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The One Thing You Should Never Do When Buying A New Bathing Suit

June 13, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

Buying anything online–especially swimwear–can be really tough. Items that need to fit *perfectly*, like your bathing suit, are hard to choose the best size for when you can’t try them on in person–and if it’s a brand you don’t wear often, sometimes you have literally no idea what they’re sizing is like. Is their medium my medium??

It can be really tough, so the one thing you should never do when buying a new bathing suit–especially online–is to order just one size of it. And I mean that you should 1) only order bikinis where the tops and bottoms are sold separately, 2) only shop from stores with free or extremely cheap returns, and 3) buy two sizes of the same suit (both top and bottom) if you’re on the fence at all about sizing. This way, you can find the suit that truly fits you best–nevermind what size you *think* you are. If the top and bottom of a two-piece swimsuit is not sold separately–do not buy it. Unless you’re a fit model for a size medium, it’s highly unlikely that a medium top and bottom are both going to fit you in every suit, every brand and every style. It’s just impossible!

Shopping experts agree that the best tactic is to order two sizes of something, try them both on in the comfort of your own home in real lighting at the end of the day (when you are the most bloated) and take pictures in the mirror to determine which size is best. Then, return the wrong size (hopefully for free) and you’ll have a suit you love and are likely to get the most wears out of. Good luck!

[Photo: Prosecco and Plaid]

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Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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