Swimsuit Buying Tips


Perhaps no other single word conjures up more emotion than this summer staple. Because women are SO critical of their bodies, shopping for a swimsuit ranks right up there with root canals and moving as one of life’s least-favorite activities. It’s not uncommon to try on two dozen swimsuits and not buy one.

But fear not. Whether you’re in great shape or just wish you were, there’s a swimsuit out there just for you.

Here’s how you can find it:

  • If you have a noticeable tummy bulge (tummy extends further out than your breasts), look for a suit with a tummy control panel and diagonal features (like dark stripes or a sarong style wrap) that help disguise the fact.

  • The most slimming styles for any shape have darker colors, moderately cut legs, and vertical or diagonal lines or prints.
  • Choose tummy control panels to slenderize.

Surplice style

  • Always opt for the next size up in swimwear. This will give you added length, not added width.

  • Avoid halter strap styles if you have sloping shoulders.

  • Two-tone suits can be very flattering if the high color contrast is from the bust line upward. This draws the eye to the face.

  • Beware of high contrast at the waist or hip line if you are thick waisted or large hipped.

  • To make breasts look bigger, choose a top that’s a bright color or that has embellishments like ruffles or beading.

Two-tone swimsuit

  • To make large breasts look smaller, opt for surplice (diagonal) wrap styles in a dark color.

  • If you are a C-cup or larger, look for swimsuits with underwires for a flattering lift.

  • Don’t try to hide wide hips or a round bottom under a flowing skirt or with a ruffle attached at the hip. Both will make the area look larger. Opt for high-cut legs and eye-catching details at the neckline instead to draw attention up and away from your hips.

  • If you feel the need to cover up your legs when you’re lounging by the pool or strolling through the hotel lobby, do so with a matching sarong that reaches to your knees or calves. Do not go longer than knee length if you are petite.

  • For a perfect fit, consider having a suit altered or even custom made. This is standard fair on the beauty pageant circuit, where a flattering fit is crucial. Contact reputable dressmakers or seamstresses in your area.



To keep your swimsuit looking its best and enjoy the maximum wear, take the time to care for it properly.

  • Hand wash in cold water with mild soap as soon as possible after wearing to get rid of suntan oil, chlorine, and salt water. Neglect destroys the spandex fibers, resulting in broken white threads on the fabric’s surface.

  • Hang to dry – but not in direct sun.

  • Do not machine wash your swimsuit unless the label says to do so. Never dry your suit in the dryer because the heat will damage the elastic.

  • Check the label before wearing. Some manufacturers recommend that you NOT wear the suit in hot tubs or whirlpools.

  • If you’ll be swimming a lot, get two suits so you’ll always have a dry one ready and waiting for you.

Don’t stress over finding “the perfect” swimsuit. There are plenty out there that can do you justice. Just play up your assets, conceal your trouble spots, and walk with confidence, whatever your shape or size.

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