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3 Important Tips for Shopping for Swimwear

by Clifford Fowler

Don't be intimidated when it comes to shopping for swimwear. There are so many different regular and designer swimwear styles on the market today, and there is a swimsuit out there for every individual. Shopping for swimwear doesn't have to be an intimidating experience when you know what you are looking for. 

Tip #1: Don't Use Your Clothing Size for Your Swimsuit

First, you shouldn't use your clothing size for your swimsuit size. Swimsuits are sized differently than a shirt or even a bra.

Instead, you need to measure yourself and use those measurements to figure out what size you would be on each swimsuit brand's sizing chart. Your measurements, used to find your size on the sizing chart, will help you find the right size for your body. Many swimsuit companies use sizes such as XS, S, M, etc., so it is important for you to use the sizing chart.

Tip #2: Don't Go Small

When it comes to choosing what size swimsuit you need to purchase, many people tend to go for a smaller size then is recommended on the sizing chart. This is a mistake. Don't try to go smaller. You need your swimsuit to be large enough to support your body.

This is important. It is better to go up a size with a swimsuit than it is to go down a size. You don't want your swimsuit to feel constricted because you are not just sitting around in a swimsuit, you are actively moving around.

Tip #3:  Carefully Consider the Fabric

Third, you need to carefully consider the type of fabric that the swimsuit is made from. The material of the swimsuit will impact how long the swimsuit will last.

The polyester used in competitive swimwear because it stands up to regular wear and chlorine. It is great for bathing suits you intend to wear in a pool.

Nylon is another commonly used swimwear material that has a nice, smooth fit. It doesn't last as long as polyester, but it is a soft and elastic material that does well in natural water.

Be careful with swimsuits made from alternative fabrics such as crochet or velvet. These materials may look great, but they may not last as long as more traditional materials that are designed to handle the movement and wear associated with actually using your swimsuit.

When it comes to purchasing a new swimsuit, don't use your regular clothing size, instead use your measurements and sizing charts to figure out your size. When in doubt with sizing, go larger, not smaller. Be aware that polyester and nylon are long-lasting swimsuit materials, and swimsuits made of other materials may not have the same years-long usage.