5 Ways To Make Swimsuit Shopping Less Hellish

May 7, 2012 by Irina Grechko
shefinds | Shop

Last week, the New York Daily News pointed out a study that an Australian psychologist Marika Tiggemann conducted that ran in the May issue of Sex Roles journal which showed that women are more likely to get stressed about the actual process of shopping for a swimsuit in a store than they are by actually wearing said swimsuit on the beach

While it might sound extreme, honestly, just the thought of examining every inch of our bodies in a bikini in a fitting room with bright overhead lights and all-around mirrors gives us hives. Our solution is to shop for them online, obviously. And we’ve spelled it all out for you so you can stop torturing yourself.

1. Know where to shop

Order swimsuits from websites like Net-A-Porter and ASOS: They provide free shipping both ways so you can order several options, try them on in the privacy of your home and easily return unwanted swimsuits later.

2. Size Yourself Up

Look for specific features that flatter your body type. If you are busty, choose thicker straps and underwire options with more coverage (no underboob, please!). If you have a small bust, go for styles with ruffle or ruching detail on the top– they create an illusion of more volume. If you’re hippy or bottom heavy, stick to simple string bottoms and bring the eye up with embellished or detailed tops. If you’re boyish, accentuate your waist and create curves with eye-catching patterns and prints.

3. Do a dance

Seriously. Do a lunge, sit down, lie down on your beach towel, do a little dance: does the swimsuit stay put fit when you move around? Does the top have enough coverage? Is there skin spilling over the sides or the back of the bottoms? Are the bottoms sagging in the back? If you’re at ALL apprehensive about your swimsuits, you need to keep looking. You should feel 100% comfortable before you commit.

4. Save the crazy

If you’re attracted to a crazy print or shape, save it for your beach bag, beach towel or even printed sunglasses. Choose a classic swimsuit cut and style that you can wear all summer, no matter where your beach vacation takes you. Still need help? Take a cue from our fave celebs wearing their own little black bikinis.

5. Don’t forget the flair

Still not confident in you swimsuit selection? Accessorize. Opt for flowy tunics, floppy hats and delicate bangles and other fashion statements that will draw attention towards your style, not your saddlebags.

For our favorite swimsuits shop our swim guide and for the latest on the swimwear news read about Rachel Comey’s swimwear and Rag & Bone’swimwear.




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