BDG’s Tips for Swimsuit Shopping…

Once again it’s that that time of the year when we all must face the dreaded task of shopping for a new swimsuit…YUCK! I realize that you may not be ready to face the harsh fluorescent lights of your local department stores dressing room. But, with summer right around the corner, it’s an unavoidable shopping trip.

Luckily, in response to consumer feedback, swimwear designers have made it their mission to develop better fabrics and styles with each new season. Today there are styles to suit every shape, size, and budget. Having sold swimwear for 10 years, I know all too well the stress women go through when setting out to buy a swimsuit. For that, I would like to offer a few suggestions on fit and dispel some classic misconceptions about sizing and styles for different body types.
Tip #1
Keep an open mind when shopping for swimwear. Try different colors and prints that are outside your comfort zone. You may be happily surprised.

 

 

Trina Turk Santa Cruz One-Piece (Multi) Women's Swimsuits One Piece

Trina Turk One-Piece from zappos.com

Tip #2
The one-piece swim suit trend is here to stay in 2014. They are available in a variety of styles and colors to suit the toughest of shoppers.

 

 

Tip #3

Wish you had shapely backside? No problem…choose a bottom with a higher waist & leg and it will look like you born with those curves.

Seafolly Coastline Bandeau Bustier (Black) Women's Swimwear

Bandeau Bustier by Seafolly from Zappos.com

Seafolly - Coastline High Waisted Pant (Black) - Apparel

Vintage Inspired bottoms by Seafolly at Zappos.com

Tip #4

Break from tradition by wearing a with a solid top with a patterned bottom, or vise versa. Be sure to choose colors and fabrics that coordinate when buying separates to mix & match.

Vix Xingu Bia Tube Top (Multi) Women's Swimwear

Mix & Match this Vix top with a solid Vix bottom

Vix Solid Pera Bia Tube Top (Pera) Women's Swimwear

Option 2 Matching Vix Top

Tip #5

Do you want more support on top? Choose a top with underwire support and straps like this balconette top from Old Navy.

Old Navy Womens Balconette Bikinis - Black top

Balconette Bikini top from Old Navy

Mara Hoffman Cami Underwire Top (Shakti Black) Women's Swimwear

Matching Mara Hoffman Underwire Cami Bikini Top from zappos.com

Tip #6

Bikini bottoms come in many different styles and cuts. Be mindful when selecting bottoms with wider sides because the can make the legs appear shorter. If you want more coverage on your fanny, choose a full coverage bottom. Even cute tie side bottoms come in full coverage.

Mara Hoffman - Strappy Bottom (Shakti Black) - Apparel

Sexy & Strappy Mara Hoffman bottom from zappos.com

Tip #7

Never ever choose a boy short bottom unless you are competing in a beach volleyball tournament. They are unflattering and unforgiving. If you want more coverage, try a skirted bottom with adjustable sides.

And last but not least…

Remember to have fun because you are not alone. At some point we all have to step inside those dreadful dressing rooms!

xo,

BDG

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