Hey ’90s bathing suits — welcome back! I’m not sure about you guys, but I go back and forth between loving and hating one-piece swimsuits. They are great for the summer days when I don’t want to show my stomach but also can ride up and give uncomfortable wedgies! Even though I have mixed feelings, I am falling in love with all the witty one-pieces filling the shelves of boutiques. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make your own — all you need is an iron and iron-on vinyl. Get ready to make yourself and all your besties custom printed swimsuits. I think we can all agree that this is the perfect idea for a beachside bachelorette party or a 30th birthday ;)


Materials + Tools:

— one piece bathing suit (We bought ours from American Apparel)

text printout

iron-on vinyl

— scissors and X-ACTO

— iron

— tape



1. Print out your desired text and tape onto the shiny side of the vinyl.

2. Use scissors and/or an X-ACTO to cut out your words and letters.

3. Peel the plastic off of the vinyl and place onto your swimsuit.

4. Place a cloth napkin on top of the letters and iron on the highest setting for 2 minutes.

5. Flip your bathing suit inside out and iron over your vinyl letters from the inside.


Print out your favorite quirky beach saying and tape it onto the front of the vinyl. Use scissors and an X-ACTO to cut out your letters.


Peel off the plastic covering and place the vinyl letters onto the bathing suit.


Cover the letters with a cloth and iron for about two minutes. The cloth could cause your letters to move around so we suggest ironing a few letters at a time.


Custom suits for the summer?! YASSS, we can’t wait.


Welcome back ’90s bathing suits :)


I’m seriously in love with iron-on vinyl. It is so easy to use to customize any material. This is a great hack to create personalized suits for the summer.


Let’s be real — we really went to the beach to watch boys and get a tan, so comfortable lounging towels were a must. We picked these up from Boll & Branch and are obsessed with them. Not only do they have great colors and patterns but they are extremely soft.




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DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Kurt Andre

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