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4 swimsuit myths
Myth 1: Never wear a white bathing suit.
Fact: A white suit in a textured fabric with a thick nude lining will block any show-through.
Myth 2: The more coverage, the better.
Fact: Extra fabric can emphasize the thing you want to hide. Boy shorts, for example, can squeeze and exaggerate excess flesh, whereas a string bikini adjusts to lay flat on the skin.
Myth 3: Wear black to look slimmer.
Fact: Navy, plum, brown, and dark green do the trick, too. Vertical and diagonal stripes and tiny prints can also make the body look leaner.
Myth 4: With swimwear, buy the same size as you do in clothing.
Fact: Swimsuits are typically sized smaller than clothes because they are meant to fit snugly. You may have to go up a size or two, especially with brands targeted to juniors, such as Roxy.
5 things to do before you hit the stores
- Apply self-tanner a day in advance to warm up winter skin. But don’t try this on the day you plan to shop. The tanner will rub off on the fabric.
- Check your closet for clues as to what already works on you. Love how you look in V-necked tops? Try halter cuts. Not a solid insight? Focus on prints.
- Wear a seamless thong (which won’t show under swimsuits) and easy-to-remove clothing. A shift dress and slip-on flats allow for speedy changes.
- Allot plenty of time to shop. You don’t want to settle just because you’re in a rush. Give yourself more than a lunch hour to browse and try on.
- Drink a margarita (optional).
6 crucial moves to make when trying on a suit
- Lift your arms over your head. Does the top rise up?
- Bend over. Does your chest spill out the front?
- Lower your arms so they’re at your sides. Are your breasts coming out of the sides of the suit?
- Relax your shoulders. Do the straps fall off?
- Sit cross-legged. Does the bottom pop open or creep down in the back?
- Do a couple of lunges. Does the bottom ride up?
5 ways to protect your perfect suit
- Hand wash the suit in cool water with Dreft or a soap made for swimsuits.
- Clean the suit after every wearing, even if you didn’t get wet, to remove sunscreen, sweat, and body oils.
- Gently roll the suit (don’t wring it out) to get rid of excess water, then air-dry it away from direct sunlight.
- Never wear the same suit two days in a row or it will stretch. Give the garment a 24-hour rest so the spandex has time to recover its shape.
- Avoid leaning on rough surfaces, like rocks, cement, or wood, to prevent snags.