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What to wear immediately after a dive?

Discussion in 'Women's Perspectives' started by Kimela, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. Janie88

    Janie88 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH
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    @Kimela thanks for posting this question, as I was about to ask very similar question.

    I am always looking for something to throw on after diving, for me especially on a liveaboard. I don't like to stay in my wet clothes between dives, and I want something easy to throw on and still look/feel decent. Yes vanity I know.

    I found wearing swim shorts to be awkward if trying to push them into a wetsuit, and then afterwards they are soaking wet and I don't want to stay in them until the next dive. I don't like a one-piece b/c that's a pain too.

    So...I like to wear a bikini. Now at first this seemed crazy. I don't like to walk around in one by itself. LOL. But I have developed this method: I will put on a cover-up dress over the bikini in my cabin/room. I need to find more, but I love the ones that are NOT see through and are made out of Lyra/swimsuit material so they dry quickly and not holding onto water.

    When I get on the dive boat or at the dive deck preparing to dive, I will pull up my shorty, or whatever wetsuit I'm diving in, and then pull off the dress before totally zipping into the suit. Voila! Nobody really sees me in the bikini.

    After the dive, I will unzip my wetsuit to about my waist, throw on my coverup dress, and pull off the wetsuit and hang up to dry. Without showing anything I can take off my bottoms, toss on dry ones, and either put on another bikini top in the bathroom/cabin or just leave on the wet one if I'm diving again shortly. I am not big chested so often I will just strategically take off the bikini top after I have the dress on.

    It's hard to find a cover-up lycra/swimsuit dress that is long enough, most of them are super short. I would love to find a maxi length, not to the ankle but maybe more "ballet" length. I do feel a little self-conscious showing a lot of leg.

    I had one cover-up dress I thought would work, it was longer, but was cotton. It got a little wet and was really uncomfortable and looked ridiculous all hanging.

    I'm not sure why there aren't more pretty and functional lycra cover-up dresses? I had a couple from Macy's years ago that I loved but they finally fell apart. I do find that a dress can be the easiest, most comfortable and coolest thing to wear after a dive.
     
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  2. Janie88

    Janie88 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH
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    I had forgotten about these "rip skirts"! They are really pretty. I may try them. I wish they made a full dress like this, but I can maybe wear my rash guard.
     
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  3. Janie88

    Janie88 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH
    208
    134
    The "undress" looks fantastic. I'm going to the website now and order one, and hope that it's as great as it looks.
     
  4. Kimela

    Kimela Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Missouri
    1,748
    2,577
    I ordered that Lands End dress yesterday. I'll report back here about how it works for me. I'm short, so I'm assuming it'll be longer on me than the model (which, in my opinion is a plus). I'm hoping the swimsuit fabric breathes well enough to have lunch after the dive comfortably.
     
  5. Janie88

    Janie88 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH
    208
    134
    Please post after you wear it and what you think. Yes, I hate that swimsuit coverup dresses are so short. I'd like them to come down closer to the knee. Especially as I sometimes like to not wear a bottom inbetween dives if I can get away with it. TMI? Lol.

    Yes those models are usually taller than me too. I'm not short, average at 5'5"-5'6"
     
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  6. Janie88

    Janie88 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH
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    And WHY do almost all swimsuit coverups/dresses made out of 100% cotton?? I wish I could find more that are the lycra/swimsuit material.
     
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  7. Kimela

    Kimela Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Missouri
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    I have had a bunch of Mohs surgeries for skin cancer so I want to cover up as much of myself as I can, but I don't want to swelter. I found a nice, very light rash guard in a baby blue, and I pair it with a skirt made by a gal I met in Hawaii (Heidi Schuff) - her brand is Sea Britches. The skirt I have is a skull candy pattern and is adorable. The fabric is a very light spandex. I asked her to make me a couple more, of different fabrics, for the next trip - and I found a different rash guard in light yellow and one in a light lavender to wear with them. The new rash guards also have thumb holes and were cheap (about $22 on amazon).

    Here's a pic of the skirt I have. It washes great and wears cute. $40 for the skirt, and it comes with that cute little bag to carry it in - or put your sunglasses or something else in. She also makes masks.

    skullcandyskirt.png
     
  8. Janie88

    Janie88 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH
    208
    134
    Really cute skirt! Looks a little short though? I also like those riptide skirts too, I may order one.

    My preference is for a one piece/coverup dress. It just seems easier for me, and you can sometimes dress it up a little if going from the dive boat to have lunch or dinner. Of course with liveaboards you don't have to worry about that!
     
  9. mcohen1021

    mcohen1021 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Texas
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    (Mod edit, this is the Women's Perspectives thread. You may contribute as a male but certain remarks will not be permitted)

    That being said,surely they make quick dry ladies swimwear? I buy the quick drying board shorts and am 95% dry by the time I finish rinsing my gear.
     
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  10. Kimela

    Kimela Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Missouri
    1,748
    2,577
    That length, for me, hits about mid-thigh, covering up everything I want covered up but short enough to be comfy. My test is "does it completely cover the seat of my chair when I'm sitting down so my legs don't stick?" - and it does! But you can work with her and tell her the length of skirt you want. I wonder if she'll eventually do some sort of dress as well. She does leggings that have feet, and I use those for diving.
     

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