How to Buy a Swimsuit for Your Body Type

By: Shayla

With summer just around the corner, you've probably been working overtime at the gym and in the tanning booths getting ready. Now that your backside is toned and your skin has lost the alabaster of winter, it's time to show your body off in gauzy dresses and tight, short skirts!

How to Buy a Swimsuit for Your Body Type
Thigs to Lookout for when shopping for woman swimsuit

  • 1) Not all sizes are created equal!
    Swimsuit sizes may vary drastically from clothing sizes. The good news is that sizes range from extra small to plus-size swimwear so you can try before you buy!
  • 2) The only thing you should wear under your swimsuit on the beach is sun block, but for the sake of your own hygiene, you should wear underwear in the fitting room.
  • 3) Be sure the swimwear style you choose covers what you want covered. Check out your “rearview”. Unless you have chosen a thong, there are certain parts of your body that just shouldn’t show!
  • 4) Your Swomsuit Tops
    Swimsuit straps should lay comfortably on your shoulders without digging into your skin.

    Nevertheless, fabrics often stretch when they are wet. Make sure the straps aren’t loose enough to slip down without your help! Many women’s swimwear styles come with adjustable straps. They are the comfortable, secure choice!

    Move around when you try on that swimwear top! Raise your arms as if you were going to catch that beach ball. Bend over as if you were brushing sand out from between your toes. If the swimsuit top flops one way or the other, try another size.

    Watch out for under wires or padded cups. They should fit as well as your brassiere (bra) and give you the support you need without squeezing the life out of you.
  • 5) Torsos
    A one-piece swimsuit can make you look sleek and athletic, even if you have a couple of extra pounds to hide! Consider a tankini. Loose fitting tops provide ample coverage where it’s needed. Look for puckered seams. They should lay flat! A one-piece swimsuit should feel right as well as look good. There should be no pulling either in the crotch area or at the shoulder straps. A one-piece suit should offer you a smooth fit. It should conform to the shape of your body and spine. If it doesn’t, don’t get a different size; try a different style.
  • 6) Swimsuit Bottom
    Openings for both leg and waist should neither pucker nor dig into your skin. The most flattering leg height for most women is about one-inch below their hipbone. It’s a good starting point to experiment until you find the style that’s right for you!
  • 7) Thin white gauze tops with no bra provide a sexy peek at what you've got while still considered stylish and appropriate. Sneak peeks are still as sexy as ever, where you wear clothing that leaves a little to the imagination.
  • 8) For an evening out at the beachside bar or for a night of clubbing on those hot summer nights, the top and mini skirt set is perfect. The low cut 'V' shaped shorts and halter-type top doubles as a sexy swimsuit. 

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