into a one-of-a-kind piece of dazzling beachwear easily with the addition of Swarovski crystals. Depending on the fabric and if it will take the heat of an iron (STEAM SETTING OFF) you can easily use hot fix flat back Swarovski crystals. As already above mentioned, these crystals come with an adhesive already affixed to the back of the crystal. You don’t need any additional adhesive because, all it takes is the heat of a household iron or a heat press. Just make sure first that your fabric is heat resistant (min. 120 °C / 250 °F) and has a good absorbency. In order to determine this, you can apply a couple of water drops to the fabric of your choice. If the material quickly absorbs the drops – then you’re good to go. If water drops take longer time to be absorbed or they slide off of the fabric – the material offers insufficient absorbency, which can affect the Hotfix application.
After you have checked the material, take a piece of a transfer film and position your crystals in a desired manner/motif with a flat side facing up. Then turn the foil upside down, together with the crystals (they will stick to the foil, don’t worry) on your cover-up and apply heat over it. The heat activates the adhesive on the flat back of these crystals, providing a secure hold.
Just as with your swimsuit, make sure you have your crystals in place before you adhere them to your dazzling beachwear. Take your cover-up from stale to stunning in minutes with Swarovski crystals.
Glittering Specs Appeal
Sunglasses have become quite the statement piece accessory. When you’re at the beach, on a cruise ship, or simply driving to the supermarket you’ll find it super easy to elevate your eyewear. Use any suitable glass-to-plastic waterproof adhesive to attach your flat back no hot fix Swarovski crystals to the stems of your sunglasses, around the rims, or wherever you want. Another possibility is to sprinkle some Swarovski CRYSTALPIXIE™ for a subtler effect.
Sunglasses by: Bunny Paige
High Fashion Protection
You already know it’s best to protect your beautiful face from the sun’s harmful rays. Whether your preferred protective headgear is a floppy straw hat or a simple and sporty visor there’s never any need to be less than sparkling.
Make sure your hat is clean and dry before you start blinging. Begin by selecting or creating your design. For dazzling beachwear that protects and looks gorgeous use as well an appropriate adhesive and flat back no hot fix crystals. Apply your crystals using the same method as you would for your swimsuit. Let it dry for 24 hours before you wear it. Prepare to amaze!
Flash Your Footwear
Everyone will watch where you step when you’re footwear is on trend with the stunning beauty of Swarovski crystals. Turn flip-flops into fashion must-haves. Take your canvas sneakers to a whole new level of style. The procedure is the same as with applying Swarovski flat back no hot fix crystals to your hat or swimsuit. Here we described in more details how to embellish your footwear with Swarovski crystals. Dazzling footwear is easier than you thought. 😉
Dazzling Beachwear is All Yours
So don’t be afraid to outshine the sun this year. The beauty of Swarovski crystals is always tasteful. And your dazzling beachwear may just persuade you to try your hand at blinging out your other vacation ensembles. You can’t go wrong when you embellish with Swarovski crystals. After all nothing sparkles at the beach like you in your dazzling beachwear!