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The Dos and Don'ts of Bathing Suit Shopping

The Dos and Don'ts of Bathing Suit Shopping

Now that Spring has sprung, it's time to start thinking about Summer! If you have plans to hit the beach, a comfy and flattering bathing suit is a must, but I'm with you if you're dreading that shopping trip. Before getting too discouraged, I have some easy tips for making bathing suit shopping as painless as possible. To see my dos and don'ts, just


Do Don't
  • Shop with your body shape in mind.
  • Bring a close friend with you if you need a second opinion.
  • Get a spray tan before shopping — nothing is worse than trying on suits when you're feeling pasty white.
  • Make sure the suit fits properly. If your top is too big, it won't do your girls justice, and if your bottoms are too small, it'll cut into your side — not a good look.
  • Look in a three-way mirror so you can check out your backside.
  • Choose a color or print that flatters your skin tone, hair, and eye color.
  • Shop online (if the suits are returnable) so you can try them on in the comfort of your own home.
  • Go bathing suit shopping on a full stomach.
  • Berate yourself or fixate on what's "wrong" with your body — pay attention to the entire package.
  • Forget that fluorescent lights never do you justice.
  • Pay attention to the size of the suit. Most bathing suits run particularly small.


Join The Conversation
turtleshell turtleshell 7 years
I think the advice about spray tans is ridiculous. What is wrong with people's actual skin colours?! And why would you want to pick out a bathing suit that "flatters" a colour which you, in fact, are not?! And why is it acceptable to be pale in the winter but not in the summer? Not to mention the fact that it is racist to use the term "pasty white" - what if I started associating negative terms with other skin colours? I bet it would get called out as being racist. So why is it alright to imply that being pale is such a horrible thing that needs to be fixed? ... exactly. Man, I'm not even a very pale person - I'm half Cuban - but I'm outraged at the horrible message that is being sent out to readers. Every guy/girl I know interested in women finds fake tans unattractive. The orange look is not a turn on. Heck, even getting a REAL tan is stupid. Skin cancer, anyone?
haleymarie haleymarie 8 years
Flickster - Try The one pieces have hidden underwires and they don't look like grandma suits I have a two piece from that site right now and it's very supportive. You buy according to your bra size so the fit is pretty accurate. However, the bottoms run a little small.
crazy-fabulous crazy-fabulous 8 years
I totally agree with others about the tan thing-- I am pale and cannot tan but I am still pretty you can ask my friends or boyfriend. So, go shopping for a swimsuit when you are the color you will be most of the summer.
khadeekiinsz khadeekiinsz 8 years
I agree with austerity. I don't see how buying a bikini is different from buying undies and bras.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
One of the things I do is to buy my bathing suit off season, that way is cheaper, especially in this economy.
austerity austerity 8 years
Lol, for me, fluorescent lights make me look so much better since I'm brown! As much as I love bikinis and would love wearing them, I'm a little conservative and don't feel comfortable being in public with an outfit that covers up just as much as your innerwear does.
Advah Advah 8 years
I love the top on that picture!
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I agree with amelioratelj, don't starve yourself before you go! But don't be all full and bloated also! Anyway, if you plan on swimming they say it's actually better to get a bathing suit that's a little tight, because when it gets wet they tend to stretch a little and not fit as well, so keep that in mind, also. You don't want to run into the ocean and have a wave hit you and take your bottoms because they got bigger in the water!
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
Ok i have a question for the sugar team and anyone or everyone who will read this: is there ANYWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE where i can find a one peice that is mostly covering but STILL supportive for the girls? I'm a 34DD, and have a 42" rump. with a 33 inch waist. i'm not tiny, but i'm more hourlgass than ANY swim suit has ever been able to conform to. seriously. two peices make my belly look bad (i'm a bit heavy in the tummy) and one peices make my boobs sag, unattractively. also, any hopes in finding a cute top separate that doesn't make me look hookerish?
merie33 merie33 8 years
The spray tan thing is dumb. What if you're pale and you burn in the sun? Then that cute little bathing suit you picked out to compliment your fake tone looks ridiculous on your pale sunburned skin when you actually wear it. Tan is NOT the only beautiful shade of skin!
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
amelioratelj: Totally agree with both your points. I get low blood sugar when I don't eat too. I get super grumpy and another problem with low blood sugar is it causes you to not be able to make decisions...very bad when trying to decide on a bathing suit. And for real, being tan is so stupid. One shade of skin isn't better than another. If you are paler, go buy a bathing suit that works for your paler complexion. Who wants everyone to be walking around the same color, that's boring and ugly. And I love my very pale freckled covered bf, he's cute, everyone doesn't need to be tan, LOL. :-) bbkf: Good tip, a thong helps a lot. :) Smacks83: "Princess, if I had a body like hers I'd probably just go around naked. Ditto!!! LOL!! :D
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Does the spray tan apply to all women? Hello, some of us are blessed with color 365 days of the year. That rule is dumb, especially considering the love I have for my pale sisters keeping the faith, : )
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
Often it depends on what angle the light is coming from as well as what kind of light it is. I believe some fluorescent lights imitate natural sunlight, which is generally flattering.
davetherave davetherave 8 years
I went to an online site again this year and my size - men's 36 - is already "Out of Stock" in most. I got a few 38's awhile back, as well as 36's. Mine cover all that is needed. I always laugh at the women who "WANT" to be noticed at the beach and then COMPLAIN when us guys do the once-over look. But, if I am being "checked out", I don't mind at all. I'm not the best-looking guy, but I'm not the worst. One female friend and I went to a pool party and had fun. The guys gave her a thumbs-up and the women did the same for me. I however, like to be active, so pool parties will be weekends only.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
bbfk gave a good piece of advice because you should always try on bottoms but granny panties are not good under a bathing suit. I have to by seperates because my chest is pretty small and my hips and butt are getting huge. (i'm not mad about my butt though, I love it)
northernstar northernstar 8 years
I love the bikini season, I have to get at least 2 bikinis each year, I get bored wearing same one all the time. My biggest problem is deciding which ones to get, they have so many nice ones now. I bought mine at VS this year.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
And nothing wrong with being pale. I'm pale and it is what it is, I'm not going to do a spray tan and look dirty, orange or both.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
being able to buy separates are key!!
merie33 merie33 8 years
I'm with princess and smacks on this one. I don't think don't exist for a body like that...
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
I agree that going shopping hungry is the worst idea ever. I need to be in a very good mood for bikini shopping! What helps me is intensifying my workouts. Exercising always makes me feel sexier.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I'm with Jinx. I also thought this would be more of a guide to buying the right suit by body type not a common sense shopping tips. Also, what does this have to do with love and relationships?
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Princess, if I had a body like hers I'd probably just go around naked.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
If I had a body like hers, I'd always be buying new swimsuits.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I was hoping this would be a guide, to help with what styles suit certain body types, etc, not just stating the obvious.
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