A guide to swimwear buying – with no changing room meltdowns

It’s that time of year again when hot-dogs-or-legs and idyllic sunrise photos are
all you’ll see on your newsfeed.

Whether you’re going to Cancun or Skegness this year, you’ll probably buy a
swimsuit at some point and it can be a stressful experience.

It’s easy to become caught up in what your body ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ look like,
and end up leaving the changing room in a heap wondering where you went wrong.

But we’re here to say it shouldn’t be this way. There’s so much on the high street
right now, and all you need is some confidence and few tips and tricks to get the
right cossie for you.

First thing’s first, you wear whatever you want. Nobody shape is off limits for a
bikini, and equally, if you feel more comfortable in a one-piece then go ahead.
Also, remember that sizes vary so wildly between shops and even different
materials. If you’re having to go a few sizes up that means absolutely nothing.
Just focus on getting the fit right regardless of the number on the tag.

The high street is full of options regardless of your body loves and hang-ups.
If you don’t like your tummy? Control swimwear has come on in leaps and bounds and
can give you a smoother silhouette if that’s what you’re after.

Don’t like your thighs? Try swim dresses, which are available everywhere from ASOS
to Tesco.
Need some bust support? Bravissimo and Boux Avenue have great ranges for DD and
upwards, and will even measure you beforehand so it’ll fit perfectly.

Before you go on your holidays, you’ll probably be exfoliating, getting your hair
just right, and focusing on all the little details.

So, if you’re really nervous about bikini shopping, make yourself look as flawless
as you will when you’re vacationing. That means no hungover bed-head trips to
Topshop where you’ll only make yourself miserable.

Another piece of advice is to avoid buying online. Unless the model is your
doppelganger, it’s hard to picture yourself in it. If you really have to, think
about ordering a few, and send back your least favourites. Just remember to keep
the hygiene strip intact.

Personally, a high leg and low back make me feel like Baywatch even if I look more
Crimewatch. It’s all about what works for you, and whether that’s a kaftan or a
thong – it’s nobody’s business but yours.

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