Common Pitfalls When You Buy a Bikini

Avoid These Common Pitfalls When You Buy a Bikini


Bikini shopping can be an overwhelming experience. Think about it – you grab a bunch of swimsuits on the rack, squeeze into a tiny cubicle with bright UV lights that highlight every unflattering bulge and curve. After a 2-minute deliberation, you buy the swimsuit, but when you get home and try it on, your kids and partner tell you it’s not as flattering as you had thought. If that’s a typical in-store bikini buying scenario for you – imagine purchasing one online?

“I always say, emotionally, jeans and swimwear are the hardest things to try on.”—Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model.

Every woman has unique features she wants to camouflage or flaunt. Besides our different body types, there are so many varied styles. When purchasing a two-piece swimsuit it’s all about confidence, quality and price. Your body type plays an essential role in determining style and cut. Here are a few common pitfalls women face when purchasing a bikini—and how to get over them.

1. Large Bust: You’ve got the assets, but you need adequate cup-sized, under-wire support with mix and match bottoms for the perfect combination. Avoid tube-top and bandeau styles and go for a bra-top style with thick straps or a halter-neck.

2. Small Bust: You can get away with just about every swimsuit style, from a string bikini, tankini, one-piece, and toga to bandeau styles. Pro Tip: a larger cup with detail makes small breasts appear fuller.

3. Pear Shape: You have larger hips with a tiny waist and bust, so choose a hipster bikini bottom with tie sides as this will lend balance to your hips. Do not forget to mix and match with a string or bandeau style top.

4. Apple Shape: You have a larger midsection, which means concealing the belly with a retro-inspired high-waisted style that will show off your legs.

A bikini is a tricky item to buy—regardless of body size or age, and is even harder to buy online. However, use the tips above to empower you when you next buy a two-piece in-store or online, and you will feel like Cinderella… in a bikini!

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