Taking the Stress Out of Swimsuit Shopping 1

Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

For many people, women especially, shopping for swimsuits is a stressful proposition. From finding the right fit to modesty concerns and all points in between, many people despise the process of going from store to store in pursuit of the perfect swimsuit. Fortunately, there are some things shoppers can do that will take the stress out of the buying process next time swimsuit season comes around.

One of the most important things you can do is to leave the shopping mall behind. Many online retailers offer generous policies for returns and exchanges, better pricing points, and low, if not free, shipping. It means you can try the swimsuit on in the privacy of your home without people milling around while you shop.

Another great thing is to make your existing collection of swimsuits last longer than a season. One way to accomplish this is to buy chlorine resistant swimwear for everyone in the household. This means the swimsuit won’t fade and stretch as quickly as swimsuits that aren’t resistant to chlorine, extending the life expectation and wearability of the garment.

Buy swimsuits that flatter. Look for swimsuit styles that accentuate your best features while minimizing features you feel more self conscious about. Swimsuits come in all shapes and sizes these days with some that flaunt cleavage while minimizing exposed thighs. There are swimsuits with sleeves to hide the upper arms and some with built-in panels to tame the stomach.

Choose something you’re willing to wear. Not only are there many styles to consider when shopping around for swimsuits. You’ll also find my different colors and prints. Make sure it’s something that is somewhat fashion neutral, if possible, so that you are willing to wear it for more than one swim season.

ABC.net recommends going one step further and choosing swimsuits designed for activities you’re most likely to pursue during the summer season. For instance, if you spend a lot of time in the ocean, surfing, water skiing, or engaging in active pursuits while wearing a swimsuit, you’re better served with a sturdy swimsuit rather than a string bikini that might not withstand the pressure well at all.

Shopping for swimsuits doesn’t have to be a challenge or even feel like a chore when you consider the right tactics to remove the stress from the shopping and buying experience.