10 Tips for Buying a Swimsuit

I love the fact that swimsuits are all the rage this season. I think they are far more flattering than bikinis and there seems to be endless options to suit all shapes and sizes in the shops. Personally, I've been on the prowl for the right swimsuit since last summer so I can safely say my research is done! I was so delighted when one of my favourite swimwear brands Melissa Odabash sent both myself and baby Annie a swimsuit to try. I had been swooning over her swimsuits for years and I swear they didn't dissapoint. The quality of the fabric was far superior to anything you would try on the high street - it almost worked a bit like spanz for holding you in. The fit was fantastic. The leg rise was perfect, high enough to create the illusion of a longer leg yet not overly sexy. The halter-neck fit very comfortably around the neck and the belt sat perfectly at the waist creating an hourglass silhouette. I personally loved the navy colour as I think its a classic and works great with a lot of different skin tones. For me, this swimsuit gets a 10 out of 10 - I can't recommend it highly enough. I know it is a bit of a splurge but for me I genuinely have been looking forever and I've no doubt it will be worn for years. Click here for direct link .

So here's some shopping tips:

  1. Choose quality over quantity, If there is one garment to spend money on its definitely the swimsuit. I compared the quality of a low end retailers to the more expensive brands and lets just say the difference was enormous. Plus if you are anything like me you will be wearing it for years!
  2. Devote time to task: swimsuit shopping can be stressful for the best of shoppers, don't underestimate the challenge ahead.
  3. Try on a variety of styles, prints and colours: go to a store with a large choice of labels and don't be afraid to go outside your comfort zone you might be surprised at what will work for you.
  4. Focus on your assets: If you have a good bust or bottom prioritise these features. 
  5. Go for a high rise leg: This makes everyones legs look lounger and leaner. 
  6. Try a variety of sizes. I found that my size varied dramatically with different brands
  7. Wear a thong when shopping: when trying on swimsuits you are required to wear underwear so having the least visible thong will give you the best picture.
  8. Apply a little bit of fake tan: it not only makes you look slimmer but it also puts you in that summer holidays frame of mind.
  9. Bring a summer sandal; there is nothing worse than trying on a swimsuit with a big clonky shoe. 
  10. Shop online: I usually don't like shopping online but you might be more comfortable buying a number of suits online and trying them on in the comfort of your own home. Ensure you read the return polices so you don't get caught out. 
  11. Try and get a matching Kaftan or accessories that will compliment the swimsuit. 
  12. Consider the purpose of the swimsuit: It is for sunbathing? Or do you plan on doing any water sports? Tan lines and inbuilt support may be an issue!