Why you should rock a Marilyn-inspired retro swimsuit and other shopping tips from a fit expert when searching for the perfect suit for your body type this summer.
Before stepping into the change room limelight this season, remember that the perfect summer swimsuit is as flexible and individual as you are. â€śJust as our shape changes over the years, so too should the styles that complement them,â€ť says Leah Heenan, swimsuit fit expert and owner of Melmira Bra & Swimsuits at 3319 Yonge St. in Toronto. For swimsuit shopping tips to suit every body type (and more specifically, yours), we asked Heenan for a rundown of shopping concerns and what to expect when youâ€™re expecting to find a singularly flattering swimsuit.
Shopping for your body type tip #1: Think location, location, location.
â€śTrying on swimsuits can be an intimidating process no matter your size, age or confidence level. Think less about how you may look in the change room and more about where you will be wearing your suit,â€ť says Heenan. â€śTry to mentally already be on vacation and leave lifeâ€™s worries behind!â€ť Cuba, Jamaica, Bermudaâ€”we got this.
Shopping for your body type tip #2: Act fast.
Since building up a summer wardrobe starts early on in the season, try to get in your swimsuit shopping around the same time. â€śDonâ€™t fall into the habit of waiting until the last moment to begin searching for the perfect swimsuit,â€ť Heenan advises, adding that finding the proper fit and the right style to suit your figure and lifestyle takes time. â€śWhy not make that a priority and a reality this season?â€ť
Shopping for your body type tip #3: Take care of business before your shopping trip.
â€śHaving a budget is important, but keep in mind that swimwear can be expensive. Investing in one good-quality swimsuitâ€”as opposed to numerous less expensive onesâ€” will not only make you look and feel better, but will save you money in the long run,â€ť says Heenan.
Shopping for your body type tip #4: Never underestimate those tiny pick-me-ups.
â€śJust as being fit by an expert bra fitter offers solutions that you never thought imaginable, the same magic can apply to swimwear.â€ť Heenanâ€™s feel-good trick for braving the change room mirror? Go for a mani-pedi combo, bikini wax or apply a self-tanner in advance. â€śIt may help to get beach ready before your fitting.â€ť
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