Everyone loves shopping for summer fashions. Stores and sites are overflowing with sexy sundresses, strappy sandals, and adorable, effortless outfits. Unfortunately, summer is also swimsuit season, and searching for a new swimsuit is a chore even the fittest fashionistas often dread.
It’s easy to find advice on finding the right suit for your figure. POPSUGAR’s rundown by body type is useful and thorough. Glamour supplies three tips, along with visual examples for every body. And Who What Wear swears by the most flattering swimsuit for any figure. But what about the actual shopping experience? Is there a way to improve both the experience and the results?
Yes, there is! Our five tips will make shopping for that fabulous new suit a little less painful and a lot more productive:
Shop where you look great. You know that store you love, the one with the really cute clothes, but unflattering dressing room lighting? Avoid it! When it comes to swimsuit shopping, it’s absolutely crucial to be able to view yourself in the best possible light.
Shop department, chain, or swimwear stores. We all love a chic boutique but inventory can be limited. Stores with multiple locations, and those that only sell swimwear, will offer infinitely more options. And if they don’t have just the right color, pattern, or size in stock, they can usually order it from another location.
Over order online. Always check return policies as they can vary. But provided a store will accept and refund your return, and you won’t run up a big shipping bill, a fantastic option is to over order online. Purchase several, ten, a dozen suits in multiple sizes and styles. Try them on in the privacy of your own home and return what you don’t like.
Enlist a friend. There’s nothing worse than settling on a suit, putting it on the first time you’re going to actually wear it, and realizing it’s all wrong. Whether you shop in person or online, the advice of a trusted friend can be invaluable.
If you love it, buy two. If you find the perfect, timeless swimsuit – one that fits just right and won’t go out of style too quickly – make the investment and buy two. By alternating suits you’ll prolong the life of both garments and save yourself a shopping trip next time.