How Do I Know If My Swimsuit Fits Properly?
Short answer: there should be no adjusting. If you're constantly pulling up straps or having to retie tie bottoms, something is wrong. MaryAnn, a merchandiser from Net-a-Porter, suggests moving around in the suit before purchasing. "Squat, lunge, walk. Whatever you can in the suit and notice what moves and what doesn't," she said. The goal is for nothing to move. You don't want the bathing suit to slide and you don't want to readjust between movements. If you do, the suit doesn't fit.
I'm in Between Sizes, Should I Size Up or Down?
Sizing up could result in a saggy fit. Sizing down could result in too tight of a fit. So what do you do? It depends on what you plan to do in the swim suit. Are you more of a reader and sun tanner who uses a bathing suit as an accessory? Or do you swim and enjoy recreational sports while in your swimsuit? "Swim fabrics stretch when wet, so staying true to size or sizing down is best when you're in the water," Tyler Conrad from Summersalt swim told me. If you stay on the drier side, sizing up could be beneficial to make you feel more comfortable and secure in your suit.
How Can I Get My Straps to Stop Falling?
Regardless of how adjustable straps can be, my small shoulders never seem to hold them up properly. If you're like me, opt for "racerbacks or halter tops where the crossing or tying will hold the bathing suit and straps in place," Tyler says.