Compression Levels  - High or Low

Compression Levels - High or Low

Compression levels - High or Low?

What's the difference between them? Which one is best for you?

To best answer this question, we think we should explain how our compression tops are made.

At Outplay, we designed and created our unique compression swim tops for anyone who wants to hold, flatten, compress, or just be. This is how we create that compression.

Our compression tops are made with several layers of fabric: the basic outer spandex layer, the lining, and then there’s the special mesh material between these two that creates the compression. The difference is where the compressing mesh material is placed, creating different compression levels.


On the low compression tops you only have the compressing mesh material in the front of the top giving you support and some compression but not compressing you from all ends. On the high compression tops you have the mesh material in both the front and the back, creating what we could compare to (but not exactly the same as) Spanx, where you are being compressed and held tight all around.  If you're not looking for any compression, just a comfortable look and feel of an androgynous-cut swim top, then there's the no-compression option. These tops are made like traditional swimwear with the outer spandex fabric and the lining, and nothing in between.


 In the low and high compression tops the compressing mesh material is found throughout the entire top, evenly, so it would compress your chest as well as your stomach. Of course, all bodies are different so how and how much it compresses your stomach and chest depends on your personal experience and shape.  It also depends on the size and cut of the top you choose.



To give you an idea of what a low compression Swimmee and a high compression Swimmee in the same size would look on someone, we asked our friend Mello to help us.


Outplay Swimmee in Outplay blue high compression swimwear compression top tomboy Outplay Swimmee in black low compression swimwear compression top tomboy


Mello is wearing a high compression Swimmee in size small in the picture on the left. On the right, Mello is wearing a black Swimmee in low compression in size small as well. She personally felt much more comfortable in a low compression, she did not need the additional compression the high compression or flattened look Swimmee was giving her.


 Melo wearing Outplay low compression navy Flatsea compression top



Here Mello is wearing a low compression Flatsea in size small. She's wearing it with a pair of Boi shorts in navy.



We've now added another compression level, the S level. We created after listing to our amazing customers and came up with the Flatsea S. This compression level is created by adding an additional and tighter knit mesh material only around the chest area and across the back for more pull. 


That brings us to 3 different compression levels so far, and an option for no compression at all. 


How to pick a size


The size you choose has a lot to do with how the compression material acts on your body. In order to get the most out of any level of compression in any of the Outplay tops, it is very important you know your measurements. Once you have your measurements, please always refer to our size chart as Outplay measurements are not exactly like those used by other brands; we came up with our own size chart to better fit our customer base. Its a special size chart just for you.


If your chest measurements fall between sizes and you chose to go for the smaller size, the top will fit much more snug, closer to your body, and the higher the compression, the tighter it will feel allowing for the compression material to do its job and hold everything in. It will create a flatter look all around. If you go for the larger size in your range, you may have some extra space between you and your top so it would look more like a tank top that happens to be made out of swimwear material. The compressing materials won't be able to do their job fully or at all. It all depends on what you want it to look and feel like.


Please remember our compression tops are not binders. Depending on the size and fit you choose, they can serve very closely to a binder, but because of the materials we use in order for you to move and swim in these tops comfortably, they are never going to do the same thing a binder does.


If you have any questions regarding how to pick the right compression level for yourself, please feel free to leave us a comment below or reach out to us by writing to us at



September 13, 2016 — Outplay
How to Care for Your Swimwear

How to Care for Your Swimwear

 How to Care for Your Swimsuit

We have some basic recommendations to make sure it lasts past the season.

A good suit isn't going to be cheap and its something you want to take good care of.

Swimsuits should last you several seasons, and thankfully there’s something you can do about it. Here are a few key recommendations if you want to extend the life of your suit.


  1. Don’t leave it in the sun

This is rule number one. Nothing will ruin your suit quicker and dull the color faster, than leaving it out in the sun all day. Always make sure to hang your suit up to dry in a cool, shaded spot.

Outplay Flatsea in Outplay Blue on the sand


2. Rinse it out

Besides the sun, your precious suit has to contend with salt and/or chlorine. Salt is a highly corrosive compound, it can wreak havoc on seams and closure systems and on the Lycra in general. Flushing out your swimwear in the shower after your done will help minimize the salt or chlorine build up, and gets rid of unwanted sand. Even on the rare occasions you don't get in the water, make sure to rinse it out anyway. This way you can get rid of any sunscreen residues, sweat and natural oils you leave behind.  It doesn't matter whether you go swimming in salt, fresh, or chlorinated water, always rinse it out. This will help keep its color and extend the swimwear's life as any residues left behind cause the fabric's fibers to become stained and can brake down over time.



3. Hand Wash or Wash with Delicates

It is best to wash your swimwear by hand, but lets be real, none of us are going to do that, so if you are going to wash it with everything else in the washing machine, try to wash it with other delicates and use detergent that is gentle on your clothes. We recommend you use cold water and never, EVER use bleach, not even color-safe bleach. We don't recommend you use fabric softners when washing your swimwear either, it can break the delicate stretch in the fabric.

washing swimwear in the washing machine


4. Air Dry it

If you wash your suit in your washing machine, make sure to wash it in cold water with like-colors and don't even put it in the dryer. The dryer can make the stretch material dry and brittle and can dry and break seams and closure systems. Always air-dry your swimwear, preferably flat-dry in a place that will allow all-around ventilation.

Outplay Swimmee in the washer - how to care for your swimwear




5. Wear sunscreen just make sure it doesn't get on your suit

The chemicals in sunscreen can discolor your suit and can cause your suit to stain. We hope you always protect your skin, just make sure it doesn't get on your suit. If it does, wash it off with fresh water as quickly as possible. If you do get some yellowing, specially on the litter colored swimwear due to contact with sunscreen, try a mix of lemon juice and salt or soak in some baking soda and fresh water (1/2 cup baking soda in 1 gallon of cold water) for about an hour and then wash. Please test anything you do first on a separate patch of fabric.


Now that you have all the tools you need to keep your bathing suits looking great for years to come, go have fun under the sun! Do you have any otters suggestions we're missing? Let us know in the comments below.

Ride the wave!
May 04, 2016 — Outplay