4 Ways to Make Shopping for a Bathing Suit Easier

Summer is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to start shopping for the perfect bathing suit. For many women, swimsuit shopping is a dreaded experience. In fact, LiveScience reports that “for women, even just imagining trying on swimsuits can increase a bad mood.” Bathing suit shopping doesn’t have to be a negative experience, however. With these tips, you can make shopping for a bathing suit as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

1. Don’t Assume Your Size

When it comes to brands, all swimsuit sizes are not treated equally. Before making a purchase, try on the swimsuit. It’s nearly everyone’s least favorite part of shopping, but it’s necessary. When trying on your bathing suit, perform a “wiggle test.” Bend over, jump, twist, and turn to get an idea of any problem areas. If the suit makes you jiggle or is overly revealing during ordinary movements, you’ll want to pick a different bathing suit or a different size.

Another piece of advice is to try out different styles. You might have an idea of the style of swimsuit that you want, but what looks good on the models might not be suited for your body type. Try on several different styles to see which one flatters your figure the best.

2. Take Your Time

Don’t expect to find the perfect swimsuit in thirty minutes, or even in one shopping trip. It’s so important to give yourself time to shop. Try to avoid the crowd and go shopping early in the morning or on a weekday—and be sure that you have a few hours to dedicate to swimsuit shopping. Browse slowly and try everything on.

If you’re unsure of what swimsuits look best on your body, bring a friend along so that she can offer her honest advice. Alternatively, you can ask a salesperson to recommend different styles and sizes for your figure. Knowing what works for your body is the key to picking the perfect bathing suit.

3. Know What You Want

Before heading out for your swimsuit shopping trip, do a little research. Find swimsuit styles, colors, and designs that you like. This will give you a better idea of what you’re looking for and could help save time. If you plan on shopping at a specific store, check their inventory online and make note of the brands that you want to try on.

It’s also important that you recognize what you want your swimsuit to achieve. Do you want it to smooth your tummy? Perhaps you need more support in the breast area. Knowing what you need will help you choose one that’s right for you.

4. Don’t Get Discouraged

No matter what you do, don’t give up and definitely don’t settle for a swimsuit that you know you’re not going to wear. If you run out of options at one store, move on to the next. Your swimsuit doesn’t have to be purchased in one day (unless you waited until the last minute to purchase one, which is never a good idea—refer back to tip #2). Take a break if you must, and get back to the drawing board. There is no point in pressuring yourself. You want to look great at the beach, not feel bad about yourself because you chose the only suit that fit at the first store you visited.

According to Marist Poll, about 4 out of 10 people prefer the dentist over swimsuit shopping. This is likely because there are already negative preconceived notions regarding swimwear. When shopping for a swimsuit, one of the most important pieces of advice is to go in with a positive attitude to avoid a poor experience. That, in combination with knowing your size, taking your time, and knowing what you want will make your swimsuit shopping adventure much more pleasant.

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