Let’s face it—bathing suit shopping isn’t always the most fun thing to do. In fact, it can be downright intimidating! From figuring out which cuts fit you best amongst the endless racks of bikinis, to dealing with the unflattering dressing room lighting, finding that perfect suit can be frustrating. This season, we’re determined to make bathing suit shopping just a little bit (if not a lot) easier, so we decided to round up some helpful tips that will enable you to hit with beach with confidence and style.
1. Go into the process knowing that the lighting is always harsh and unflattering in fitting rooms! We find that if you have a little bit of a faux tan, it can help counteract the lighting a bit. Check out our favorite sunless tanners.
2. Unless you are a supermodel, chances are not all bathing suits are going to be flattering on your body—and thats okay! If one suit doesn’t look good, don’t get discouraged!
3. Try to go shopping on a day when you are in a good mood. Staying in a positive frame of mind is always helpful.
4. Figure out which style suit fits you best and makes you feel most confident. If you aren’t sure, try to do a little research beforehand. There are so many great resources online to help you figure out what might be most flattering on your body. We especially like this article from Women’s Health Magazine and Health.com. The beauty of a two-piece swimsuit is that you can easily mix and match to find tops and bottoms that fit well.
5. If you already know what works best or have a suit that you love, make a note of it or bring a picture to help you find a similar style. It will make the process a lot easier and you’ll find something much quicker —without having to try on a slew of suits.
6. If you aren’t sure of the sizing on a bathing suit, bring a size larger to the dressing room and try that size first. Sizing down always feels a little bit better than having to size up!
7. Note the fabric, color and washing instructions of the suit. Is it more difficult to care for or likely to stretch out quickly?
8. Shopping for bathing suits in the morning is ideal, as that’s when you typically feel a little lighter. If you can’t shop first thing, you can try to eat foods that make you feel less bloated and avoid an excess of salt and sugar. If you can’t do any of those, no worries—just know that you may feel a little heavier than normal.
9. When trying on suits, you always need to wear underwear. We suggest wearing nude underwear so it doesn’t compete with the cut and color of the bathing suit. Wearing thong underwear is also helpful.
10. When shopping online, be sure to read reviews of the product (if there are any) and carefully go over the fit and size. Also, note the return policy!
11. If you feel comfortable, bring along a friend or family member you trust—someone who makes you feel good about yourself.
12. When in doubt, a solid black bathing suit is always chic.
13. If you’re still not feeling 100 percent confident in your bathing suit, pick up a cute sarong or cover-up! Here’s a list of our favorite cover-ups under $50.
14. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” Know that you are beautiful inside and out, just the way you are!
15. No matter what swimsuit, dress or outfit you are rocking, confidence is always key! Strut your stuff!