6 pro tips to help you find the perfect swimsuit
By Brittany Anas
It’s (swimsuit) hunting season, friends. Actually, the Spring Breakers got first dibs on suits back in February — but there’s still plenty to choose from so long as you don’t wait until the pools open. We put swimsuit shopping in the same “do we have to?!” category as shopping for jeans. Yes, it has to happen — because there are lots of sunny pool and beach days awaiting you. And, yes, it can be painless.
Here are 6 expert tips to help you find your perfect swimsuit.
- Try them on at home. The fluorescent, glowing lights in some stores aren’t flattering — nor realistic. Try your suits on at home and check out the fit when you’ve got some natural light pouring through. You’ll also be able to strut around in the suit and make sure it gives you the right amount of coverage.
- Be size blind. Swimsuit sizing varies tremendously. The fit that you might wear in a dress, for example, doesn’t carry over into bathing suit sizing. Take advantage of the mix-and-match momentum that allows you to buy swimsuit separates. Some of our favorites can be found at Old Navy, where you’ll earn up to 3 percent Cash Back on your purchases when you shop with ShopAtHome.com. For example, try these floral print hipster bottoms with your choice of bikini or tankini top in a solid color.
- Pop in a pattern. Yes, of course black tends to be a slimming color. But don’t confine yourself to plain, black swimsuits. Hues of blue — like navy — are also universally slimming. We’re also loving pops of pretty prints on suits — like this floral panel detailing on a halter top bathing suit.
- Try on with sandals. And a pretty pedicure while you’re at it. Let’s be honest, you look silly in a bathing suit and white athletic socks.
- Go in with a tan (even if it’s a fake one). Tanned skin tends to have slimming effects and, of course, it gives you a more realistic take on what the suit will look like come summer when you’re complexion is sunkissed. For a safe (and faux) tan, we’re loving St. Tropez gradual tan that will help build up color, without streaks and without looking orange.
- Know a few ‘optical illusions’: Shirring helps hide a tummy; ruffles (which are majorly in this season) help enhance a bust; underwire and halters help support a fuller chest; vertical stripes and color blocking can help elongate you.
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