Shopping for Swimwear

by Anna P. | April 27th, 2011 | Fashion, Women's Fashion

Nobody likes to shop for swimwear. There is nothing fun about trying on dozens of swimsuits in a dressing room with bad fluorescent lighting only to leave empty-handed because you hate the way you look.  Instead, follow these simple rules, and you will find your dream swimsuit in no time!

1.  Consider One-Piece or Tankini Styles

Not everyone is comfortable with showing off their stomach. One-piece tank style swimsuits are ideal for women who have a slightly rounded mid-section and for those who want their swimsuit to actually shape their body. Many one-piece swimsuits have a built-in tummy control panel.  A tankini swimsuit is another good option, especially for those who want to purchase separate pieces for a more custom fit. Make sure that the hem of the top meets the bikini brief for full coverage.

2.  Find A Bikini That Flatters Your Body Type

Bikinis and other two-piece suits are often sold separately to ensure that you can find a combination that works for your figure.  Women with a fuller bust line should purchase bikini tops that have a built-in bra and wider straps. Women with an hour-glass figure should find playful swimsuits that showcase their figure (think bold prints like gingham or bikini bottoms with an attached swim skirt). Women with boyish figures should look for bikini tops with a padded bra and high-cut bottoms with string ties to elongate the figure.

3.   Don’t Forget Swimsuit Cover-ups

Every woman should purchase at least one cover-up, even if she  plans on spending most of her days in the water. Don’t buy a cover-up that matches your swimsuit. If you have a simple swimsuit in a dark solid color, why not buy a colorful sarong in a tropical print? If you have a colorful or printed swimsuit, you should buy a light cover dress in a solid color like black, white, or navy.

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