How to Find a Swimming Suit That Fits Just Right

How to Find a Swimming Suit That Fits Just Right
Swimsuit shopping can be daunting, to say the least, as you contemplate a garment that will expose both your body's shape and vast amounts of skin in public. The best way to prepare yourself for a swimsuit search is to know your body's shape and be realistic about what works for you. Armed with the proper knowledge, you can walk into the fitting room with the confidence to find a swimsuit that fits just right.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure Mirror
  • Tape measure
  • Mirror
Step 1
Start by knowing your body shape and measurements. Have a tailor, sales associate or friend use a tape measure to measure around your chest, hips and waist to get the most accurate measurements of your body. Write these measurements down and bring them with you as you try on bathing suits, or find where your measurements fall along each swim company's size chart, available on company websites.
Step 2
Look for suits that will balance your body's unique shape. For example, women with pear-shaped bodies should draw eyes away from the hips by selecting a bikini top with lots of detail. Meanwhile, broad-shouldered women should look for eye-catching bikini bottoms with ties, belts or bows at the hips. Women with small busts should seek out detailed or ruffled bikini tops, while full-busted ladies will find a better fit with supportive halter-style tops.
Step 3
Seek out suits that camouflage your flaws and give you sufficient coverage so you'll feel more comfortable sporting the swimwear in public. For example, there are a wide range of plus-sized bathing suits with dark colors and v-shaped patterns to cover imperfections. Skirted bikinis can be a good fit for pear-shaped or bottom-heavy women, while women worried about belly flab might opt for stomach-shielding tankini styles.
Step 4
Pick a swimsuit with adjustable straps and ties to ensure that you'll get the right fit. Simple adjustments can make the difference between an unflattering swimsuit and one that fits well on your body.
Step 5
Try on more than one size of the swimsuits you like, because suit sizes tend to vary from regular clothing sizes. Try on different sizes of swimsuit tops and bottoms, if possible, as you may fit different sizes on top and bottom.
Step 6
Move around in the swimsuits you try on. This means walking, sitting and bending over in the fitting room to make sure that nothing slips out and that the fabric conforms well to your body, even during movement. This is doubly important for those choosing swimsuits to wear during sports.

Tips & Warnings

The more swimsuits you try on, the more likely you are to find one that fits correctly, so don't despair if the first few suits you test out are less than flattering.

Article Written By Laura Dixon

Currently based in France, Laura Dixon has been a freelance writer since 2008. Dixon specializes in various topics including health, travel and culture. Previously, she worked as a weekly newspaper reporter in Central California. Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and international relations from the University of California.

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