How to Find Your Perfect Swimsuit

The trick to finding the perfect swimsuit can be tough. It needs to fit, flatter, and not fall apart. For most women, shopping for bathing suits is not a fun experience. Most swimsuits are too tight, too small, too big, too expensive, or look too cheap

ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, wants to help you find the most flattering swimsuit that you will look forward to wearing.

“We all know bathing suit shopping can be a nightmare,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “But we learned that if you do your research and know what works for you— it might actually be enjoyable.”

Nine Signs A Swimsuit is Well-Made

Here are some quality features to look for in a well-made swimsuit:

how to find the perfect swimsuit

1. Zig-Zag Stitching – You need it to stretch! Chain stitching will more easily unravel and indicates low quality.

2. Straps that don’t dig – Your straps should never cut into your shoulders or your back.

3. Nylon and Spandex fabric – These are the types of fabrics to go for in a well-made swimsuit. Avoid polyester blends and any swimsuit that is flimsy or sheer.

4. Four-way stretch – This test will help you see if the suit will withstand damage that pool chemicals can cause. Stretch the fabric in one direction; if you see a lot of white fibers, the fabric will probably deteriorate quickly.

5. Full-lining – The lining of a well-made swimsuit should be attached around the whole perimeter of the suit, not hanging loose in places.

6. Seemingly seamless structure – Good-quality swimsuits are intricately constructed inside while appearing seamless on the outside. Avoid loose threads, lining, pads, and sloppy stitching.

7. A good built-in bra – A well-made swimsuit should fit as well as a real bra.

8. Sturdy hardware– Plastic accents are more likely to break than metal ones. Metal rings and buckles can get hot in the sun and you don’t want to burn your skin.

9. Special feature – Some tags on suits advertise slimming features but do they? ShopSmart explores if some of these suits really trim inches.

Three Tips to Help You Get a Great Fit

1. Take your measurements with you. To make sure you get the right size, measure your bust, waist, and hips. Then check the swimsuits’ size charts. Measure your torso length, too; some styles are longer.

2. Try it on. Sizing is rarely consistent among brands, so try on every suit before you buy it. When you’re trying on a one-piece, the rear shouldn’t ride up and the top shouldn’t squish your chest – those are signs that the suit is too short. If your cheeks pop out of the rear, the suit is too small. If material bunches around your backside, the suit is too big. Move and bend to be sure you’re comfy and the suit stays put.

3. Don’t settle. If a suit pulls or you bulge out of it, put it back on the rack! If you need a specialty suit, plenty are available. If you’re pregnant, shop retailers such as Asos and Figleaves. If you’ve had a mastectomy, look at Gottex, Jamu, Anita, and Cyell. And if you’re a serious swimmer, check out Jantzen and Zoggs.

Source: ShopSmart magazine

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