How To Choose a Swimsuit: A Woman’s Complete Guide

We get it; swimsuit shopping can be intimidating and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve put together the perfect guide for choosing the best swimsuit for you, so you don’t have to overthink it. After all, shopping should be fun and stress-free.

Keep reading this complete swimsuit shopping guide to figure out how to easily pick out this year’s swimsuit.

Know Your Shape and Size

This could seem like an obvious point to make, but it’s one we love to note! Knowing what your body shape is and how to take correct measurements can help the shopping process immensely, especially if you’re shopping online. 

As we all know, everybody’s shape and size are different, which is fun and special. Once you know your own shape and size, you’ll be ready to check out measurement guides and can find a suit that fits you perfectly.

First things first, let’s look at all the different body shapes and make sure you know how to find out which one suits you best.

Better Shape Up

You’ve probably heard of the different body shapes. There are five common shapes that people typically hear of, including hourglass, oval, inverted triangle, rectangle, and triangle.

If you haven’t quite determined which shape you relate to the most, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to help:

  • What part of your body is the widest — bust, waist, or hips?
  • What area do you have the most trouble with while fitting into clothes?
  • What areas of your body do you carry more weight?
  • What styles of clothing are usually less flattering on your shape?

After answering these questions, you’ll be able to look at each shape and their description to find out which one you are, which will help your shopping experience.

Check out the definition for each body shape here:

  • Hourglass: This shape has a defined waist and equally measured bust and hips.
  • Oval: You will have a waist that is wider than your bust and hips.
  • Inverted Triangle: This shape has shoulders that are broader, with narrow hips.
  • Rectangle: Your waist, bust, and hips will be more equal in measurement.

Easy enough, right? We promise it’s simple and makes things much easier. Now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about the fun stuff.

Finding Your Own Style

There are tons of choices when it comes to swimsuit styles. Are you someone who prefers florals, or someone who likes to keep things neutral? If you’re not sure about either of those things, it’s super easy to figure it out.

You’ve probably got some clothing pieces that you love, and once you look into your wardrobe, you’ll be able to put those together and see a trend. What kinds of patterns and styles make you happy? Do you see more bright colors or more pieces that are easy to mix and match?

You can also figure out what your style is by looking for some fashion inspiration. What do you see out in the world that brings you joy and gets you excited? We all have things we see others wearing that make us smile and think we would love to wear, too. 

If you want to get crazy, you can create a fashion mood board, or hop on Pinterest to put all the styles you love into one place for easy viewing. This way, you’ll be able to pinpoint what kinds of styles, colors, and shapes you lean towards the most. 

After doing some of these things, we’re sure you’ll have a better idea of what your own personal style is. It can seem stressful or even pointless, but we promise it isn’t! Your style is unique and should bring you confidence.

Don’t Be Afraid To Mix and Match

This part is fun! With our swimsuits, it’s easy to mix and match so that your looks stay fresh and exciting. If you opt for a two-piece swimsuit, you can choose a couple of different tops and bottoms that create new looks all summer long.

Another great thing about mixing and matching is that you can perfect the sizing in both your swimsuit top and bottom. It’s rare that anyone’s top and bottom size is the same, so this allows you to customize your fit to feel comfortable.

Comfort and Control

At Maxine, we understand that feeling secure and comfortable in a swimsuit should go hand in hand. That’s why we’re glad to carry swimsuits in our shop that have built-in tummy control and extra coverage. Your summer days should be carefree, and these swimsuits will allow them to be just that.

Swimsuits with tummy control will flatter any shape and size and will ensure that you don’t have to worry about fit mishaps while staying active or lounging around.

Amp Up the Style

Are you wanting some extra style this summer? You can add accessories like stylish sunglasses or a cute beach bag, but we think another great way to add style to any swimsuit is by throwing on a fashionable cover-up.

Cover-ups are the perfect way to add a little bit more coverage for when you’re headed back to the beach house or car and can be a fashion statement in themselves. Our cover-ups are lightweight and neutral while being chic and perfect for women with any style preference.

Let Maxine Help You Choose

We can help you choose the perfect swimsuit by offering a wide range of swimsuit styles, patterns, and sizes. There is truly a swimsuit for everyone, and we know you’re going to find one that you won’t want to change out of. You’ll find your dream swimsuit at Maxine, no matter your shape, size, or style.

Pack Up and Go

Ready to pick your swimsuit and hit the water? No matter the style you choose, your swimsuit will be functional, comfortable, and suitable for any vacation or pool day. Whether you’re going to be riding the waves or floating in a crystal clear pool, your choice was just made easier with this guide!

Go choose your new favorite swimsuit!


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