FashionHow To: Buy a Swimsuit

Romi TankiniWhy is it that swimsuit shopping always seems so daunting? The endless amount of choices and colors, the unforgiving mirrors that force us to analyze our bodies… It doesn’t sound very fun, but knowing what styles look the best on your body definitely goes a long way. We talked with designer Lisa Curran for tips on what we should consider when buying a new swimsuit.

- Bigger is not always better. You might feel inclined to buy a bathing suit that is slightly bigger, to seemingly “hide” more imperfections. Don’t give in to that urge–larger suits will sag, especially when they get wet, and that won’t look good at all.

- There are plenty of cute one-pieces and tankinis out there. If you’re uncomfortable showing your tummy, don’t fret. Find a brand that devotes their design focus to one-pieces and tankinis as well. Designers like Lisa aim to design for women of all shapes and sizes and have a large selection of cute one-pieces and tankinis. Lisa’s Shirred V-Neck One-Piece in Cobalt has full bra support and ruching to camouflage trouble spots. Plus, it comes in several pretty colors. Cobalt is our fave because it offers a splash of brightness. For ladies with longer torsos, tankinis work well also. “They will make you look more proportional,” says Lisa. We love the Romi Tankini in Green, pictured above, with its cute print.

- Buy from a company that allows you to mix and match sizes. You should be able to buy tops and bottoms in separate sizes. After all, who is exactly the same size top and bottom? You shouldn’t be confined to one proportion for two different parts of your body. “You want to have as many options as possible,” Lisa says, for the best fit and look for your body.

- Accentuate your legs with the right bikini bottom. If you have lean legs, stay with bottoms that have ties on the side to create a bit of shape. If you’re curvy, try bikini bottoms that fit lower on your hips–they will actually help you look smaller!

Bandeau Top in Tangerine- Black is always slimming, but don’t be afraid to be colorful. Of course, black and darker tones will always help you look slimmer, but don’t feel like you’re confined to dark colors only. Lisa recommends muted jewel tones, as well. The Lucite Halter in Emerald and Bandeau Top in Tangerine (pictured left) are perfect examples. If you have way too many black swimsuits but still want darker shades, Lisa says, “Try navy! Navy is the new black for the season.” We really like the Romi One Piece in Navy.

Go shopping with someone you trust. Whether it’s your best friend or significant other, go shopping with someone who you trust to be honest and wants you to look your best.

Thanks so much to Lisa for her advice and insights! To see even more of her gorgeous designs, check out lisacurran.com. We hope these tips help you on your next shopping trip!

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