12 Tips To Make Swimsuit Shopping A Lot Easier - 12 Tips To Make Swimsuit Shopping A Lot Easier

Shopping for a new swimsuit can be frustrating, exhausting, and discouraging. But it doesn’t have to be.

Wondering how to make shopping painless? Below, 12 tips to make swimsuit shopping a whole lot easier.

1.  Know your body type.

It’ll help you choose swimsuits that are the most flattering. If you’re full-busted or you have big boobs, try a cute (and supportive!) swimsuit top with bra cup and band sizing. Retailers like Nordstrom, Kohl’s, and Lord and Taylor are always well-stocked with amazing options. If you’re small busted, tops with pleating, ruffles, and ruching were practically made for you!

2.  Dress comfortably.

Choose an outfit for shopping that’s easy to take on and off. Throw on an easy breezy dress with chic sandals or a t-shirt, jeans, and a comfy pair of flats and you’re ready for a shopping trip. While we’re talking about outfits, don’t forget to wear underwear. Be sure to bring a hipster, bikini, or full coverage brief with you to wear while trying swimsuit bottoms on.

3.  Shop sans makeup, perfume, self-tanner.

Since you’ll be trying a few suits on, it’s best to avoid wearing makeup or applying self tanner beforehand. Perfume (depending on where it’s applied) can leave a lasting scent on clothing. Not only is it considerate to other shoppers, but it’s also hard to remove make-up and tanning lotion marks and stains from clothing, and fragrances can trigger migraines for some women. Apply your make-up, self tanner, and perfume after you find the perfect swimsuit!

4.  Give yourself plenty of time to shop.

Shopping for swimsuits can be stressful when you’re rushed. Be sure to set aside plenty of time to shop and try things on.

5.  Start online.

If you’re planning on visiting a store that has a website, check out their products online first and read reviews to see what others are saying.

6.  Bring two sizes with you into the fitting room.

Sizing can vary wildly from brand to brand. Be prepared to try on a few sizes before you find the perfect fit. It’s so much easier to keep trying things on when you’re already undressed.

7.  Ask the sales associates for recommendations.

They might introduce you to a new brand or suggest something you wouldn’t normally try. They’re also experts and can help you find the right swimsuit for your body type.

8.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match.

Most brands offer separate tops and bottoms so you can customize your set with the best styles for your body type.

9.  Take selfies.

If you’re having trouble seeing what the back looks like in the fitting room, grab your phone and take a picture. We all know that the lighting isn’t always the best in fitting rooms- selfies can help you determine if the swimsuit looks good from all angles.

10.  Own your personal style.

Whether you prefer all black to bright colors or a full coverage one-piece to a Brazilian bikini, always choose the swimsuits that speak to your personal style.

11.  Go into it with an open mind.

You might end up loving a swimsuit that you didn’t like on the hanger!

12.  Last but not least, be sure to choose a comfortable swimsuit.

That means buying the right cup and band size if you’re shopping for a bra-sized top (even if your favorite is sold out in your size) and sizing up or down in the bottoms if you need to.

{Editor’s Note: This blog post is not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the brands or businesses mentioned in this post.}
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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a writer and content manager at Parfait Lingerie. When she's not writing about lingerie or trying out new marketing tools to share on Lingerie Success, you can find her shopping for vintage dresses, drinking green tea, and exploring beautiful SoCal.