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Whether you’re prepping for long summer days by the pool or a winter getaway to the sunny shores of some fabulous island retreat, one thing’s for sure—it’s time for a new bathing suit. As a result, you may find yourself in a department store changing room, asking yourself that age-old question: how should a bathing suit fit?
Knowing how to wash a bathing suit can affect the fit. A bathing suit that fits well should feel snug and comfy. Keep in mind, snug means close-fitting but not uncomfortably restrictive. The cut should also create a smooth silhouette that flatters your natural features. You should feel supported, confident, and ready for anything in your swimsuit style .
However, with tons of styles and cuts to pick from, it's not always clear how the perfect bathing suit should sit on your body. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. A simple four-step checklist is all you need to find your perfect fit, no matter your swimsuit style or shape.
We know that swimsuit shopping can sometimes feel like one of the most intimidating tasks of warm-weather shopping. But we promise, the first step in swimsuit shopping is an easy one—trying it on.
In an interview with Glamour, fashion designer Kirsten Sarkisian detailed her process for finding her ideal bathing suit. Her first step always remains the same; "simply put it on your body."1
She concedes that you can't make judgments on a bathing suit until it's adjusted to your body to the best of its ability. Once you're in your bathing suit, she insists on doing the following:
Take a moment to check yourself out. See how your swimsuit lands on your body naturally. It will give you a moment to take stock. Notice what naturally flatters your body. That means asking yourself:
The reflection also allows you to smile at yourself. You're doing these swimsuits a favor, you sexy thing!
Once you find a suit that you feel flatters your body naturally, we can begin to look a little closer to ensure a perfect fit. That means a top-down approach—literally.
When trying out swimsuit tops, you should be spending quality one-on-one time with the girls. When searching for a top, you should check in on your breasts and how they feel.
Considering these factors can make a big difference in your comfortability. Now it’s time to marry that feeling of support with your sense of seaside style.
Of course, you can (and should) wear whatever makes you feel confident. If you're completely at a loss for where to start, here are a few suggestions for beach vacation essentials to compliment your specific body type:
Next up, we have bottoms. An excellent bikini bottom (or even the lower half of your one-piece) should provide coverage, accentuate your booty in the best way, and keep the wedgie risk to a minimum.
Exploring different bottoms can help you maximize your confidence and realize your full booty potential.
There isn’t an exact science to how your bottoms should feel. Too large bottoms will sag, and too tight bottoms will pinch or ride up.
A good rule of thumb? You’ll know you have a good bikini bottom when you’re not constantly adjusting it.
Bikini bottoms are designed for coverage and comfortability, so you should ensure that the bottoms you choose have the back (and front) coverage you’re hoping for, whether that’s a thong bottom or a brief style.
Size and comfort are one thing, but showing off your beachy buns is another. Consider opting for a bathing suit bottom that shows your assets in a cheeky way.
Here are a few suggestions for bathing suit bottoms to complement your behind.
When you shop with a discerning eye, you may be amazed at how much a simple tweak in style or shape can make a difference. Treat your bottom to a beach day free from worries and wedgies.
Now that we've explored the ins and outs of what comprises a well-suited and flattering swimsuit, let's talk about the more nuanced components that you should consider when hunting for the perfect suit.
The beauty of modern bathing suits is adjusting them to your specific requirements. After all, measurements fluctuate; it's natural. So having a top with adjustable straps or bottoms with tie-strings on the side can come in handy.
Think about what you like to do best when wearing a bathing suit. Are you more likely to splash around in the water or lounge by the pool?
The best minimalist swimwear should be functional by design. Therefore, how you plan to use it should be considered when making the final decision.
Scoring a well-fitted swimsuit can turn a good day into an amazing one. By breaking down the fit from bikini top styles to bikini bottom styles, you'll finally check: "finding the perfect bathing suit" off your list.
Now that you know the how in finding a perfect suit, let’s help you find the where—Gooseberry.
String together an amazing summer with Gooseberry. Our sultry, sculpting swimwear collection offers a perfect fit for everybody, so you can savor every sun-soaked moment poolside, lakeside, seaside, or wherever your suit takes you. Need to fill up your suitcase with more sensational ensembles? Check out our intimates and loungewear collection. You can celebrate the sunrise with our cozy loungewear and after dark, indulge in our signature sexy intimates.
Gooseberry is more than a summer fling. We’re a perfect fit.