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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which of your products are for swim and which are for sport?

Every item on our website is swimwear.

Our tops and bottoms are lightweight and breathable and are great for a swim, the gym and for any other sport, indoors or out. Our customers wear them to swim, hike, bike, surf, boat, run, play tennis and much, much more. 


2. How do I know what size to take?

We have a link to our sizing chart on every page. We also have a PLUS SIZE CHART In the product description on every page.

Find the size that you normally wear in tops and bottoms (Missy sizes 2  4  6  8  10  12  and Plus sizes 14/16, 18/20, 22/24, 26/28, 30/32 etc) and then look at our chart to find out what HydroChic size to order.

All our items are made to be close fitting as they are swimwear and will stretch a little in the water. They will go back to their original fit as they dry. Close fitting tops will not ride up in the water.

If you would feel more comfortable with a looser top, choose one size larger than your usual size. Make sure that the waist of your bottom is close fitting. This way, if your top is loose, you will be able to tuck your top into your skirt so that the top will not rise up in the water.

If you would like more help with sizing, please email us at We will ask you your height and weight and a few more details to better help you choose the best size for you.


3. Are there special washing instructions?

When you order your HydroChic swimwear, you will receive washing instructions in the package. We also have washing instructions right on our website. It appears under Customer Services on the bottom of every page.

You can wear your HydroChic all day long but when you take it off you MUST soak it in lukewarm water with a little detergent.

If your suit is made of nylon/lycra you must take extra care to get out any chlorine or other chemicals that your suit has absorbed from the pool.

Chlorine is a chemical and it eats at the lycra in your nylon/lycra suit. If  there is any residue of chlorine on your suit after you have washed it, the chemical is still present and is still at work, attacking the lycra in your garment.


4. Can I wear my swimsuit in a hot tub or jacuzzi?

Depending on the chemicals used in the water, the fabric of your suit and the heat of the tub, you swimsuit can shrink, fade or stretch out. Better to use an old swimsuit for a dip in the hot tub, or jacuzzi.


5. What type of suit should I buy if I swim frequently in a pool?

You should choose from our chlorine proof line which does not have any lycra in the composition of the fabric. This line of swimwear is made of polyester. Chlorine eats lycra and pools use chlorine and/or other harsh chemicals in their pools. Chlorine proof swimwear is the perfect choice for water aerobics, lap swimming, and water park fun.


6. Do the tops have built in support or bras?

We provide a separate swim/sports bra with each full priced top that you purchase. When you select a top, you are also asked to select from among our bra styles and then to select your bra size. (Please note: for Complimentary Swim n' Sports bras received with purchase of regular priced swim tops, if the top is returned the bra must be returned as well.)

None of our tops have any type of bra built in to the top. We know our customers may need to choose one size for their top and another size for the bra. You choose the swim bra that works for you.

You can also buy just a swim/sports bra separately without buying a top. Our selection of bras can be found at


7. Are there different types of bras to choose from?

We have 4 different bras that you can choose from. Our first style is the Supreme Swim and Sports Bra , a sports bra with built in cups. We offer it in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

The cups for bra sizes 3 and 4 are the same but the circumference of the size 4 bra is larger than the size 3 bra.

Our second option is the Mastectomy Supreme Swim and Sports Bra.

It has a similar construction to the Supreme Swim and Sports Bra with the added pockets needed to make it a mastectomy bra.

If you would like this mastectomy bra instead of the Supreme Swim and Sports Bra , please add a note in the comment section of your order telling us that you would like the  mastectomy bra instead of our regular bra, and we will gladly send it to you.

Our third style is the Black Sports Bra - Racer Back. This is a sports bra with no cups for women who wear a size A/B or B/C cup. The bra is available in sizes extra small, small, medium, large, extra-large and XXL.

Our newest bra is the Mastectomy Racer Back Swim and Sports Bra which is constructed like our Black Racer Bra with the added pockets needed to make it a mastectomy bra.

, please add a note in the comment section of your order asking for a mastectomy bra instead of our regular bra and we will gladly send you the mastectomy bra.


8. Are there pockets in the attached pants of the athletic skirts?

There is an inner pocket in each and every HydroChic skirt and bottom. It is big enough for a cell phone and keys.

Some of our bottoms  have outside zippered pockets.


9. Do the shirts have zippered pockets?

Most of our tops have zippered pockets.


10. Will a swim skirt become heavy and constrain my movement in the water?

All our tops and bottoms are made of the highest quality swimwear material. We choose light weight fabrics so that you will not feel the fabric in the water.

For swimming, you should choose the shortest skirt possible in your comfort zone. If you are five feet tall, you don’t need our 27 inch skirt because you will feel that you are swimming with too much fabric. If you are 5 feet 10 inches, our 27 inch skirt may be just the swim skirt for you.


11. Will a swim skirt balloon up in the water?

When you first step in to the water, the skirt may balloon until it is completely wet. That is why we have designed a variety of skirts with attached shorts or pants underneath. Some of our wider skirts have snaps on the hem of the skirt so that you can snap the skirt between the legs.


12. Do all the swim skirts have attached shorts or leggings?

We offer a few skirts without attached shorts or leggings. These skirts are worn as cover ups over traditional one piece or bikini swim suits.

For these skirts with no attached shorts or leggings, it is clearly stated in the product description that there are no attached pants or shorts. 


13. Are only the chlorine proof products for swimming?

Every item on our website is for swimming. Our nylon/ Xtra Life LYCRA® collection has some built in chlorine resistance but if you spend most of your swimming time in the pool (lap swimmers,water aerobics lovers, water park members), you should be wearing  items without lycra. Choose from our Chlorine Proof collection and you and your swimwear will have a blast at the pool.


14. How do the different fabrics that you use for your swimwear feel?

Our nylon/lycra fabrics have a silky feel and has Xtra Life LYCRA® for lots of stretch.

Our Chlorine Proof collection is made with a soft stretch polyester with no lycra. This material with less stretch will hide those imperfections that you do not want anyone to see.


15. Which items offer UPF50+ Sun Protection?

All our items offer UPF 50 + Sun Protection to give you maximum protection from the sun’s harmful rays. You only need to apply sunscreen to the skin not covered by your HydroChic suit.

If sunscreen falls on your HydroChic swimwear, you must wash it off right away.