I swear every time spring rolls around the bikini options become skimpier and skimpier, or maybe it’s because each year I get older and older and my body isn’t the same as it was the year before. No but seriously, bikini shopping used to be a favorite spring event of mine has turned into a less than desirable shopping experience. What about you?
Today I decided to share a few of my tips for making bathing suit shopping a little less miserable and a lot more fun.
Here are a few of my favorite tips:
1. Make a day of this and plan to do the shopping early in the morning. You will be feeling and looking less bloated than you would be if you went later in the day. Plus it means that you can still enjoy a fun lunch afterwards if you wish and won’t have to worry about the bread you ate interfering with your suit decision.
2. Take an honest friend or family member along with you to give out advice on what it really looks like on you. The sales person’s job is to sell you a suit and not to always give you a truly honest opinion. Tell your “person” ahead of time you want them being honest not just saying something looks nice to be kind.
3. As silly as this sounds I would recommend that you have a spray tan before hand or do it yourself with bronzing lotion. After hiding under many layers of clothes for the past few months you’re probably looking pretty pale and may still have last summer’s tan lines. Having an even all over glow will all you to see the suit’s maximum potential.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate a few days beforehand. It will help to reduce belly fat and bloating and as a bonus it will make your skin glow too.
5. Don’t wear socks the day that you’re planning to shop. Sock lines take forever to disappear and will look silly on your legs. Especially don’t wear them while trying on the bathing suits.
6. This one is simple – shave your legs and do some bikini maintenance beforehand.
7. Remember that the lighting in most dressing rooms is harsh regardless of how fit you look. Most all of the dressing rooms have fluorescent lighting. Natural lighting and sunlight will really change the feel of how you look in the suit. If you are not 100% sold on how it looks, take it home and see what it looks like on you in different lighting.
8. Be willing to try on different colors, patterns, styles and even cuts. What worked for you the last five years may not work anymore. Realize that this will take time. Be patient and willing to switch outfits several times before you find the “perfect” one.
9. Shop around or order a bunch online that has an easy return policy. I was always so set on buying a certain brand, but have found that thanks to online shopping there are literally thousands of brand options out there that are really great. Bonus – there is less of a chance that you’re wearing the same suit as another mom at the pool. No need to worry about the who wore it best comparison.
10. Have your “person” take pictures for you from different angles so that you can look at all the options for yourself before making a final decision.
Realize that there is still time to get in shape if you are not where you want to be. It’s only April. Depending on where you live you may still have a good month or two before it’s time to wear the suit in public. While doing crunches might help your love handles a bit, but the honest to goodness truth is that you can’t outwork or outrun your fork. Pay attention to what you are eating. Try to enjoy a diet rich in minimally processed whole foods. A few months of strict clean eating and you will amaze yourself.
Happy shopping. I hope these tips help. Remember that you are beautiful and unique regardless of what the tag inside your suit says. Find the one that makes you feel confident and rock it all summer long and most importantly don’t forget your sunscreen.
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