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The How-To Lounge: Bathing Suit Shopping

We are just one day away from Memorial Day weekend, the start of Summer, which means it’s bathing suit shopping season! When you’re a kid, it's all about finding your favorite colors and prints, but now we actually have to worry about how we look in a swimsuit. Is the cut right? Is anything going to pop out when I move? Is it flattering? Staring at your nearly nude body in a fluorescent lit fitting room can be a discouraging experience, and I’ve often left empty-handed and depressed, but I’ve figured out a few tips for making this experience more productive and positive. To see them,


  • Shop for your body! I can’t emphasize this point enough. If you know you don’t look good in a low-rise bikini bottom, don’t try a bunch on expecting a different result. This is why I love separates — you can mix and match to find what works for you.
  • Whatever you do, do not stare in the mirror and berate yourself. Beating yourself up only serves to make you feel bad — it doesn’t make you more fit or help you find a cute suit. Plus, I promise that you look better than you think you do.
  • It’s also important when you’re checking yourself out that you take in the entire picture. Don’t just focus on the one thing that you hate the most, but consider your entire body. No one is going to look that closely at your hips anyway!
  • Make sure it fits properly in the top. Just like with your day-to-day bra, a top that’s too big won’t lend itself to supporting you, and a top that’s too small is just plain unflattering.
  • On that note, if you have larger breasts, consider buying a bathing suit with underwire for extra support and comfort.


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